01:46PM, Sunday 09 February 2020
Windsor RFC proved to be well up for the scrap in Saturday’s clash against Chippenham as they pushed and pulled their way to a vital 10-7 victory at Home Park.
With Storm Ciara forecast, 11th placed Windsor also had the prospect of relegation looming overhead and were looking for a result to strengthen their grip in the South West 1 East.
It was a tough ask on paper for the Royals to overcome their fifth placed visitors, but a gutsy first half performance into the wind set Windsor up for victory through the tries of Ben Grant Adamson and Chris Reynolds.
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Jack Pattinson’s men enjoyed the ideal start to the afternoon with Grant-Adamson carrying over the first try of the afternoon inside 12 minutes after being set on his way from fly-half George Blackburn.
The blustery conditions were always going to play a part in this clash, and Windsor’s following conversion was kept out by the wind.
The try alone was enough to keep Windsor’s momentum going however, and just ten minutes later Chris Reynolds was able to kick and drive another one over the touchline to double the hosts’ advantage. The score line 10-0.
Chippenham applied pressure on Windsor towards the closing stages of the first half but the hosts stood firm and held their ground well to keep their ten point lead intact at the blow of the half time whistle.
The second half saw Chippenham control possession and territory as they looked to frustrate Windsor with the power of the scrum. Just before the hour, the visitors confined their hosts to the 22 for a large part of five minutes but the strength of Windsor’s back row stifled any chance of the visitors breaking through.
Eventually, Windsor broke free and launched an attack upfield with Reynolds leading the charge. But when the number 14 was brought down, a brawl swiftly ensued on the left side of the pitch resulting in Reynolds seeing yellow and handed a temporary sin bin. The decision set Windsor up for a nervy final 20 minutes.
Up against 14 men, it didn’t take long for Chippenham to take advantage and Jamie Atkin went over in a rolling maul to score a try. With the wind in their favour, the visitors were able to slot away the conversion to narrow the deficit further. The score line 10-7.
Windsor needed to play for time but the Royals couldn’t keep themselves in a tight formation and allowed Chippenham the space to move into the middle of the park and take a penalty with just one minute left to play.
With what would be the last kick of the game, Chippenham could only see their attempt go wide and Windsor hold on for a crucial victory.
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