PICTURE: Old Windsor suffered a 1-0 defeat at Aston Clinton in the Quarter Finals of the Charles Twelftrees Trophy on Saturday.
Old Windsor manager Darren Wareham believes his side gave it everything they had in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Clinton in the Charles Twelftrees Trophy.
The O’s held no fear about travelling to higher-league opposition having eliminated two step seven clubs to reach the Quarter Finals.
The sole remaining East Berkshire League representatives fell behind to a goal inside the opening 60 seconds, but were gifted the chance to equalise on seven minutes when a penalty was awarded for a push on Lex Young.
Harry Farnan has scored eight goals in as many League appearances this season but saw his spot-kick well-saved by the Aston keeper, low down to his right.
Old Windsor were the better side for the remainder of the tie but, without a creative number 10 on the pitch, failed to carve out the chances to level the scores.
And their chances were not helped when Lewis Corney was dismissed for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes still to play.
Wareham said: “We said before the game that we need to keep it tight for the first 10-15 minutes but we looked a little bit nervous in the beginning.
“The wind was horrendous and the ball just got caught up. They hit a sweet volley into the top corner and we could no nothing about it.
VIDEO: Old Windsor manager, Darren Wareham, reacts to the defeat at Aston Clinton on Saturday.
“We totally dominated the whole game after that. We went down to 10 men with 20 minutes left but we still dominated, created chances and missed a penalty.
“It was just one of those days where the ball wouldn’t hit the back of the net. I’m gutted but we’ll move on. It was just one of those days for us, unfortunately.”
On the missed penalty by Farnham, The Os boss added: “People have said it wasn’t, but it was a definite penalty.
“Harry just didn’t catch it well and gave the keeper an opportunity to save it. It was in the corner but not hard enough.
“Any other day he would bury them. It just happened to be now that he mis-kicked it and gave the keeper the chance to save it, which he did.”
Wareham continued: “We missed that little bit of creativity. Normally we would have a number 10 in there, we’ve got a few at the Club who are quite creative, but we missed that. We didn’t have one available so we just had to make do with what we had.
“We didn’t quite create the chances that we would’ve liked to get us back in the game. On another day we probably score three or four, if we had one of those number 10s in there.
“Since I’ve come in they’ve been absolutely superb, all of them, and on Saturday they gave 110 per-cent.
TWEET: Old Windsor see a free-kick struck straight into the Aston Clinton wall late on.
“I said to them don’t walk off the pitch at the end of the game and not give everything that you have - go home disappointed and sad that you didn’t give everything.
“But, they’ve given everything and dominated the game. We just didn’t create that chance to score the goal.
“Well done to my boys, that’s all I can say to them. I’m proud of everyone one of them. We will move on and try to win the semi final this Saturday, it’s another big game for us now.
“I’m gutted but we will move on now, get our heads up and see where we go from here with the semi-final this week - fingers crossed for that one.”
Old Windsor return to action with a home tie in the semi finals of the Slough Town Cup against Frontline this Saturday (1.30pm ko).
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