Saturday 1st February 2014
Windsor's promotion push hit a slight stumble following a 1-0 defeat at home to Croydon.
The 1st half started with Windsor in the ascendancy, passing fluently and generally looking in control of the game. Chance after chance came and went, first a header after 5 minutes was parried away one handed at full stretch, a Pearse piledriver was safely dealt with, Dexter,s shot from the right corner of the penalty looked goal bound until a long arm was extended to tip the ball over the bar with fingertips.
Despite Windsor's dominance, Croydon were proving dangerous on their occasional breaks and could easily have taken the lead on 13 minutes when a neat chip over Dennison appeared goal bound only to rebound off the post to safety.
On 17 minutes a Sheehan corner was met by a powerful header from about 8 yards out but Ameyaw was in the right place again to make another excellent save.
Despite struggling with the wind from goal kicks this time Croydon broke quickly and, having caught Windsor's defence napping, fired in a shot which Dennison did well to save, only to see the ball divert to the advancing Jones who calmly slotted the ball home. Windsor had been warned! 1-0 to Croydon.
Windsor were still creating chances and had 2 more golden opportunities to equalise from Lucas and Day in the next 5 minutes but, having had a whole series of shots saved, it almost seemed like confidence in front of goal was waning.
But Lucas had 2 more chances before the half was finished, a great shot on the turn which grazed the post, and another side footed effort which looked certain to level it until that long right arm and agile frame got down quickly to party it away.
Windsor had played some really good football, created loads of chances but gone in 1-0 down.
The 2nd half was much the same without putting anything like the pressure on Croydon's shot stopper. Windsor still dominated possession but Croydon's admirable defence set themselves to withstand everything thrown at them which they did, in the end, with relative comfort, because the men in red seemed reluctant to shoot much of the time, and when they did, they were generally off target.
And still Croydon, although giving away possession somewhat aimlessly at times, were dangerous on the break and, but for Dennison's alertness off his line could easily have increased their lead.