WINDSOR manager Mark Cooper has warned his team they will have to be at their best to get anything from a tough trip to Shrivenham this Saturday (3pm), writes Rob Stevens.

Windsor return to action in the Hellenic League Premier Division with a trip to Oxfordshire to face the high-flying Shrivvy in their final match before the Christmas period.

Cooper watched his side beat rivals Burnham and reach the quarter-final of the Floodlit Cup in midweek, with the boss hailing some of the best football he has seen in his time at the club.

But their performance levels will have to go up again to take the points at Barrington Park and potentially climb back into the top 10 in the table.

Cooper told the Observer: “The squad is a good group. You look at the squad in midweek and it’s as strong as we’ve had.

“Bryan Taylor is a good player and done really well. Juwon Akintunde did well up front and we’ve got the luxury of bringing Excellence Muhemba on and off the bench, and some midfield creativity we’ve added.

“We played the best football we have played since we’ve been here.

“We were never low on confidence. We’ve had a tough run but if you break the period down, we played a very good Binfield side, a very good team in the FA Vase and been very close to Burnham on a couple of occasions.

“We drew with Marlow in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup and lost on penalties and we drew last weekend, so we’ve not been far away.

“You knew a win was coming and confidence has not been low. We’ve got a great group of players. Their morale is high and there’s a good atmosphere within the group, so we will be fine.”

Windsor last tasted success in the league with a win at Berkshire rivals Reading City in October, but they did beat Shrivenham at Stag Meadow in Cooper’s first league match in charge back in September.

He commented: “We haven’t played much league football with the trip to Gloucestershire being postponed. We’ve got a very tough game against Shrivenham this Saturday.

“We beat them down here in one of the few games that they’ve lost. We beat them when we played very well but it will be a tough game on Saturday, and we will have to be at our best to get anything.”

Windsor ended a four-match losing streak against Burnham in the Floodlit Cup in midweek and can now look forward to the last eight of the competition in the New Year.

Cooper said: “The league is very important to us as is all the cup competitions. We won’t put more emphasis on one than the other, but the Floodlit Cup is a competition we’re progressing in quite nicely so absolutely we want to do well in it.”