OLD Windsor boss Gary Wade believes his side showed great character in a 2-2 draw at Chalvey Sports Reserves on Saturday.

Old Windsor fell behind inside 60 seconds at the Chalvey Recreation Ground and the visitors were two goals down after 15 minutes.

However, goals from Bradley Birchmore and Paul Munro rescued a point to leave them seventh in the East Berkshire Premier Division.

Wade told the Observer: “We hadn’t played for a couple of weeks and had a disappointing result against Frontline beforehand, so it took us a while to get going.

“The pitch was rather wet. It was okay to start with but ended a mudbath, but you expect that at this time of year.

“We were a goal down within a minute so it was backs to the wall type stuff. We struggled for the first 15 minutes and found ourselves two goals behind.

“We looked good going forward and were in the ascendancy in the second half, but their young keeper was outstanding with three or four great saves.

“We hit the crossbar and the post so showed great character to come back and I would have settled for a point at the end. With the chances we had we could have nicked it but I’m happy with the draw.”

The draw leaves Old Windsor third from bottom in the league table and Wade admits his side face a battle against relegation this season.

He explained: “We’ve been disappointing in the league but have had two good cup runs. I don’t think we can finish above sixth so our target now is to stay up.

“We’ve got to get through our remaining league games and get as many points as we can because Frontline have turned it around a bit and could catch us.

“We’ve not got enough games left to finish higher than sixth and we’re going to struggle against the top sides.

“Our aim will be to reach 15 points then it will come down to what Frontline do. I can’t see Stoke Poges Saints getting many more points but Frontline really seem to have turned it around.”

Bottom of the table Stoke Poges Saints are the visitors to the Old Windsor Recreation Ground this Saturday (2pm) and Wade knows it will be a tough match.

He said: “We beat them 3-1 earlier in the season but it was a tough game. It will be tough again on Saturday but we’re looking forward to it. It will be a relegation battle.

“Stoke Poges are an honest bunch of lads but it’s hard to come up from Division One.”

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