Club Results Saturday April 7

Ladies First XI are playing a waiting game

Windsor Ladies First XI must sweat it out to learn their fate following a devastating 1-0 defeat against Sonning Ladies 3s.

For the points dropped in their last game of the season means their future in Trysports Division 1 rests with fellow strugglers Gerrards Cross who have one match left.

And with just two points separating the teams at the foot of the table, a Cross win will relegate Windsor while a loss will see the South Bucks side go down.

Playing at home, Windsor had a jittery start and it took time for their jangling nerves to settle.

As Windsor found their stride and pushed forward, Sonning soaked up the pressure and waited patiently for a chance to counter attack.

And when Windsor lost the ball at the top of the opposition’s D, they struck hard and fast and were in the Windsor D within seconds with a player to spare.

With no-one challenging the striker, she was able to pick her spot at the right post and slam the ball past keeper Ruki Sayid with ease.

And with the odds stacked against them, the hosts had no choice but to take the game to Sonning which they did for the remainder of the match.

But Sonning threw every player behind the ball to create a ring of steel that Windsor could not breach.

The team fought valiantly to get a result but the visitors – playing for a top three finish – gave Windsor no space.

Captain Freya Hayter and right winger Helena Davidson twisted and turned to create chances and an Elle Gatehouse strike was a hair’s breadth away from finding the goal.

But Sonning refused to budge and while they didn’t threaten Windsor’s goal for most of the second half, they made Windsor pay a high price for the only mistake of the game.

Windsor now have a nailbiting wait to see if Cross can beat already relegated Reading Rebels at home on Saturday, April 14.

Ladies 2s are building a strong team for next season

The Ladies 2s ended their season in style with a 6-1 drubbing of Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s at home.

Windsor dominated the game but went 1-0 down to a well executed short corner.

But they remained composed and were back in the game after defender Nikki Hill calmly stepped up to take a penalty flick – awarded for a defender’s foot on the line – and put it beyond the reach of the keeper.

Windsor continued to boss the game and Emma Thatcher made it two while L1s keeper Ruki Sayid took to the pitch and got on the league score sheet for the first time in 12 years with a strike from point blank range.

The Windsor show continued in the second half with three more goals as Mel Dobson’s work rate paid off with a terrific solo goal.

And Dobson turned provider when she drilled the ball at pace to the right post where a diving Sayid managed to connect with her stick and bag her second.

Emma Briggs rounded off a brilliant Windsor display with an unstoppable shot fired deep into the left side of the goal.

 

L2s defensive duo Captain Emma Uzzell (far left) and Tasha Bailey (centre) in action

Captain Emma Uzzell, Tasha Bailey, Caroline Dane, and Hill  were solid at the back,  Annalies Hogan , Briggs and Thatcher pulled  the strings in midfield while Idunn Knain and Dobson ran the wings.

And with three keepers on the pitch – Rachael Armstrong in goal, and regular L2s keeper Zone Holmes and Sayid sharing duties up front, the formidable team proved too strong for the opposition.

Finishing a respectable fifth in Division 4, they have turned their fortunes around from last season when they came close to relegation.

Windsor Men’s First XI also ended the season on a high trouncing Wootton Wanderers 1s 11-2 at home.

Paul Hayes wowed spectators with four and Marcus Barrow joined the party with a hat-trick.

And the goals extravaganza saw Sean Wright bag a brace while Dan Jones and Edd Lumley also got on the score sheet for the team’s best result of the season.

And the three points ensure the team will stay in MBBO Division 2.

In Division 7, the Mens 3s lost 3-1 away to Marlow 5s but ended the season comfortably in fourth place.

Club Results Saturday March 24

Windsor’s Elle Gatehouse, Sarah Allan and Maxine Bonnage were part of the team’s grittiest performance yet

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.

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter was influential in midfield

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.

Helena Davidson put in a solid shift

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.

L2s defensive maestro Tasha Bailey in action

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.

Sean Wright got on the score sheet

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.

