Saturday 31st October 2015
Windsor prevented a Halloween horror show with a last gasp winner to see off Croydon in the FA Vase at Stag Meadow.
Step 5 Croydon, previously of the Combined Counties Premier Division, currently sit bottom of the Southern Counties East League and were making their first visit to Stag Meadow in almost 2 years.
It was the visitors that carved the first opening with Lauris Chin getting the better of Jamie Di Giuseppe and picking out Tristan Toney only for his effort to be blocked on the line by Matthew Lazarczuk.
The hosts then stepped up with Travis Hodge going through and lobbing Francis Ameyaw only for the ball to go just wide of the post.
Minutes later Barry Dunbar saw his effort cleared off the line by Cedric Abrahams. The resulting corner saw Ameyaw do well to keep out Adam Kirby's header.
Despite the pressure from Windsor it was the visitors who took the lead when Al-Hassan Oshilaja ran through the home defence to finish low past Carl Dennison.
Croydon kept on top of the game for the remainder of the half and into the second.
Not long after the restart Karl Doughlin doubled the lead and it started to look as if Croydon would have a comfortable passage into the next round.
That was until a mistake by Ameyaw let Windsor back into the game. The Croydon stopper dropped the ball allowing Dunbar the opportunity to tap the ball over the line.
With Windsor now back into the game they started to dominate and were soon level when a good win in the air by Dunbar allowed Hodge to setup Omar Riaz from the edge of the area.
Windsor continued to push forward and were handed a golden opportunity to get ahead in the game when Michael Craverio saw red and conceded a penalty for pulling back Hodge.
Ameyaw made amends for his previous mistake, keeping out Charlie Samuel's spot kick.
Harry Brackman then denied Kirby with a goal line clearance before Windsor got the winner that the final 20 minutes had deserved.
Hodge managed to get clear down the right and send the ball into the box where Dunbar completed his third brace in four games.
WIndsor will now await Monday's draw to see who they will face in the FA Vase 2nd Round on November 21st.