Old Windsor winning start continued with a satisfying 3-2 win against Singh Sabha in a repeat of the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup final. The game started at breakneck pace with Luke on his debut winning a penalty on 2 minutes after a fine weaving run. Lewis stepped up but unfortunately clipped the top of the bar with his shot. The next chance was to Old Windsor when Sabha somehow scrambled a corner clear. Old Windsor were on top and looking likely to score and the first goal of the game came on 22 minutes when Brads driven corner was scrambled in by Nick. Sabha reacted well and forced two good saves from Dan, the first from a corner that he tipped over the bar and then a one on one that he saved with his feet. 1-0 at half time in a tight match that could go either way.
Sabha in the second half started well but it was Old Windsor who on 50 minutes scored their second, again a driven corner by Brad flicked in by NIck in a quality little finish. The two goal lead did not last long however when Sabha went down the other end and the forward slipped the ball passed Dan to make it 2-1. That led to a tense 30 minutes with Sabha pushing hard for the equalizer and Old Windsor looked threatening on the break. But the defense held out until the 87 minute when Sabha equalized with a fine lob over Dan who was looking to close the angle. That was not the end of the excitement on 88 minutes Lewis crossed and the ball hit the arm of the defender with his arm above his head, the referee pointed to the spot and Bradley stepped up score coolly. That was the end of the scoring with no real further chances.
Russell was pleased with the result and felt that this was a great team performance with everyone working hard, played good football on a tough pitch and got the result the club wanted. Man of the match was Brad Birchmore for his two assists, a goal and all round quality performance.
Come on you O's