Royalists are 'close' to being amongst the best in league, says Cooper

Despite their defeat to Egham Town at the weekend, Mark Cooper believes Windsor FC are close to establishing themselves as a top side in the Combined Counties Premier Division North this season.

The Royalists are currently sitting in seventh place in the table, holding onto seven wins and four draws to go alongside six defeats. Saturday’s opposition, meanwhile, are perched a place above.

After the match, Cooper reflected and said his men can take plenty of inspiration from Egham Town’s performance, with the boss lauding the team’s organisation and effort at Stag Meadow.

“They were very organised, they gave us very little, they didn’t make mistakes, and they have got some good, experienced players,” he said.

“Their decision making, and their lack of errors was enviable.

“I thought the first half was very even and there wasn’t much in it all. In a game as tight as that, you can accept coming into half-time at 0-0 and then look to push on when you come back out.

“But, we’ve given them a goal right on half-time and it’s clear to see, it’s come from a huge error.

“We made it very straight forward for them, for their team talk, and I thought they executed it well. They defended deep and hit us on the break.

“Despite this, I think we are close to being amongst the top sides in the division, but we are not quite there yet.”

Cooper added: “Lately, we’ve put together a string of consistent performances and mistakes in crucial moments of the game have become more infrequent.

“I think we’ve got a good group of players who are fit, hard-working, honest and we have been competitive with a lot of the top sides.

“We will keep working hard, keep the fitness levels high, and just see where that takes us.”

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