WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham has explained his side need to learn some lessons from recent defeats ahead of their FA Vase third round tie at Erith Town this Saturday (3pm), writes Rob Stevens.

Windsor suffered a first defeat in eight matches in all competitions when losing at Ascot United in the Hellenic Premier Division last weekend, before being beaten on penalties against Flackwell Heath in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday.

Erith, from the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, had been on a six-match winning streak before losing in the league at Deal Town last weekend.

Windsor won at Erith in round two of the Vase last season, and they will benefit from the return of two or three players, but Woodham knows his side need to improve in certain areas.

He told the Observer: "We went and watched Erith last Wednesday and we need to improve, that's pretty clear.

"We've got a little bit of work to do in certain areas, but Saturday is another day and another cup game where anything can happen.

"We need to make sure we learn some lessons from Flackwell in midweek and Ascot last weekend, then take those into the Erith game and see where it takes us.

Erith are strong and direct, everything we expected. They put balls into the box and are confident because they're on a good run of form. They're at home as well so it's going to be a tough afternoon for us.

"We're alright with our performances, we just need to improve in a couple of areas and work on a couple of things.

"It's come at a good time for us because we can quickly get into it, look forward to it, and hopefully get ourselves back to winning ways.

"We will welcome back another two or three players and that's the key for us because it will only strengthen us."

Woodham continued: "We want to stay in the competition for the prestige. We saw what it did to us last season, plus Thatcham Town and Bracknell Town. It's a real plus so you have to go to Erith and want to win the game.

"We don't want to go out of two cups already this season so we need to recognise what's needed, but we've got a lot of work to do in front of us.

"We are the only side still in the FA Vase from the Hellenic League and we want to make sure we're still in it after Christmas. Let's keep on flying the flag and keep on hoping that we might get a little bit of luck at Erith as well."