Alex Weller Breaks Maids Heart with Last Gasp Goal
Windsor Men’s First XI drew 1-1 with local rivals Maidenhead Men’s 2s in a high tempo game.
Playing away, Windsor began the brighter of the two but the game remained deadlocked at half time.
The second half was equally close but a couple of sloppy Windsor passes gave Maidenhead the edge and they capitalised on the mistakes with a slick attack and clean strike for a 1-0 lead.
Boosted by the goal, Maidenhead pressed for a second one but an acrobatic display by Windsor keeper Rich Sage kept the visitors firmly in the game.
And his hard work paid off when Windsor were awarded a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the match.
With the game on a knife edge, it took a perfect Alex Weller strike from the top of the D to break Maidenhead hearts as the shot crashed onto the backboard on the final whistle to level the score.
The Mens 2s and 3s racked up a sensational 17 goals between them in their highest scoring games of the season.
Playing at home, the second team trounced Amersham and Chalfont Mens 3s 7-2 to go eight points clear at the top of Division 6.
Windsor opened the scoring just ten minutes into the game with Jack Snell on the end of a Lee Waller injection from a penalty corner.
And Waller tucked two away himself from consecutive short corners to give Windsor a comfortable lead.
But the visitors dug in and took their chance from a set piece to put the ball out of reach of the Windsor keeper.
The goal deepened Windsor’s resolve and the fourth scored by James Fenton before half time gave Amersham a mountain to climb.
Fenton was on the score sheet again with his second and Windsor’s fifth shortly after the re-start but Amersham were quick to reply with a goal of their own.
But their joy was short lived when Steve Timpson killed off the game with a brace to take Windsor’s tally to a super seven.
And it was “fill yer boots time” for the Mens 3s with an incredible 10-3 drubbing of Ramagarhia Slough 1s at home.
Gareth Baber came close to a double hat-trick with five, Rich Jones bagged a brace and it was one a-piece for Chris Parsons, Henry Graham and Ben Hefford.
Windsor took an early lead and were 4-0 up by half time against their ten man opponents.
But they took their foot off the gas in the second half and conceded two quick goals in succession before re-focusing to push ahead and make it 6-3 in reply.
And they took their runaway lead to double figures in the finest Windsor home win yet.
They are now fourth in Division 7.
Windsor Ladies First XI suffered a set-back to their campaign to avoid the drop zone following a heavy 5-1 defeat away to Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s.
The injury hit team put up a terrific fight to keep the home side at bay and were still in the game when Maxine Bonnage’s finish to a well worked penalty corner made it 2-1.
But Newbury attacked in numbers and despite heroics at the back, including a brilliant goal-line clearance by Emma Williams, at times Windsor were overwhelmed.
The Ladies 2s were on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline away to Oxford club Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s.
Windsor dominated from the start with fluid hockey and looked comfortable with goals from Mel Dobson and Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus.
Emma Thatcher and Annalies Hogan bossed the middle and Windsor should have buried the game in the first 35 minutes.
But in a game of two halves, Wychwood came out fighting and the game changed when Wychwood brought on a key player who was able to unlock the Windsor defence.
And two quick Wychwood goals flustered Windsor while a controversial penalty corner gave them an unexpected 3-2 lead.
Wychwood rounded off their comeback with a fourth but with minutes left on the clock Windsor striker Paul Green made it 4-3 – but the visitors ran out of time to find an equaliser.