Super Saturday saw all five Windsor squads take points with both first teams finally getting out of the starting blocks.
Playing away, the Mens 1s drew 1-1 with Marlow 3s in a closely fought match that saw the visitors take an early lead.
Windsor started the brighter of the two and were patient in the build up from the back.
They were rewarded when a slick move was started by Jamie O’Connell who flicked the ball into the path of Alex Weller.
Collecting the ball at pace, Weller dinked past a defender and fired a cross to the top of the D where David Searle was waiting to sweep it in for the opener.
With confidence high, Windsor began the second half where they left off, dominating play and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty stroke when O’Connell’s goal bound shot was blocked by a defender’s body on the line.
Instead, the tables were turned when Marlow were awarded a penalty flick at the other end following a challenge on a Marlow striker by Windsor keeper Rich Sage.
But Sage kept his cool with a brilliant save and put in a man of the match performance with a range of impressive stops.
But despite his heroics, Marlow finally found a way through to level the score and deny Windsor their first win of the season.
On Saturday, October 21 they host Abingdon 1s who are second in MBBO Division 2.
In Division 6, Windsor Men’s 2s notched up a dazzling 5-1 home win against Oxford Hawks 6 and next play Maidenhead Magicians in a local derby.
And in Division 7, the newly formed Men’s 3s continue to dominate the table following a spectacular 6-0 home win against Bicester 3s.
With 15 goals in three games and only one conceded, they are becoming the team to beat – something Newbury and Thatcham will bear in mind when they host the leaders.
Windsor Ladies 1s put their first point on the table after a 2-2 draw away against Oxford Ladies 4s.
Starting strongly, Windsor showed their intent from push back and forced their personality on the game.
Captain Freya Hayter set the standard and the team responded with terrific movement and pace across the pitch.
And It was Hayter who opened the scoring after Saskia Swannack won the ball and passed to the skipper who weaved her way past the defence and scored through the narrowest gap on the left.
But Oxford proved a handful and were lively in attack. And a momentary loss of concentration from Windsor cost them a goal as an unmarked Oxford player had time to pick her spot and loop the ball high into the far left corner.
The open game could have gone either way, but Oxford had the upper hand when a shot blocked by a Windsor foot on the line gave the home team a penalty stroke.
Expecting a flick to the right, keeper Ruki Sayid committed but a shot fired unexpectedly down the middle beat the keeper and gave Oxford a 2-1 lead.
But the visitors refused to collapse and instead dug in and chased the equaliser in a fast moving end-to-end game.
The breakthrough came after Maxine Bonnage took the ball down the right flank, cut in and fired from an impossible angle that beat the defence and keeper to level the score with minutes left on the clock.
Onn Saturday, October 21 they host local rivals Gerrards Cross Ladies 3s in Trysports Division 1.
In Division 4, Windsor 2s racked up their third win and second clean sheet on the run following a 1-0 win away against Reading Rogues.
Early pressure paid off with a short corner drilled in by Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus.
And Windsor were denied in the second half when a goal was disallowed for a foul in the build up as they worked hard to double the scoreline.
Reading battled to find an equaliser and in a tense final five minutes looked as if they might score but Windsor managed to hang on and see out the game.
The win has taken them to fifth and they hope to build on momentum when they host Witney Ladies 3s in their next game.
- Pictures by Alan Richards