OLD WINDSOR manager Gary Wade believes his side deserved their victory over Maidenhead Town in the semi-finals of the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup this season, writes Rob Stevens.

The East Berkshire Premier Division Club reached the final after a 2-0 win with goals either side of the break from Sean Blandford and Bradley Birchmore.

Wade admits Old Windsor have played better football as a team, but their reward is an all-East Berkshire final against league rivals Singh Sabha, which he predicts could go either way.

Wade told the Observer: "It was a funny game. We scored our first goal within the first five minutes to ease our nerves but Maidenhead got back into it as the first-half went on.

"They played well in the second-half but we were always dangerous on the break. We scored with 15 minutes remaining then saw the game game out quite comfortably.

"Maidenhead had a lot of the ball and our keeper did have to make one good save, but we hit the bar and post and deserved to win because we played well as a team.

"Everyone gave their all as individuals, but as a team we've played better football at times this season."

Looking ahead to the final, he added: "Singh Sabha are a good team and play some good football. They showed that when they beat Delaford and not many sides can do that.

"They've got a lot of players signed on so it sometimes depends on what team they get out against you.

"We will fancy our chances in the final, but they will be saying the same thing, so it will be a good, close game.

"Singh Sabha had the better of the chances in our recent draw in the league (1-1) and will be disappointed not to have won, but we played well as well so a point was a good result for us.

"They're always tight games so hopefully we can do ourselves justice in the final. It's a good final for the East Berkshire League as well."

Wade continued: "It's only the second time we've entered the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup and last season we had our best result when beating Aldermaston, but then lost to Langley.

"The Ascot & Fielden Charity Cup is probably our favourite competition. We've been in it for 20 years and reached a few finals without winning it.

"The Slough Town Challenge Cup is always going to be tough with the likes of Langley and Chalvey Sports involved, but we're still in the League Cup this season as well."

Old Windsor are on course to achieve their goal of reaching a cup final plus finishing in the top-half of the Premier Division this season, but Wade has now challenged his side to be greedy and win silverware on all fronts.

He explained: "We spoke as a team before the season started and one goal was to get into a cup final. If we could finish in the top-half of the league and get into a cup final then we would be pleased but, now that we've got ourselves into a good position to do, so we want to be greedy.

"We've got a good squad with a mix of young players and some more experienced ones in their late twenties, so we fancy our chances against all the teams in this league.

"It's nice to get the chance to have a run in the cups and we're confident we can give anyone a game in this league."

Old Windsor turn their attention to the League Cup and a third round tie away at AFC Crowthorne this Saturday (1.30pm), and Wade has acknowledged it will be a tough place to go.

He explained: "Crowthorne don't lose many games at home so it's going to be tough over there. They're a big, solid team and on their pitch it will be a test.