Maiden Erlegh vs Windsor Boys (Year 11)

Maiden Erlegh vs Windsor Boys (Year 11)

On Tuesday 16th January, we played against Maiden Erlegh in the County Cup. Last year we were the champions of this particular competition, so the pressure was on. We were already short of seven players out of our normal starting eleven, including our keeper. We managed to get some volunteers who were willing to step up to the task and try to retain our trophy winning chances. The coach journey was fairly chilled out, everyone seemed focused. We arrived in good time to get a proper warm-up in. And we needed it. It was freezing. The line-up was announced and we headed on to the pitch, eager to get started. The match started quite slowly for both teams. We were both trying to get a feel for the game. A lapse in our concentration saw us go 1-0 down fairly early on. The ball was played over the top of our defence, and was tapped over our stand-in keeper, Harry Howe, and looped into the net. It was a good finish. I must give credit to Harry as he has never played in goal and played his part for the team. After the first goal, we finally started to play. The goal was a wake-up call. We were the only team in the game for the rest of the first half – sharp passing, off the ball movement and solid defending were just a few ways in which we were controlling the game. I did struggle to find my feet in the first half and didn’t get much of the ball. Half time came and we were 1-0 down. However, we...
1st XI Football starts 2018 with a win

1st XI Football starts 2018 with a win

  A match under floodlights saw in the 1st XI’s first fixture of 2018.  Players still getting over the Christmas holidays and a few injuries, some of the boys found themselves playing out of position.  The opposition had done their homework and knew our reputation from last year’s National Cup success.  It became very clear that Edgbarrow had a clear tactic: physicality. Windsor started strongly with a clear difference in football ability and Edgbarrow were struggling to get out of their half.  A corner was played in and Louis Maggs leapt into the air to head the ball home, 1-0 Windsor.  Within five minutes both teams conceded penalties and both teams scored them, 2-1 Windsor, at half time. The second half both teams settled down with the majority of the play in midfield with Adam Forder controlling the back four. Edgbarrow knew they needed to get a goal and started to put more pressure on our defence.  Joe Whiter made two fantastic saves one down low with his feet and the other up high tipped over the bar.  Full time 2-1 Windsor Man of the Match: Adam Forder and Joe Whiter Mr R...
Autumn Term Sports Review

Autumn Term Sports Review

The Autumn term has been as busy and as opportunity filled as ever for The Windsor Boys’ School and the boys have experienced great success, seen huge improvements and greatly enjoyed a wide variety of activities since the start of the academic year back in September. Since the very first week which saw the rowing swim and capsize test take place with record breaking numbers, a full raft of rugby fixtures against local rivals Holyport as well as football training for all years, so many of the boys have displayed true Uno Animo spirit week in, week out. Rowing continues to thrive and prosper with almost unmanageable numbers in the schools junior age groups whilst the athletes at the top end are being challenged in new ways by Mr Wilkinson to keep their training fresh and motivating after last years incredible achievements. Along with Rugby, Football and Rowing being as popular as ever there has been huge numbers of boys across all year groups enjoying numerous other activities. Mark Bignal continues to get growing numbers for his twice weekly ultimate Frisbee sessions and would love to see even more numbers. He intends to take teams to the national champs again later in the year so get yourself involved as soon as you can. Mrs Lawson and Mrs Pateman have been kind enough to run the badminton club at lunchtimes on Monday and Friday. Basketball has been going on on a Tuesday morning in the sports hall for all ages and since half term squash has restarted taking place every Friday afternoon led by Mr Abramson each week. The aim is...
1st XI Footballers march on to last 32 in the National Cup

1st XI Footballers march on to last 32 in the National Cup

On Thursday 30th November the 1st XI played a keen Woodcote school from Croydon, who are connected to Kinetic Football Academy. We could tell this was going to be the biggest test we had faced yet. Windsor started on the front foot with Gus Bowles slotting the ball past the goalie within 2 minutes. Woodcote gradually got into the game and applied the pressure on our defence, then hit the bar from a scramble in the box. We were in for a high tempo game. Alex Mitchell started to control the game at centre back on his debut and distributed the ball with ease. Late on in the second half Jack Hall exploded down the right wing and whipped the ball across the box at pace. Gus Bowles did extremely well to finish so calmly a placed the ball into the corner. We started the second half with a quick thinking goal. Louis Maggs engineered a perfect cross for Adam Forder to beat the goalie with a powerful diving header from the edge of the box. Then, Windsor were sitting too deep into their own half inviting the pressure. Woodcote then got back into the game with two quick goals which got their tails up. Windsor played some lovely counter attacking football, Brad Birchmore assisting Gus Bowles to complete his, well-deserved, hat-trick. Extremely well done to all the boys. Final score 4-2 Windsor. Man of the Match: Gus Bowles (pictured) Mr...
Second win of the season for the 1st XI Footballers

Second win of the season for the 1st XI Footballers

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 the 1st XI footballers played round two in their National Cup campaign against one of our local rivals Forest School from Wokingham Berkshire. The match began at a frantic pace with neither side getting the ball under control with their first touch. The game stayed very open for the first 15 minutes with both sides having clear opportunities and both goal keepers making fantastic saves. Windsor then started to string passes together and won a corner. Jack Hall whipped the ball in at some speed and Calvin Barreto headed home the first goal. Forest School started to get frustrated and were committing silly fouls. Jack Hall stepped up to take one of the free kicks in a dangerous place and put it in the top corner. 2-0 Windsor at half time. The second half was a battle of midfield with a lot of energy and effort being put down and no real outcomes. Forest then stepped up the pressure forcing Windsor to give away a penalty, and a goal, from a late tackle, 2-1. Joe Whiter made some critical saves to keep Windsor in the lead and ‘The Sach’ showed relentless running and determination in midfield keeping the score at 2-1 Windsor, full time. Onto round three! Men of the Match: Ryan Sachdev and Joe Whiter Mr...
1st Team Football Kick Off the New Season with a Win!

1st Team Football Kick Off the New Season with a Win!

On Wednesday 11th October The Windsor Boys’ School started the new campaign, in the ESFA National Cup, by beating Glynn School from Sutton 1 – 0. Windsor started strongly showing off their quality by dashing runs down each wing and deliveries into dangerous areas but couldn’t take the lead. Glynn School turned up the pressure on Windsor with a few long range efforts but with no real threat to Joe Whiter in the Windsor goal. Our boys kept a calm head and begin to draw fouls out of our opposition with almost every other touch. Late in the first half Windsor played a lofted ball from the right hand side and Alfie Mernagh found the back of the net. The second half slowed down with both teams struggling to get into any kind of flow. The Windsor back four stood firm and gave a great demonstration of closing a game out. Man of the Match: Brad Birchmore Congratulations to Gus Bowles becoming Captain and Sam Pausey becoming Vice Captain.  ...
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