WINDSOR have suffered a first defeat in nine matches in Southern Counties North after an 11-3 loss away at Beaconsfield on Saturday.

The defeat, a first since October 21, leaves Windsor in third position in the league table but they are now 12 points behind Buckingham in second.

Windsor head coach Anthony Andrews told the Observer: “It’s a bit of a funny feeling because we’ve not lost for a while. We had our chances and the result was very close, which is a fair reflection on the game.

“We had a lot of players missing so were not at full strength, but to push Beaconsfield all the way was positive. We had a number of injuries and a few away with work or university.

“We were far from full strength but the guys that came in did a good job and we were unlucky not to get a result. We were very unlucky not to get at least a bonus point, or the win.

“The conditions were not great and there was not much rugby from either side. Chances were few and far between for both sides, but our forwards did well and some of the players that came in impressed me.

“Beaconsfield scored one try and came close with another chance, and we had won held up on the line.

“It was a frustrating game to watch because there were errors from both sides and a lot of scrums. It was not the best advert for rugby but that was because of the conditions.”

Windsor welcome promotion rivals Buckingham to Home Park this Saturday (2.30pm).

Andrews said: “We can’t dwell on the Beaconsfield defeat too much. We will go into the game with confidence, and go back to training hard this week.

“Buckingham are a good team with a good set piece, and I remember their lineout was particularly strong. They are a good all round team and they're obviously up there for a reason.

"We need to win on Saturday now. The players understand that we need to get a result to stay in the mix for promotion."

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