WINDSOR manager Mark Cooper believes his side produced a good all-round performance to beat Royal Wootton Bassett Town 3-1 on Tuesday, writes Rob Stevens.

Wootton Bassett took an early lead at Stag Meadow, but the home side recovered with a little help from referee Jack Hobbs to be in front on the half-time whistle.

Hobbs awarded Windsor two penalty kicks having adjudged Bassett defender Michael Miller of deliberate handball before Jon Beeden clearly brought down Tomas Kalinauskas inside the box.

Miller was shown a straight red card while Beeden was sent to the sinbin for his protests and Luke Brooks-Smith rifled both spot-kicks into the back of the net.

It was no less than Windsor deserved on the balance of play but having missed numerous chances in the second half they had to wait until the final eight minutes for Danny Horscroft to strike and secure all three points.

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Cooper told the Observer: “It was a really good performance. The only disappointing thing was we didn’t put the game to bed earlier than we did.

“The longer the game went on you always thought Wootton Bassett might get a half-chance or something that would punish us for not taking all our opportunities.

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Luke Brooks-Smith scored twice from the penalty spot as Windsor beat Royal Wootton Bassett Town 3-1 at Stag Meadow on Tuesday night.

“It was difficult to see the handball incident. We were a long way from where it was, so it was difficult to tell but the second one looked like a definite penalty.

“I will have to look at the number of shots we had on goal. Wootton Bassett had one shot on target, and we must have had 20 shots on goal, so we could’ve scored any number of goals, but we nearly paid for our wasteful finishing.

“We actually played really well in terms of our build-up play and possession and even the balls into the box were really good, but we had a number of chances that we didn’t take.

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“I’m disappointed with our finishing but it was a good all-round performance. Overall it was a very comfortable night with a good all-round display and on another night, we could’ve scored a lot more.”

The win means Windsor have climbed to ninth position in the Hellenic League Premier Division table and just four points behind Shrivenham in fifth place.

Windsor have been frustrated by the fixtures programme in recent weeks and the planned trip to Lydney Town this Saturday (3pm) looks in doubt after the Gloucestershire club felt the full force of Storm Dennis last weekend.

Cooper is doing all he can to keep his stars focused in the interim and believes a strong finish to the season could see Windsor take high order in the league standings.

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Windsor midfielder Danny Horscroft scored the final goal in the victory over Royal Wootton Bassett at Stag Meadow.

He explained: “We keep on training and working hard as well as keeping the fun element involved. We will keep the boys ticking over and get into some good habits.

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“We will keep on honing what we do in training to give us more opportunities on the pitch to get it right.

“It’s a bit frustrating because bar one performance in the last two months we’re in a good vein of form and we just want to keep on playing games.”

Cooper added: “We are relatively pleased, but we didn’t keep a clean sheet in midweek, so we’re disappointed with that. We want to be a team that keeps clean sheets more consistently than we do but having said that we are pleased with the way we’re playing.

“This is a league apart from the top two where anyone can beat anyone else. A good run now puts us in with a chance of a good league position to finish the season but equally if we’re indifferent for the rest of the season there’s not much that separates third place from second from bottom.”