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Ladies First XI are playing a waiting game

Windsor Ladies First XI must sweat it out to learn their fate following a devastating 1-0 defeat against Sonning Ladies 3s.

For the points dropped in their last game of the season means their future in Trysports Division 1 rests with fellow strugglers Gerrards Cross who have one match left.

And with just two points separating the teams at the foot of the table, a Cross win will relegate Windsor while a loss will see the South Bucks side go down.

Playing at home, Windsor had a jittery start and it took time for their jangling nerves to settle.

As Windsor found their stride and pushed forward, Sonning soaked up the pressure and waited patiently for a chance to counter attack.

And when Windsor lost the ball at the top of the opposition’s D, they struck hard and fast and were in the Windsor D within seconds with a player to spare.

With no-one challenging the striker, she was able to pick her spot at the right post and slam the ball past keeper Ruki Sayid with ease.

And with the odds stacked against them, the hosts had no choice but to take the game to Sonning which they did for the remainder of the match.

But Sonning threw every player behind the ball to create a ring of steel that Windsor could not breach.

The team fought valiantly to get a result but the visitors – playing for a top three finish – gave Windsor no space.

Captain Freya Hayter and right winger Helena Davidson twisted and turned to create chances and an Elle Gatehouse strike was a hair’s breadth away from finding the goal.

But Sonning refused to budge and while they didn’t threaten Windsor’s goal for most of the second half, they made Windsor pay a high price for the only mistake of the game.

Windsor now have a nailbiting wait to see if Cross can beat already relegated Reading Rebels at home on Saturday, April 14.

Ladies 2s are building a strong team for next season

The Ladies 2s ended their season in style with a 6-1 drubbing of Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s at home.

Windsor dominated the game but went 1-0 down to a well executed short corner.

But they remained composed and were back in the game after defender Nikki Hill calmly stepped up to take a penalty flick – awarded for a defender’s foot on the line – and put it beyond the reach of the keeper.

Windsor continued to boss the game and Emma Thatcher made it two while L1s keeper Ruki Sayid took to the pitch and got on the league score sheet for the first time in 12 years with a strike from point blank range.

The Windsor show continued in the second half with three more goals as Mel Dobson’s work rate paid off with a terrific solo goal.

And Dobson turned provider when she drilled the ball at pace to the right post where a diving Sayid managed to connect with her stick and bag her second.

Emma Briggs rounded off a brilliant Windsor display with an unstoppable shot fired deep into the left side of the goal.

 

L2s defensive duo Captain Emma Uzzell (far left) and Tasha Bailey (centre) in action

Captain Emma Uzzell, Tasha Bailey, Caroline Dane, and Hill  were solid at the back,  Annalies Hogan , Briggs and Thatcher pulled  the strings in midfield while Idunn Knain and Dobson ran the wings.

And with three keepers on the pitch – Rachael Armstrong in goal, and regular L2s keeper Zone Holmes and Sayid sharing duties up front, the formidable team proved too strong for the opposition.

Finishing a respectable fifth in Division 4, they have turned their fortunes around from last season when they came close to relegation.

Windsor Men’s First XI also ended the season on a high trouncing Wootton Wanderers 1s 11-2 at home.

Paul Hayes wowed spectators with four and Marcus Barrow joined the party with a hat-trick.

And the goals extravaganza saw Sean Wright bag a brace while Dan Jones and Edd Lumley also got on the score sheet for the team’s best result of the season.

And the three points ensure the team will stay in MBBO Division 2.

In Division 7, the Mens 3s lost 3-1 away to Marlow 5s but ended the season comfortably in fourth place.