WINDSOR were out-shone by Binfield on Tuesday evening, crashing to a shock 5-0 defeat in their Hellenic League fixture on Tuesday night, writes Dave Wright.

The kick-off was delayed for half-an-hour when the floodlights went out at Stag Meadow – and the players must have wished they had not come back on.

Both sides held a top-six place, but there was a wide difference between them over the 90 minutes.

Windsor, back in action after their fixture at Longlevens last Saturday had been called off due to waterlogging, never recovered from conceding a goal to Josh Howell with just 72 seconds on the clock.

There was a let-off for the hosts when George Short missed an open goal, but they went close to equalising shortly afterwards when Kingsley Etefia broke clear down the right flank, only to fire over, and then skipper Luke Appleton saw his effort hit the foot of the post.

However, Windsor were defending more than attacking, and they were caught out by an excellent move which was rounded off by a cool finish from over-lapping right-back Jack Thompson-Wheeler in the 34th minute,

And it got worse for the hosts five minutes before half-time, with a mis-clearance by keeper Nojus Trinovas gifting a third goal to Sean Moore.

Mark Cooper's men made a promising start to the second half, but their hopes of hauling themselves back into the game disappeared when skipper Moore powered through the heart of the Windsor defence to make it 4-0 in the 57th minute.

Both sides introduced substitutes and it was one of them, Jemel Johnson, who within three minutes of his arrival provided the cross for Josh Helmore to tap home Binfield's fifth goal after 73 minutes.

Windsor sub Thair Fraser went closest to scoring a consolation goal, forcing a smart save by goalie Joe Williams, but for the second time this season they failed to score against the Moles, having lost 2-0 at Hill Farm Lane in August.

Cooper will be hoping this was just a bad day at the office for his side, as they face a particularly tough looking task this weekend when they host unbeaten Southern Combination League leaders Eastbourne Town in the second round of the FA Vase.

Windsor, who have slipped to seventh in the table, are due to make the short trip to Burnham for a league fixture next Tuesday (7.45pm).