WINDSOR ladies suffered a set-back in their campaign to avoid the drop zone in Division One following a heavy 5-1 defeat away at Newbury & Thatcham 2s on Saturday.

The injury-hit team put up a terrific fight to keep the hosts at bay and were still in the game when Max Bonnage finished a well-worked penalty corner to make it 2-1.

Newbury & Thatcham then attacked in numbers and, despite heroics at the back including a brilliant goal-line clearance from Emma Williams, at times Windsor were overwhelmed.

The defeat leaves Windsor third from bottom in the league table and one point above the drop zone but having played two matches more than the sides above them.

Windsor host fifth in the table Oxford 4s this Saturday in a battle for points to keep them out of the danger zone.

The Windsor second team were on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline away to Wychwood Badgers in Division Four.

Windsor dominated from the start with fluid hockey and looked comfortable with goals from Mel Dobson and Monopoly Christian-Rakus.

Emma Thatcher and Annalies Hogan bossed the middle and Windsor should have buried the game in the first 35 minutes.

But, in the second half, Wychwood came out fighting and the game changed when they brought on a key player who was able to unlock the Windsor defence.

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 and, with minutes left on the clock Windsor striker Paula Green made it 4-3, but the visitors ran out of time to find an equaliser.

Windsor host Reading Rogues this Saturday.

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