08:05PM, Wednesday 02 September 2020
(Left to Right) Windsor FC’s Spencer Meredith, Mark Cooper, and Luke Brooks-Smith
In what was a ‘fast and furious’ return to competitive football, Windsor FC boss Mark Cooper steered his side to victory against Aylesbury Vale Dynamos in the FA Cup.
On Tuesday evening, the Royalists overcame their hosts 2-1 with Billy Montague finding the target twice to send Windsor into the competition’s preliminary round.
The forward opened the scoring inside ten minutes with a sublime chip over the keeper from 30 yards out before coolly adding a second from the penalty spot deep into the second half.
“It was a game played at high speed and it never really settled down,” said Cooper.
“I felt we were the team with the better chances but they certainly didn’t make it easy for us.
“I guess when you haven’t played a competitive game for six months and your first game is an FA Cup tie, all those things contribute to what was always going to be a fast paced game.
“We had two young sides who were chomping at the bit to get playing again so it was a bit frantic throughout but I thought overall we were well organised.
“There were some really strong individual performances from our boys last night and we certainly deserved to win the game.”
Cooper will be hoping his side can go far in the tournament and acknowleges the financial benefits the competition can offer to clubs at non-league level.
“Obviously the club hasn’t had any revenue for six months and a lot of money would normally be made during the off-season when the club is able do functions and events,” added Cooper.
“It’s easy to forget that we haven’t had any bar activity or revenue coming in for such a long period of time. So certainly things like this do help and are much needed for the club.
“We’ve got Wantage away next who are a step above.
“We know that will be a strong challenge and they won’t make it easy for us but we’re happy with our start to the competition.
“The squad is very different compared to what I had when I came in a year ago. But I’m very excited and confident about working with this group for the season ahead.”
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