Club results Saturday December 9

 

Sean Wright saved the day with a last gasp goal

Windsor Men’s First XI snatched a point from the jaws of defeat in a last gasp comeback to draw 1-1 with Eastcote 3s.

The eleventh hour Sean Wright equaliser came with the final touch of the game as Windsor threw everyone forward for a penalty corner on the whistle.

And in a nail-biting finish that saw two shots ricochet around the D, the ball spun to the back post where Wright broke Eastcote hearts with a clean strike to level.

The timely goal was reward for Windsor’s refusal to give up, despite going 1-0 down in the second half after first 35 minutes were deadlocked.

Playing at home, Windsor had already beaten the cold snap and a frozen corner of the pitch with an intense warm up on the icy area to thaw it out.

They head into the break with a comfortable mid-table position in MBBO Division 2.

The Men’s First XI can put their feet up until the New Year

The second team continued their incredible winning streak with a hard fought 2-1 win away against Wycombe 4s in Division 6.

Windsor started the game without their usual verve and a lacklustre first half ended goaless.

It took an unexpected strike from underdogs Wycombe to shake Windsor out of their reverie and a brace from John Carpenter was enough to ensure the visitors did not drop any points to break their run.

And with 30 points in the bag, they are five clear of nearest rivals Amersham and Chalfont who remain second.

In Division 7, the third team had their fixture against Banbury Piranhas postponed and all the men’s teams are next in action in the New Year.

Maxine Bonnage gave Windsor Ladies First XI a confidence boost with a terrific strike

Windsor Ladies First XI are facing a bleak Christmas after their second defeat in a row which leaves them at the foot of Trysports Division 1.

Playing at home, Windsor went 4-2 down to a well drilled Bicester 1s side riding high in second place.

The visitors opened the scoring after a one-on-one with keeper Ruki Sayid but a brilliant Maxine Bonnage shot gave the hosts a massive confidence boost.

While Windsor’s fluid play led by skipper Freya Hayter took the team to the brink of scoring, the final touch was not clinical enough to break down their tough opponents.

And a penalty flick awarded at the other end was tucked away into the far right corner to give Bicester a 2-1 lead into half time.

Windsor battled to stay in the game and smother the forceful attacks but a Bicester forward found space on the right to slam in the team’s third goal from point blank range to make it 3-1.

Emma Harrington pulled off a text book penalty flick

Windsor’s determination to get back in the game saw the team rally and some fine work by Hayter, Bonnage, Emma Harrington and Helena Davidson saw the home team win a penalty flick.

Harrington coolly stepped up to take it and pulled off a text book conversion to the unreachable top right corner to make it 3-2.

With just one goal separating the teams, Windsor gambled by playing a high line but Bicester took full advantage and broke quickly to put the game out of Windsor’s reach.

On Saturday, December 16  they face Reading Riots in the last game of the year.

In Division 4, the  Ladies 2s narrowly lost out to Marlow Ladies 5s in a finely balanced game.

Hosts Windsor took the lead after Emma Briggs rifled in a shot from a penalty corner to open her account.

But after the break, Marlow took control and scored twice to take the lead but Windsor held their nerve.

L2s captain Emma Uzzell in action

Annalies Hogan dodged her marker and found in-form Briggs at the top of the D. Briggs took a touch then hammered the ball into the back of the net to level at 2-2.

With two minutes left on the clock, both teams were anxious to see out the game but Marlow sensed a chance when a penalty corner was awarded in their favour.

With nerves jangling on both sides, a scrappy set piece led to a goalmouth melee, and Marlow managed to scramble the ball over the line to take all three points.

Windsor will host Division 4 leaders Amersham and Chalfont Ladies 4s on Saturday, December 16.

Club Results Saturday November 25

Men’s First XI have made it four wins in a row

It was Super Saturday for Windsor Hockey Club with five out of five wins.

The Men’s First XI set the tone in a high scoring 5-3 home victory against Wycombe 3s.

Laying down their intent, Windsor created a number of early chances with Daniel Knowles skimming the post to give the visitors a scare.

But there was no let off from Knowles the second time around as he deftly deflected the ball past the keeper from a cross to open the scoring.

After dominating the first half, Windsor regained control after the break with a goal of the season contender from Marcus Barrow.