Club Results Saturday March 17

Windsor Keeper Rich Sage and defender Alex Wright kept the team in the game early on. Picture: Alan Richards

It was tough going in the men’s divisions with Windsor’s First XI conceding in the last ten minutes to see a precious point slip away.

Their narrow 3-2 defeat at home against South Berks Mens 2s saw both teams create chances with Marcus Barrow coming close for Windsor.

A terrific save by Windsor keeper Rich Sage and a brilliant goaline clearance from Alex Wright kept the team in the game with the score level at 0-0 at half time.

South Berks broke the deadlock with an aerial to release a striker but Windsor were quick to react and a perfect pass on the right from Ben Hefford to Paul Haynes’ stick made it 1-1.

Windsor battled hard to stay in the game. Picture: Alan Richards

The lightening pace saw the scoreline change again in South Berks’ favour but once again Windsor came back quickly as Hefford – this time on the left – passed to Matt Dewhurst for a simple tap-in.

With the clock running down, the game should have ended in a draw but with minutes left, the visitors converted a penalty corner to steal all three points.

In Division 6, Windsor Mens 2s suffered heartbreak after being toppled from the number one spot by a slick performance from BA (IG) Club.

Visitors BA came to win and ran riot in a 5-2 victory to snatch first place from Windsor who had topped the table for six weeks.

Windsor were under pressure from the mid-field led BA attack and found themselves playing in their half of the pitch for the opening ten minutes.

Resolute defending staved off the fierce attacks and it was Windsor who stunned the opposition by taking the lead through a penalty corner.

A Lee Waller and Matt Humphreys set piece found Jack Snell who hammered a shot past the keeper.

Michael Twerefoo in action. Picture: Alan Richards

But BA’s experience showed as they dug in to level then edged ahead after converting a penalty corner of their own.

And they besieged the Windsor goal in the second half winning another short corner to take the score to 3-1.

Under pressure Windsor fought their way back into the game as Mindi Spalnegas created an opening for James Fenton to put away a strike and reduce the deficit to one goal.

But BA’s sheer strength and pace forced their hosts into making errors and boosted their score with two more goals.

Windsor Men’s 3s restored club pride with a 2-1 away win against Oxford 7s in Division 7.

Maxine Bonnage scored Windsor’s only goal

Windsor Ladies First XI suffered a devastating 5-1 defeat which has severely damaged their hopes of avoiding the drop.

Faced by a rampant Milton Keynes 2s side staking a claim for promotion, Windsor were anonymous for large parts of the first half.

With the pressure on the home side, the purple and whites were unable to cope with the audacity of the Milton Keynes attack force who fired on sight.

Windsor lost their shape early on and the visitors looked sharper and their passing and movement was crisp while their finishing was clinical.

The hosts went 3-0 down at half time and gave themselves a mammoth challenge to try and get back in the game.

But Windsor’s bold change in formation with four forwards in the second half, took the game to Milton Keynes and the visitors suddenly found themselves on the back foot.

Surging forward, Windsor won a series of penalty corners and a Freya Hayter injection found Maxine Bonnage at the top of the D who slotted home.

Windsor’s who dares wins approach put Milton Keynes under immense pressure but with a packed D, space was at a premium and the home team struggled to find a gap through the mass of bodies.

And when the inevitable counter attacks came, Windsor were vulnerable at the back and the visitors scored twice more to leapfrog Bicester Ladies 1s and take second spot in Trysports Division 1.

In Division 4, Windsor Ladies 2s took a point from Sonning Ladies 4s who are also chasing promotion.

Yet neither side was able to dent the other’s defence and the game ended in a stalemate 0-0.

Club Results Saturday March 10

Sean Wright is Windsor’s top scorer with ten goals to date

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.

Alex Weller helped set up the second goal

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.

Still top!

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.

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter put away a perfect penalty flick

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.

Left back Emma Williams (pictured), Fe Marsh, Gerry Hyde and Octavia Highfield were outstanding in defence

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.

L2s captain Emma Uzzell in action

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.

 

 

Club Results Saturday February 24

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter opened the scoring with a brilliant solo goal

Windsor Ladies First XI’s hopes of surviving the drop were given a boost following a 3-1 victory against Reading Rebels.

