CHAIRMAN Kevin Stott insists Windsor FC's win against Woking on Saturday proves the squad are capable of competing in the higher echelons of non-league football.
First-half goals from Jake Parsons and Andrew Fagan were enough to see off the Blue Square Conference South champions at Stag Meadow - albeit in pre-season friendly action.
And Stott, despite admitting to being a little surprised by the result, is buoyed by the quality of football being produced by the now settled squad.
Speaking exclusively to The Observer he said: "I genuinely felt we could win and it was never in doubt that we'd put up a creditable performance.
"This team is capable of playing at a higher level and Saturday was an indication of that."
Windsor broke the deadlock inside five minutes when the Woking defence failed to deal with a Jake Parsons's free-kick allowing Fagan to convert from close range.
Woking, however, began to show their divisional quality and came close to an equaliser when Gregg Mills rounded goalkeeper Rob Bullivant only for captain Ryan Parsons to clear off the line.
And the impressive Loick Pires struck the Windsor crossbar before Bullivant was at his fantastic best to keep out Gez Sole's free-kick.
Stott continued: "I felt that we were better than them as much as our ability to defend - I thought we defended under pressure pretty comfortably.
"There seems to be a trend emerging, you look at Chelsea in the European Cup final and their ability to absorb exordinant amounts of pressure is just as important as scoring goals."
Windsor made the visitor's rue missed chances in the 35th minute when Jake Parsons weaved his way through the defence before firing past keeper Mark Scott.
Woking made eight changes during the interval but were still denied by the woodwork, firstly Jesse Wallerlassen and then substitute Adam Doyle.
And Bullivant was determined to keep his clean sheet in the closing stages, tipping Jay Davies effort from the edge of the penalty box over the bar.
Stott went on: "It was my understanding that Woking pretty much had their first team squad out in the first-half.
"We've got a settled squad now that is working in our favour and it's interesting that the two players that scored have that little bit of extra quality about them."
Windsor's pre-season preparations continue this Monday night (July 23, 7.30pm kick-off) with a visit from Wycombe Wanderes of League Two before a trip to rivals Holyport of the Hellenic Premier Division on Thursday (July 26, 7.30pm).
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