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Windsor HC Ladies' title hopes suffer a setback against rivals Marlow

Vicky Thompson

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Windsor Ladies 1sts hopes of landing the title suffered a setback as they were beaten 4-0 by rivals Marlow Ladies 4ths.

Top of the table Windsor started the game full of confidence but that belief gradually seaped away against their well-drilled rivals.

Given no time on the ball they found themselves constantly on the back foot and rushed into giving up possession.

Ellen Taylor made a terrific goalline clearance, but Marlow kept swarming forwards and a close range strike just before half-time gave keeper Emma Cross no chance. Windsor battled back in the second half but conceded again to give themselves a mountain to climb. Forwards Maxine Bonnage, Mel Van Huffel and Elle Gatehouse all tested the Marlow keeper, and, with Windsor pressing to get back into the game, they left themselves open at the back and Marlow capitalised, scoring twice more.

A win for closest challengers Milton Keynes Ladies against Oxford Ladies 4ths would move them level on points at the top with leaders Windsor.

Windsor Ladies 2nds made hard work of beating bottom of the table Abingdon Ladies 2nds 3-1 on Saturday.

Abingdon took the lead when Ruki Sayid was outwitted by the striker, but Windsor hit back through Alice Tredwell’s effort at the second attempt from a penalty corner. Forward Vicky Thompson managed to find some space in the second half to score and give Windsor some breathing space. With Abingdon pushing for a leveller Windsor were able to create one more opportunity for Faye Kerr to slam the ball home from the top of the D. On Saturday, the 2nds play Division 3 promotion hopefuls Marlow Ladies 5ths away.

Windsor Men’s 1sts were comfortable 4-1 winners over Marlow Men’s 3rds at home with the goals coming from Marcus Barrow-Marques, Will Biff, Charles Lambert and Alex Wright. They’re away to Ashford Men’s 2nds in MBBO Division 2 on Saturday.

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