In a must-win game, Windsor were looking for an early goal to settle nerves and inspirational captain Freya Hayter led the way with the opener.

A dazzling run from the left back position saw Hayter weave her way through the midfield and give the defence the slip in an outstanding solo display to put Windsor ahead.

While Windsor dominated for most of the half, Reading’s in-form goalie pulled off a string of impressive saves to keep the home team in the game and deny shots from Elle Gatehouse and Helena Davidson.

Maxine Bonnage bagged a brace

But a well executed penalty corner with Hayter injecting to Maxine Bonnage at the top of the D, saw Bonnage fire deep into the right corner of the goal to make it 2-0 to Windsor.

Although on the backfoot, spirited Reading proved more than a handful for Windsor’s back line, causing problems with intelligent runs and well rehearsed training ground tactics.

And their diligence paid off when Windsor failed to clear a penalty corner and a Reading striker was perfectly placed to drill home from point blank range.

With the pressure on Windsor to react, the visitors were up to the challenge and Bonnage finally found a way through.

The keeper went to ground to save a Gatehouse shot but in a goalmouth scrap, Bonnage was first to gather the ball and scramble it over the line to make it 3-1 to Windsor.

While neither side was able to add to the scoreline in the second half, there were opportunities created at both ends.

A wonderful run on the left by talented teenager Saskia Swannack was cut short by Reading while Sally Khoury’s workrate deserved a result and Sarah Allan came agonisingly close to scoring.

Saskia Swannack made a terrific run on the left

The Reading keeper continued to defy the Windsor strike force and at the other end Windsor’s defence of Emma Williams, Fe Marsh and Gerry Hyde ensured the goal was not breached a second time.

Despite the win, Windsor could still be on borrowed time as rivals Gerrards Cross Ladies First XI took an unexpected point at the weekend and still have a game in hand.

With just two points separating the teams at the foot of Trysports Division 1, Windsor must put in a massive performance at home on Saturday, March 2 against fourth placed Sonning Ladies 3s to get more points on the table.

In Division 4, Windsor Ladies 2s drew 2-2 away against Oxford Ladies 6s.

The visitors looked threatening from the start but were unable to make the shots count and found themselves 1-0 down after a counter attack caught them off guard.

But they continued to attack in numbers and their persistence paid off when Dana Faulkner dribbled the ball into the D and calmly slotted past the Oxford keeper to equalise.

The lively second half saw end to end action and it was Windsor who took the lead following a penalty corner.

In a signature move, Nikki Hill injected to Paula Green who slipped the ball to Minerva Christiaan-Rakus for a tap-in.

But Oxford chased the game and in a tense final few minutes clinched a second goal to level the score.

On Saturday, March 2 Windsor host Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s.

WINDSOR MEN

Windsor Mens First XI took a leap to safety from the foot of MBBO Division 2 after a 3-1 away win against West Hampstead Mens 3s.

The visitors threw down the gauntlet from the whistle and could have had a couple of early goals as their slick passing and possession gave them the edge.

And the breakthrough came after a terrific move down the left found Edd Lumley in space for a neat finish to put Windsor ahead.

Charlie Lambert made it 2-0 with a spin and strike that gave the keeper no chance.

Sean Wright made the game safe with Windsor’s third goal

And Windsor buried the game in the first half when Lumley turned provider on a counter attack and flicked the ball towards the back post where Sean Wright was perfectly placed to guide it in.

Windsor created some good chances in the second half that tested the opposition keeper who made some fine saves including one each from the Wright brothers – Sean and Alex.

West Hampstead tightened up their marking and made life difficult for danger man Lumley and looked like they would get back in the game when they were awarded a penalty flick.

But Windsor keeper Rich Sage proved more than a match and read the flick well, diving to the right to save the shot.

Windsor keeper Rich Sage saved his second penalty flick of the season

The home team did get a late consolation goal from a smart penalty corner but Windsor’s first half performance was enough to take all three points.

They are now ninth although only one point separates them from South Berkshire Mens 2s who are in the drop zone.

