Saturday 9th January 2016
WINDSOR have suffered defeat in their first match of 2016 after a 1-0 loss to Colliers Wood United at Stag Meadow on Saturday.
The Combined Counties Premier Division fixture was the third meeting of the two clubs this season, and it proved to be an entertaining game once again despite the wet and windy conditions.
Players from both sides lost their footing early on but gradually they came to terms with the pitch and a most-watchable match unfolded.
The first chance fell to Colliers Wood after Elijah Ogunseye was yanked back on the edge of the box, but Dan Harding's free-kick was straight at Windsor keeper and captain Carl Dennison.
United stopper Wester Young saved a shot from Jason Sheehan with his legs after good work from Barry Dunbar, and then claimed a Luke Brooks-Smith effort from distance.
A fine run by Ogunseye saw the pacy winger square the ball rather than shoot before, at the other end, Young watched a 35-yard drive from talented full-back Jamie Di Guiseppe miss its target.
Charlie Emery drove wide from 25-yards for Colliers Wood before the visitors scored the only goal of the game right on half-time.
A fine whipped in cross by Joseph Mead struck the outstretched arm of Windsor defender Rory Merrick, and Harding made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.
Into the second period and Adam Snook drove over from 25-yards as Alan Stevenson produced a couple of fine tackles with Colliers Wood out to defend their lead and attack on the counter.
After Mario Embalo was fouled, the referee played advantage and Mead crossed for Ogunseye, but Dennison saved his fine volley.
Windsor full-back Victor Ocansey then a shot blocked before the heavens opened on the hour mark and threatened to half proceedings.
In the driving rain, Windsor substitute Stephane Deed twice tested Young, one effort was saved and the other blocked by the determined John Boswell.
Colliers Wood came close to adding to their lead when a 30-yard drive skimmed the top of the crossbar with Dennison beaten, before the away side began to dig in.
Young held a Brooks-Smith free-kick but he was less than convincing from a high cross where Boswell came to his rescue.
Dunbar was unfortunate not to level the scores when his hooked volley was cleared off the line by Dale Marvell.
Windsor were again out of luck when a powerful drive from Brooks-Smith came off the head of Boswell and the crossbar to relative safety.
On a rare late break from the visitors, Harding spun to the line but could only find the side netting, before a Deed effort was deflected out for a Windsor corner which came to nothing ahead of the final whistle.
Windsor were determined in their efforts in difficult conditions but defeat keeps them in ninth position in the table, now six points behind their targeted sixth-place finish.