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Woodham happy for Windsor FC to be considered underdogs for FA Vase quarter final

Mick Woodham has said that it suits him down to the ground for Windsor to be considered underdogs for their FA Vase quarter final clash at Stockton Town.

The Royalists will travel up for their last eight clash with the Northern League Division 1 side on the Friday night so they’re as fresh and prepared as possible for what’s being billed as the biggest game in the club’s history.

Windsor, who comfortably beat Hamble Club FC 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Riccardo Cannon and man-of-the-match Jack Denton, are just two matches away from competing at Wembley.

Woodham is hoping they’ll embrace the adventure of their quarter-final trip, and show the same defensive resilience that brought them victories at Eastbourne Town and Hartley Wintney in previous rounds.

“I don’t really know if it’s a good draw or a bad one,” said Woodham.

“We’re having them watched at home on Saturday. We’ll have a clearer picture of them after that.

“We want to embrace this experience and we’d rather play them than Thatcham or Bracknell from our own league. There will be a coach trip for the players and an overnight stay so we’ll be
refreshed and ready for the game. This is a national competition and we want to see what it’s all about. But we also want to get as far as we can in it.

“Apparently we were the team everyone hoped to get in the draw. On that basis we must be the worst team of the eight. Everyone wanted us in the final eight but that suits me down to the ground.”

Having let themselves down in recent league defeats to Flackwell Heath and Brimscombe & Thrupp, Windsor managed the Hamble game expertly and Woodham said the performances of the less experienced Cox Green Academy boys, which includes Denton, were ‘first class’.

“We did an excellent job on Hamble,” said Woodham.

“We nullified them and they didn’t have a plan B.

“We set up extremely well and executed our game plan. We put in a really solid performance and 2-0 flattered them a little to be honest.”

Woodham added: “When you get the ball to Jack (Denton) in good areas you can see the damage he can do. There were two or three really good individual performances.

“George Gould was asked to do a specific job in nullifying them offensively and he was outstanding. The academy boys, Andy (Ingram), Brad (Pearce) Hugo (Sobte), Jack all stepped up.

“They were all first class and Ash (Ashley Smith) should be very proud of them.”

They host Highworth Town today (Saturday) and MK Dons in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Wednesday before their Vase trip to Stockton on Saturday, February 24.

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