PICTURE: Old Windsor Reserves celebrate with the Ascot & Fielden (District) Charity Cup after a 4-3 win on penalties against Singh Sabha in the Final at the Racecourse Ground in Ascot. PHOTOS: Old Windsor F.C. official Twitter account.
Old Windsor Football Club is extremely proud to have completed a set of wins in the three external Cup competitions open to teams in the East Berkshire Football League.
The two teams drew 3-3 in an enthralling Cup final at The Racecourse Ground, home to Ascot United F.C., before The Os held their nerves best to win in the shoot out. The goals came from Jude Van Spell, James Walton and one from Lewis Corney in a man-of-the-match performance.
Luke Wade is assistant first team manager at the club, he said: “We were delighted with our performance throughout the 90 minutes. We played some really good football against a good Singh Sabha team.
“Both teams had good spells throughout the game, we had the better chances and our forwards caused Singh Sabha issues all night. Singh Sabha had slightly more of the ball when we had a 3-2 lead and that meant we dropped a little bit too deep and encouraged them onto us.
“I feel we deserved the victory in 90 minutes but, the Singh Sabha goal to equalise at the death was an absolute wonder strike that we could do nothing about.
PICTURE: Old Windsor Reserves player-manager Laurence Chetwynd with the Ascot & Fielden (District) Cup competition silverware.
“We were reasonably confident when we went to penalties. We know that we have a very good goalkeeper (Jay Fearnley) and the opposition knew they had to hit the corners because he he guesses the right way he is likely to save it. Having said that, we know that Singh Sabha has a top keeper also, so it really came down to the players being confident and picking their spot.”
Wade continued: “Winning the competition is massive for us. At the start of every season we have our own in-house targets, and this competition is always towards the top of the list.
“We love all the external Cup competitions and we can now say that we have had our name on all the senior trophies, which is a huge achievement for the Club and one that we can be extremely proud of.”
Old Windsor suffered defeat in the Ascot & Fielden Cup final in 2005 but were awarded the trophy post-match and, no doubt winning the silverware on the pitch will feel far more sweet this season.
The Os landed the Maidenhead Norfolkian Senior Cup in 2019, and won a first-ever Slough Town Senior Cup in 2022.
The only Cup competition trophies that now elude Old Windsor are the EBFL’s internal events, the League Cup and the Presidents Cup.
The Old Windsor first team finished in third position in the Premier Division this season, six points behind champions Britwell. It represents their joint-lowest finish since a fifth-place end to the campaign in 2019.
PICTURE: Old Windsor F.C. Chairman, Gary Wade (left) with his son and first team assistant manager, Luke Wade (right).
The Reserve team started their season in Division One in a slow fashion but, finished their year extremely well to take fourth position. The side also won the Ascot & Fielden Cup and were beaten finalists in the Presidents Cup.
Wade commented: “The main target this season was to compete at the top end of both leagues and get ourselves a trophy. The second half of the season has saved us really but, we knew it would be difficult as a it was a little bit of a rebuild campaign. To come away from it having reached the League Cup Final, Presidents Cup Final, and winning the Ascot & Fielden Cup is a success for the Club.
“Looking ahead, as always, we will be trying to bring in a few fresh faces as well as keeping the key parts of this season’s squad that will push on again. This will give both teams good chance of further success in both League and Cup competitions next season.
“If we don’t have the injuries issues that we’ve had at times this season, and can get that commitment from the players, then hopefully next season will see further progress for the Club on and off the pitch.”
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