On Saturday Windsor travelled to fellow strugglers Beaconsfield with both sides in need of a win. Windsor were looking to build on a spirited performance the previous week against Royal Wootton Bassett whilst Beaconsfield were looking to bounce back after a heavy defeat away at Buckingham.
Windsor had to make a number of enforced changes again due to unavailability and injury. This has been the story of the season to date with Head Coach Jack Pattinson and his coaching team being unable to field a full strength or settled side.
Windsor started the match very brightly and took the lead within the first 5 minutes with a Sam George scoring a try to make the score 5 nil. Jack Gaylor was unable to secure the additional two points missing a difficult conversion.Windsor were unable to build on this lead Beaconsfield well marshalled by their captain and scrum half started to put pressure on Windsor. This pressure resulted in an interception try in the 25th minute as Windsor tried to run the ball deep inside their own half. Beaconsfield secured the additional two points with conversion to make the score Beaconsfield 7 points, Windsor 5.
Beaconsfield then scored another try to make the score Beaconsfield 12 points Windsor 5
Windsor replied soon after to narrow the deficit with a Matt Balmer try under the posts which was converted by Jack Gaylor to make the score 12 points all.
Before half time Beaconsfield scored a penalty and a try which was converted to make the score Beaconsfield 22 Windsor 12.
At half time, Jack Pattinson and the coaching team rallied the players as the game was still there to be won as Windsor had had their chances to score in the first half but again were not clinical enough when it mattered.
Beaconsfield were soon to build on their lead by scoring a try which was converted to make the score Beaconsfield 32 points , Windsor 12.
In the last 20 minutes Windsor started to play with much more urgency as Beaconsfield tired and following pressure deep in Beaconsfield’s half, captain Chris Emmett scored a try which was converted by Jack Gaylor to make the score Beaconsfield 32 points, Windsor 19. Windsor went on to score a second try to make the score Beaconsfield 32 points, Windsor 24.
The score further energised a Windsor side that realised that the game could be won. This hope was soon undone when Windsor were penalised near the half way line and following a planned Beaconsfield penalty move scored a try which was converted to make the score Beaconsfield 39 points Windsor 24
Windsor continued to work hard to reduce this deficit further and were rewarded by a second Matt Balmer try , which was not converted and a penalty in the dying minutes of the game to make the score Beaconsfield 39 points Windsor 32 points which was the final score.
Man of the Match Allen Crawshaw
Windsor on this weekend entertain fellow strugglers Salisbury at Home Park, Kick Off 3.00pm. This is an important game for Windsor as this is a good opportunity to secure its first league win of the season.
To achieve Windsor again need to be more clinical and reduce the amount of errors which have been very costly this season to date.
The 2nd Team travelled to Amersham on Saturday to play Amersham & Chiltern 2nd XV and lost 46 points.
3rd Team game against Didcot 2nds was cancelled as Didcot could not raise a side.
The Dames did not have a game.