Windsor Hockey Club: Jubilant day as Ladies 2s claim first league title in 20 years

There were wild celebrations after Windsor Ladies 2s won their final game of the season to clinch their first league title in almost 20 years.

The 2-0 home victory against a resilient Oxford Ladies 6s side ensured the already promoted team go up as champions of Trysports Division 4.

But Oxford put Windsor through the mill with the hosts starting nervously and making unforced errors as the pressure of the must-win game began to show.

With second placed Sonning Ladies 4s breathing down their necks and only goal difference separating the teams, Windsor knew dropped points would hand the crown to their title rivals.With the game at stalemate at half time and points in danger of slipping away, a rallying call from captain Tasha Bailey focused Windsor's minds and revived their desire to win.

And within minutes of the restart, Windsor were ahead after a slick short corner routine was finished  by Dana Faulkner who beat the keeper with a deft flick of her stick.

Twins Monopoly and Minerva Christiaan-Rakus put in a double shift on the flanks and Emma Briggs and Bailey were solid at the back along with Emma Williams and Natalie Morrison.But Oxford refused to roll over and responded well with a breakaway move that saw a forward make a beeline for goal. 

Untested so far, keeper Ruki Sayid raced off her line to clear the  danger and extend her run of clean sheets to four. And with just ten minutes on the clock, Lucy Smith calmed Windsor's frazzled nerves when she pounced on a rebound from an Emma Thatcher shot to smash the ball home and spark jubilation on the pitch and sidelines.

Windsor Ladies First XI racked up their best win of the season in a 7-1 drubbing of Abingdon Ladies 1s.

Playing away, Windsor were 5-0 up by half time in a goals extravaganza led by hat-trick hero Clare McKinnel.Maxine Bonnage opened the scoring with a clinical finish from a short corner.

But player of the match McKinnel stole the show with a dazzling performance topped by the goal of the game.

Unchallenged in the D with just the keeper to beat, she drew her out, shimmied to shoot and as the keeper went to ground taken in by the dummy, she cheekily flicked the ball over the keeper.

Mel Dobson bagged a brace and Elle Gatehouse also scored in the game where the whistle could not come soon enough for Abingdon - despite a consolation goal.

Windsor - lying third in Division 1 - have a rearranged game on Saturday against Oxford University Ladies 3s.

Windsor Mens First XI ended the season in style with a 6-3 away win against Oxford Hawks Mens 4s.

A brace each for Jacob Harvey and Will McKegny, and goals from Frank Schuddemat and Pascal Van Huffel saw the team finish third in MBBO Division 2 - just three points short of promotion.

The second team finished fourth in Division 5 following a 2-1 home win against Marlow Mens 4s thanks to a Paul Hayes brace.But the third team dropped points at home to Oxford Mens 5s in a 5-2 defeat to end the season above local rivals Slough Swifts and a point clear of the drop zone.