But they can distance themselves further from South Berks with a win when they take on the side at Windsor Boys School on Saturday, March 2.

The second team trounced hosts Abingdon Mens 2s 6-0 to maintain top spot and keep five points clear of nearest rivals BA (IG) Club.

Hat-trick hero Jose Sirvent scored Windsor’s first and last goal in a brilliant performance that saw his name on the score sheet twice before half time.

Jack Snell made it 3-0 by the break and Windsor kept up the pressure in the second half with fine finishes from Mindaugas Spalgenus and James Fenton to take the score to 5-0.

But it was Sirvent’s day as he made it 6-0 and claimed the match ball in a terrific all round performance.

On Saturday, March 2,  Windsor host West Hampstead 7s as they push ahead with their promotion bid as Division 6 champions.

Playing at home, Windsor Mens third team lost 5-2 to Division 7 leaders Newbury and Thatcham 4s and are away to Marlow Mens 5s.

Club Results Saturday, February 17

WINDSOR SHOW THEY’RE MADE OF THE WRIGHT STUFF

Sean Wright bagged a brace to set Windsor up for a win

Windsor Mens First XI took three crucial away points in a bottom of the table clash against Milton Keynes 3s.

With both teams fighting to stay up in MBBO Division 2, it was Windsor that came out top in a vital 3-1 win.

The visitors started the stronger of the two but despite good possession were unable to create any early chances as their hosts dug in for the crunch match.

And it was Milton Keynes who rattled Windsor by taking the lead after a controversial move that allowed them to take advantage of a loose ball and steal a goal.

But with all to play for Windsor settled into their game and a clever through ball from Michael Jones to Sean Wright saw the striker finish with a perfect touch to level the score.

And it was feisty Windsor who came out with a steely determination after the break and brought out the best in the Milton Keynes keeper whose save from a slick penalty corner kept his team in the game.

But with Windsor pushing forward, it was only a matter of time before the rewards came.

Kevin Jones’ vital assist and penalty flick made sure of the three points

Kevin Jones dodged a defender and fired a cross towards the penalty spot where Wright was ready to hammer it past the keeper for his and Windsor’s second goal.

The slim margin kept the visitors on their toes and a combination of vigilance at the back and patience across the midfield and attack allowed Windsor to control the game.

And a well worked short corner resulted in a penalty flick to Windsor after Marcus Barrow’s goalward bound shot hit a defender’s foot.

Despite the pressure to finish off the game, a cool Jones stepped up to take the flick and made no mistake to round off a solid Windsor performance.

They are second from bottom on 19 points along with Oxford Hawks 4s who have a game in hand.

Windsor have five games to save their season and the fight continues on Saturday, February  24 when they host mid table West Hampstead 3s.

In Division 6, Windsor Mens 2s maintained their top spot with a decisive 4-0 home win against Milton Keynes Mens 4s.

Setting themselves up for an all out attacking game, Windsor pressured the defence into making several errors and Milton Keynes had their keeper to thank for saving a flurry of shots from penalty corners.

The visitors struggled to break out of their half as Mindi Spalgenas and Will Gresswell blocked off the options on the left and right respectively.

Hemmed in Milton Keynes lost the ball to Gresswell who drilled it into the D where James Fenton finished the move to give Windsor the breakthrough they had fought for.

The Mens 2s still dominate the top of MBBO Division 6

In the second half, Windsor picked up exactly where they had left off when Jack Snell’s pace opened up the middle and created a chance for Jose Sirvent to put the second goal past the Milton Keynes keeper.

Another goal from Dev Mavar made it 3-0 with Sirvent wrapping up the game at 4-0 with a brace.

Windsor have some breathing space as they are five points clear of second placed BA (IG) Club and are the favourites when they travel to Abingdon on Saturday, February 24  to take on the Mens 2s who are at foot of the table.

And Windsor Mens 3s completed Super Saturday for the club with a terrific 4-1 home win against Leighton Buzzards 3s.

They next host Division 7 leaders Newbury and Thatcham 4s.

