10:00AM, Friday 08 February 2019
After a week’s break Windsor RFC will get back to action in Southern Counties North with a 15 point lead over their nearest rivals going into the business end of the campaign.
Buckingham, Windsor’s closest challengers, were kept in their place by a 26-14 away win for Anthony Andrews’ men two weeks ago.
Windsor appear to be cantering to the title, and they’ll expect to canter to a bonus point win when second from bottom Slough RFC visit Home Park this Saturday. Earlier in the season they thumped the Greenies 52-11 at Tamblyn Fields and they’ll be keen to ensure no momentum is lost in their promotion bid this weekend.
Slough come into the game off the back of a competitive 35-12 defeat at Reading Abbey two weeks ago. The Greenies have managed just three wins from their 15 matches so far, and therefore sit 11th in the table, just five points off the bottom.
Marlow look likely to be Windsor’s closest challengers for the title after they put Wallingford to the sword in a 79-12 win on January 26.
Rory Greenslade-Jones’ men had been due to play again on Saturday but their opponents, Wallingford again, failed to raise a side for their South West Rugby Cup clash meaning the hosts progress to the final.
This Saturday they go to fourth placed Aylesbury, a team who could nip back above them with a bonus point victory. It will be a true test of whether they can keep pace with Windsor and pip Buckingham for second spot.
Elsewhere struggling Drifters go to Didcot on Saturday looking for only their sixth win of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier Division season. Last time out they were comprehensively beaten 43-10 by leaders Chesham. They sit ninth in the table.
In the BB&O Championship, Phoenix are at home to Berkshire Shire Hall, having triumphed against Aldermaston by a single point in their last encounter (20-19).
A win would see them move up to third in the table, with second placed Abingdon and first placed Chipping Norton a long way clear in their battle for the title.
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