WINDSOR edged closer to clinching promotion as Division One champions after a 4-1 home win against Oxford Haws 5s on Saturday.

The home team had a whirlwind start as full-back Jessi Nagi set up Lucy Smith with a neat pass to score the first goal on 12 minutes.

Taking the ball while twisting and turning, Smith dodged past four defenders to drill a shot across goal and into the far corner.

The Hawks swooped on a loose ball in a dangerous area three minutes later and, with Windsor caught high up the pitch and outnumbered at the back, it was left to keeper Emma Cross to come to the rescue.

The first shot was saved but the ball drilled back in and bobbling awkwardly on the line with the resulting goalmouth scramble netting Oxford the equaliser.

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Windsor were given a massive boost when talisman and captain Freya Hayter made a welcome return after injury and almost scored from a penalty corner within minutes of coming on.

Her sweeping strike looked certain to hit the backboard but the Hawks keeper made a stunning save to keep her team in the game.

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PHOTO: Windsor ladies first team talisman and captain Freya Hayter.

The hosts kept the pressure on in the second half and Mel Van Huffel – who looked lively all game – raced along the left wing and into the D only to see her strike saved.

Elle Gatehouse however was perfectly placed to pick up the rebound and slam it home from point blank range to give Windsor a lead in the 40th minute.

Windsor strengthened the advantage as Hayter signalled she was back with a signature run from the halfway line. She skilfully dodged past the midfield and defence to calmly slot the ball past the keeper.

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The two-goal cushion saw the hosts relax with the best hockey saved for the last 10 minutes.

A terrific run on the right from Van Huffel saw her take the ball into the D and fire a shot to the far post where Maxine Bonnage was waiting to tap in and secure the points.

The win keeps Windsor at the top of the table and with arch rivals Milton Keynes 2s still three points behind but with a game in hand.

The Buckinghamshire side had a rest week on Saturday but dropped three points following a 2-1 defeat to Oxford 4s the previous weekend.

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PHOTO: Windsor ladies first team keeper Emma Cross.

The three Windsor men’s teams suffered defeats with the first side losing 2-1 at home to Abingdon – Michael Jones was on the scoresheet in the Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division Two fixture.

The second team lost 3-0 at Marlow 5s and in Division Five while the threes were thumped 5-0 at Thame 2s in Division Six.