The 1st XI fixture was no change to recent years with sides evenly matched. Both teams looked to play attacking hockey and put defences under pressure. The deadlock was broken with a Matt Bougourd goal. The year 11 was quickest to react and accurately finished his chance.
Windsor continued to bombard the Pangbourne D with some piercing passes. The visitors went further ahead when skipper Paddy O’Neill scored a wonder goal. From the top of the D he undercut the ball on his reverse side and roofed the ball. The goalkeeper was powerless to save the strike. As anybody that has hit a hockey ball will know, this is some skill.
Chris Hill and Ant Brayshaw were rocks at the back until the hosts snuck a goal back.
Windsor rediscovered their composure and a long and accurate Paddy pass enabled Gus Bowles to spin off his defender, accelerate into space and finish a very well worked goal.
Windsor were not content with their advantage and drove towards the Pangbourne goal and earned a penalty corner. Paddy drag flicked on target but it was saved. The rebound fell to him and he buried a shot on reverse stick from narrow angle. Pangbourne scored with the last play so the score finished 4 - 2.
The boys showed admirable work rate and skill to achieve this fantastic result. Combining this with Mr Jeffery’s wizardry hockey knowledge, the side are destined for great things. There were several excellent individual performances but it was decided that James Matthews won the Man of the match award. He showed assurance, resilience and maturity at left back.
Mr A Paul