09:36AM, Friday 29 April 2022
Windsor brought the curtain down on a disappointing campaign with Saturday's 36-10 home defeat to Beaconsfield, and for skipper Chris Emmett it was a game which largely mirrored their season as a whole.
There were aspects of the home side's play that Emmett was impressed with, particularly the way they took the game to their rivals in the first half, however, Scott Bowerman and Sam Woodhall were both sinbinned, leaving the Royals short-handed and Beaconsfield took full advantage.
During these periods they racked up the lion's share of their points and, although Windsor fought back late on, it was much too little, too late.
Windsor came into the clash short on match practice, having not played competitively since their defeat to Witney on April 2, but they managed to impose themselves well in attack and defence for the most part and Emmett was impressed with aspects of their play.
“I think the game was a bit of a fair reflection on what our season has been like,” said Emmett. “We played some good stuff for a while and then things began to unravel.
“We got a sinbinning which was a funny one. The player got dismissed for not releasing the ball – I’ve never seen that before. So, we went down to 14 men, and they scored two quick tries – one they got down the wing and the other one went over the line from our offload.
“We had another yellow card in the second half, so we had to play 20 minutes with 14 men again which was a real test.
“To be fair, Beaconsfield were very good and very well-organised. They really disrupted our breakdown a lot and they kicked away a lot of penalties.
“I think in the last 20 minutes we dominated and that’s when we scored two tries. It was a frustrating one really because we had a good team on paper but a team that has probably not played together enough to really be as cohesive as possible.
“Beaconsfield deserved the win. They had a good pack and played a very structured game. There was a strong breeze too and they really made the most of that in the first half. When we had the wind, we probably didn’t make the most of it really.
“Our discipline at times could have been better too, what with the two yellow cards and the penalties we gave away.”
Reflecting on Windsor’s season and final league position of 11th, Emmett added: “It’s been a funny old year with some highs some lows. Next season will hopefully be a lot more exciting and positive.
“We’ve not finished in the league where we wanted to, and we haven’t got as many wins as we would have liked but the development of our players has been so important.
“A couple of guys, who were maybe second team players last year, have really stood up.
“Two of our front rowers specifically, one was more of a second team player, and one had to change position, have done tremendously well.
“Towards the end of the season, our scrum has been strong too. I’m looking forward to next season already.”
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.