Saturday 5th January 2019
WINDSOR have reached the last-16 of the FA Vase for the second successive season after a 4-1 win at AFC Uckfield Town in round four on Saturday.
Manager Mick Woodham admitted his side were in awful league form heading into match at The Oaks but the magic of the Vase once again provided the spark for Windsor to return to form.
Windsor, the sole representatives from the Hellenic League, stormed into a two-goal lead inside 11 minutes when Daniel Roberts twice capitalised on mistakes from the Uckfield defence to find the back of the net.
Uckfield pulled one back through Callum Smith just four minutes later and the number nine twice went close to equalising before the break, while Roberts was denied a first-half hat-trick by keeper Louis Rogers.
The crucial moment in the tie came just four minutes into the second-half when Windsor forward Kieran Knight raced onto a clearance from Andrew Ingram and was fouled inside the box by keeper Rogers.
Robert Lazarczuk, the club's all-time leading goal scorer, showed no hesitation from the spot to send Rogers the wrong way, netting to the keepers left.
Roberts has scored in every round of the Vase so far this season and he secured the victory with a finish at the back post to complete his hat-trick in the 70th minute. The striker has now scored five goals in three matches in the national competition this season.
Woodham told the Observer: "I'm absolutely delighted for the players and supporters because Uckfield isn't an easy place to come to. Sutton Common Rovers found that out a month ago and it was important for us to learn why they came unstuck, and we did.
"We had to change our style today and it was very effective. We were clinical in front of goal. We defended when we had to and scored when we had chances.
"I'm delighted for the players because we've had a bumpy ride in the last three of four games.
"That's a strong and massive performance from us away from home and they were some big performers out there today. There were three or four big leaders but everyone has done their job, so I'm delighted for the supporters that are here and the boys in the changing room as well.
"Well done all round because we deserved it."