Saturday 21st September 2013
Windsor???s dream of FA Vase glory remains on track following a 4-0 victory over Camberley Town. A three goal burst in the final 15 minutes provided an emphatic finale. In fairness, the game was a lot closer than the score line would suggest, however, Camberley Town???s profligacy in front of goal would be their undoing.
As one would expect from a cup tie, there was plenty of passion, spirit and endeavour from both sides striving to be in the draw for the first round which will be made on Monday. What would turn out to be a day of frustration for the visitor???s was best exemplified as early as the fifth minute when Jamie Hoppitt drove a shot across Carl Dennison only to see the ball rebound off the far post and away to safety.
Throughout the first half there was plenty of good passing football from both sides. Rob Lazarczuk, Ben Harris and Carl Garstang all had attempts on goal but failed to trouble Oneal Garness. Dean Greenwood should also have got an effort on target but blazed over when well placed.
Windsor took the lead after 28 minutes when the ball broke to George Gould on the edge of the area and, with Garness out of position, delicately curled the ball towards the far corner. Again the post would intervene in Windsor???s favour. Instead of the ball rebounding to safety, it would nestle quite beautifully in the back of the net.
Windsor had a chance to stretch their lead in first half stoppage time only for Harris to lose his footing.
Into the second half and the pace quickened as Camberley went looking for an equaliser. Sadly, the Camberley right back???s afternoon would be brought to an abrupt and unfortunate end as he was stretched off after 56 minutes. Suffice to say that everyone at Stag Meadow wishes Matthew Humphrey a quick and speedy return to action. The long delay caught Windsor napping as Quarshie broke clear but as would be the case throughout the game, failed to trouble Dennison. Camberley substitute Brad Smith would also see a very good chance go to waste.
Nerves within Stag Meadow were starting to show amongst the supporters. At 1-0 the game was anyone???s. Who would step up to the mark?
Slowly, Windsor???s renowned neat passing game burst into life. A number of short, sharp first time passes started to confuse the visitors and finally an opportunity to extend the lead was offered. Ben Harris was brutally scythed down in the area. Penalty screamed the Park End faithful. But who would take the responsibility after the number of missed spot kicks already this season? Up steps Club Captain Dan Hicks. Would he go for finesse or brute force? No matter, the ball nestled in the corner and the lead was consolidated.
No sooner had the collective sigh of relief amongst the Windsor supporters dissipated that a third goal arrived. Excellent work on the right by Harris resulted in Gould firing across goal into the far corner.
Camberley looked deflated but they continued to search for a chance to get back into the game. Again, Quarshie had a golden opportunity from 6 yards out yet he missed the ball completely.
The icing on the cake came just before stoppage time when super sub Kane Jones brilliantly turned Doug Ford, drove forward and slid the ball past Garness to make it four.