WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham is disappointed not to have beaten Highworth Town after a 3-3 draw in the FA Cup on Saturday.

A goal from Jason Milhench gave Highworth the lead midway through the first half in the extra preliminary round tie at Stag Meadow.

Windsor equalised through Jeevan Panesar eight minutes later, but the home side suffered a double blow after the break.

Referee Shelby Elson awarded Highworth a soft penalty for an alleged push inside the box and Ashley Edenborough beat keeper Hugo Sobte from the spot on 58 minutes.

Windsor were then reduced to 10-men in the 70th minute as George Gould was shown a straight red card for kicking out at an opponent.

However, the hosts equalised through Daniel Roberts seconds later and then took the lead when the summer signing bagged his second goal eight minutes from time.

Windsor could not hold on though as Edenborough headed in a 95th minute equaliser for the visitors to set up a replay at The Elms Recreation Ground this Wednesday (7.45pm).

Woodham believed Highworth, who were playing in their first match of the season, were there for the taking, and he has criticised the performance of referee Elson.

He told the Observer: "I'm pleased for the boys but disappointed not to beat them and win the game.

"This was a great game of football with two good teams going for it on a great surface.

"There was a lot of money at stake for both clubs and we get a referee who has decided to take centre stage.

"The referee didn't play the game and I need to look at why we conceded three goals when we've got ourselves back into it.

"We're in the hat for the next round as it stands, however we could have had a good week in front of us with two training sessions rather than facing them again on Wednesday.

"But, we will dust ourselves down and go again."

Woodham added: "For us, half-time was just about improving on a little bit of quality in the final third. We didn't really impact on their 18-yard area like we should have done when we had good chances.

"We didn't really test their keeper apart from at long range, but Hugo wasn't really tested unless it was from long range as well.

"Our teamtalk was really about doing the basics. Start with a good tempo, keep your discipline because Highworth can obviously play and take the chances when they come, and that's exactly what we did."

On the decision to award Highworth a penalty, Woodham commented: "I'm disappointed with the referee. It was a soft penalty and he was so inconsistent throughout the game.

"If it had been given to us you would almost have to stand there and shake your head. What an earth happened there?

"There is a lot of money at stake and we get decisions like that. He didn't give himself any thinking time but again he has taken centre stage."

He continued: "We did have a bit of a sticky 15-20 minutes in the second-half and then it became really difficult when George got sent off.

"If you go kicking out at people and the officials see it then you're going to get sent off and that's exactly what happened."

Commenting on the Windsor fightback, Woodham added: "You have to congratulate Dan on his finish, but we were bold enough to leave two up top so we got our rewards for being brave.

"The boys stuck to their task and fully deserved to take the lead. For the boys to fight like they did, full credit to them, it was brilliant.

"We couldn't defend the cross and header at the end. I'll look back on that and probably be disappointed but I'm not going to be disappointed with the boys.

"I'm disappointed with how it panned out because Highworth were there for the beating.

"It was their first game of the season and it showed at times, but we showed a bit of quality and what we're all about, particularly with 10 men."

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