Club Results Saturday February 10

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter and Elle Gatehouse in action

Windsor Ladies First XI had everything bar the kitchen sink thrown at them by Marlow Ladies 3s in a tense top versus bottom game.

And for 50 minutes Windsor soaked up unimaginable pressure as promotion hopefuls Marlow twisted and turned to try and find a way through a Windsor side determined not to concede.

A heroic display at the back with a series of stunning saves by Windsor keeper Ruki Sayid and a goaline clearance from Emma Briggs kept the home side in the game.

And far from “parking the bus” Windsor created first half chances that rattled the Marlow defence as Sally Khoury, captain Freya Hayter,

Left back Emma Williams along with Fe Marsh, Gerry Hyde and Emma Briggs were outstanding in defence

Maxine Bonnage and Helena Davidson worked patiently to try and thread their way through.

 

But with the first half deadlocked and an increasingly frustrated Marlow side becoming tetchier over the scoreline, the visitors upped the tempo in the second half and pushed forward in numbers.

With Sayid still tormenting the forwards with more daring saves and the back four of Emma Williams, Fe Marsh, Gerry Hyde and Briggs holding firm, it was a controversial goal that finally unlocked the Windsor back door.

Following a penalty corner, the ball was stopped by a Marlow foot but as the infringement went unchecked, the visitors took their chance and hammered the ball onto the back board to take the lead.

Windsor remained disciplined and worked tirelessly to get back into the game with Saskia Swannack and Khoury causing the visitors problems on the left.

Saskia Swannack caused Marlow problems on the left flank

But Marlow’s superior, clinical finishing saw two more short corners converted to make it 3-0, while Windsor were unable to capitalise on set pieces at the other end.

The defeat is another blow to Windsor’s hopes of staying in Trysports Division 1 as a goalless draw between Gerrards Cross Ladies 1s and Maidenhead Ladies 3s has put fellow strugglers Cross on the same points as Windsor but worringly, they still have two games in hand.

A break this weekend will give Windsor the chance to plan for must-win games against foot of the table Reading Rebels on Saturday, February 24.

And then they need to beat fourth placed Sonning Ladies 3s the following week to give themselves a lifeline against the drop.

Windsor Ladies 2s were the club’s only victorious side, comfortably beating Milton Keynes Ladies third team 3-0 at home.

All the goals came in the first half with an early strike from a penalty corner.

The successful Nikki Hill and Paula Green partnership opened the scoring from a trademark set routine that saw Green’s pacey shot beat the defence and goalie.

A similar set piece paid dividends again just minutes later when Mel Dobson pounced on a Green rebound to flick the ball into the roof of the net.

And in the closing minutes of the first half, Annaliese Hogan drilled an opportunist ball into the D where Green was waiting to deflect it past the keeper.

L2s defensive maestro Tasha Bailey in action

The three goal cushion put Windsor in control but a terrific second half performance from the Milton Keynes keeper denied the home side to keep the scoreline respectable.

And at the other end Milton Keynes were unable to bag a consolation goal after being awarded a penalty flick which went wide.

Windsor who are mid table in Division 4 are next in action on Saturday, February 24 when they take on Oxford Ladies 6s away.

All three Windsor men’s teams had a torrid time with unexpected defeats.

The First XI went 3-0 down at home to Thame First XI and are now fighting for survival in Middlesex, Berks, Bucks and Oxon (MBBO) Division 2.

They must take points from equally troubled Milton Keynes Mens 3s when they travel to Buckinghamshire on Saturday, February 17 in a bottom of the table clash.

The Mens First XI will be looking to dig their way out of trouble on Saturday

In Division 6, the Mens 2s saw their unbeaten run ended by Tring Mens 2s in a 4-3 defeat away, despite taking an early lead.

Windsor opened the scoring with a Ben Hefford assist for a Charles Lambert goal and Steve Timpson made it 2-0 before Tring managed to pull one back ahead of half time.

A tactical Tring change unsettled the visitors and the hosts seized the moment to quickly score twice and take a 3-2 lead.

