01:00PM, Friday 29 November 2019
Windsor RFC coach Jack Pattinson believes the club will start climbing the South West 1 East table next year if the players continue to trust in what they’re doing.
His side found life difficult against promotion challengers Old Centralians on Saturday, succumbing to a 49-21 away defeat, but the coach said there was a ‘good buzz’ about the dressing room after the loss.
Windsor went into the clash having chalked up their second win of the season at home to Trowbridge the previous weekend, and managed to put 21 points on the board against a Centralians side who’ve lost just twice all season.
But they had little answer to the second-placed side’s offensive play.
“They’re a very good side,” he said. “Athletic, organised and many of the players have come through the club together so they’re close as well. But it was a good effort from the players.
“We tried our best to get four tries and a bonus point and there was a really good buzz and togetherness among the players after the game.”
Windsor will expect to be more competitive when they host 10th- placed Wimborne at Home Park on Saturday, December 7. They’ve dropped to 13th place after Trowbridge’s 35-10 win last weekend, but Pattinson hopes they’ll rise up the league in the coming weeks.
“I think we can get another 11 points before Christmas,” he said. “So a win on Saturday would help with momentum.
“We’ve got boys coming back from injury and in the new year I believed we’ll start climbing the table, if we continue to trust in what we’re doing.
“We’ve had so many injuries. I think 22 players have been out. But in many ways it’s been a blessing as players from the 2nds have stepped up and realised they can cope playing for the 1sts.”
Marlow failed to take their chances – while Didcot showed a passion and determination to defy their lowly league status – in Saturday’s 12-11 defeat at Riverwoods.
In difficult conditions, with the ball consistently slipping through greasy, wet, fingers, Marlow found a second gear late in the second half, but it was too little, too late to alter the outcome.
It was their ill discipline which gifted Didcot their first win of the season. In the early stages George Jafari tore through Didcot’s defensive line, and it seemed a try would be a certainty, but he was caught just before the try line.
A few minutes later Marlow drove Didcot back to their own line again, with David Potton, Stuart Sylvester and Chris Clarke finding their groove, giving No.8 James Branch the chance to touch the ball down for a try. Freddie Lewis missed the conversion but Marlow led 5-0.
Didcot then scored with the first time they had the ball in hand. A break on the left hand side presented pacy scrum half Jake Dawson with the chance to score in the corner. Marlow came out firing, but their continued ill discipline meant they weren’t able to convert territory into points.
Then, as the start of the second half, they fell behind when outside centre Isa Mohamed picked up from the bottom of a ruck and muscled his way through to score under the posts. Josh Witts converted to make it 5-12.
Marlow reapplied pressure in the final 20 minutes and Lewis kicked a penalty to make it 8-12 and they were awarded another penalty, after a thunderous tackle from Jafari on centre Mohamed. Lewis converted again to bring the hosts to within a point of their visitors. Marlow had the ascendancy in the final minutes and went close from countless pick up and drives from the back of the ruck but Didcot held firm and, after regaining possession, kicked the ball out to seal an unexpected win.
The defeat leaves Marlow fifth in Southern Counties North ahead of their next game at High Wycombe – the side just above them in fourth – on December 7.
Slough RFC and Drifters RFC
In the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier there was a 19-12 away win for Drifters over Hungerford and a 21-17 home win for Slough over Tadley.
They’ll get back to league action on Saturday, December 7 with sixth-placed Slough to visit Abingdon and eighth-placed Drifters at home to bottom-of-the- table Littlemore.
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