WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham is taking the positives from a 4-2 defeat in a friendly match against Egham Town at Stag Meadow Tuesday.

Windsor trailed 3-0 at the break but fought back to reduce the deficit thanks to goals from Matt Stockill and Malachi Thomas, before Egham secured the win after a Hugo Sobte own goal.

Woodham told the Observer: “We had the chance to play on the pitch because we haven’t been here for a few weeks.

“We wanted to have a look at two or three players, and a couple of systems and shapes.

“We did all of that and it was a good blow-out for the boys against good opposition, so I think we feel a little bit happier about ourselves compared to what we did last weekend.

“I thought we played very well over 90 minutes in midweek. We were a bit shaky at times when we conceded softly and cheaply.

“We really knocked the wind out of our sails with the first couple of goals but I thought it was fairly even stevens then.

“We were terrific in the second half and tackled the game really well.

“I’ve no complaints with the scoreline but, if we had shown that desire and application in the first half in and around their box, I thought we might have nicked another couple of goals”

Windsor are now three matches without a win in the Hellenic Premier Division after a 1-1 draw away at Fairford Town on Saturday.

The Stag Meadow-based club have not won in the league since September 8th, and their latest draw leaves them in ninth position in the league table.

A goal from Daniel Roberts gave the visitors the lead midway through the first-half at Cinders Lane, before Conor Thompson equalised for Fairford on 66 minutes.

Woodham commented: “We were excellent in the first half and did everything we wanted to do. We got the goal and could have had another really in real terms.

“The message at half-time was certainly to carry on what you’re doing because Fairford are going to come out strong.

“If we could just force another goal and play on the front foot while they’re pushing then we could control the game.

“We should have had two goals in the first 10-15 minutes in the second half, but we didn’t take those chances and for the last half-hour it was all Fairford.

“In essence we actually done well to get out of there with a point.”

Windsor welcome Ascot United to Stag Meadow this Saturday (3pm).

Woodham said: “Ascot are top of the table for one reason, they’re a good side, but so are we.

“We’ve still got some boys to come in that didn’t feature in midweek.

“The whole point of that exercise was to get ourselves into some shape and I’m hoping that we’ve achieved that.

"We’ve still got a lot to do but if we perform like we did in midweek then we won't be far away.

"We've got to throw everything at this game on Saturday and we will.

"For me it's jus another game, but we need to pick up some points and the added spice is Ascot are our near neighbours and top of the table.

"They're a good side and I like the manager, so it's up to us to put a performance on.

"We haven't been here for a while apart from when North Leigh United came and embarrassed themselves with just eight players.

"We've done enough travelling for the short term I think, so we're looking forward to Saturday and will see where it takes us."

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