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A Edenborough (48' Pen)
Full time
J Panesar (13' Pen), M Woods (17')
Wed 15 Aug 19:45 - Cup Attendance 204

Highworth Town 1-2 Windsor


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.

Key moments

Scored Penalty Jeevan Panesar scores a penalty for Windsor
Goal Matthew Woods scores for Windsor
Scored Penalty Ashley Edenborough scores a penalty for Highworth Town


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84:00 Sub On
Cameron Gordon is substituted on for Highworth Town
84:00 Sub Off
Sean Wood is substituted off for Highworth Town
78:00 Sub Off
Jordan Roberts is substituted off for Highworth Town
78:00 Sub On
Jordan Clark is substituted on for Highworth Town
48:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 2
Ashley Edenborough scores a penalty for Highworth Town
End of period 1
17:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matthew Woods scores for Windsor
13:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Jeevan Panesar scores a penalty for Windsor
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Highworth Town
  • Windsor
  • 0
  • Jeevan Panesar Scored Penalty 13:00'
  • Matthew Woods Goal 17:00'
  • Ashley Edenborough Scored Penalty 48:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub On 78:00'
  • Jordan Roberts Sub Off 78:00'
  • Cameron Gordon Sub On 84:00'
  • Sean Wood Sub Off 84:00'

Team selection

Johns, Connor Johns, Connor
Nesbeth, Aaron Nesbeth, Aaron
Adams, Ross Adams, Ross
Grabe, Matt Grabe, Matt
Turk, Wayne Turk, Wayne
Wood, Sean Wood, Sean
Ferguson, Calum Ferguson, Calum
Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Jordan
Milhench, Jason Milhench, Jason
Edenborough, Ashley Edenborough, Ashley
Taylor, Chris Taylor, Chris
  • 1. Jeevan Panesar
  • 2. Matthew Woods
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