Saturday 14th September 2013
Windsor suffered their first league loss of the season going down 2-1 away at Badshot Lea.
A cool and blustery day with rain in the air met the Windsor faithful as they ventured to deepest Surrey for today???s fixture. The early exchanges were frantic to say the least. The hosts came flying out of the blocks and as early as the 3rd minute, Carl Dennison had to be at his best to get down low to save at his right hand post. A couple of minutes later and Windsor???s first chance came from a corner which Adam Kirby did well to get to at the near post but it went narrowly over. On 8 minutes, Badshot Lea really should have taken the lead when their #9 was put clean through only to be denied again by Dennison.
Against the run of play, Windsor took a 13th minute lead when a free kick from Ben Harris from all of 30 yards out somehow eluded the home custodian who really should have done better. The pace got quicker and quicker and the Rob Parrott was perhaps fortunate to get away with a caution for an obvious elbow to Carl Garstang???s head.
The first set back for Windsor came when Harry Pearse had to be substituted and was replaced by Owen Richardson. Things went from bad to worse after 18 minutes as Adam Kirby, while being pressured by two opponents, made a hash of a back pass which allowed Darren Blake to latch onto the loose ball, round Carl Dennison and finish from a tight angle. This setback stung Windsor into action and a Carl Garstang free kick was palmed away by Oliver Short.
After the first 25 minutes of frantic end to end football, Windsor started to get a grip of the game. George Gould was battling manfully with the giant Dave Richards while Carl Garstang was doing his best not to allow Joe Sowden too many opportunities to get behind him.
After 32 minutes, Sowden and Blake combined well which resulted with Carl Dennison palming a cross away from danger. A few moments later, Blake was brilliantly put through only to miscontrol the ball with only Dennison to beat. Windsor hit back and Garstang was unfortunate not to hit the target from out wide.
Controversially, the referee blew for half time just as the hosts were preparing to take a corner. So, the scores were level but the home side will feel a little aggrieved at not going in ahead.
The second half did not live up to the excitement of the first half and the first few minutes saw a tight midfield battle between both sides. However, on 53 minutes, Ben Harris burst into the box and a combination of two defenders and goalkeeper resulted in Harris being unceremoniously dumped onto the ground. The referee had probably the easiest decision of the game to make and justifiably awarded a penalty. With Rob Lazarczuk away on holiday, Harris took the responsibility but his well struck penalty was at a very good height for their goalkeeper to make a very good save. The ball rebounded to Harris and with the goal at his mercy blazed the ball out of the ground. Would this miss prove to be costly?
On 54 minutes, Adam Kirby???s snap shot from the edge of the area just cleared the bar. Windsor were growing in confidence and the midfield duo of Sheehan and #8 were getting more of a grip on the game with some good passing out wide to Kyle Lucas in particular. Badshot Lea were still posing a threat and Carl Dennison saved brilliantly at his near post from a header by Blake. They really should have taken the lead when great work by Sowden resulted with Ryan Bells nudging narrowly wide.
With 9 minutes to go, Windsor???s defence was caught napping by a short corner which was played in towards the near post and Parrott reacted quickest to poke the ball home.
There was still more drama to come. Badshot Lea???s Jan Mussington fell awkwardly and appeared to be concussed. This led to a lengthy delay while he was being treated by both physics. Thankfully, he was able to walk off the pitch assisted by two team mates. This delay resulted in over 7 minutes of stoppage time and during this, Windsor still created two or three half chances but the efforts did not trouble their goalkeeper.
So Windsor slipped to their first league defeat of the season as Badshot Lea deservedly picked up all three points. Had it not been for the heroics of Carl Dennison, the score line could have been a lot worse.