Saturday 30th November 2013
Two goals within a minute was enough to secure three more valuable points for Windsor against a highly spirited and determined Hanworth Villa side.
Both sides came out of the blocks quickly and were intent on attacking at every opportunity. The first real chance of the game fell to Hanworth Villa???s impressive winger Ross Cheetham. Thankfully, Carl Dennison was alert to the danger to save smartly at his near post. Windsor hit back and the next chance of the game fell to George Gould who had been fed in by in-form Kyle Lucas. Unfortunately, Gould???s attempt on goal did not match the good work previously. Shortly afterwards, Rob Lazarczuk played an excellent cross field pass to Ben Harris who linked up excellently on the right with Kyle Jeffrey. Harris cut inside and managed to get his shot away. Thankfully, for the visitors, the deflection off a defender did not trouble Terry Buss in goal.
Villa almost came storming back and had three good chances in quick succession. The ever dangerous Cheetham headed over, Shaun Preddie, who also impressed blazed over and Levi King really should have done better when given too much time and space in the area.
The game then turned in Windsor???s favour. Kyle Lucas??? tenacity on the left led to a corner where, not for the first time this season, Adam Kirby rose to power a header past the helpless Buss. Almost immediately, Lucas again bamboozled the defence and set up Harry Pearse. He took his time and after cleverly fooling the covering defender, calmly clipped the ball past Buss. It would be fair to suggest that on the balance of play Windsor were fortunate to be two goals to the good.
Into the second half and Villa came out with all guns blazing. Ten minutes in and they really should have pulled one back but the effort came back off the bar. Preddie and Cheetham were causing our defenders all sorts of problems as they went in search of a way back into the game. Last ditch blocks and tackles by the Windsor defence kept Villa at bay and when they did get shots away, Dennison was in excellent form to protect the Windsor goal.
Windsor were finding it harder and harder to impose their own style of play onto the game and were restricted to counter attacks. Pearse was denied by an excellent tackle and Gould shot wide. Chances for the hosts were few and far between. Then followed two occasions where Lucas was flagged offside. Both decisions were met with howls of derision from the patrons in the main stand and even the Villa faithful remained quiet which spoke volumes for the decisions.
Eventually, Villa pulled one back after 88 minutes which was certainly deserved based on the manner in which they carried the game to Windsor. It was perhaps inevitable that Cheetham would be on hand to slide past the exposed Dennison. Could Windsor hold on to secure the win? With Villa pushing everything into attack in the dying stages of the game, the hosts were presented with two great chances to put the game out of reach. Firstly Lucas shot wide and then substitute Kane Jones had a disaster of a first touch after breaking clean through. Thankfully, the missed opportunities did not come back to haunt us as the final whistle was blown.