Wednesday 23rd January 2019
On a freezing night in South Northamptonshire Windsor froze out their high flying opponents with an excellent 3-0 away win. Dan Roberts with another hat trick saw the 3 points return to the Royal Borough down the M40.
With Jamie Di Giuseppe and George Gould unavailable and Kieran Knight delayed en route, Mick Woodham shuffled his pack. Luke Appleton returned at Centre Half with Ben Smythe moving across to left full back. Andrew Ingram, returning from injury, started up front alongside Roberts and Kane Fitzgerald earnt himself a starting position after impressing late on at Ardley.
It was the home side who started best, their possession football had Windsor camped between the 18-yard area and half way line for the opening fifteen minutes. Whilst Hugo Sobte was untroubled, efforts did make for an uncomfortable first period. It took Windsor twenty-five minutes to muster any significant possession. Fitzgerald and Lazarczuk combined well before crossing for Ingram who couldn't make contact with the ball at the far post.
Brackley went close through shots from Watts and Baldwin, but failed to force Sobte into any meaningful action.
As half time approached Windsor got the breakthrough. Robert Lazarczuk, having a growing influence on the game, collected the ball on the halfway line before firing a pass between two defenders to Roberts. Roberts controlled the ball instantly and drove into the penalty area unleashing a right foot effort past Worby in the home goal.
There was concern for Windsor as Lazarczuk went down with a head injury after releasing the ball. Following lengthy treatment, he returned to the pitch with a "Butcher-esq" style headband.
The final minutes of the first half passed comfortably for Windsor.
The sharp, speedy start expected to the second half didn't materialise from Brackley and it was Windsor who had the next effort on goal. Lazarczuk firing wide from a long range effort. Soon after Fitzgerald dragged a shot wide and Roberts couldn't hit the target from the edge of the area.
At the other end, Appleton and Ocansey were nullifying the home threat, supported well by the industrious and skilful Kai Davis and Ben Smythe.
Kieran Knight replaced Ingram and immediately had a chance, receiving a through ball from Paul Coyne before having his effort blocked. Within fifteen minutes of the re-start, Coyne, Brooks-Smith and Lazarczuk had taken control of the midfield area and Windsor, playing at second placed Brackley, were comfortable despite only leading by the single goal.
Knight had a half chance to double the lead and as the pitch appeared to freeze, Kai Davis twice slipped when in the opposition penalty area. With the final quarter approaching, Dan Roberts had the perfect opportunity to double his tally and Windsor's lead but chipped the ball inches wide of Brackley's goal. Soon after, Roberts again went agonisingly close, his low drive skimming the same post.
By this time Matt Stockill had replaced Paul Coyne and Jack Hall replaced Lazarczuk.
With time running out for the home side, it was Jack Hall who set-up Roberts for his second and the killer goal. An excellent cross straight onto the chest of Roberts who calming controlled before half volleying into the bottom corner.
Roberts completed his hat trick a minute later, and the scoring for the evening, when smashing home from a Kieran Knight roll-back.
It was a resilient performance from Windsor who grew into the game and managed the second half brilliantly.