Saturday 28th December 2013
Windsor's 11 match unbeaten run came to an end after a 2-5 defeat away at Westfield.
After the Christmas break Windsor sat in 2nd place in the table and returned to action away to an improving Westfield FC. The game saw Windsor 2nd best in most areas and their impressive unbeaten run since October was to come to a juddering halt as they suffered a resounding 5-2 defeat.
Early exchanges were tight and we're not indicative of what was to come. The first meaningful effort on goal came from Minhas after 10 minutes as he shot just wide from 20 yards. But Windsor received a warning of what was to come when a big clearance upfield from Westfield's keeper saw their No 10 clean through on goal, but his effort was well saved by Dennison. Windsor's reliable shot stopper made another excellent save on 25 minutes, this time with his feet, and on 33 minutes Windsor took the lead after Gould was flattened in the penalty area, Dan Hicks blasting the spot kick home.
Time and again Windsor's back 4 was struggling to deal with the excellent long ball distribution from Westfield's keeper but it looked like the lead would be held until half time but then on 44 minutes a good cross was met largely unchallenged and nodded neatly past an exposed Denisson. Westfield nearly took the lead 40 seconds later when a good opportunity was put just wide.
3 minutes into the 2nd half and Westfield took the lead as another long and pinpoint clearance from the keeper found space on the right wing and the resulting cross was easily headed home under no pressure.
Westfield then took control and scored 2 more to make it 4-1 before a corner from Pearse eluded the central defenders and was met by Dexter who made no mistake shooting home powerfully from inside the 6 yard area.
Then came a disputed penalty for Windsor with 6 minutes left on the clock; Jeffrey made an excellent run into the box and was clearly shoved off the ball but the referee saw nothing wrong and allowed play to continue. His assistant however flagged for the foul and despite the inevitable and prolonged complaints from the Westfield players Hicks was given the opportunity to notch his 2nd penalty and his hat trick. However he got under the ball this time and blasted it was over the bar. Shame because that would have resulted in a pulsating final few minutes. As it was Windsor's defence was again cut open via a long ball forward and Westfield notched their 5th of the afternoon.
5-2 may have flattered them somewhat but they deserved their victory and highlighted the fact that, without talisman Ben Harris who missed the game through injury, Windsor have much to do if they are to become real title challengers this season.