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Smith hails maturity of Cox Green Sports Academy players' performances in FA Vase victory

Ashley Smith hailed the performances of the Cox Green Academy players in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hamble Club.

While Jack Denton stole the headlines following his wonderful solo goal, his academy teammates Hugo Sobte, Bradley Pearce and Andy Ingram all contributed to a mature performance.

Smith, who plays for Windsor but is also the Academy director, was justifiably proud of their displays and said that it was pleasing to see them flourishing both at a youth level and in men’s football.

“The boys all played exceptionally well,” said Smith. “The four that started the game were up there with our best performers on the day.

“They showed their maturity and it’s great to see them getting, and taking, these opportunities.

“Jack has been very good for us all year after coming to us from being a Reading FC apprentice. To see him produce a performance like that, at this stage of the competition, is very pleasing.”

On Windsor’s quarter-final tie at Stockton Town of the Northern League Division 1, Smith added: “We’ll go there as underdogs, but if you’re genuinely serious about wanting to win the Vase, you’ve got to beat the best teams.

“We’ll do our homework, and if we execute our game plan hopefully we’ll have enough to win the game.”

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