WINDSOR have returned to winning form in the Hellenic Premier Division after a 3-2 victory away at Binfield on Monday.

Windsor made six changes from the side that won in the FA Vase on Saturday and introduced a new tactical system.

The first half at Hill Farm Lane ended goalless but goals from Gary Smith and Josh Howell gave Binfield a clear lead after 62 minutes.

Matty Woods pulled one back for the visitors four minutes later, and Nadir Shafi levelled the scores with three minutes still to play.

An unfortunate own goal from Will Shaw in the first minute of time added on secured all three points for Windsor, leaving them in ninth position in the league table.

Windsor player-coach Ashley Smith told the Observer: “It was really pleasing considering we made so many changes to the team and the quick turnaround from Saturday.

“We started quite sluggish and those players that had not had much game time took a while to get their legs moving.

“We threw a new system at them as well, so that was quite a challenge for them to take on board.

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PHOTO: Windsor supporters have had a lot to celebrate this week as their side beat Hamble Club in the FA Vase, before a league win at Binfield on Monday.

“The most pleasing thing was the victory against a team that has been going really well, and secondly the way that we finished the game.

“In the last half-hour I thought there was probably only going to be one winner. Binfield sat deeper and looked more and more tired, so it was really pleasing to back up on Saturday.

“It was a really good victory that hopefully takes us into another positive week.”

He continued: “We have probably looked at the previous rounds of the FA Vase, not so much physically but emotionally as well, it drains players, certainly in the way we’ve won at Eastbourne and Walton & Hersham.

“We’ve got a good group at the moment. Some have been cup tied or serving suspensions, so it was just about utilising the squad really.

“It’s great when it comes off and you take those risks, but there’s no doubt the occasion took it out of a lot of people on Saturday.

“We just utilised the squad to make sure that people are fresh. We’ve got three big games in Highworth, MK Dons and then Thatcham, and then the following week we go to Stockton.”

Smith added: “It was probably not the system, we were just a little off the pace. Binfield started the sharper of the two teams.

“They were a little bit stronger, faster and hungrier, but once we grew into the system we started to win our individual battles, and then we developed from there.

"The introduction of Luke Brooks-Smith was probably the biggest point.”

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