WINDSOR have reached the last-16 of the FA Vase for the second successive season after a 4-1 win at AFC Uckfield Town in round four on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Manager Mick Woodham admitted his side were in awful league form heading into match at The Oaks but the magic of the Vase once again provided the spark for Windsor to return to form.

Windsor, the sole representatives from the Hellenic League, stormed into a two-goal lead inside 11 minutes when Daniel Roberts twice capitalised on mistakes from the Uckfield defence to find the back of the net.

Uckfield pulled one back through Callum Smith just four minutes later and the number nine twice went close to equalising before the break, while Roberts was denied a first-half hat-trick by keeper Louis Rogers.

The crucial moment in the tie came just four minutes into the second-half when Windsor forward Kieran Knight raced onto a clearance from Andrew Ingram and was fouled inside the box by keeper Rogers.

Robert Lazarczuk, the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, showed no hesitation from the spot to send Rogers the wrong way, netting to the keepers left.

Roberts has scored in every round of the Vase so far this season and he secured the victory with a finish at the back post to complete his hat-trick in the 70th minute. The striker has now scored five goals in three matches in the national competition.

Woodham told the Observer: “I’m absolutely delighted for the players and supporters because Uckfield isn’t an easy place to come to. Sutton Common Rovers found that out a month ago and it was important for us to learn why they came unstuck, and we did.

“We had to change our style and it was very effective. We were clinical in front of goal. We defended when we had to and scored when we had chances.

“I’m delighted for the players because we’ve had a bumpy ride in the last three of four games.

“That’s a strong and massive performance from us away from home and they were some big performers out there. There were three or four big leaders but everyone has done their job, so I’m delighted for the supporters that are here and the boys in the changing room as well.

“Well done all round because we deserved it.”

He continued: "The pitch made it difficult. You need only walk on it and you will take half of it back with you on your boots.

"It was a soft pitch and you can't really play football on it. You've got to do the basics and turn them around. The pitch had no bounce on it, the ball held up.

"You can see why Uckfield are strong on the pitch because they know how to play it, but we adapted to it really well.

"We got a helping hand with the first two goals, I accept that, but you have to take your chances when they come and for Daniel to get two will have done his confidence the world of good.

"It was a good start but then we were 2-1 down on 17 minutes. The start gave us a good platform to settle down. We were terrific in the opening spell to play like that from the start. We started well at Erith and really well on Saturday.

"We had a little bit of a setback with Uckfield scoring a goal, which put them back in the game before half-time. Then it was a case of managing it and possibly waiting for them to open up and play on the counter, but we didn't need to.

"Robert stuck the penalty away and then we went on to get another one, so I can't complain about anything. The afternoon has been fantastic."

Woodham added: "Their threats were laid down in the first 45 minutes and it didn't look like they had a plan B, so thankfully we stuck to our guns from what we learnt in the first-half.

"We tightened up a little bit and defended well from set pieces. We stood our ground and I thought we were excellent.

"When we asked for quality from our front two or three it came through.

"The penalty was at an important stage of the game. The third goal killed any momentum Uckfield had because they were then on the back foot."

On the hat-trick hero, Roberts, he said: "Daniel showed a lot of quality out there but, being harsh, he should maybe have scored again just before half-time. He could've had a first-half hat-trick but he reacted well and still stuck one away at the death.

"We are all a part of the team win, lose or draw, but Daniel delivered and no-one can criticise that. He put in a fantastic shift and got his goals with some great finishes for all three really, so he will go home happy and rightly so.

"He done it in front of some good support, so I'm pleased for him."

The reward for Windsor is an away draw at Biggleswade from the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division in round five of the FA Vase in February.