Saturday 2nd November 2013
A sometimes wet yet frequently windy afternoon saw Windsor secure their third league win in a row against a battling Ash Utd side with goals from Adam Kirby, Matthew Day and the impressive Kyle Lucas.
With 455 spectators taking advantage of the free admission on our own Help For Heroes Day, the home side got off to a blistering start. At almost every opportunity, the ball was played out wide to Matthew Day and Kyle Lucas. Ash Utd were not helped with a late change as Alan Reid took Neill Marsh???s place just before kick-off. Lucas gave the stand-in right back an absolutely torrid time throughout the game and his excellent performance was capped with an outstanding finish from the edge of the area.
Windsor really should have had the game out of sight with numerous chances in an excellent first half performance. Whereas the wind was carrying the ball a ridiculously long way forward, it was probably the key factor why so many chances went begging. Robert Lazarczuk was particularly unfortunate as he saw his excellent curling effort hit the bar with the keeper stranded and a chip later in the half be carried over by the wind.
Against the run of play, Ash Utd took the lead when Coleman was alleged to have been brought down by Adam Kirby. Boukhobza had little difficult in sending stand-in keeper Ben Harris the wrong way. This rattled Windsor for a short while but it did not take long for us to gain parity; a corner from the left being brilliantly turned into the net at the near post by Kirby who had atoned for his earlier misdemeanour.
Further chances went begging and as half time came, the players trooped off with the scores level.
Into the second half and Windsor started brightly but after some confusion deep in our half, Ben Harris lost possession and Dan Hicks conceded a free kick very close to the edge of the area. Thankfully, nothing came of it. This gave Ash Utd more confidence and they started to get more and more into the game. A long wind assisted clearance by Bone caught us cold and Boukhobza brilliantly set up Coleman but the latter???s tame effort was easily saved by Ben Harris.
This scare sparked us into life and an amazing passage of play saw four or five close range efforts blocked by Bone and other Ash Utd defenders. How one of the efforts did not go in was astounding. Not to be deterred, we continued to push forward and Kyle Lucas outwitted Reed for the umpteenth time, slid the ball across to Matthew Day who gleefully smashed the ball past a helpless Bone to give the hosts a deserved lead. However, the visitors stepped up and a bizarre moment occurred where it appeared that the Assistant Referee flagged for a penalty only to quickly withdraw his flag and the referee award a corner. Shortly afterwards, Boukhobza appeared to have been brought down but this resulted in a stern lecture from the Referee.
A third finally came for Windsor from Man of the Match Lucas who having bamboozled Reed yet again, drove home into the bottom corner.
Ash substitute Baker immediately pulled one back having been set up by Coleman and a nervy finale was on the cards. Half chances came and went for both sides and the drama continued into stoppage time. An off the ball incident between Jason Sheehan and Lee Dyer resulted with a caution for Sheehan and a straight red for Dyer. After approaching 5 minutes of stoppage time, the game was brought to a conclusion.
Windsor had secured three more valuable points but the real winners today were the members of the Armed Forces in attendance and specifically the Help For Heroes charity.