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Under 23s Preview: Windsor FC

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Berks and Bucks Cup Clash…

6 March 2018

Edu Rubio’s side travel to Stag Meadow on later this evening as they look to progress into the Semi-finals of the Berks and Bucks County Senior Cup.

The Under-23s travel to Berkshire as they look to bounce back from their 5-0 defeat against Southend in late February. Rubio’s side was made up of largely Under-18s and despite the scoreline, a youthful Dons side put in a spirited performance against seasoned professionals such as Josh Wright, Theo Robinson, and Jermaine McGlashan.

A win for the Dons will them see them progress into the Semi-Finals where a tie with Slough FC will await.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Windsor FC currently play their football in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division – level nine on the football pyramid. They currently sit 11th in the table having taken 38 points from their 27 games.

Nadir Shafi will be one to watch on the night for Windsor, the forward has found the net 15 times this season in 34 games, meanwhile, Riccardo Cannon has scored 12 times from 28 games.

The Under-23s suffered a 5-0 defeat against Southend Under-23s at Roots Hall just under two-weeks ago. The Dons lined took a young squad to Essex with Sam Nombe and Ben Tilney the only two players involved that weren’t part of the Under-18s.

The defeat was a valuable learning curve for the academy players as they faced experienced Football League names such as Josh Wright and Theo Robinson – the latter scored four goals on the day.

Back in November, a brace from Brandon Thomas-Asante saw MK Dons overcome Ascot United 2-0 in their opening Berks and Bucks FA County Senior Cup clash.

Windsor last played on Monday 26th February after their game against Fairford Town was postponed at the weekend due to the adverse weather conditions. They ran out 5-0 winners over Woodley United with goals coming from Nadir Shafi, George Gould, Matthew Stockill, Riccardo Cannon and Adewala Oshilaja.

We may see a mixture of first-team players and Under-18s in Tuesday’s clash at Stag Meadow. With the likes of Thomas-Asante, Giorgio Rasulo, Connor Furlong and Ben Tilney all after invaluable minutes.

Elsewhere, both Hugo Logan and Sam Nombe’s respective youth loans allow them to feature in the cup clash. There will be a number of Under-18s who will want to make their mark on the tie, Matthew Sorinola, Finn Tapp, Tommy Hope, Charlie Pattison, Bradley Bell, Liam Sole and Jenson Wright all featured in the win over Ascot United.


Supporters wishing to stay in touch with the Dons Under-23s can do so via the Club’s Twitter page from 7.45pm.

A full match report will be available to view on straight after the final whistle.

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