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Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter scored the team’s only goal

Windsor Ladies First XI suffered a major setback in their battle against the drop after a 3-1 defeat by fellow strugglers Gerrards Cross Ladies 1s.

Playing at home, Cross caught Windsor off-guard from the whistle and went 1-0 up within minutes of the start.

But Windsor kept their composure and took the game to their hosts with good, attacking hockey that won a series of short corners.

And the breakthrough came when Laura Weaver drilled a shot from a penalty corner goalwards but as it was cleared, captain Freya Hayter was perfectly placed to volley it past the keeper to level the game.

With all to play for, Cross went on the offensive and always looked threatening in attack as they pushed forward in numbers.

Pressing high paid off as they stole the ball from a hemmed in Windsor defence and a through ball across the D was picked up by a striker who had made an intelligent run to slam the ball past diving keeper Ruki Sayid.

Emma Harrington in action

While Windsor had some good possession in the second half, Cross tactics of putting ten players behind the ball in their own half and hitting their opponents on a counter attack was a successful game plan.

Windsor were unable to find a way through the sea of yellow and blue shirts and despite a series of saves by Sayid, a looping shot to the top right corner dipped over the defence to kill off the game.

The defeat has given Windsor a challenging few weeks as they fight to stay in Trysports Division 1.

Just one point is keeping them above Gerrards Cross who are in the drop zone but have two games in hand.

And on Saturday, February 10, Windsor host promotion contenders Marlow Ladies 3s who are second but seeking to oust Bicester Ladies 1s from the number one spot.

In Division 4 Windsor Ladies 2s picked up their first point of 2018 in a 3-3 draw away against Witney Ladies 3s.

The hosts took the lead but Windsor were soon level following a Nikki Hill strike from a penalty corner.

L2s captain Emma Uzzell rallies the team

And it was Witney who edged ahead again in the second half until Paula Green looped a shot past the keeper to make it 2-2.

The Hill-Green partnership put Windsor in front from a well worked short corner routine with Green finishing the move.

At 3-2 Windsor should have seen the game out but second from bottom Witney dug in and with minutes left on the clock, pulled one back to share the points.

Windsor next host foot of the table team Milton Keynes Ladies 3s.

Windsor Mens First XI lost 6-2 away to MBBO Division 2 promotion hopefuls Abingdon 1s.

In their worst defeat of the season, Windsor found themselves 3-0 down within 15 minutes after failing to clear a series of penalty corners.

Matt Dewhurst boosted spirits with a goal just before half time but Abingdon’s confidence was barely dented when the game restarted.

The hosts were swift to make their presence felt to go 4-1 up although Dan Jones put Windsor back in the game with a sweeping finish to make it 4-2.

But Abingdon finished with a flourish with two more goals to add to Windsor’s miserable afternoon.

They are now fighting for survival and must pick up points at home against third placed Thame 1.

Windsor Mens 2s continued their amazing run in Division 2 with a 7-0 drubbing of Maidenhead Magicians at home to go eight points clear at the top.

Jack Snell opened the scoring for Windsor when his first strike came off the goalkeeper’s foot and returned to his stick for a second bite at the cherry.

Composed, he struck again and secured the early lead.

Within five  minutes Kevin Jones on his return from injury carved up gaps between defence and goalkeeper to bag a brace and make it 3-0 with Jose Sirvent adding the fourth goal just before half time.

Kevin Jones makes a welcome return after injury

And the rout continued in the second half with Martin Cook and Ed Lumley getting on the score sheet with Snell ending the game as he began it – with a goal to make it seven for Windsor.

The 2s travel to take on Tring Men’s 2s on Saturday, February 10.

And in Division 7, Windsor Mens 3s beat Newbury and Thatcham Men’s 5s 2-1 at home and will play local rivals Slough Swifts who are just one place and three points above them.