We certainly didn’t make it easy for ourselves, starting with Joe Gorman making an early mistake to allow Windsor to go 1-0 up by misjudging coming out for a cross. This seemed to have kicked us into life with Nat Robinson immediately hitting the post and a Ryan Knight deflected shot just going past the post. Eventually the door was unlocked with an inch perfect pass from Tom Ballard to put Ryan Knight through one on one who slotted it away having the keeper saving his first shot but making sure the 2nd time round. Although I believe Wantage having just slightly edged the 1st half in terms of play, Windsor showed they were always dangerous especially on counter attacks and wide positions. And resulting from that a rather unfortunate penalty decision was awarded as Dan James accidently handled the ball on trying to block a shot which he knew nothing about. But I suppose the letter of the law is handball now whether its deliberate or not. Windsor comfortably slotted the penalty away making it 2-1 to the visitors, therefore going behind again despite a few chances were squandered by Wantage before the break.
2nd half both teams started brightly, but it was Wantage that got the early goal that was asked for in the half time team talk. This came from a positive and direct run by Kai Mahon getting in behind the defence, drawing a clear foul in the box and penalty decision for the Freds. Having already scored and full of confidence Ryan Knight calmly dispatched the penalty bring the score back to level terms 2-2. From then on there were a chances for both teams to get back in front, however the best of them falling to Windsor who had 2 key chances to go in front only to be denied by 2 excellent saves by Joe Gorman redeeming himself from the earlier mistake. Having both teams made substitutions and the game being open and end to end, it was who was going to take their chance would provide victorious. It was Wantage that produced the best move of the match consisting of 7 to 8 passes before James Watts drove and delivered a dangerous ball across the box for Charlie Kille to superbly finish into the top corner of the net. This being on the 87th minute you would think there was not much time for Windsor to muster a reply, but somehow the referee found 9+ minutes of injury time in a game that had very little injuries, delays or stoppages, which I personally found baffling. In the end Wantage held on to a deserved victory and everyone delighted to get off to a good start to the season.