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Woodham says belief and desire will be key to Windsor's FA Vase progression

Mick Woodham believes the side that shows the greater belief, desire and will to win will come through Sunday’s fifth round FA Vase clash.

Windsor will travel to Biggleswade FC as the underdogs this weekend, but they’ve overcome the odds before in this competition.

The Royalists have already won on the road at Chicester City (2-0), Erith Town (2-1) and AFC Uckfield (4-1) in this competition and they’ll fancy their chances of adding Biggleswade’s name to that list.

Their recent league form has been something of a roller-coaster. Last week they beat promotion hopefuls Brackley Town Saints 3-0 away with a hat-trick from Dan Roberts, but they weren’t able to maintain that form into the weekend, going down 2-0 at Wantage Town.

But Woodham doesn’t think it will impact the players’ confidence heading into Sunday’s clash.

“No doubt (they’re focused for the tie),” he said. “It’s cup football and look what Shrewsbury and Wimbledon were able to do last week. When you get down to our level it’s about who wants to win more on the day.

“It’s about having the belief and desire to get through to the next round.

“On Saturday the players knew they’d miss the Vase game if they picked up a red or two yellows so perhaps that had a bearing. The game was played on a very heavy pitch and they took their chances better than us. We’re better than what we showed but we’re not too disappointed.”

Their South Midlands League Premier Division opponents have been in fine form of late. Their last loss came in mid-November when MK Gallacticos knocked them out of the Challenge Trophy, while they warmed up for Windsor with a 9-0 win against Cockfosters.

“We’ll have to rely on them being complacent after Saturday’s scoreline,” Woodham said.

“But anything can happen on the day.  We’ll rely on what we’ve got and we’ve got real quality when we perform.

“They’ll be coming into the tie with real confidence, so that’s one obstacle. They know their shape and are very organised. We’re up against it but we’ve been in good form of late apart from the Wantage game.

“We’ve done it before and we’ll try to do it again.

“We’ve got that performance against Brackley still fresh in our minds so we know we can put a performance together.”

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