On Saturday Windsor travelled to Gloucester to play Old Centralians, who were in third place in South West One, looking to secure some points after the victory against Trowbridge the previous week. The game was switched to Gloucester University’s 4 G pitch on the morning of the match as Old Centralians pitch was waterlogged.
From the outset the game was eagerly contested by both sides as they both played a fast open brand of rugby. Old Centralians opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes with a try which was converted to make the score Old Centralians 7, Windsor nil. From the restart Windsor showed great character and commitment and soon levelled the scoring with an Adam Bailes try under the posts which was converted by Jack Gaylor to make the score 7 all.
Old Centralians were soon to retake the lead following an interception which took the play deep into Windsor’s territory. Following a line out Old Centralians scored a try to make the score 14 points to 7 following the successful conversion.
Windsor immediately came back at Old Centralians looking for points to reduce the deficit and were unlucky to score a try following a line out deep inside Old Centralians half when the Windsor Forwards formed a driving maul and went over the line. The referee disallowed the try much to the frustration of the Windsor players who were convinced it was a try.
From the resulting scrum Windsor continued to attack inside the Old Centralians 22 metre line, but were denied by a strong organised Old Centralians defence.
Before half time Old Centralians went onto score two more tries which were converted to make the score Old Centralians 28, Windsor 7.
Windsor started the second half with only 14 players with Ben Grant Adamson penalised and yellow carded for a deliberate knock on prior to Old Centralians scoring the final try in the first half. In addition Windsor had made a number of changes with scrum half Stuart Koutsouris dislocating his shoulder meaning that Jack Gaylor had to switch from Full Back to Scrum Half, Ben Anderton replacing Adam Bailes following a knock, and second row Sam Woodhall being replaced by Alex Cook, a long standing playing member, making his debut watched by his proud father Chris.
The half was very competitively contested with Windsor looking to close the deficit and secure some bonus points. Unfortunately Old Centralians were to score a try in the opening 15 minutes of the half to make the score Old Centralians 35, Windsor 7 following the successful conversion.
Windsor were to show great character following this and soon narrowed the same with a Sam George try which was converted by Jack Gaylor to make the score Old Centralians 35, Windsor 14.
From the restart Windsor went in search of 2 more tries to secure the 4 try bonus point. This ultimately led to gaps in the Windsor defence which was exploited by Old Centralians and they increased their lead further with a try which was converted following a scrum to make the score Old Centralians 42, Windsor 14.
This score rather than deflating Windsor encouraged them to look for more tries and following some excellent work from Alex Cook securing the ball, Sam George scored his second try following his own kick and chase which was converted by Jack Gaylor to make the score Old Centralians, Windsor 21.
Again from the restart Windsor challenged Old Centralians in search of their fourth try. Unfortunately it was the hosts that were to score a try in the final minutes which was converted to make the score Old Centralians 49, Windsor 21, which was the final score.
Man of the Match – Sam George
Despite the result Jack Pattinson was very pleased with the side’s performance against a very strong and athletic Old Centralians side. Windsor competed for the full 80 minutes and with a bit more luck would have secured at a least one bonus point from scoring 4 tries. What is clear from the recent performances, Windsor are building a squad with depth and once with great spirit and its only a matter of time before we start putting some match winning performances.
This week Windsor have a week off before embarking on 3 very important League Fixtures in December against Wimborne, Old Patesians and Oxford Harlequins. The first of these games is on Saturday 7th December at home to Wimborne – Kick Off 2.15pm. I know that Jack and the players will be hoping to have plenty of support to encourage them as they look to secure their third home win of the season.
The 2nd XV beat Bracknell 111s at Home Park by 39 points to 5 and remain in 6th place in BBO1.
The 3rd XV lost to Hungerford 31 points to 27.
The Dames lost to Barnes in the league at Home Park by 48 points to 5 despite putting up a spirited fight.