Windsor Ladies First XI picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw away against Bicester Ladies 1s in their battle against relegation.
The result could prove crucial as fellow strugglers Gerrards Cross Ladies 1s unexpectedly dropped three points against bottom of the table Reading Rebels.
In what is becoming a nail biting end to the season, Windsor pulled out the stops to get a result against promotion contenders Bicester.
Underdogs Windsor had a major scare in the opening seconds as high flying Bicester thundered towards the goal and fired in a shot that skimmed off keeper Ruki Sayid’s arm missing the goal by millimetres.
And it was enough to give the team a massive wake-up call as they rose to the challenge ahead.
With all to play for, Windsor went on the attack with terrific moves on the right flank as Helena Davidson and Maxine Bonnage worked the wing with Sarah Allan while Sally Khoury and Saskia Swannack were influential on the left.
And with captain Freya Hayter pulling the strings in the middle, Bicester found themselves on the back foot.
But Windsor’s high line allowed Bicester to counter attack and some brilliantly timed tackles from Fe Marsh and a string of impressive saves from Sayid kept the hosts out.
The breakthrough for Windsor came towards the end of the first half when a Bonnage shot was saved and while the ball was scrambled away, it went back to Bonnage who struck it sweetly to find the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
Playing for survival, Windsor searched for a second to give themselves some breathing space but Bicester were fighting their own battle for a place in Premier League 2.
Forced to defend their slim lead, Windsor were heroic at the back as Marsh, Octavia Highfield, Debbie Campbell and full backs Gerry Hyde and Emma Williams put in an incredible shift.
Sayid kept the team in the game with a triple save that included a flick and two follow up shots from close range.
But with Bicester pressing, a loose ball dangerously close to the D was picked up by a striker and Sayid was beaten in a two-on-one, as the hosts levelled.
Buoyed by the equaliser, Bicester kept the pressure on to find a winner but Windsor remained composed and managed to see the game out for a draw.
They are now hovering above the relegation zone in Trysports Division 1 with three points separating them from Gerrards Cross who are a place below but have two games in hand.
Windsor must get result against in their last match of 2018 against Sonning Ladies 3s at home on April 7 and hope Gerrards Cross will slip up when they play Oxford Ladies 4s and Reading Rebels.
In Division 4, Windsor Ladies 2s lost 2-1 to promotion chasing Marlow Ladies 5s.
Visitors Windsor took the game to their opponents, forcing several errors and winning an early penalty corner.
A goal bound Emma Briggs shot was illegally stopped on the line by a Marlow defender and Windsor were awarded a penalty flick.
The team’s top scorer Paula Green stepped up to take her first flick in 25 years of playing hockey and didn’t look out of place as she kept it low and beyond the reach of the keeper.
With the upper hand, Windsor looked for a second goal but could not find the final pass for a shot on goal.
And Marlow showed why they are challenging for promotion as the team rallied and scored twice in quick succession from short corners to take the lead at 2-1 as the first half drew to a close.
While Windsor dominated the second half, they could not find a way through the Marlow defence to put away an equaliser.
Still fifth in the division, they play their last match on April 7 when they host Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s.
Windsor men had mixed fortunes win two draws and a loss.
The first team went down 3-2 against MBBO Division 2 promotion hopefuls Eastcote 3s with Windsor’s goals from Matt Dewhurst and Sean Wright.
They next play Wootton Wanderers 1s at home on April 7.
In Division 6, the Mens 2s drew 1-1 at home against Wycombe 4s and remain in second place with promotion in their sights.
They have a long layoff until April 14 when they host West Hampstead 7s in their last match of the season.
And in Division 7, Windsor Mens 3s drew 2-2 at home against Banbury Piranhas and head to Marlow 5s on April 7 for their final match of 2018.