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.

Club Results Saturday January 13

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter rallied the team in a brilliant home win. Picture: Windsor Observer

Windsor Ladies First XI pulled off a sensational win against rivals Maidenhead Ladies 3s in what could prove a pivotal moment for the team.

For the 1-0 home victory in the local derby has not just lifted Windsor out of the drop zone, it could be the spark to re-ignite their season.

Both teams began brightly and Maidenhead had the best chance in the opening minutes but keeper Ruki Sayid came racing off the line to block a shot and keep Windsor in the game.

The early save fired up Windsor and instilled a no nonsense approach across the pitch.

Working well in packs of three, Windsor also made full use of the wings to launch a series of attacks.

Saskia Swannack set up the goal for Charlie Halman

Captain Freya Hayter bossed the right with Helena Davidson while Sally Khoury and Maxine Bonnage took control of the left.

With Maidenhead giving very little away at the back, Windsor patiently pushed and probed and finally breached the defence.

A through ball from Octavia Highfield found Saskia Swannack who fed a pass to Charlie Halman.

And in a sparkling debut for the club, Halman drilled an unstoppable shot to the far right corner of the goal to give Windsor a first half lead.

Intelligent play from Emma Harrington and incisive runs from Elle Gatehouse and Sarah Allan gave Windsor the edge as they began the second half strongly.

But Maidenhead ramped up the tempo and pressure in the search for an equaliser.

However, each twist and turn from the visitors was met by a Windsor fortress with Hayter, Fe Marsh, Debbie Campbell and Emma Williams resolute in defence.

Terrific trio Elle Gatehouse, Sarah Allan and Maxine Bonnage

A crucial save at the right post by Sayid kept Windsor’s lead alive and the defiant home team refused to crumble in the face of an increasingly dangerous attack force.

Windsor put in their grittiest performance of the season and despite a nail biting final five minutes when Maidenhead looked as if they might break down the defensive wall, Windsor held their nerve to make it over the line and take three vital points.

But the Trysports Division 1 team are not out of the woods despite leapfrogging Gerrards Cross as Cross are only a point behind with two games in hand.

Windsor must recreate their stunning display on Saturday, January  20, when they take on Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s away, if they are to claw their way out of trouble.

Windsor Ladies 2s suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away against Oxford Hawks Ladies 6s.

L2s captain Emma Uzzell in action

The scoreline undermined the way Windsor played as both teams created chances but the Hawks were clinical in front of goal while the visitors squandered their opportunities.

The  Division 4 team next  play Wychwood Badgers Ladies 3s away.

The Mens First XI lost 4-3 in a seven goal extravaganza at home against Oxford Hawks 4s.

Windsor took the initiative with Alex Weller dictating play on the left but the team could not capitalise on their early domination.

And Hawks broke the deadlock with a clever deflection and scored again with a reverse stick shot before half time.

The home team refused to roll over and took their chances better in the second half as a Billy Long shot from a well orchestrated penalty corner gave them a foothold in the game.

However, the Hawks swooped on a rebound in the D to make it 3-1 and regain their two goal cushion.

Alex Weller took control of the left wing

Matt Dewhurst raised hopes with a brilliant back post finish to take the score to 3-2. But as Windsor chased the game, they lost possession in their own half and were punished when the visitors scored again.

Dewhurst salvaged some pride with a late consolation goal to end the game at 4-3. The MBBO Division 2 team take a short drive up the M4 to play rivals Maidenhead 2s in a local derby on January 20.

In Division 6 the Men’s 2s were held to a goalless draw away by Amersham and Chalfont 3s but are still six points clear at the top of the table.

And in a return match, they will host A&C 3s as the visitors, who are currently in second place, will try to close the gap.

The Men’s 3s beat Gerrards Cross 2s 1-0 away and will take on Division 7 opponents Ramgarhia Slough at home.

Club results Saturday December 16

Ladies First XI captain Freya Hayter put in a player of the match performance and Elle Gatehouse (right) scored Windsor’s only goal. Picture: Windsor Observer

Windsor Ladies First XI are planning on making their campaign a game of two halves – with the best yet to come in 2018.

Following a 3-1 defeat away at Reading, the purple and whites will be drawing a line under their 2017 results with a turnaround in the New Year.

Their disappointing 3-1 loss to Reading Rebels was statistic-defying as visitors Windsor had more possession – but their hosts were clinical in front of goal.

Windsor were caught napping in the first few minutes as a through ball beat the defence and a mix-up at the back saw the ball slip into the back of the net.

But the goal was a wake-up call and Windsor pulled out the stops to get back in the game.

Saskia Swannack in action against Reading. Picture: Windsor Observer

Captain Freya Hayter led the attack force with a series of weaving runs while Helena Davidson took control of the right flank.

With confidence growing, Windsor pushed forward and Elle Gatehouse got on the end of a ball drilled into the D to equalise.

With the game level at half time, Reading revved up a gear and were quickly back in front from a close range shot.

The goal sapped Windsor’s confidence and creativity but boosted Reading who slammed in a third to bury the game.

A lengthy lay-off until January 13, will give the team a chance to re-think their strategy for the second half of the season in a bid to claw their way out of the drop zone in Trysports Division 1.

They will next be in action at home when they take on Maidenhead Ladies 3s.

Windsor Ladies 2s had a happier ending to the year with a hard fought 2-2 draw at home against Division 4 leaders Amersham and Chalfont 4s.

Windsor dominated the first half and took the lead after Emma Thatcher’s dazzling solo run and goal put the hosts in control just ahead of the break.

Emma Thatcher gets on the scoresheet. Picture: Mel Dobson

However, with seconds to go before the whistle – and against the run of play – a loose ball was picked up by A&C and hammered home to level on half time.

Neither side seemed to be able to break the other down as the clock ran down in the second half but a late, well worked Windsor penalty corner was tucked away by Emma Briggs to put them back in the lead.

But A&C showed why they are sitting pretty at the top by snatching a last gasp equaliser.

Windsor head into the New Year comfortably in fourth place and next play Oxford Hawks Ladies 6s away on January 13.

Windsor’s men’s teams will also restart their campaigns on January 13.

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.