Emma Thatcher bags a brace for Windsor L2s v Wychwood Badgers at home.
Picture: Mel Dobson
Gritty display but no rewards for Windsor’s first teams
Both Windsor’s first teams are struggling to find form for their first wins of the season.
The Men’s 1s lost 2-1 to local rivals Maidenhead 2s in a tetchy match that could have gone either way.
Hosts Windsor started well and were disciplined at the back but struggled to keep possession and find their attacking rhythm.
And they were undone by an unlikely deflection which skewed the ball from a Maidenhead cross to wrong foot keeper Rich Sage and give the visitors an unexpected lead.
Windsor raised the tempo and piled on the pressure in the second half working hard to break down their opponents while containing them over the half way line.
But as Windsor chased the game, frustrations boiled over and tempers frayed and it took five green cards from umpires – three to the home team and two to Maidenhead to bring the teams to their senses.
Windsor were first to compose themselves and with ten minutes left, won a penalty corner which was coolly converted by Marcus Barrow to level the score.
It seemed the game would end in a draw but a controversial high ball took a cruel deflection from a Windsor stick and looped into the goal to kill off the game in the dying seconds.
On Saturday, October 14 the newly promoted Men’s team face Marlow 3s away and hope to put three points on the board in MBBO Division 2.
The Ladies First XI is also looking for a dramatic change in fortune after losing 3-1 at home to Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s.
For the third week running, Windsor have conceded three goals while suffering a goal drought at the other end.
Yet they created opportunities and had plenty of possession in a game where the final score should have been closer.
Newbury took the lead with a well executed penalty corner to the left post but Windsor were a match hitting back quickly with a short corner strike of their own.
Won by Emma Williams, it was deftly finished by Maxine Bonnage to put Windsor back in contention.
But two swift counter attacks caught Windsor out and by half time the visitors had a comfortable 3-1 lead.
While Windsor fought to chip away at the Newbury back four and get back in the game, Newbury’s stubborn defence refused to budge and held out for all three points.
Windsor travel to Oxford to take on the city’s Ladies 4s in Trysports Division 1.
In Division 4, the Ladies 2s leapt up the table to sixth with a terrific 2-0 win against Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s.
Playing at home, Windsor took the initiative and dominated play, taking control of the flanks and pushing forward with purpose.
And a well worked penalty corner saw Emma Thatcher put Windsor in the lead with a slick finish.
Thatcher doubled her tally and the score in the second half with an unstoppable strike from the top of the D in a game where the Windsor defence was fairly untroubled at the back.
They face Reading Rogues away on October 14.
Elsewhere the Men’s 2s lost 4-2 away to Amersham and Chalfont Men’s 3s in MBBO Division 6 and will host Oxford Hawks 6.
And the newly formed Mens’ 3s continued their brilliant start to the season with their second win to keep them top of MBBO Division 7.
Dave White, Gareth Baber and Jonathan Crayston scored for Windsor in the 3-1 victory away against Ramgarhia Slough 1s and will play Bicester 3s at home.