WINDSOR completed their preparations for the Hellenic Premier Division season with a 4-2 defeat against Chalfont St Peter at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

Goals from Ryan Debattista and Mark Goodman gave Chalfont a clear lead, but Jeevan Panesar pulled one back for the home side before the break.

Windsor summer signing Daniel Roberts headed in after the break, but either side of goals from Charlie Mitchell and Joel Jacobs for the visitors.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “It wasn’t the result we wanted, however I’m not going to be too down-hearted and don’t pay attention to pre-season.

“It’s always nice to get that winning habit and we haven’t had that in the last three games, but we have played three teams from the level above us.

“Those teams have big squads and we’re a little bit depleted numbers-wise at the moment for various reasons, including unavailability.

“The boys that come in have got to step up because we made mistakes on Saturday and got punished, which you expect.

“We created chances so, with a little bit more care when it comes to looking after the ball and being a bit stronger, we could have given ourselves more of a foundation to build on.

“We kept the ball relatively well in our own half but in the final third we were a little bit wasteful.”

He continued: “We are never where we want to be and you always have to push, but the seven days had no bearing on me being here.

“Ashley Smith was running things then and we had Maidenhead at that time, which was a good game for us, so we’re not far behind.

“We’ve got holidays and over unavailability at the moment which is going to hurt us, so there’s no point in being defeatist, but it does give somebody else a chance.

“We had the chance to look at two or three players last weekend and they’ve got the shirts so we will see where it goes, but we’ve got some senior players to come back and we’re going to need them.”

Windsor get the new season under way with a trip to Brimscombe & Thrupp this Saturday (3pm), before a visit to Stag Meadow from Shrivenham next Tueday (7.45pm).

Woodham commented: “We will have a good group at training in midweek and slowly the boys are coming back from their holidays.

“We know how tough Saturday will be but we’ve had a good week in front of us and want to build on last weekend.

“We did a lot of good things against Chalfont and on a good surface, and there are not many of those at this time of year.”

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