Alex Weller’s assist led to a Marcus Barrow goal

Alex Weller tore down the left and played a flamboyant reverse stick ball from the corner flag into the D.  A Wycombe defender deflected it skywards and somehow Barrow managed to control then caress it past the stunned keeper to make it 2-0.

And it was Barrow who struck again for Windsor’s third to take his tally to seven as the team’s top goal scorer this season.

But riding high also meant Windsor were vulnerable to a fall and it came with a thud as the hosts were beaten by a simple through ball to a striker they had effectively kept out of the game for around 45 minutes.

The shot struck home and the goal gave Wycombe a massive lift as they chased the game.

A failure to clear the ball out of the Windsor D saw Wycombe score again with a tap in and buoyed by the now slender margin, felt they could equalise.

But Windsor stepped up to the challenge and a terrific steal deep in the opposition’s half allowed Sean Wright enough space at the top of the D to pick his corner and neatly slot in a sharp, low hit.

Sean Wright added to the tally

Yet the game had another twist and turn as Wycombe responded quickly and within minutes had deflected a fierce cross into the Windsor net to close the gap again at 4-3.

With the game finely balanced, Windsor took full advantage of a penalty corner drilled in to Kevin Jones who flicked the ball high into the top corner to kill off the game at 5-3. 

On Saturday, December 2 the MBBO Division 2 side travel to take on South Berkshire 2s in a bid to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

And the Mens 2s are five points clear at the top of Division 6 after a 4-2 home win against Oxford 6s.

Windsor had all the possession but Oxford struck first with a well rehearsed  penalty  corner to take an early 1-0 lead.

But Windsor responded by increasing the pace and intensity and  the pressure paid off as an Oxford error gave Lee Waller the chance to level the score.

Playing with a renewed  sense of urgency, Windsor gave Oxford no breathing space and while a John Carpenter shot hit the post, Ed Lumley reacted to slot it past the keeper and give the hosts a 2-1 lead  just before the half time whistle.

And the home team made it 3-1 shortly after the break with a deft touch from Carpenter.

But as Windsor relaxed, Oxford took their chance, breaking from midfield and beating the keeper with a strike to the top right hand corner to narrow the gap to 3-2.

Stung into action,  Alec Parkes opened up play on the right and found James Fenton who made it 4-2  just before the final whistle.

The Division 6 team next play BA (IG) Club away.

The third team made it a trio of wins for the men with a 5-1 away victory against Eascote 5s and will host Division 7 opponents Oxford 7s.

Both ladies teams racked up points with home wins. The First XI put in a gritty performance to beat a lively Oxford University 3s team 3-2.

 

Maxine Bonnage gave Windsor the lead with a terrific finish

Windsor took the game by the scruff of the neck from the start and launched a series of spirited attacks to wrong foot the visitors.

And they remained strong when Oxford broke quickly with not much between the two sides for pace and skill.

Maxine Bonnage  finally broke the deadlock just before half time with a precision flick to the top left corner to beat the defence and keeper.

But the Oxford blues were the more focused after the break and caught their hosts by surprise with a well planned attack seconds after the whistle to level at 1-1.

Shaken out of their reverie, Windsor were in no mood to drop points and a brilliant solo run by Saskia Swannack on the left saw the teenager cut in, dodge a defender and daringly flick the ball to the left top corner to open her account and make it 2-1 to the hosts.

And Swannack struck again minutes later, pouncing on a rebound to slide the ball past the keeper from close range.

Saskia Swannack takes a well earned breather after bagging a brace

The two goal lead bought Windsor some time but not for long as Oxford made the most of a penalty corner, slipping the ball to the right and then hammering in an unstoppable shot.

With the game on a knife edge and Oxford going all out to find an equaliser, Windsor dug in and ground out a much needed, morale boosting win.

On Saturday, December 2, the Trysports Division 1 team head to Milton Keynes to take on the town’s second team.

And in Division 4, Windsor Ladies 2s soared to third after a solid team performance ended in a 1-0 win against Phoenix and Ranelagh Ladies 3s.

Twins Minerva and Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus wreaked havoc on the wings and were impossible for the visitors to contain.

