Windsor Ladies First XI kick started their season with a morale boosting 5-1 win against Reading Rebels.
The must-win home game saw Windsor dominate play from the whistle but a dogged Reading side dug in and soaked up 15 minutes of pressure before Sinead McCraith got the breakthrough.
A crisp, diagonal pass from Emma Williams found McCraith who dodged past the defence to open the scoring.
And McCraith bagged her second on the stroke of half time to give Windsor a two goal cushion.
The second half saw Reading come out fighting although there was little threat in the attack and Windsor looked comfortable on the ball.
Nifty stick work from Sarah Allan saw her beat her marker and find Maxine Bonnage in the perfect position to slot home for Windsor’s third.
While Reading had their work cut out to keep Windsor from adding to their tally, there was no stopping Helena Bateman whose incredible shot from the right beat everyone to loop into the far right corner of the goal.
And minutes later Bateman scored again with a replica of her unstoppable first to make it 5-0 to the home side.
Despite the scoreline, Reading refused to give up and won a penalty corner with minutes left on the clock.
And a well rehearsed double slip outwitted the defence and keeper to give the visitors a consolation goal.
The win hasn’t lifted Windsor out of the danger zone in Trysports Division 1 but the three points will help dig them out of trouble if they are able to build on the win.
Only Sonning Ladies 3s stand between them and more points as they take on the second placed team on Saturday, November 18 in an early morning away game.
The Ladies 2s leapt to fourth in Division 4 after a hard fought win against Oxford Ladies 6s, in one of their best starts to the season.
Proving age is no match for experience, Windsor veterans Nikki Hill and Paula Green – with a combined aged of 100 – were behind a series of slick short corner routines that out-foxed their younger opponents.
Hill opened the scoring after injecting, then racing to the near post to jab in a Green shot fired from the top of the D.
Her second came from a similar short corner and Emma Thatcher made it three – also from short corner slipped to the right after Oxford had wised up to the Hill-Green show.
The visitors pulled back a goal but Windsor’s strength across the pitch gave them the upper hand.
They next play local rivals Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s away.
The Men’s First XI had a skittish start to their home game against West Hampstead 3s, going 2-0 down in the first ten minutes.
Trialing a new formation, Windsor were made to pay for their unfamiliarity with the system and the visitors took full advantage with early strikes.
Despite the set-back, the team settled into the game and Marcus Barrow gave Windsor a foothold with a fine finish from a slipped penalty corner.
The lively West Hampstead side were soon back in control following the break with a well executed set piece that gave them a 3-1 lead.
But Windsor rode their luck and a deflection from Sean Wright gave them a refreshed sense of urgency at 3-2 with time to find an equaliser.
And who better to pop up but the team’s top scorer Paul Hayes to make it 3-3 and earn Windsor a much needed point.
On Saturday, November 18 the MBBO Division 2 team travel to play Wootton Wanderers 1s.
The Mens’s second team pulled off a dazzling 6-2 home win against Abingdon 2s to shore up their position at the top of Division 6 with four points between them and their nearest rivals BA (IG) Club.
They next face bottom of the table West Hampstead 7s.
And in Division 7, Windsor Men’s 3s lost 2-0 away to Newbury and Thatcham 5s.
They remain mid-table and will host Marlow 5s on Saturday, November 18.