WINDSOR have progressed into the third round proper of the FA Vase for a second successive season after a 2-0 win away at Chichester City on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Windsor reached the quarter-finals of the national competition last season but travelled to Oaklands Park as the underdogs with their hosts leading the Southern Combination Premier Division.

It took a while for the tie to come alive but Chichester did themselves no favours when midfielder Dave Herbert was shown a straight red card for a two-footed tackle after 39 minutes.

The visitors capitalised to break the deadlock a minute before the half-time interval. Fabio Nunes delivered a free-kick from the right wing low to the near post where Daniel Roberts, returning from injury, was first to the ball and diverted it into the net.

Windsor doubled their advantage eight minutes after the break as Roberts found Matthew Stockill – one of the goal heroes in the Vase win at Eastbourne last season - inside the box and the midfielder side-footed the ball into the top right corner giving keeper Jordan Matthews no chance.

Windsor looked the more threatening in the final 30 minutes of the second round tie with Stockill missing chance to add to the score, while the hosts’ frustration showed when Kieran Hartley was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball challenge on Jamie Di Guiseppe two minutes from the final whistle.

A delighted Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “We knew what we were working into but we were fantastic and I’m absolutely delighted with the boys.

“We had a gameplan and for the first 25 minutes we had to sit in without showing too much of what we could do, but we were determined to get a foothold in the game somehow, then we could play our game.

“I knew that if we stuck at it and stayed in the game we would have threats in the game and that’s how it worked out. If we could execute our plan then we would be on the right side of the result and that’s exactly how it panned out.

“I’m not being unfair or disrespectful but we could’ve wrapped it up with more goals, and to keep a clean sheet against a free-scoring Chichester just shows you how well we done.”

Player-coach Barry Hayles added: “We knew it would be a tough place to come and we had to sit tight, but we felt after the first 20-25 minutes we came into our own.

“Chichester played the way we called it and we took the game back to them.

“We scored at the right time and that gave us the platform to play in the second-half, where we dictated the tempo and saw the game through.

“Once we got the second goal we set ourselves to mange the game but we had a few more chances as well, so we’re very pleased and satisfied.”

Grab a copy of the Observer this Friday for all our match pictures plus further reaction to the win in the FA Vase.