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Windsor FC boss Cooper not feeling so friendly after uncharacteristic pre-season defeats

Mark Cooper was frustrated to see Windsor FC ‘not reach the levels’ they have been at in pre-season after the Royalists put in two uncharacteristic performances in recent friendlies.

On Saturday, Windsor were humbled 4-1 by Chertsey Town who sit in the Isthmian League South Central Division. And on Tuesday night the Royalists may well have been on their way to another loss after going 1-0 down to Bracknell Town before the match was abandoned at half time due to floodlight failure.

The Royalists will be given the chance to make amends when they face Bracknell Town again tonight (Thursday) after the match was rescheduled following the abandonment.

“It’s frustrating because we know we can do better in these matches,” said Cooper.

“We’ve been passing the ball really well and showing great energy about the pitch during the majority of pre-season. But for whatever reason, we didn’t reach those levels against Chertsey. We’re a young and energetic side but if we are not always at those levels, we’re always going to fall short.

“We played better against Bracknell and it was a very competitive game although we went 1-0 down. There’s plenty of things to be positive about but equally we need to ensure we do everything we can to play to the style that we think will make us successful.”

Cooper will hope to see his side rekindle their competitive spirit in quick fashion after the FA confirmed the start dates of the FA Cup and FA Vase on Tuesday.

It sets the Royalists up for a busy return to football in September and Cooper couldn’t be more thrilled.

“We’ve got two potential home games in the Vase and potentially two away games in the Cup and I’m so excited for that,” added Cooper.

“We’re thoroughly looking forward to getting back and it looks like we will have a full programme from September 1. We’re hopeful we can get fans in aswell. The supporters haven’t watched any football for a long time so that would be wonderful."

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