WINDSOR 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 Riots on Saturday, the purple and whites will be drawing a line under their 2017 results with a turnaround in the New Year.

Their disappointing loss to Reading 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.

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 in the second half and were quickly back in front from a close range shot.

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PHOTO: Windsor ladies suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Reading Riots on Saturday.

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 One.

They will next be in action at home when they take on Maidenhead 3s on Saturday, January 13 (3.30pm).

Windsor 2s had a happier ending to the year with a hard fought 2-2 draw at home against Division Four leaders Amersham & 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.

However, with seconds to go before the whistle and against the run of play, a loose ball was picked up and hammered home to level.

Neither side seemed to be able to break the other 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, Amersham & Chalfont 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 6s away on January 13.

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

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