THE Windsor Cox Green Academy got the new National League Alliance season under way with a 4-0 win against Kings Lynn Town on Wednesday.

The young guns eased to victory at Stag Meadow thanks to a Nathan Hodge brace, plus goals from Max Formosa and Louis Payne.

Team coach Jack Porter told the Observer: “We had a bit of a hectic situation before the game because half of the team were not allowed to leave school at the time we wanted them to.

“We arrived at the ground around 20 minutes before the scheduled kick-off so just had a five minute talk with the players and no real warm up.

“We managed to score three goals early on,which might be a surprise to some people but maybe the players were a bit more free in their mindset.

“We saw the game out in the second-half and were never in danger . We were comfortable and it was a positive result when you the consider the circumstances.

“We’re in a new league and not 100 per-cent sure what we would come up against, but we were in control of the game after the second goal.

“To score four goals, keep a clean sheet and get the win is a real positive for us.”

Porter added: “We started quite slowly last season with a defeat and a draw, although we should have won both those matches.

“It didn’t dent our chances of wining the league but it does not help if there is a six-point gap already.

“We were close to being one of the top sides last season in terms of performance and the standards we produced.

“We’re in a new league again so are not sure what we will be up against, but e have a stronger group all-round so not to finish in the top two might be a little bit of a disappointment.”

Porter continued: "Ashley Smith (Academy Director) has left to become the manager at Egham, but our day job is no different and our goal remains to get young players into senior football.

"Windsor is a great pathway to do that and we've seen that in the last few years.

"We have to take the players bests interest first of all and the pathway has worked in recent years so it will not change much.

"Windsor will be our first port of call for these boys because it's probably a better step into senior football, but we've now got the chance to use Egham if there is an outstanding talent."

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