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League cup final loss does not 'define' Windsor's season says  Mick Woodham

Windsor’s whirlwind season may have fizzled out over the last few weeks but manager Mick Woodham does not believe that Monday’s Hellenic League Cup final loss should define his side’s season but admitted that they were the ‘makers’ of their own downfall.

The Royalists were second best on the day, falling to a 3-1 defeat against local rivals Ascot United, as they were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time with Dan Roberts’ being sent off after Windsor had conceded twice from Ascot long throws.

“Let’s not fool anyone, we went their trying to win the game but our performance was below par,” said Woodham.

“I thought it was an even game, with not a lot going into it.

“For the first 20 minutes I thought we were good – territorially very good – without threatening their goal but then we find ourselves 2-0 down from two throw ins that we haven’t dealt with.

“That’s given us some work to do with 10 minutes left in the half and we go down to ten men and that’s given us a challenge.

“I think that decision changed the face of the game – It was a difficult 90 minutes for us.”

The Royalists fell behind after an uncharacteristic mistake from captain Hugo Sobte, as the goalkeeper failed to deal with a long throw, punching the ball into his own net. Five minutes later and another long throw allowed Harry Laflin to fire in from the edge of the area. Things went from bad to worse as Roberts was shown a straight red before half time and Ascot made that man advantage count, adding a third after the hour mark through Dan Price. Corey Parchement got one back minutes later, but the Royalists left themselves too much to do.

“All in all we were the makers of our own downfall,” added Woodham.

“But that game doesn’t define our season – we had a disappointing 90 minute.

“In the end the league table doesn’t lie – we’ve finished sixth, ahead of some teams that pay their players and we don’t pay our players – so there’s no disappointment from us. It’s been a successful season - and we got to a final – plenty of teams would have wanted that.”

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