Monday 29th August 2016
Windsor picked up points in both of their bank holiday weekend fixtures and will perhaps feel they should have taken all three at home to Walton & Hersham on Monday.
In soaring temperatures, a changed Windsor side created early chances. Barry Dunbar failed to connect with a Denzel Bonilla-Hurtado cross after five minutes and Andrew Ingram fired wide after good work from Ashley Smith out-wide.
The industrious Jacob Cook more than matched his towering opposite number Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis and ???Rio??? Riaz work rate, energy and skill shone out in midfield.
It was Riaz??? ball forward that saw Dunbar challenge keeper Beech, Dunbar winning the challenge but adjudged to have fouled Beech in the process. Moments later, Walton broke and Casey Castle???s deflected effort hit the inside of Hugo Sobte??? post, with the Windsor keeper beaten.
An even first half with Windsor looking neat and defending well with make-shift centre back and stand in skipper Kieran Knight marshalling the back four.
Into the second half and Windsor stepped up a gear. Half chances fell to Riaz and Jacob Cook. Dunbar appeared to be wrestled to the ground on more than one occasion and Ingram on his heels and unable to turn in another excellent Ashley Smith cross.
Kieran Knight was imperious and Windsor were rarely troubled. Sobte did have to make a save from substitute Adam Francis mid-way through, the Walton player???s neat turn and shot straight at Sobte.
The introduction of Travis ???Travelodge??? Richardson-Hodge and Nadir Shafi gave Windsor fresh impetus for the final twenty minutes and it was from a Shafi cross that Ingram was millimetres away from connecting with.
Another mature performance from Windsor against a tall, tough looking side and Wonder Mick Wodham will be pleased with his squad???s durability and application. On another day Windsor would have won, but whilst a draw might be seen as two points dropped at home, it should be seen as one point gained and momentum to take into Saturday???s home match against Raynes Park (which is a 3pm Kick Off).