WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham has warned his side they cannot afford to lose too often in the race for a top-six finish in the Hellenic Premier Division this season. writes Rob Stevens.


saw their five-match unbeaten run in the league come to an end after a surprise 4-0 loss to bottom side Longlevens last weekend.

It leaves them in 10th position in the table and 10 points behind sixth-placed Shrivenham but we three matches in hand heading into the final weeks of the season.


insists there are positives to take from the match at Stag Meadow, and he has challenged his team to get back to winning ways in the reverse fixture this Saturday (3pm).

He told the Observer: “The golden ticket now is to put the back in the back of the net and defend a little bit better.

“We performed like a top five or six team in the first 30 minutes last weekend, but we can’t afford to loose too many matches now.

“We need to keep on winning games to push on and sixth place would be a very good position for us.

“We need to sort out one or two things but I expect us to improve, perform a lot better and win some points this Saturday.

“Longlevens will have taken some confidence from last weekend so it’s up to us to perform a little better.”

Goals from Brad Martin and Ben Harris gave Longlevens a clear lead heading into the break at Stag Meadow.

Martin scored again after half-time, with Shaun O’Connor also on target as the visitors took their chances well to run out comfortable winners.

Woodham commented: “There were certainly no excuses and we can’t blame the weather. I put out a team good enough to win the game.

"We performed really well in tough conditions at Almondsbury the week before but we were a little bit short on Saturday.

"We struggled with the wind on our face defensively in the first half and we didn't deal with them in our box.

“We controlled the game in the first half and created some excellent chances that we weren’t able to convert.

“Longlevens then scored two late goals in the first half which came as a little bit of a surprise and raised a few eyebrows.

“We should have been three goals ahead on the chances we created but found ourselves two down at half-time.

“We played some good football in the first half but didn’t reach those same heights in the second and found them difficult to break down.

“We didn’t help ourselves when we were in their box. We had chances and I expected us to score but their keeper also had a day to remember. We hit the post but were chasing the game after their third goal.

"It was a frustrating afternoon really but if you can't score at home then you can't expect too much.

"We were certainly a lot better than them on the day but we failed to win. We will certainly play a lot worse and win because of the chances we created. I'm more disappointed that we conceded four goals.

"To be two down at half-time was disappointing and we never really recovered so I have no complaints and it was one of those afternoons.

"If we score a goal we beat them comfortably rather than being two down at half-time. It was an ugly scoreline but there are plenty of positives believe it or not."