Windsor give illustration of how far they’ve progressed in home win over Langley – Photo 1 of 1

Windsor give illustration of how far they’ve progressed in home win over Langley – Photo 1 of 1
Windsor give illustration of how far they’ve progressed in home win over Langley – Photo 1 of 1

Photo credit: Richard Milam

Windsor FC 2 – Langley FC 1

Windsor rounded off their Combined Counties League 1 campaign with a flourish on Tuesday night as they came from behind to defeat one of the league’s high-flyers, Langley FC.

Having finished just outside the play-off picture, Langley would have been confident of inflicting a fourth-straight league defeat on the Jacks to bring the curtain down on their season with a bit of a whimper.

But instead, they were given an illustration of just how much this young side has progressed under Garry Haylock and his coaching team after being thrust into senior football at the start of this season.

The campaign may have been petering out for a few weeks, and they may have finished 18th on the table, however, this performance suggests they can be far more competitive in the division next season.

As their director Kevin Stott joked following their final game, if they were a boyband they’d have to be called ‘Boyz to Men’.

They had to come from behind to claim all three points at Holloways Park as well, after Langley made the most of a frantic start to take the lead after only five minutes.

Their number 7, Sekhani McCalmon, had caused trouble for the Jacks from the first whistle, and when he cut inside his man after picking the ball up 40 yards from goal, there seemed little danger.

However, he then launched an unstoppable shot into the top left-hand corner of Windsor’s net to make it 1-0 and it seemed another long night was on the cards for the home team.

No doubt it was a great goal, but it served to galvanize Windsor rather than the visitors, and the hosts responded to it with more energy, verve and enthusiasm.

Having played their way back into the contest, they gave themselves a platform from which to build when Sam Healy was pushed over in the box in the 35th minute and the referee pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Max Jarzabek to place his spot kick to the right of Ryan Burke in the Langley goal to level the score.

If anything, Windsor increased their intensity after the interval, with Eli Grant and Reilly Hudson in particular causing problems for Langley down the flanks.

Langley also had their moments and Windsor were grateful to Allesandro Peliccia for clearing the ball off the line following a Langley corner.

However, the game’s defining moment arrived in the 67th minute when Reilly Hudson weaved his way into the box past three players before being pulled back by Chevy Hart as he attempted to flick the ball past him.

A second penalty was awarded to Windsor and Jarzabek once again kept his cool to place an identical penalty past Burke to make it 2-1.

Surprisingly this seemed to deflate the previously ebullient Langley, and their appetite for the battle won in the closing stages.

Further chances came and went for Windsor but a third, killer, goal proved elusive.

Meanwhile, Langley’s number 8 Emmanuel Limpo was sent off in the 90th minute following a reckless challenge on Liam Jenkins which was more reflective of his frustration rather than his malintent.

It was a wonderful way to end the season for Windsor and on the evidence of this game, both sides can be confident of progressing next season.

Windsor Team: Dymott, Pelliccia, White – Glean, Kambamba, Jenkins, Matani, Grant, Jarzabek, Healy, Yusif. Subs: Green, Supernak, Rand-Brade, Watson, Kendall.

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