04:00PM, Friday 28 February 2020
With a make-shift squad at his disposal, assistant coach Neal Kennedy was full or praise for Windsor RFC’s efforts in their 17-5 defeat to Sherborne.
On Saturday, Kennedy took charge of the Royals who were without both coach Jack Pattinson and a selection of their regular starters.
As a result, he was forced to draft in players from the second team including debutants Aidan Taylor and Murray Hughes, and ex-first team player Owen Flisher.
“It was a rearranged fixture so we had to make quite a few changes,” said Kennedy.
“It was supposed to be played last weekend and this week was supposed to be free so you can’t blame some of the guys that couldn’t be there. But the players that stepped up fit in perfectly and I thought it was an excellent performance.
“The first half was very close. We had the advantage of the wind but didn’t really use it as much as we should’ve. We probably needed to score a few more points to just give us that bit of a buffer at half time. At half time they were 10-5 up. But towards the end of the game, they scored with about five minutes to go. It really didn’t give us enough time to get back into the game.
“It’s unfortunate we didn’t get anything out of the game but we’ve still got a little bit of a cushion. We’re not massively worried but we we will still have to fight for every point we can get and every win we can possibly scrape is a bonus.”
The result leaves Windsor in 11th place of the South West 1 East. They will hope to get back on winning ways this weekend when they host Marlborough at Home Park on Saturday. The game will give the Royals a shot of redemption over a side that narrowly edged them earlier in the season.
“We lost and also lost out on a losing bonus point when we played them before. But I think it wouldn’t be stretching it if I said the referee was a little bit one sided in that game. We feel that it was one of those games that we should’ve got something from or in fact probably won. So, this weekend is a chance of redemption,” added Kennedy.
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