08:00PM, Wednesday 11 March 2020
Windsor took a significant step towards ensuring their South West 1 East survival after a 36-31 win at Trowbridge put them 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Mike Chambers’ last-minute try was enough to snatch the Royals victory from the jaws of defeat and end a two-game losing streak for Jack Pattinson’s men.
They remain in 11th place in the table with four games of the campaign remaining.
“It was a big win and a bigger step towards staying in the league,” said Pattinson.
“It was a match that could’ve gone either way. We didn’t lead once until the last 10 minutes. We put a lot of pressure on Trowbridge towards the end of the game.
“When we scored they immediately came back and won a penalty and, rather than going for the corner, they had a shot at goal which they missed. That gave us the momentum to score another try in the last two minutes to win the game. It was a tense but significant win.”
The Royals were looking to rectify their narrow defeat to Marlborough a week earlier but Pattinson wasn’t too hasty in changing the strategy for Saturday’s clash.
“Tactically we didn’t do too much different against Trowbridge to what we did against Marlborough,” added Pattinson. “People think you have to give a Churchillian team talk but I just held a team meeting on Thursday and spat out how we wanted to approach Saturday, how we wanted to feel and what we felt was important before the game.
“There were a couple of tactical things we wanted to address but we’re at the point now where the boys could start to lead the team themselves.
“They’re becoming more self reliant and you could see it on Saturday. It was a brilliant result and we’re now casting our eyes to what’s ahead.”
Windsor now have a week off before getting straight back into the action when they host Old Centralians on March 21.
“We’ll take the whole week off and then we’ll hit it hard again next week to see if we can upset the apple cart against Old Cents,” said Pattinson.
“They are the best team in the league by a long way.
“But can we upset them, I think it’ll be a bit of a Mike Tyson versus Buster Douglas. I’m excited for that.”
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