WINDSOR boss Mick Woodham has explained it is up to his stars to put in a performance and win the Hellenic Challenge Cup final this season, writes Rob Stevens.


take on rivals Ascot United, a side who have beaten them twice already this season, in the final at Ardley United on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).


has not changed the pre-match preparations, but has acknowledged it is up to the players to take centre stage and not him as manager.

He told the Observer: “Cup finals are about players and supporters and that’s what I’m focusing on. They’re not about coaches or managers, but instead the boys have got to turn up.

“Our support has been fantastic all season, particularly away from home, and they will do their part by making plenty of noise.

“The boys want to win the game and it’s up to them to do something as a collective. That’s what we’ve been focusing on.”

“There’s no pressure on the boys because Ascot have beaten us twice already. We know plenty about each other so it’s about how we turn up on the day.

“If we perform like we know we can but things don’t go our way, well then I can’t ask for any more than that.”

Woodham continued: “We trained on Monday and Thursday and we will probably do something Saturday lunchtime as well.

“We will have everyone available so we’ve had a good week with no drama, which is good, and training has been the same as normal really.

“We had last week off to rest and recover because of our heavy workload over Easter, but we’re now stepping things up a little bit.

“We’ve still got a few things to do but nothing changes because we want to keep the boys happy.”

He added: “Ascot have got a threat at set pieces and so all the fundamentals well.

“They’re no different to any other team in the fact that, if you let them execute their strengths, it will be a problem for you. It’s up to us to nullify their strengths and get into their weaknesses.

“It will be a 50-50 game because, if you look over the course of the season, they probably mirror our results and we know each other pretty well.”