Working well together, the pair outfoxed the defence while a pin-sharp pass from Monopoly went straight to striker Paula Green in the D.

Green drew out the goalie and as the keeper went to ground, dinked the ball past her and made the shot look easy to give Windsor a 1-0 lead.

Windsor dominated the game but were unable to add to their tally while Phoenix and Ranelagh struggled to break down the home defence.

The will  host second placed Sonning Ladies 2s on Saturday, December 2.

Club Results Saturday, November 18

Men’s first and second teams in eight goal thrillers 

Windsor Men’s First XI revisited last season’s nemesis Wootton Wanderers 1s and finally settled an old score with a 5-3 win.

For it was Wootton that beat Windsor to the top spot to be promoted to MBBO Division 2 as champs.

So with all to still prove against their old adversaries, a spirited Windsor side started on the front foot and bossed the game from the start.

Kevin Jones linked up with brother Daniel to get Windsor up and running

The more creative of the two, Windsor had the best chances in the opening ten minutes and finally broke the deadlock after a well worked move from brothers Kevin and Daniel Jones.

Kevin’s pass to Daniel saw the latter fire into the corner with a flamboyant reverse sweep to put Windsor in the lead.

But Wootton showed their quality and hit back with two exceptional goals – a drag flick from a penalty corner and a slick finish from a ruthless counter attack to go into half time 2-1 up.

Stunned to find themselves trailing despite dominating the game, Windsor raised the tempo to produce some of their best hockey this season.

Jones (K) linked up with Matt Dewhurst to weave past the defence and Dewhurst shot fast and low to equalise.

Marcus Barrow made it 3-2 to visitors Windsor and within minutes Sean Wright had given them a comfortable 4-2 lead.

But Wootton battled to get back in the game and showed their prowess with short corners managing to slip to the left then shoot and smartly deflect past keeper Richard Sage to narrow the gap to 4-3.

With six minutes left and Wootton looking strong, Windsor knew they had to remain composed and keep possession to secure all three points.

Sean Wright scored and assisted

And an incredible string of seven passes with Wright at the end of the final one saw him force the Wootton keeper to pull off two brilliant saves before Wright got the better of him.

Lifting the ball out of his reach, he found Dewhurst in the perfect position to finish the move with the final score at 5-3.

On Saturday, November 25, Windsor host Wycombe 3s.

The Men’s second team were at the forefront of a goals galore thriller putting eight past West Hampstead 7s and keeping a clean sheet.

Dan Knowles opened the scoring within the first five minutes and bagged his second just five minutes later.

Complete domination and clinical finishing from the home team were a deadly combination that saw Jack Snell score an incredible four – three from slick set pieces with captain Matthew Humphreys and Mindaugas Spalgenas  also on the score sheet.

The 8-0 home win maintains their top spot in MBBO Division 6 and puts four points between them and nearest rivals Tring 2s.

They next play Oxford 6s at home.

In Division 7, the Men’s 3s lost 4-1 to Marlow at home and will take on Eastcote 5s away.

Emma Harrington scored a consolation goal

Both ladies teams suffered 2-1 defeats away with the First XI unlucky not to come away with a point after a tough game against Sonning Ladies 3.

Playing their best hockey of the season, Windsor dominated the first 15 minutes but were unable to breach the defence and were punished when Sonning broke in numbers to go 1-0 ahead.

The hosts began the second half strongly and a change of tactics saw them drive forward in numbers and despite some heroic play at the back, their sharp finishing gave them their second goal.

But in a gutsy performance, Windsor continued to build up a series of impressive moves and win a succession of penalty corners. However they were unable to capitalise on several chances, including a penalty stroke.

With just a few minutes left to launch an attack, Windsor’s forward line had shots on target batted away and it took an exceptional Emma Harrington flick to the top right hand corner to finally break down the Sonning defence for a consolation goal.

On Saturday, November 25, the Trysports Division 1 team host Oxford University Ladies 3s

Windsor Ladies second team battled hard to keep Gerrards Cross out (Picture: Windsor Observer)

The Ladies 2s battled hard against well organised Gerrards Cross 2s but paid for sloppy defending when a player ghosted into the D for a soft goal.

Windsor were quick to reply and the Nikki Hill and Paula Green partnership paid dividends as a text book short corner taken by Hill found Green who fired a shot across the line.

