KIERAN Knight believes Windsor can go all the way to Wembley in the FA Vase this season after an incredible 3-1 win away at Eastbourne Town on Saturday.

Windsor came from behind to win the fourth round tie at The Saffrons thanks to a Knight penalty plus late goals from substitutes Nadir Shafi and Matt Stockill.

Knight had sleepless nights after missing a spot-kick against Lydney Town seven days earlier, but argues his goal rattled Eastbourne and their superior fitness shone through in the end.

The Windsor captain, who turns 37 next month, told the Observer: “We’re beating the best from different divisions so we see no reason why we can’t go and do it.

“I’m sure we’re going to come up against good teams and crowds but the bookies told us we were not favourites on Saturday, so we don’t care what that says.

“It feels as if we can go all the way but we will take it game by game. We like to dream but there’s still three games to go so we will keep cracking on.

“I was so happy when we scored. My legs were gone and I just needed to stand around but the boys were second to none, and the thing is it’s a squad game.

“The subs that came on and the players that didn’t play, you could see how happy they were when we scored.

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PHOTO: Kieran Knight scores from the penalty spot to level the scores at 1-1 on Saturday.

“I’m 37 next month but this is probably one of the biggest games I’ve played in for 18 years, and the next one is definitely going to be bigger. After 18 years that says a lot for how well we’re doing and you could see the emotions.

“I could not run down and celebrate with them but you could see how much emotion their was from all of us, it just means a lot.

“I’ve got to the FA Cup first round proper once and the Conference play-off finals, but we’re three games from Wembley now and that’s the pinnacle of every players’ career, they want to play at Wembley.

“I want to play well but I don’t care if I score, and to captain this team is absolutely incredible.”

Commenting on his penalty which levelled the scores after 73 minutes, the striker said: “I missed a penalty last week and had a few sleepless nights about it. Maybe I should not at 36 years of age but the one thing I wanted on Saturday was a penalty.

“I was a bit nervous to be fair when it happened but it was exactly what I needed. I just wanted to get across it and score, and that set things on their way.

“The confidence grew and the fans got behind us as well, they were absolutely terrific, and more than that the goal effected Eastbourne as well. It lifted our game but it effected them, they were a little bit rattled.

“We got one goal and were on the front foot and you could tell Eastbourne were a little bit rattled, but obviously the goals came at good times as well.”

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PHOTO: Windsor captain Kieran Knight (right) celebrates after scoring his penalty on Saturday.

Knight continued: "We know that we're a good side if we turn up and the confidence was high. t could have gone against us, we could have been over-confident, but we came out and had the legs on them.

"You could see Eastbourne were clearly a good side, so mentally you have to go onto that level and our quality shone through.

"Eastbourne were a good side but we were confident of beating anyone, look at our last three games in the FA Vase.

"We knew that it was a 50/50 game because we had chances and you could just tell that we knew the chances were going to come, and it happened basically.

"Fair play to the Eastbourne supporters because they clapped us off at the end. If we were lucky they probably would not have done that but I think they realised we played well, so fair play to them for doing that.

"Our supporters have been absolutely fantastic in every round . All our games have been away in the FA Vase but at home they are second to none as well.

"There were 80-90 of them there on Saturday and it is so appreciated from all the lads. It lifts us and means a lot."

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