Men’s first and second teams in eight goal thrillers
Windsor Men’s First XI revisited last season’s nemesis Wootton Wanderers 1s and finally settled an old score with a 5-3 win.
For it was Wootton that beat Windsor to the top spot to be promoted to MBBO Division 2 as champs.
So with all to still prove against their old adversaries, a spirited Windsor side started on the front foot and bossed the game from the start.
The more creative of the two, Windsor had the best chances in the opening ten minutes and finally broke the deadlock after a well worked move from brothers Kevin and Daniel Jones.
Kevin’s pass to Daniel saw the latter fire into the corner with a flamboyant reverse sweep to put Windsor in the lead.
But Wootton showed their quality and hit back with two exceptional goals – a drag flick from a penalty corner and a slick finish from a ruthless counter attack to go into half time 2-1 up.
Stunned to find themselves trailing despite dominating the game, Windsor raised the tempo to produce some of their best hockey this season.
Jones (K) linked up with Matt Dewhurst to weave past the defence and Dewhurst shot fast and low to equalise.
Marcus Barrow made it 3-2 to visitors Windsor and within minutes Sean Wright had given them a comfortable 4-2 lead.
But Wootton battled to get back in the game and showed their prowess with short corners managing to slip to the left then shoot and smartly deflect past keeper Richard Sage to narrow the gap to 4-3.
With six minutes left and Wootton looking strong, Windsor knew they had to remain composed and keep possession to secure all three points.
And an incredible string of seven passes with Wright at the end of the final one saw him force the Wootton keeper to pull off two brilliant saves before Wright got the better of him.
Lifting the ball out of his reach, he found Dewhurst in the perfect position to finish the move with the final score at 5-3.
On Saturday, November 25, Windsor host Wycombe 3s.
The Men’s second team were at the forefront of a goals galore thriller putting eight past West Hampstead 7s and keeping a clean sheet.
Dan Knowles opened the scoring within the first five minutes and bagged his second just five minutes later.
Complete domination and clinical finishing from the home team were a deadly combination that saw Jack Snell score an incredible four – three from slick set pieces with captain Matthew Humphreys and Mindaugas Spalgenas also on the score sheet.
The 8-0 home win maintains their top spot in MBBO Division 6 and puts four points between them and nearest rivals Tring 2s.
They next play Oxford 6s at home.
In Division 7, the Men’s 3s lost 4-1 to Marlow at home and will take on Eastcote 5s away.
Both ladies teams suffered 2-1 defeats away with the First XI unlucky not to come away with a point after a tough game against Sonning Ladies 3.
Playing their best hockey of the season, Windsor dominated the first 15 minutes but were unable to breach the defence and were punished when Sonning broke in numbers to go 1-0 ahead.
The hosts began the second half strongly and a change of tactics saw them drive forward in numbers and despite some heroic play at the back, their sharp finishing gave them their second goal.
But in a gutsy performance, Windsor continued to build up a series of impressive moves and win a succession of penalty corners. However they were unable to capitalise on several chances, including a penalty stroke.
With just a few minutes left to launch an attack, Windsor’s forward line had shots on target batted away and it took an exceptional Emma Harrington flick to the top right hand corner to finally break down the Sonning defence for a consolation goal.
On Saturday, November 25, the Trysports Division 1 team host Oxford University Ladies 3s
The Ladies 2s battled hard against well organised Gerrards Cross 2s but paid for sloppy defending when a player ghosted into the D for a soft goal.
Windsor were quick to reply and the Nikki Hill and Paula Green partnership paid dividends as a text book short corner taken by Hill found Green who fired a shot across the line.
In an action packed second half Cross retook the lead from a well rehearsed set piece.
Windsor threw caution to wind in the hunt for an equaliser and nearly found it in the dying seconds of the game when Green pounced on a loose ball and drilled it goal wards only to see it skim the wrong side of the post.
The Division 4 side next face Phoenix & Ranelagh 3s at home.