In an action packed second half Cross retook the lead from a well rehearsed set piece.

Windsor threw caution to wind in the hunt for an equaliser and nearly found it in the dying seconds of the game when Green pounced on a loose ball and drilled it goal wards only to see it skim the wrong side of the post.

The Division 4 side next face Phoenix & Ranelagh 3s at home.

Club Results Saturday November 11

Maxine Bonnage got on the score sheet with the team’s third goal

Windsor Ladies First XI kick started their season with a morale boosting 5-1 win against Reading Rebels.

The must-win home game saw Windsor dominate play from the whistle but a dogged Reading side dug in and soaked up 15 minutes of pressure before Sinead McCraith got the breakthrough.

A crisp, diagonal pass from Emma Williams found McCraith who dodged past the defence to open the scoring.

And McCraith bagged her second on the stroke of half time to give Windsor a two goal cushion.

The second half saw Reading come out fighting although there was little threat in the attack and Windsor looked comfortable on the ball.

Nifty stick work from Sarah Allan saw her beat her marker and find Maxine Bonnage in the perfect position to slot home for Windsor’s third.

Helena Bateman bagged a brace to round off a brilliant win

While Reading had their work cut out to keep Windsor from adding to their tally, there was no stopping Helena Bateman whose incredible shot from the right beat everyone to loop into the far right corner of the goal.

And minutes later Bateman scored again with a replica of her unstoppable first to make it 5-0 to the home side.

Despite the scoreline, Reading refused to give up and won a penalty corner with minutes left on the clock.

And a well rehearsed double slip outwitted the defence and keeper to give the visitors a consolation goal.

The win hasn’t lifted Windsor out of the danger zone in Trysports Division 1 but the three points will help dig them out of trouble if they are able to build on the win.

Only Sonning Ladies 3s stand between them and more points as they take on the second placed team on Saturday, November 18 in an early morning away game.

The Ladies 2s leapt to fourth in Division 4 after a hard fought win against Oxford Ladies 6s, in one of their best starts to the season.

Proving age is no match for experience, Windsor veterans Nikki Hill and Paula Green – with a combined aged of 100 – were behind a series of slick short corner routines that out-foxed their younger opponents.

Hill opened the scoring after injecting, then racing to the near post to jab in a Green shot fired from the top of the D.

Her second came from a similar short corner and Emma Thatcher made it three – also from short corner slipped to the right after Oxford had wised up to the Hill-Green show.

The visitors pulled back a goal but Windsor’s strength across the pitch gave them the upper hand.

They next play local rivals Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s away.

The Men’s First XI had a skittish start to their home game against West Hampstead 3s, going 2-0 down in the first ten minutes.

Trialing a new formation, Windsor were made to pay for their unfamiliarity with the system and the visitors took full advantage with early strikes.

Despite the set-back, the team settled into the game and Marcus Barrow gave Windsor a foothold with a fine finish from a slipped penalty corner.

The lively West Hampstead side were soon back in control following the break with a well executed set piece that gave them a 3-1 lead.

Sean Wright’s deflected goal gave the men’s team a massive lift

But Windsor rode their luck and a deflection from Sean Wright gave them a refreshed sense of urgency at 3-2 with time to find an equaliser.

And who better to pop up but the team’s top scorer Paul Hayes to make it 3-3 and earn Windsor a much needed point.

On Saturday, November 18 the MBBO Division 2 team travel to play Wootton Wanderers 1s.

The Mens’s second team pulled off a dazzling 6-2 home win against Abingdon 2s to shore up their position at the top of Division 6 with four points between them and their nearest rivals BA (IG) Club.

They next face bottom of the table West Hampstead 7s.

And in Division 7, Windsor Men’s 3s lost 2-0 away to Newbury and Thatcham 5s.

They remain mid-table and will host Marlow 5s on Saturday, November 18.

Club Results Saturday November 4

Alex Wright’s clearance was a pivotal moment for Windsor

Windsor Men’s First XI bounced back in style with a hard fought 2-1 win against Milton Keynes 2s.

Following a rout the previous week, hosts Windsor began the game nervously and struggled to keep possession.

The jittery start played into the visitors’ hands and a smart aerial by-passed the midfield and allowed Milton Keynes to attack down the right flank.

