MANAGER Jamie Tompkins believes Ascot United will need to produce "one big performance" if they are to beat Windsor in the Hellenic League's Bluefin Sports Cup final at Ardley United FC on Monday (3pm), writes Dave Wright.

"We will certainly need to be at our best as Windsor finished the season extremely well," he said.

The Yellamen had a final Premier Division placing of seventh, one place and three points behind their local rivals, but completed the double over them, winning 2-0 at Stag Meadow and 4-2 at the Racecourse Ground.

"We can gain some confidence from those results, but they are still irrelevant because cup finals are completely different and we are expecting to see quite a different Windsor team in the final," added Tompkins.

"We also have good memories of Ardley having won there 3-2 early in the season."

The manager says his team thoroughly deserve to be in the final, stating: "The whole squad have been absolutely brilliant in a season which has been our first together.

"They have made more progress than we could have imagined at the start of the season when we set our targets and objectives. There have had some difficult moments, but we always came back strong.

"We are capable of putting in some really big performances, so the team definitely deserves to be in the final.

"It's now about one more big performance on Monday."

Tompkins has a full-strength squad available apart from Elliott Carey who is suspended.

With the final being played more than 50 miles away from their grounds, both clubs are providing a coach for players and spectators.

"Hopefully, it will be well attended and there will be a good atmosphere," said the manager.

Last Sunday, he supported team physio Alexia Sawdon and communications manager Neal Jeffs who were running the London Marathon.

Jeffs, a regular long-distance runner, completed the course in a minute under three hours, while Sawdon finished in 3hrs 38mins.

* EAST Berks League Premier Division rivals Britwell and FC Beaconsfield will meet in the 99th Ascot and District (Fielden) Charity Cup final at Bracknell Town's ground tonight (Wednesday, 7.30pm ko).