WINDSOR Dames have recorded a fifth straight win in the women’s South East West One this season after a 25-20 victory at Reading.

Windsor secured the win with a try in the very last play of the match and, though captain Sophie Barnett admits it was a tough game, the Dames were deserved victors.

She told the Observer: “Reading were in our faces right from the kick-off. They put the pressure on and you could tell they really wanted to win.

“They scored a few tries against us but after 15-20 minutes our confidence picked up. We played better when we stuck to the gameplan and we scored a couple of tries, so it went pretty well.

“In the second-half we dominated. The score was stuck at 20-20 for a while but in the last play we managed a final try.”

Barnett added: “It was a tough game because both teams played really well with hard tackles and runs, but we just about managed to get the win.

“At the beginning, you could have said a draw was fair, but by the end we were definitely on top and the better side.

“You could tell that Reading were beginning to tire in the second-half.”

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PHOTO: Windsor Dames (black and yellow) beat Reading 25-20 for a fifth straight win in the women's South East West One.

Rachel Humphries stared in the win with a hat-trick of tries while Damsels coach Kate Hallett also touched down. Cherelle Jameson booted a conversion to add to her penalty.

The win consolidates third position in the league table for Windsor ahead of the Christmas break with their return to action scheduled for Sunday January 8 when leaders Reading Abbey visit Home Park.

“It’s amazing to finish the year on a big high and go into 2017 with third place more secure,” said Barnett.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do because our first game is against Reading Abbey who haven’t lost and are the best side in the league.

“There will be a lot of work to do after Christmas in terms of team play and personal fitness, but then everyone will be ready for the New Year.”