A ball drilled into the D found a Milton Keynes striker who swept it in and put them ahead.

But as the game progressed, Windsor’s confidence grew and Marcus Barrow found space in the D to level from close range.

Milton Keynes came close to re-taking the lead as a player beat keeper Rich Sage and had a clear shot on goal with only defender Alex Wright in the way.

With the ball drilled in, Wright somehow managed to get a stick in the way and divert it away from danger in a pivotal moment for Windsor.

The clearance gave the team a massive boost and a rejuvenated Windsor started to boss the game and play with flair.

The ever dynamic Paul Hayes shimmied past two players and dummied the keeper by faking an obvious pass, then ducking past him to finish with a flourish and put Windsor 2-1 ahead just before half time.

There were missed chances for both sides in the second half although Windsor had the lion’s share but were unable to add to their tally.

On Saturday, November 11  the MBBO Division 2 team host West Hampstead Men’s 3s.

The Men”s Second XI get a taste of life at the top

Windsor’s second team soared to the number one spot in Division 6 after beating Milton Keynes 4s 2-1.

Playing away, Jack Snell and Lee Waller scored the goals to give the team their first taste of life at the top.

They take on foot-of-the-table Abingdon 2s at home.

In Division 7 the Men’s 3s lost 3-0 to a lively Leighton Buzzard 3s side and will next play leaders Newbury and Thatcham 4s away.

Windsor Ladies First XI are struggling to find goals and points following a heavy 6-0 defeat away to a well drilled Marlow 3s side.

The visitors began well but were soon overwhelmed by their tricky hosts, who dominated the first half.

It was only a matter of time before they battered down the Windsor defence to go 3-0 up by half time.

And it was a similar story in the second half as Windsor struggled to build up an effective attack and had no reply to the three goals more conceded.

On Saturday, November 11  they hope to reverse their run of poor form as they host fellow Trysports Division stragglers Reading Rebels.

In Division 4, the Ladies second team drew 2-2 with Milton Keynes Ladies 3s.

Playing away, Windsor took the game to the opposition but went behind after a controversial penalty flick was awarded to the hosts.

With all to still play for, Windsor started the second half strongly with two quick goals in succession.

Elle Gatehouse levelled and Minerva Christiaan-Rakus put Windsor ahead.

But the visitors were unable to see the game out and conceded a penalty corner with just four minutes left on the clock.

In a last gasp bid to level, Milton Keynes took their chance well and grabbed back a point with an equaliser.

They play Oxford Ladies 6s at home.

Club results Saturday October 28

Windsor’s defence was under pressure from a well drilled Thame 1s side

Nightmare on Thame street for the first team

Windsor Men’s First XI were at the nightmare end of an 11 goal thriller that saw them suffer their worst defeat since promotion.

They were trounced 8-3 by a slick Thame 1s side in a goals galore game that was a treat for spectators.

Signs it would be a high scoring match came early on as it began at a breathtaking pace with hosts Thame making their intention clear and striking first.

But Windsor matched the Oxfordshire team for speed and skill and were quick to respond with the equaliser as Paul Hayes broke away and beat the keeper to score from a difficult angle.

The high-tempo start gave neither side much thinking time and two swift breaks saw on-form Thame score twice in quick succession to take a comfortable 3-1 lead.

But Windsor were still in the game and Hayes once again slipped his marker and raced into the D to fire a shot goalwards. A deflection from a Thame stick worked in his favour to narrow the margin to 3-2.

The end-to-end action showed no signs of slowing down and Windsor conceded another just before the break.

A head injury forced Windsor’s Kevin Jones to retire from the game

As the second half began, Windsor were aware of the danger but within minutes of the restart, found themselves 5-2 down and with a mountain to climb.

But the team dug in and a fine strike from Matt Dewhurst made it 5-3 and gave the visitors a much need lift.

For the next 15 minutes Windsor looked composed and the most likely to score next but lost momentum after an injured Kevin Jones was forced to retire from the game.

Thame took full advantage and control of the game and netted three more to add to their tally and wreck any hopes of a gutsy comeback.

Windsor are struggling to capture the form of last season but are determined to carve themselves a place in MBBO Division 2 .

