WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham is satisfied and a little surprised with the performance during the 2-1 defeat to Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.


took the lead inside four minutes of the

pre-season friendly match

at Stag Meadow when Jamie Di Giuseppe scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Kingsley Etefia by Keano Robinson.

Hayes & Yeading, champions of the Isthmian League South Central Division last season, equalised through Toby Little in the 27th minute.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men 10 minutes into the second half as trialist keeper Gary Malone, who came on as a half-time substitute, was shown a straight red card for handling a headed backpass outside the box.

United however were still able to win the match thanks to a goal from summer signing Troy Timothy four minutes from the final whistle.

Woodham told the Observer: "I'm very satisfied and slightly surprised with our work rake. We were coming into the game a little bit behind everyone else in terms of it was our first pre-season match.

"We were full of cobwebs and not a lot of fitness behind us, but we worked hard on Tuesday and Thursday prior to the game mind.

"I was surprised but very satisfied and probably just a little bit delighted at times. Hayes & Yeading have got quality and there's no denying that but we acquitted ourselves really well.

"When we attacked we did it well and with intent, and we defended very well at times. On Thursday, we put on a defensive session with those that would start and they learnt from it.

"We wanted to win the game and a mistake gave them the winner, but I'm satisfied with the performance. We were good value so people will go away, reflect on it, and say we've started well."

The Windsor boss continued: "We've got new, young boys in and an awful lot still to do, plus players still to come back, but we had to get a reference point. We haven't had one since the cup final against Ascot.

"It's all good and well training and getting fitness levels up, but we've now got a reference point to take into training on Tuesday, and into our next four or five games before the season starts, and that was the whole aim on Saturday.

"Well done to the boys. They know they had to put a shift in but this is why we have these challenging fixtures, and I can't walk away and say I'm disappointed.

"We learnt a lot about the young boys . We tried to stick to our shape and play football. Take the result away from it and it was a very worthwhile exercise for us.

"The performance on Saturday will go a long way to convincing people that we're going in the right direction again."

Windsor continue their summer preparations with a short trip to Holyport this Thursday (7.45pm), before Wantage Town visit Stag Meadow this Saturday (3pm).