Saturday 17th August 2019
Windsor picked up their first win of the season after seeing off Woodley United in a penalty shoot-out in the Blufin Sports Challenge Cup.
More new faces were introduced to the side with former captain Adam Kirby returning along with Charlie Macaskill and Adam Forder.
Windsor started brightly and looked to be creating chances although their lack of luck infront of goal continued.That was until 16 minutes in when Luke Appleton's effort was blocked allowing Jake Sobalak to strike from outside the area to give the visitors the lead.
This seemed to kick start Woodley as they started to up the pressure and this was rewarded when a poor back pass by Ben Okon let Sam Gruze through to round Sonny Wheeler and roll the ball into the net.
The game went from end to end for the remainder of the half and with minutes left Conor Clark's hand ball earned Windsor a penalty.
Andrew Ingram stepped up but his spot kick was saved by Adam Thomson despite the keeper coming off his line, something that would be repeated throughout the game.
Windsor continued to apply early pressure in the second half but it was the hosts that were given the chance to take the lead on the hour.
Charlie Macaskill brought down Edward Thomas and Sam Guze stepped up only for his spot kick to be saved with Wheeler also coming off his line.
Only a couple of minutes later and Woodley did get themselves ahead when oby Briggs turned in Thomas' low cross.
The game turned in Windsor's favour on 73 minutes when Pele Hagger picked up his second booking reducing the hosts to 10 men.
The penalty saga raised its head again in the final minutes when Jonathan Malone blocked a shot with his arm and conceeded a penalty.
Kirby stepped up and his initial affort was saved with Thomson once again coming off his line. This time the spot kick was orderd to be retaken and Kirby made no mistake second time round.
With the scores level at 90 minutes the tie went straight to penalties.
George Dawson-Clarke and Joseph Sissons made no mistakes with their sides opening kicks but Macaskill and Sam Wood both saw the next ones saved.
Sobalak, Guze, Kirby, Malone, Appleton, David Stevens, Jay O'Connell and Briggs all converted their efforts before Ingram saw another penalty saved and Miguel Cmacho hit the post.
Forder, Bailey Hill and Robin Featherstone neted their efforts before Sonny Wheeler turned hero to save Freddie Barron's effort.