Monday 28th December 2015
Windsor suffered a Bank Holiday defeat to second in the table Ashford Town on a blustery day in the shadow of Heathrow.
Charlie Graves, sporting a cast on his right wrist and Jake Jenkins, with a heavily strapped right knee, formed a new central defensive partnership following the departures of Adam Kirby & Kyle Jeffrey's.
Graves was called into action early on, blocking a Bitmead shot after only 2 minutes. Moments later Carl Dennison smothered another Ashford attempt.
It took only 7 minutes for the home side to beat Dennison. A cross shot well saved before Bitmead tapped in at the back post.
Windsor, with Jason Sheehan orchestrating from central midfield, had a chance through Charlie Samuel to equalise, his shot however was well blocked. Samuel had another chance soon after but failed to hit the target.
Levi Thackerey caused problems out wide and it was following an incident on the touchline that Barry Dunbar collected his first yellow card. Dunbar expressing his disappointment at the lack of an award of a free kick to the referee.
Ashford pressed and Di Giuseppe cleared off the line, Bitmead blazed over moments later.
After half an hour Dunbar chased down an Ashford defender, making minimal contact but receiving a 2nd yellow card and subsequent red. By the letter of the law the correct decision.
Windsor saw out the remainder of the half and made a change before the kick off, Jenkins unable to continue and was replaced by Rory Merrick who slotted in at full back with Victor Ocansey moving inside.
Ashford without making their numerical advantage count had chances to extend their lead. Dennison continuing his fantastic form stopped everything thrown at him.
As Windsor looked to grow into the 2nd half Bitmead snatched his 2nd goal, passing the ball into an empty net following another Dennison save.
Luke Brooks-Smith escaped punishment for a blatant foul, which was a yellow card by the letter of the law, just before Charlie Samuel was cautioned for a tangle of legs.
Windsor's lifeline came on 76 minutes. A poor Di Giuseppe corner was cleared to Brooks-Smith who's cross into the area was poked home by Samuel.v
Without laying siege to the Ashford goal Windsor panicked their hosts and made the remaining 15 minutes uncomfortable.
Substitute Travis Richardson-Hodge had a half chance and Samuel showed trickery in the area but was unable to get a shot away.
Windsor will be disappointed to have lost the game but can take great credit for the commitment shown.