On Saturday, November 4 they host Milton Keynes 3s – who have also had a shaky start – and hope to put some points on the board.

In Division 6 Windsor Men’s 2s beat Tring 4-2 at home and will play Milton Keynes 4s away.

And in Division 7 the Men’s 3s shored up their position with a 2-2 home draw against Slough Swifts and take on Leighton Buzzard 3s away.

After a week off, Windsor Ladies are back in action on Saturday, November 4 with the First XI away to Marlow 3s in Trysports Division 1

And in Division 4, the Ladies 2s  are away to Milton Keynes Ladies 3s

Pictures by Alan Richards

Club results October 21

Sean Wright opened the scoring
Picture: Alan Richards

MIXED BAG WITH HIGHS AND LOWS

Windsor Men’s First XI took their first big scalp in a nail biting 3-2 home win against Abindgon 1s.
Previously unbeaten, Abingdon were 1-0 down just minutes into the game as Windsor got off to a flying start.
Kevin Jones opened up play with a terrific cross to Sean Wright who gave his marker the slip in the D and swept the ball past the keeper.
And the home team kept up the pressure with high-tempo play which was rewarded with a penalty corner.
With the ball drilled in and swept goalwards, Paul Hayes raced in and deftly deflected it into the goal to give Windsor a 2-0 lead.
But Abingdon reacted quickly and a well executed short corner saw the visitors score a text book goal to make it 2-1.
With half time approaching, Windsor looked dangerous on the break and Marcus Barrow pulled off the goal of the match with a flamboyant and unstoppable reverse sweep to the top of the net to restore Windsor’s two goal cushion.
The second half was more restrained with both sides working hard but standing their ground.
Abingdon took full advantage of a penalty corner and despite a first save by Windsor keeper Rich Sage, the visitors pounced on the rebound to slip the ball into the back of the net to take the score to 3-2.
With the hope of levelling the game still alive, Abingdon pushed and probed but Windsor dug in and saw out the game to rack up their first win of the season.
On Saturday, October 28,  the MBBO Division 2 team take on Thame 1s away.
Windsor Men’s 2s broke the spell for Maidenhead Magicians in a 3-1 away win with Steve Timpson bagging a brace and Jack Snell also on the score sheet.
The Division 6 team will host Tring 2s.
And the Men’s 3s had a spectacular fall from grace in a 9-1 drubbing that ended their unbeaten three game run and knocked them off the top of Division 7.
Newbury and Thatcham 4s were responsible for the demolition but Windsor plan to bounce back in a local derby when they host Slough Swifts on October 28.

Maxine Bonnage in action against Gerrards Cross. Picture: Mel Dobson

The ladies teams both suffered 2-1 defeats in their home games with the First XI losing to Gerrards Cross 1s.

Elle Gatehouse got the Trysports Division 1 team’s only goal while Rachel Stewart scored in the second team’s game against Witney Ladies 3s in Division 4.
The ladies teams have a day off with games resuming on November 4.

Club results Saturday October 14

Windsor keeper Rich Sage put in a man of the match performance and saved a penalty flick
Alex Weller opened the scoring for Windsor Men’s 1

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

Club results Saturday October 7

Emma Thatcher bags a brace for Windsor L2s v Wychwood Badgers at home.
Picture: Mel Dobson

Gritty display but no rewards for Windsor’s first teams 

Both Windsor’s first teams are struggling to find form for their first wins of the season.

The Men’s 1s lost 2-1 to local rivals Maidenhead 2s in a tetchy match that could have gone either way.

Hosts Windsor started well and were disciplined at the back but struggled to keep possession and find their attacking rhythm.

And they were undone by an unlikely deflection which skewed the ball from a Maidenhead cross to wrong foot keeper Rich Sage and give the visitors an unexpected lead.

Windsor raised the tempo and piled on the pressure in the second half working hard to break down their opponents while containing them over the half way line.

But as Windsor chased the game, frustrations boiled over and tempers frayed and it took five green cards from umpires – three to the home team and two to Maidenhead to bring the teams to their senses.

