WINDSOR manager Mark Cooper insists his side did not deserve to lose after a 3-0 defeat against Flackwell Heath on Tuesday night, writes Rob Stevens.

Things had been heading in the right direction for Windsor with a five-match unbeaten run which included a win against rivals Virginia Water and a draw with unbeaten league leaders Westfields last weekend.

Storm Brendan rained down on Stag Meadow and Windsor had the benefit of a strong wind behind them in the first half, but they could not take advantage and take a lead into the break.

New striker Adam McNamara should have done better when being denied with a save at close range from Flackwell keeper Sonny Wheeler whilst Andrew Higgins was unfortunate not to open the scoring as his well-hit shot cannoned back off the crossbar.

The hosts were made to pay as Khalid Simmo broke the deadlock for Flackwell with a smart volley from inside the box two minutes after the restart.

Windsor were now playing into a strong headwind but produced the best football without finding an equaliser.

The Heathens however were more clinical in front of goal and doubled the advantage when Marcus Ushiro-Lumb struck in the final minute of normal time before a goal from substitute Dean Morgan put the icing on the cake in time added on.

Cooper told the Observer: “I’m very frustrated and can’t quite work out how we lost that game.

“We were in the ascendency in the first half and hit the crossbar when it looked like it was going in. We had some chances but didn’t make the most of it in my opinion.

“We actually played better in the second half with the wind against us but all in all I’m extremely disappointed.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose the game without question. If you look at the football that was played, we were on top in the first half and played the better of the two sides in the second.

“We weren’t at our best because the conditions were horrendous, but we just didn’t deserve to lose the game - let alone 3-0.

“It’s fair to say we had some chances and could’ve been more clinical. We hit the bar, which was a bit unfortunate, but we had other chances that we should’ve done better with without doubt and we paid the price for that.

“The conditions were terrible, but we tried to play some football and missed chances.

“We tried to get the equaliser late on but Flackwell hit us on the counter-attack a couple of times and suddenly it’s a score line that looks like a very convincing win when it was everything but.”

Windsor became only the third team following Lydney Town (twice) and Brimscombe & Thrupp to take points off unbeaten league leaders Westfields after the two sides drew 1-1 at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

Both the goals came in the first half with William Montague giving the hosts a lead before Ben Hayes equalised two minutes before the half-time whistle.

Cooper commented: “It was a very good performance which makes what happened in midweek even more disappointing. You feel you’re progressing and go five matches unbeaten and then we lose in midweek.

“The performance on Saturday was a good one full of good individual displays.

“The average age of the squad was 22 but they still showed great maturity, but the decision making wasn’t at the same level in midweek.”

The results leave Windsor in 15th position in the Hellenic League Premier Division table and two points behind the top 10 with a return to action at home to Brackley Town Saints on Saturday 25th January (3pm).