Tuesday 27th December 2016
Windsor grabbed an injury time equaliser in an entertaining match at a chilly Stag Meadow.
Cheered on by a seasons best attendance of 477, Windsor made a bright start. Riccardo Cannon going closest with a header just wide of the visitors post from an early corner.
It was the visitors though who took the lead. Mano Goganos mis-timing his challenge in the area and conceding a ninth minute penalty. Knaphill's deadly marksman Jimmy Norman comfortably beating Hugo Sobte from the penalty spot.
Knaphill had good possession for a period after the goal, but failed to test Sobte. Windsor's defence marshalled well by Cannon and First team coach Ashley Smith. Windsor did threaten sparingly throughout the remainder of the first half, but if truth be told, neither side looked like adding to the goal tally.
The second half was a different story. Windsor, driven forward by George Gould, dominated large parts of the half and should count themselves unlucky not to have scored when Keiran Knight failed to connect with an excellent cross by Jamie Di Giuseppe. Mano Goganos over-lapped well and he was next to cause trouble for the Knaphill defence. His well directed cross blazed over the bar by Lazarczuk.
The introduction of Barry Dunbar added a different dimension to the play and Dunbar could have scored twice in as many minutes. His first effort narrowly wide was followed with a weak effort saved by the opposing keeper.
With fifteen minutes to play the game exploded into life. A late challenge on Goganos saw Denzel Bonilla-Hurtado cautioned on the touchline. Lazarczuk then added fuel to the flames mis-directing a throwback to the Knaphill keeper. It was the opposing keeper who gave away the late Windsor penalty. A string of shoves on Windsor attackers from corners going unpunished until the most blatant of all was spotted.
Keiran Knight converted the penalty with ease and Windsor had their reward for perseverance. There was time for one last Lazarczuk effort. His free kick blocked by the wall in the final seconds.
A well earned point for both sides and capped by the news that over six hundred pounds was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.