As Windsor fought against the shift in power, Tring struck again in a bid to kill off the game at 4-2 but got a scare with five minutes left as captain Matt Humphreys piled on the pressure with another Windsor goal.

With the game finely balanced at 4-3, Tring managed to hang on and take all three points from this season’s team to beat.

But Windsor 2s remain at number one on the table and next play Milton Keynes Mens 4s.

And in Division 7, the Mens third team lost 2-0 away to local rivals Slough Swifts and host Leighton Buzzard Mens 3s on Saturday, February 17.

Club Results Saturday February 3

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter scored the team’s only goal

Windsor Ladies First XI suffered a major setback in their battle against the drop after a 3-1 defeat by fellow strugglers Gerrards Cross Ladies 1s.

Playing at home, Cross caught Windsor off-guard from the whistle and went 1-0 up within minutes of the start.

But Windsor kept their composure and took the game to their hosts with good, attacking hockey that won a series of short corners.

And the breakthrough came when Laura Weaver drilled a shot from a penalty corner goalwards but as it was cleared, captain Freya Hayter was perfectly placed to volley it past the keeper to level the game.

With all to play for, Cross went on the offensive and always looked threatening in attack as they pushed forward in numbers.

Pressing high paid off as they stole the ball from a hemmed in Windsor defence and a through ball across the D was picked up by a striker who had made an intelligent run to slam the ball past diving keeper Ruki Sayid.

Emma Harrington in action

While Windsor had some good possession in the second half, Cross tactics of putting ten players behind the ball in their own half and hitting their opponents on a counter attack was a successful game plan.

Windsor were unable to find a way through the sea of yellow and blue shirts and despite a series of saves by Sayid, a looping shot to the top right corner dipped over the defence to kill off the game.

The defeat has given Windsor a challenging few weeks as they fight to stay in Trysports Division 1.

Just one point is keeping them above Gerrards Cross who are in the drop zone but have two games in hand.

And on Saturday, February 10, Windsor host promotion contenders Marlow Ladies 3s who are second but seeking to oust Bicester Ladies 1s from the number one spot.

In Division 4 Windsor Ladies 2s picked up their first point of 2018 in a 3-3 draw away against Witney Ladies 3s.

The hosts took the lead but Windsor were soon level following a Nikki Hill strike from a penalty corner.

L2s captain Emma Uzzell rallies the team

And it was Witney who edged ahead again in the second half until Paula Green looped a shot past the keeper to make it 2-2.

The Hill-Green partnership put Windsor in front from a well worked short corner routine with Green finishing the move.

At 3-2 Windsor should have seen the game out but second from bottom Witney dug in and with minutes left on the clock, pulled one back to share the points.

Windsor next host foot of the table team Milton Keynes Ladies 3s.

Windsor Mens First XI lost 6-2 away to MBBO Division 2 promotion hopefuls Abingdon 1s.

In their worst defeat of the season, Windsor found themselves 3-0 down within 15 minutes after failing to clear a series of penalty corners.

Matt Dewhurst boosted spirits with a goal just before half time but Abingdon’s confidence was barely dented when the game restarted.

The hosts were swift to make their presence felt to go 4-1 up although Dan Jones put Windsor back in the game with a sweeping finish to make it 4-2.

But Abingdon finished with a flourish with two more goals to add to Windsor’s miserable afternoon.

They are now fighting for survival and must pick up points at home against third placed Thame 1.

Windsor Mens 2s continued their amazing run in Division 2 with a 7-0 drubbing of Maidenhead Magicians at home to go eight points clear at the top.

Jack Snell opened the scoring for Windsor when his first strike came off the goalkeeper’s foot and returned to his stick for a second bite at the cherry.

Composed, he struck again and secured the early lead.

Within five  minutes Kevin Jones on his return from injury carved up gaps between defence and goalkeeper to bag a brace and make it 3-0 with Jose Sirvent adding the fourth goal just before half time.

Kevin Jones makes a welcome return after injury

And the rout continued in the second half with Martin Cook and Ed Lumley getting on the score sheet with Snell ending the game as he began it – with a goal to make it seven for Windsor.

