BRADLEY Pearce hopes to kick on with his season after starring for Windsor in their FA Vase win on Saturday.

Pearce, 18, suffered a fractured ankle in pre-season and thought that his chances of featuring in the first team were over for the year.

However, he has worked hard in training to make a comeback and returned to action with two late goals in the 2-1 win at Walton & Hersham.

The Cox Green Academy star told the Observer: “I didn’t want to be out for long but when the doctor told me it would be 10 weeks I thought that was my season over, I’m not going to get back into the first team that quickly.

“It was a horrible time for me but I’m very pleased with my first goals of the season. I wanted to score at least four by the end of the season and get at least six or seven assists.

“That was only my fourth or fifth game back so to get the goals will really help me to kick on. I’m very pleased with it.

“Last year I scored for the Under 18s to get us unto a cup semi final. That meant a lot, but getting two goals for us to win when we were behind is a lot to take in.”

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Bradley Pearce equalises for Windsor at Walton & Hersham.

Looking back on the win, the midfielder said: “Everyone was very confident and we all thought we were going to win, but when they scored we thought it was over.

“None of our team were working back, but that first goal got us back on our feet and then we just kept challenging them.

“We thought we were comfortable, but as soon as they scored we realised that we needed to get back into the game.

“When we scored we started to play football again and were not always going long.

“They didn’t have any chances after our first goal. We just put all the pressure on and got our rewards.

“We were a bit under pressure in the first half. They had a lot of chances and we didn’t really start the game well, but we got back into it in the second half so that was good. This team keeps on challenging and we’ve always got a chance to get back into the game.”

Commenting on his two-goal hero, Windsor boss Mick Woodham said: “The two goals have come from an 18-year-old having just his second start in the first team this year, so full credit to him.

“Brad is a confidence player and this is going to do him the world of good.

“The National League Alliance (U19s) is really helping us and Brad is taking that form and confidence into the first team, so as a partnership you’re starting to see the benefits.

“Brad is getting his reward for getting fit again, playing in the U19s and now pushing for a place in the starting line-up of the first team.”