Saturday 28th March 2015
In the face of a strong first half wind and to the back drop of Heathrow Airport Windsor blew Bedfont Sports away and landed three more CCL points.
Adam Richards made his Windsor F.C. debut alongside Adam Kirby at the heart of the defence and Kane Jones filled in at right back in the absence of Kyle Jeffrey.
Playing against the wind Windsor started brightly with James Quinn lively on the left of midfield and Robert Lazarczuk receiving the ball from his defenders and drilling the ball wide to both Quinn and George Gould on the right hand side.
Quinn made the first positive move of the match on eight minutes, tricking his way into the box before taking a tumble. His penalty appeals were waived away by the referee. Shortly after Lazarczuk had his first sight of goal, ballooning high and wide after good interplay with Jason Sheehan.
On twenty six minutes Gould surged into the area after being released by Aaron Minhas, George's cross-shot was turned away for a corner with Barry Dunbar poised. From the resulting corner Dunbar took exception to a shove from the Bedfont keeper.
Despite playing with the wind at their backs Bedfont offered very little and it took until the 40th minute for them to register their first cross into Justin Courtnage' box. Courtnage dealt well with the cross, punching clear.
As the half drew to a close the impressive Lazarczuk found Kane Jones out wide, his powerful run left the flailing full-back flat footed, his whipped cross was met by the studs of Dunbar at the near post and it was just enough to beat the Bedfont keeper and give Windsor the lead.
Without being totally dominant Windsor controlled the game, playing the difficult conditions as well as the opposition.
The second half was much the same. Lazarczuk, collecting the ball from his full backs sprayed the ball left and right, varying his passing short and long. Without peppering the Bedfont goal, Windsor stayed in control and Minhas made sure his defence were protected, to the extent Courtnage had to wait fifteen minutes into the second half for his first touch.
Lazarczuk, stretching the corner arc to its limit swung in two dangerous corners in the sixty third and sixty sixth minutes. Gould connecting with one, but was unable to direct his header goal wards, Adam Kirby shooting towards goal from the second.
From the resulting clearance Di Giuseppe was penalised for a foul. Adam Richards scooping the ball up on his way back was yellow carded for throwing the ball behind him. It was from this free kick that Bedfont caused Windsor trouble for the first time. The wind holding the ball up allowing it to drop to the feet of the Bedfont number nine. Fortunately for Windsor his effort caused more problems for those in the allotment behind the goal, than it did Courtnage.
Taking encouragement from the effort Bedfont came forward again, a missed challenge from Sheehan resulted in Adam Richards tangling with the Bedfont attacker twenty yards out. The referee decided Richards had fouled the attacker and a yellow card was shown, resulting in a red card.
Bedfont couldn't capitalise from the free kick and Windsor quickly re-organised. Minhas slotted into Centre back, Gould moved to Centre forward with Opuko-Berchie replacing Dunbar.
Almost immediately Windsor doubled their lead, Gould chasing down a long punt up field, harassed the Bedfont defender into an error and beating the on-rushing keeper to the ball before slotting home.
If you'd have walked into the ground at this point you wouldn't have known Windsor had ten men. Di Giuseppe blazed over; Kirby had a header from a Lazarczuk corner cleared off of the line. Opuko-Berchie's clever spin and shot went just wide.
With Minhas clearing up alongside Kirby, Courtnage had very little to do.
Lazarczuk capped a fine display with a surging run on eighty minutes, smashing home from the edge of the area to secure all three points.