The 2s travel to take on Tring Men’s 2s on Saturday, February 10.

And in Division 7, Windsor Mens 3s beat Newbury and Thatcham Men’s 5s 2-1 at home and will play local rivals Slough Swifts who are just one place and three points above them.

Club Results Saturday January 27

Saskia Swannack opened the scoring for Windsor

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.

There was a solid performance from left back Emma Williams

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.

Sean Wright scored the first team’s only goal

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.

Club Results Saturday January 20

Alex Weller Breaks Maids Heart with Last Gasp Goal

Alex Weller saved the day

Windsor Men’s First XI drew 1-1 with local rivals Maidenhead Men’s 2s in a high tempo game.
Playing away, Windsor began the brighter of the two but the game remained deadlocked at half time.
The second half was equally close but a couple of sloppy Windsor passes gave Maidenhead the edge and they capitalised on the mistakes with a slick attack and clean strike for a 1-0 lead.
Boosted by the goal, Maidenhead pressed for a second one but an acrobatic display by Windsor keeper Rich Sage kept the visitors firmly in the game.

Windsor’s keeper Rich Sage kept them in the game

And his hard work paid off when Windsor were awarded a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the match.
With the game on a knife edge, it took a perfect Alex Weller strike from the top of the D to break Maidenhead hearts as the shot crashed onto the backboard on the final whistle to level the score.
The Mens 2s and 3s racked up a sensational 17 goals between them in their highest scoring games of the season.
Playing at home, the second team trounced Amersham and Chalfont Mens 3s 7-2 to go eight points clear at the top of Division 6.
Windsor opened the scoring just ten minutes into the game with Jack Snell on the end of a Lee Waller injection from a penalty corner.
And Waller tucked two away himself from consecutive short corners to give Windsor a comfortable lead.
But the visitors dug in and took their chance from a set piece to put the ball out of reach of the Windsor keeper.

The goal deepened Windsor’s resolve and the fourth scored by James Fenton before half time gave Amersham a mountain to climb.
Fenton was on the score sheet again with his second and Windsor’s fifth shortly after the re-start but Amersham were quick to reply with a goal of their own.
But their joy was short lived when Steve Timpson killed off the game with a brace to take Windsor’s tally to a super seven.
And it was “fill yer boots time” for the Mens 3s with an incredible 10-3 drubbing of Ramagarhia Slough 1s at home.
Gareth Baber came close to a double hat-trick with five, Rich Jones bagged a brace and it was one a-piece for Chris Parsons, Henry Graham and Ben Hefford.

Windsor took an early lead and were 4-0 up by half time against their ten man opponents.
But they took their foot off the gas in the second half and conceded two quick goals in succession before re-focusing to push ahead and make it 6-3 in reply.
And they took their runaway lead to double figures in the finest Windsor home win yet.
They are now fourth in Division 7.

Maxine Bonnage got one back for Windsor

Windsor Ladies First XI suffered a set-back to their campaign to avoid the drop zone following a heavy 5-1 defeat away to Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s.
The injury hit team put up a terrific fight to keep the home side at bay and were still in the game when Maxine Bonnage’s finish to a well worked penalty corner made it 2-1.
But Newbury attacked in numbers and despite heroics at the back, including a brilliant goal-line clearance by Emma Williams, at times Windsor were overwhelmed.
The Ladies 2s were on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline away to Oxford club Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s.
Windsor dominated from the start with fluid hockey and looked comfortable with goals from Mel Dobson and Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus.
Emma Thatcher and Annalies Hogan bossed the middle and Windsor should have buried the game in the first 35 minutes.

Emma Thatcher bossed the midfield

But in a game of two halves, Wychwood came out fighting and the game changed when Wychwood brought on a key player who was able to unlock the Windsor defence.
And two quick Wychwood goals flustered Windsor while a controversial penalty corner gave them an unexpected 3-2 lead.
Wychwood rounded off their comeback with a fourth but with minutes left on the clock Windsor striker Paul Green made it 4-3 – but the visitors ran out of time to find an equaliser.