02:00PM, Friday 10 January 2020
Windsor 31, Buckingham 22
Windsor RFC overcame Buckingham 31-22 on Saturday to pick up their first win of the new decade and narrow the gap on ninth-placed Beaconsfield in the process.
Pattinson’s side were out for revenge after succumbing to a heavy 32-19 defeat in the reverse fixture at Floyd Field in September, and in front of a good crowd, Windsor started positively and piled pressure on Buckingham well. But due to handling errors and conceding penalties at the breakdown, the hosts were unable to convert their early pressure into points.
Buckingham suppressed Windsor’s early advances and the visitors drew first blood through Nick Sumner’s try to make the score 0-5 inside ten minutes. With the wind on their backs, Buckingham were able to increase the lead further with Jim Barker’s try and Kinman’s conversion midway through the first half.
The home crowd continued to provide positive support to Windsor but the hosts were going to have to do something special to break the Buckingham defence down and get off the mark. Fortunately, a lapse in concentration by Buckingham’s backline gifted Tom Bird the opportunity to touch down the hosts’ first points. Jack Gaylor added the extras to make the score 7-12 with 10 minutes to go in the first half.
Bird’s try revitalised Windsor and despite Allen Cranshaw’s sin bin, they scored a second through Chris Emmett and the following conversion by Gaylor. But with a penalty on the stroke of half time, Buckingham were able to get their noses in front at the break, the score Windsor 14, Buckingham 15.
There was to be no let-up in tempo in the second half as both sides looked intent on pushing for the win. Buckingham were able to strike first just before the hour with Sweeney pouncing on a loose ball to run in an opportunist try. Kilman made it 14-22.
But Windsor hit back following some brilliance from James Cullen who followed up his own kick to touch down a converted try. Jack Gaylor then added another three points with a penalty as Windsor looked to build some momentum. Pressurising deep in Buckingham’s half, Windsor put the game out of reach when Ben Grant-Adamson went over the line and under the posts to score Windsor’s fourth and bonus point winning try.
Windsor will be looking to continue their impressive run of form when they visit Royal Wootton Bassett this Saturday.
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