Saturday 1st December 2018
Windsor's away day love affair with the FA Vase continues following Saturdays gritty 2-1 win at Erith.
Learning much from the previous weeks defeat at Ascot and the advice offered up, Windsor showed improved form matching their hosts physicality and direct approach.
With Victor Ocansey absent, Luke Appleton started alongside new signing Joe Crook at Centre Half, and both were involved from the kick off and throughout.
Erith's route one approach forced an early half chance for speedy winger Callender, his low effort well wide.
At the other end, a Rob Lazarczuk long throw caused panic in the home defence and a Roberts snap shot was cleared off of the line.
It was evident from early on Windsor had decided to go toe to toe with the home side. The midfield bypassed regularly, with Ingram the main target. Roberts and Lazarczuk fed from his knock downs and lay offs.
Crook and Appleton coped admirably with the aerial bombardment and Crook almost on the scoresheet after 30 minutes, his header just wide with the keeper stranded.
Brooks-Smith dragged a shot wide and Lazarczuk saw his weak effort saved.
It was from an Ingram lay off that Windsor opened the scoring. Lazarczuk collected the ball 20 yards out, shifting the ball from right to left foot before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner.
Windsor saw the half out and were comfortable going into the break.
Within minutes of the restart Di Giuseppe was involved in an incident which saw him stricken on the floor.
The teams traded possession before an excellent slide rule pass from substitute Stockill saw Dan Roberts race clear and smash an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the home teams net.
Stockill had replaced the injured Paul Coyne after only 41 minutes of the game.
Windsor sniffed a 3rd and killer goal which did not arrive and it was Erith who scored next. Callender nodding home from close range following a slip by Kai Davis.
A goal line altercation followed the goal, Di Giuseppe the victim of a Zidane'esq butt from Rook, who was only shown a yellow card.
From that moment Windsor were on the back foot and Erith launched ball after ball into the Windsor half.
Sobte claimed everything thrown his way and Windsor bodies blocked and cleared cross after cross.
Windsor relied solely on long balls from the back and invited pressure. Occasional breaks from Roberts eased the pressure but it was backs to the wall for the last 25 minutes.
With time running out for the hosts, and men upfield, Dan Roberts chased a long Brooks-Smith ball, beating the defender before being savagely upended. The Erith defender, Hooper, shown a straight red card for the assault on the edge of his own area.
Stockill and Gould both had chances to seal the victory late on but their efforts were cleared.
The hosts may feel aggrieved but Sobte in all truth was well protected and made few saves.
A horrible last 25 minutes for Windsor but another experience in the Vase and players and supporters will look forward to Monday's draw!