11:30AM, Thursday 21 October 2021
Eric Sowonola fired Windsor into a 3-0 lead just after the hour mark at Stag Meadow. Photo: Andy Fitzsimons
Mark Cooper believes Windsor FC could have beaten Ascot United by ‘a wider margin’ when the two sides went head-to-head at Stag Meadow on Saturday.
Plenty was at stake for both teams in this fixture, with the Royalists looking to stop a run of poor results while the Yellamen had plans to maintain their hot streak in the Combined Counties Premier Division North.
However, it was the home side who came up trumps, winning 3-1 to leapfrog their opponents in the table into eighth.
Lindell Stewart (10’) displayed Windsor’s intentions early on and Danny Horscroft (36’) doubled the advantage before the break. Eric Sowonola (62’) had boss Cooper in ecstasy just past the hour mark before Adam Everiss (63’) clawed one back for Ascot immediately after the restart.
“From minute one, we were on the front foot, set about our work really well, and we maintained those levels right until the end of the game,” said Cooper.
“We thoroughly deserved the victory, and I think we should have won it by a wider margin. My boys were the better side on the day without question.
“It was a real outstanding team performance, and we needed a day where all over the pitch we had 8/10 performances, and I think we delivered that.
“Certain things were said before the game, but the boys were certainly up for it given it’s a local derby.
“It’s a game we needed to do well in given our recent form. The hard work we’ve been putting in to try and get back to winning ways has paid off.”
James Harper was the only former Royalist on show for Ascot in this clash, with the 40-year-old having controversially made the late switch to play at the Racecourse in September after Cooper had initially secured his services.
On facing the player, Cooper said: “Lots had been said about this game and the rivalry between the two teams.
“I felt the game was competitive but there certainly wasn’t any animosity on the day.
“I think my boys were professional on the pitch and thoroughly deserved the three points. We’ve just got to put the same performance in again this weekend against Holyport.”
Windsor's league clash with Port gets underway from 3pm at Stag Meadow.
There will be displays at Windsor Racecourse and Legoland, local fireworks in Burnham and Twyford and smaller displays at schools in the Royal Borough.