Saturday 9th April 2016
Windsor F.C. continued their improved away form with a hard earned point at Sutton Common Rovers on Sutton United's 3G surface.
Forced into a change moments before kick off, the unfortunate Naheer Nawaf pulling a groin muscle in the warm up, Windsor started confidently and brightly reverting back to the 4-3-3 formation.
Kane Jones playing a pivotal role in front of the rawkus away support. It was Jones who created the first opportunity for Barry Dunbar, Dunbar unable to connect at the far post following excellent work by Jones.
Comfortable throughout, Windsor moved the ball quickly on the surface. Luke Brooks-Smith picking the ball up from deep and initiating attacks. Travis Richardson-Hodge, the replacement for Nawaf, tricked his way into the area but failed to threaten the home goalkeeper.
It was Amin Khomsi who lit the touch paper for wild away supporter celebrations, his 40 yard pile-driver left the home keeper planted, his effort bursting the net and giving Windsor the lead.
Moment's later Jones challenged for the ball in the air with an SCR player, the home player landing awkwardly and appearing to suffer a dislocation. This appeared to fluster the home players who believed Jones challenge to be unfair.
Windsor coasted through the remainder of the first half, only Jake Jenkins threatening the home goal, whilst Dennison was un-troubled until the 52nd minute of the first half, when he was forced into a low diving save.
The second half saw a complete reversal. Windsor losing their way very quickly and the home side pressing for an equaliser. Attacks were rare for Windsor, Dunbar isolated and Jones the target for some verbal and physical treatment from the home players.
SCR equalised from a corner, slack marking lead to an excellent back post finish. Dennison was called into action from the restart, a trademark challenge at the feet of an attacker lead for calls for a penalty. Dennison clearly making contact with the ball before man.
SCR had the ball in the net on 70 minutes, the officials flag ruling the goal out for offside. A Jones challenge in the area saw both he and the SCR player require treatment. Again a 50/50 challenge with both players eyes on the ball.
Moments later Jones was on the end of a stamp from an SCR player. For those that have played the game, you'd say it was accidently on purpose. The SCR player escaping punishment with neither Referee or Assistant spotting the incident.
Windsor failed to trouble the SCR keeper and nearing 5pm the referee decided to stop the contest and a draw was gratefully received.
Windsor will have played better and lost and the point should be seen as a positive following a disappointing 2nd half display.