08:00AM, Friday 11 August 2017
WINDSOR will look to make a statement when they make their Hellenic Premier Division bow at Tuffley Rovers on Saturday.
The Royalists have been switched out of the Combined Counties Premier Division after five seasons and will believe they have the quality to compete in their new division.
The competitive action started at Stag Meadow on Saturday with Windsor comprehensively outplayed in a 4-1 defeat to Wembley in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.
But manager Mick Woodham is hopeful they won’t come up against too many teams like that in the Hellenic League.
Luke Brooks-Smith netted their only goal from the penalty spot but it’s the side’s defending that will concern Woodham on the eve of the new campaign.
A few managers from other Hellenic level sides have told Woodham Wembley are a cut above what they’re likely to come up against this season.
“We knew what was coming from them,” he said.
“We knew they were a good side and it will be interesting to see how they get on against sides from their own level in the FA Vase.
“They’re a very good step five level side.
“It was probably a game too early for us and proved to be a tough afternoon.
“But we had a couple of chances to score before they did and if they had gone in it would have changed the game.”
“It’s difficult to say how we’ll get on. We’ll know a lot more after six or seven games.
“There were a few Hellenic managers at the game and the consensus was we’ll not face a team like that.
“They were a good attacking side and we gave them a helping hand and a team like that doesn’t need a second chance.
Woodham added: “We’ll have to make sure we don’t concede too many at Tuffley.
“We need to start bolting the door and at the moment we’re conceding quite a few from our own mistakes.
“I know we’ll be judged on how we do in the Hellenic Premier, not on our FA Cup run and we’ll be looking to make a statement on Saturday.”
After tomorrow’s trip to Tuffley, the Royalists go to Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday, August 19.
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