Match Report: Windsor 2 v 0 Holyport
By Richard Tyrell
Brave showing against Hellenic Premier side Windsor...
Holyport welcomed Ivybridge Town to Summerleaze in the Buildbase FA Vase reply and after a 205 mile trip to Summerleaze to it Ivybridge who rightly went through to the next round to face Saltash after a 0-3 victory.
23rd October 2018
Windsor 2, Holyport 0
Windsor progressed to the next round of the league cup after second half goals from Jordan Ellis and Victor Ocansey earned victory over a resolute Holyport.
Derek Sweetman's visitors proved a hard nut to crack in glorious conditions at Stag Meadow and, for the first hour at least, Windsor looked like a team that hadn't played for a couple of weeks.
But, just when Holyport sensed a second impressive cup result in the space of a week - after their goalless draw with Ivybridge in the FA Vase - they were undone by a superb solo strike from Ellis on his debut.
There appeared little on when the striker - thrown on for the injured Kieran Knight after only 10 minutes - collected the ball with his back to goal in the 58th minute. But he twisted away from two Port defenders and pirouetted before firing left-footed beyond Jake Quelch.
Dan Roberts should have killed the game off when he headed wide of an open goal in the 74th minute but, instead, Ocansey was the man to finally end Holyport's spirited resistance when he met Jamie Di Guiseppe's corner to head home from close range.
There was little to choose between the sides in the first half. Windsor saw more of the football but laboured in the sun and did little with it. Holyport impressed sporadically and it might have been a different story had Kris Drake taken one of the half chances which fell his way. He was lively throughout but shot wide in the 11th minute before being foiled by Hugo Sobte in the 20th.
Roberts - Windsor's star of the season so far - had a day to forget in front of goal in truth but he never stopped showing for the ball and might have had a hat-trick on another day. He lobbed wide in the 21st minute, after beating Quelch in a foot race to the ball. Then, after being played in by Darren Abbey's superb through ball in the 33rd minute, he rolled the ball wide of the post. On the stroke of half-time he was denied by a brilliant reflex save from Quench.
The second half began well for the visitors, with Sam Whitfield firing over at the far post from Steve Deverall's fantastic cross from the left in the 52nd minute. From their next attack Drake's effort from distance came back off the upright with Sobte a spectator. Those attempts stirred the slumbering hosts into life, however, and it wasn't long before Ellis's close control and unerring finish gave Windsor the lead. Further chances followed before Ocansey rose highest to plant a header past Quelch with 10 minutes to play. The goal knocked the stuffing out of Sweetman's side, but they've come out of their two cup games this week, against Ivybridge in the Vase and today against Windsor in the league cup, with enormous credit and didn't look out of their depth in either. Windsor will just be pleased to be through to the next round. They did just enough on home soil. No more, no less.