Windsor were first to compose themselves and with ten minutes left, won a penalty corner which was coolly converted by Marcus Barrow to level the score.
It seemed the game would end in a draw but a controversial high ball took a cruel deflection from a Windsor stick and looped into the goal to kill off the game in the dying seconds.
On Saturday, October 14  the newly promoted Men’s team face Marlow 3s away and hope to put three points on the board in MBBO Division 2.
The Ladies First XI is also looking for a dramatic change in fortune after losing 3-1 at home to Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s.
For the third week running, Windsor have conceded three goals while suffering a goal drought at the other end.
Yet they created opportunities and had plenty of possession in a game where the final score should have been closer.
Newbury took the lead with a well executed penalty corner to the left post but Windsor were a match hitting back quickly with a short corner strike of their own.
Won by Emma Williams, it was deftly finished by Maxine Bonnage to put Windsor back in contention.
But two swift counter attacks caught Windsor out and by half time the visitors had a comfortable 3-1 lead.
While Windsor fought to chip away at the Newbury back four and get back in the game, Newbury’s stubborn defence refused to budge and held out for all three points.
Windsor travel to Oxford to take on the city’s Ladies 4s in Trysports Division 1.
In Division 4, the Ladies 2s leapt up the table to sixth with a terrific 2-0 win against Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s.
Playing at home, Windsor took the initiative and dominated play, taking control of the flanks and pushing forward with purpose.
And a well worked penalty corner saw Emma Thatcher put Windsor in the lead with a slick finish.
Thatcher doubled her tally and the score in the second half with an unstoppable strike from the top of the D in a game where the Windsor defence was fairly untroubled at the back.
They face Reading Rogues away on October 14.
Elsewhere the Men’s 2s lost 4-2 away to Amersham and Chalfont Men’s 3s in MBBO Division 6 and will host Oxford Hawks 6.
And the newly formed Mens’ 3s continued their brilliant start to the season with their second win to keep them top of MBBO Division 7.
Dave White, Gareth Baber and Jonathan Crayston scored for Windsor in the 3-1 victory away against Ramgarhia Slough 1s and will play  Bicester 3s at home.

Club results Saturday September 30

Hip Hip Jose! Hat-trick hero fires M3s to the top of the league

Hat-trick hero Jose San Roman powered Windsor Hockey Club’s newly formed men’s team to the top of the table in a 7-0 thriller against Gerrards Cross.

The men’s third team put in an explosive debut performance at home in a stunning victory that left their local rivals reeling.

There were goals galore with Steve Timpson and Chris Parsons also getting on the score sheet while Ben Hefford bagged a brace against Cross 3s in MBBO Division 7.

And the team is hoping to build on the first game of the season when they take on Ramgarhia Slough away on October 7.

Windsor Men’s 1s who won promotion to Division 2 were denied a perfect start following a 2-1 defeat against Oxford Hawks 4s.

While Windsor started brightly, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock to open the scoring and increase their lead before half time with a drag flick from a short corner that was skilfully turned into the goal.

Despite the jittery start in a new league, Windsor grew in confidence in the second half and created several chances that went begging at the back post.

The visitors increased the pressure on the Hawks and a well worked short corner saw Alex Wright pounce on a rebound to drill home Windsor’s first.

With minutes left on the clock, Windsor battled to find an equaliser but the experienced Hawks side held firm to safely see the game out.

On Saturday, October  Windsor host local rivals Maidenhead 2s.

In Division 6, the mens’s second team ran out 4-0 winners against Ashford 3s and play Amersham and Chalfont 3s away.

Windsor Ladies are still struggling to find a winning formula after suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Maidenhead Ladies 3s.

The visitors were 2-0 down at half time and the Maids continued to pull the strings in the second half scoring again with no reply from Windsor.

The Trysports Division 1 team next host Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s  in the hope of putting some points on the board.

In Division 4, the second team staged a brilliant comeback from 2-0 down against Oxford Hawks 6s to bag a point in a nail biting 2-2 draw at home.

Pacey winger Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus kept Windsor in the game with a dazzling solo effort, taking the ball from inside the Hawks’ half and weaving past defenders to calmly slot home.

And an unorthodox goal from Paula Green secured a point following a bizarre tackle that knocked the stick out of Green’s hand.

But as the ball came back towards her, Green grabbed her stick to collect it and fired a shot past the keeper.

On Saturday, the 2s take on Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s at home.