Windsor Men’s First XI edged away from trouble to rise to eighth in MBBO Division 2 after a 5-3 away win against Wycombe 3s.
They went behind to a penalty flick but kept their heads and were back on an even footing after a Michael Jones penalty corner which saw him start and finish the move.
And the visitors took the lead after slick passing which started at the back and progressed along the right flank with Alex Weller and Paul Hayes who found Sean Wright in the D to slot home.
Although Windsor seemed in control in the second half, the game turned as Wycombe took their chance with a penalty corner to level at 2-2.
But Marcus Barrow hit back with a flourish as he swept the ball past the keeper and Jones popped up for another short corner to bag a brace and take the score to 4-2 in what was becoming a tetchy game.
With tempers beginning to fray, Wycombe were awarded their second but controversial penalty flick of the game and made no mistake to put it past the keeper.
Buoyed by the 4-3 scoreline, Wycombe looked like they might pull off a comeback but Barrow was in no mood to lose points and made sure of a win with a no-nonsense finish to put the game to bed.
On Saturday, March 17 the team host South Berkshire 2s.
Despite losing 3-2 to mid-table Oxford 6s, Windsor Mens 2s remain at the top of Division 6, but have seen their points lead cut to just two as high flying BA (IG) 2s are breathing down their necks.
Windsor started the match uncharacteristically slowly and struggled to adjust to Oxford’s formation which soon unravelled the defence as the home team took the lead.
And the inability to deal with a spate of penalty corners saw Windsor 3-0 down at half time while missing chances of their own at the other end.
With the pressure on to get at least a point out of the tie, Windsor re-started with a renewed sense of urgency and dominated play but were unable to get a breakthrough.
And with a defender sent off, Windsor took a bold decision to sacrifice the keeper for a kicking back and have ten pitch players for an all out attack.
The gamble paid off as Windsor pushed forward in numbers and Jack Snell raised spirits with the visitors’ first goal while Lee Waller gave them hope with a second.
With minutes left to play Windsor threw everyone forward but were defeated by the clock and ran out of time in their gutsy attempt to get a result.
On Saturday, March 17 they have a chance to put some distance between themselves and second placed BA (IG) 2s when they take them on at home in a must-win top of the table clash.
And in Division 7, the third team drew 1-1 at home with Eastcote 5s and are away to Oxford 7s.
Windsor Ladies First XI have three games to save their season after losing 2-1 to Oxford University Ladies 3s.
Both teams created early chances and the outlook seemed rosy for Windsor as they began brightly, passed well and looked composed.
And sustained pressure on their hosts’ goal paid off when Windsor were awarded a penalty flick.
Captain Freya Hayter stepped up and despite the pressure was the calmest player on the pitch as she coolly converted to give Windsor the lead.
With the teenage university team driving hard into Windsor’s half, a lucky break for Oxford saw them steal the ball when Windsor lost an advantage that had been played.
They swarmed into the D and won a penalty corner which was smothered but failed to clear the area and an Oxford striker was well placed to blast the ball home at point blank range to equalise.
Oxford started the second half at pace and with the slow pitch taking its toll on Windsor, the lively young side upped the tempo further.
Windsor soaked up relentless pressure with Fe Marsh putting in an outstanding performance at the back along with Gerry Hyde, Emma Williams and Octavia Highfield.
Keeper Ruki Sayid was kept busy and pulled off a string of remarkable saves but the goal that broke Windsor hearts finally came after a shot was fired to the far right and beyond Sayid’s reach.
Windsor worked valiantly to keep the deficit down but had nothing in reply at the other end.
On Saturday, March 17 they face a confident Milton Keynes side who have not lost their last seven matches and are gunning for promotion.
Windsor must win to keep alive any hopes of survival in Trysports Division 1.
In Division 4, the ladies second team rose a place to fifth after a solid 1-0 away win against Phoenix and Ranelagh Ladies 3s.
Windsor’s bid for an early goal came off with an all out attack led by Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus who split the defence with a terrific solo run and finished by firing home to put the visitors ahead.
Paula Green was denied by a fine save just ahead of the break with the whistle not coming quickly enough for the hosts.
With nothing to lose Phoenix went on the offensive in the second half but Tasha Bailey made several crucial tackles to take the sting out of the attacks.
And stand-in keeper Rachael Armstrong’s vital saves ensured a clean sheet and three points.
On March 17, they host promotion hopefuls Sonning Ladies 4s.