Highworth Town 1-2 Windsor
By Mike Markham
Worthians bow out of Emirates FA Cup
Report courtesy of Your Sport Swindon
Highworth Town bowed out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night in a pulsating encounter when visitors Windsor delivered a 2-1 knockout blow to Jeff Roberts’ team at The Save On Tyres Stadium, after the two sides had fought out at 3-3 draw at Stag Meadow on Saturday, writes Nick Taylor.
The young and energetic visitors from the Hellenic Premier League made the more positive start in front of the 204 crowd though Highworth centre forward Ash Edenborough thought he’d broken the deadlock with only two minutes on the clock, finishing past keeper Hugo Sobte only to be ruled offside by referee’s assistant Sam Read.
After early exchanges, Windsor snatched the lead on 12 minutes when Worthians Chris Taylor appeared to trip the tricky Matt Woods inside the box, but was it a dive? Go to Your Sport video Referee Daniel Flynn pointed to the spot and eighteen-year-old Jeevan Panesar stepped up and the former Luton Town youngster confidently fired home into the bottom left of Connor Johns’ goal.
Edenborough had the opportunity to equalise two minutes later after Jason Milhench had been fouled on the edge of the visitors penalty area but his 20-yard free kick was blasted high and wide of Sobte’s goal.
The visitors doubled their lead on 16 minutes with a well executed goal, more trickery from Woods who turned his marker inside out before burying his strike low into the far corner.
Shell-shocked, Highworth’s experienced midfield of Chris Taylor and Jordan Roberts then started to get to grips with their counterparts, Taylor’s rasping 25-yard free kick brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by the impressive Sobte.
Windsor’s young striker Danny Roberts had a golden opportunity to put his side three up just before half time when he beat the offside trap and found himself through one-on-one with Connor Johns, only for the former Shrivenham and Swindon Supermarine keeper to deny him with an excellent block.
After the interval, a more purposeful Highworth side were thrown a lifeline on 49 minutes when Edenborough was brought down in the box by Andy Ingram after cleverly turning his marker. The centre forward then dusted himself down before coolly firing home.
Almost immediately after the kick off the visitors spurned another good chance to further increase their lead, the speedy Roberts out-paced the flat-footed home defence only to fire over the crossbar.
With the encounter now see-sawing from end to end, Edenborough wriggled clear out wide but again Sobte was to deny him with a block.
On 57 minutes, Woods powered through on goal, Johns again producing a stunning save to thwart the striker, with full back Malachi Thomas blasting over the rebound.
The home side continued to press forward looking for the equaliser against a dogged Windsor defence, Jordan Roberts snapped at a rebound from 30 yards out only to see his well struck effort flash just wide of the goal.
With Highworth throwing everything at the Royalists in the final few minutes, Panasar broke forward to seal the victory but blazed his golden chance over the Worthians bar.
In the final moments of injury time, Highworth substitute Jordan Clark sprinted through on goal but man of the match Sobte again came to the rescue of the Hellenic side to bravely block Clark’s goalbound strike and earn his side a visit to Cirencester Town in the next round of the FA Cup.