WINDSOR ladies have started the New Year with a flourish after wins for the first and second teams in the Trysports Hockey League on Saturday.

The first team ground out a 1-0 victory at home against a feisty Oxford 4s team after captain Freya Hayter scored from the penalty spot.

Windsor dominated the game but struggled to break down the Oxford defence until a goal-bound shot struck the foot of a defender on the line for a penalty flick.

Hayter was the calmest player on the pitch and stepped up to expertly tuck the ball away to the right of the keeper before half-time.

Oxford tried to stage a comeback in the second-half but the home side had the best chance to score as Maxine Bonnage saw her reverse stick shot saved by the tip of the keeper's stick.

The win means Windsor have moved up two places to fourth position in Division One and now just five points behind the promotion spots.

Windsor travel across Berkshire to take on eighth-placed Reading Riots this Saturday (4pm push-back).

Windsor 2s took their winning streak to an unprecedented 12 games in Division Four after a 4-1 win away at South Berks 4s last weekend.

The Windsor defence gave full-backs, twins Monopoly and Minerva Christian-Rakus, licence to thrill with some attacking play on the flanks.

The plan paid dividends early on as Monopoly tore down the right wing and fired a powerful cross into the D which Emma Thatcher skilfully diverted past the keeper.

It was not long before Thatcher made it two after terrific link-up play with Nicole McKersie.

South Bucks were stung into action and quickly got a goal back, but Thatcher helped regain the two-goal cushion when setting up Paula Green from a short corner.

The second-half continued with the same high tempo and Windsor added a fourth goal with the move of the match.

Nikki Hill found Lucy Smith with a majestic 40m pass from deep in her own half. Smith released McKersie to dodge past the defence and coolly slot home for a resounding victory.

The win means Windsor remain unbeaten this season and in second position in the table ahead of a visit from leaders Sonning 4s this Saturday.

The Windsor men's teams paid the price for a long winter break with three defeats in three matches last weekend.

The first team suffered their worst home defeat of the season, losing 8-4 to South Berkshire 2s, despite a hat-trick from Ali Parkes, plus a goal from Marcus Barrow-Marques.

Windsor are now in fourth position in Division Two of the Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon League and hope to get back on track when travelling to second from bottom Wycombe 3s this Saturday (midday).

The second team lost 4-2 at home against BA Slough Ramgarhia although John Carpenter managed to bag a brace.

Currently in fourth place in Division Five, Windsor host second bottom Sonning 4s on Saturday.

Windsor third team went down 1-0 at home to Newbury & Thatcham 4s to leave them in eighth place in Division Six ahead of a short trip to rivals and bottom side Slough Swifts this Saturday.