WINDSOR have suffered a first defeat in eight matches in all competitions this season after a 4-2 loss at Ascot United in the Hellenic Premier Division on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Ascot were the last team to beat Windsor in the first leg of the Windsor Great Park derby, and they opened up a lead inside five minutes at The Racecourse Ground with goals from Harry Laflin and Jean-Claude Etienne.

Windsor pulled a goal back through George Gould before the break, but the home side restored their two-goal advantage when Nathan Minhas netted two minutes after half-time.

The away side pulled another back via Victor Ocansey before Minhas secured the points for Ascot with his second goal in the match two minutes from the final whistle.

The defeat leaves Windsor in 10th position in the league table and now 12 points behind Ascot in third place.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: “We’re a bit disappointed with the scoreline but our performance was good.

“We fell asleep for the first five minutes and got punished, then we reacted and responded really real with a great goal from George, it was a great set-piece.

“That got us back into the game and I thought we were fantastic then, right up until the last five minutes when Ascot scored again on the breakaway.

“We then got ourselves back to 3-2 and should have had a penalty. I think everyone from both sides is convinced that it was a penalty, but we didn’t get it and Ascot go up the other end to score.

“That put a bit of gloss on the scoreline for them but our performance was very good and I was very pleased.”

He continued: “The first goal went in within a minute but you think okay you’ve got another 90 minutes to get it right, but then the second one goes in and all of a sudden you need to settle down.

“Thankfully we did and got a goal from our first corner, and I thought we controlled the game after.

“We controlled possession, shots on goal, corners, pretty much everything, but we conceded four soft goals and when you do that to a top three or four side you’re going to get punished.

“We were rightly punished but the only disappointing thing is the scoreline, nothing about the performance on Saturday, I thought we were very good.”

Windsor turn their attention to the FA Vase and a third round tie away at Erith Town from the Southern Counties East League Premier Division this Saturday (3pm).

Woodham: “We went to watch Erith a week Wednesday and we need to improve, that’s pretty clear.

“We’ve got a little bit of work to do in certain areas, but it’s another cup game and anything can happen.

“We need to make sure we learn some lessons from midweek and last weekend.”