Windsor Ladies First XI picked up three massive points in a must win match against Oxford Ladies 4s.
The team – fighting for survival in Trysports Division 1 – saw off a well drilled Oxford side in a home game in which the visitors blinked first.
Fuelled by desire and determination, Windsor’s resolve was clear from the whistle and despite coming under fire first, held their nerve.
A quick counter attack by the pacey Oxford forwards caught Windsor high up the pitch and as a striker raced for goal, Windsor keeper Ruki Sayid came off her line and did just enough to put the player off her stride and hit the shot wide.
The let-off kickstarted Windsor’s bid to get back in the game and fluid work on the right saw Alice Tredwell fend off the defence and slip the ball to Saskia Swannack who had made a terrific run.
The teenager found the tiniest gap to slide the ball past the keeper and give Windsor the lead. Stunned to have conceded, Oxford regrouped and laid siege to the Windsor goal.
But the back four – Emma Williams, Fe Marsh, Debbie Campbell and Gerry Hyde – soaked up the intense pressure and Windsor held on for half time.
Still stinging from the goal, Oxford came out strongly and worked hard to break down the Windsor wall but the driven defence refused to crumble.
As Windsor’s slim lead stared to look shaky, the home team pushed forward and a diagonal ball from Swannack was picked up by Sally Khoury.
Khoury tried her luck with a looping shot that flew past the keeper and thundered into the back of the net.
With nothing to lose, Oxford threw everyone forward and an unlucky collision saw the visitors awarded a penalty corner that was converted at point blank range after an initial save by Sayid.
As the clocked ticked down, the final few minutes were played in Windsor’s half but they held on for a 2-1 win in a gutsy performance against a lively Oxford side.
Windsor 2s are still looking for their first win in 2018 after losing 1-0 at home to Reading Rogues.
It was stalemate in the first half as both teams struggled to break down the opposition’s defence. In the second half, both sides played attacking hockey and the game seemed destined to end in a goalless draw.
But it was the visitors who scrambled the ball over the line three quarters of the way through the game to deny Windsor a point.
Windsor Men’s First XI lost 2-1 at home to Marlow Men’s 3s in a tense game that could have gone either way.
Sean Wright got Windsor’s only goal .
In Division 6, the Men’s 2s shored up their promotion bid with a 4-2 away win against Oxford Hawks 6s to go eight points clear at the top.
And the third team romped home in a 7-1 away win against Bicester Men’s 3s.
Now fourth in Division 7, they hope to close the gap with local rivals Slough Swifts when they host Newbury and Thatcher 5s.