NEAL KENNEDY believes the Windsor Dames will only have themselves to blame if they are not challenging for the South East West One title this season.

Windsor finished third behind champions Reading Abbey last year but have since lost a trio of players to higher-league clubs including former captain Sophie Barnett.

However, despite the lack of experience, The Dames have managed to win both of their opening fixtures this season to sit second in the league table behind London Welsh, who they visit this Sunday.

"We've had a good start and have to capitalise on it," Windsor head coach Kennedy told the Observer. "I had hoped to do better than we actually did last season.

"I'm expecting and hopeful to do very well this season and have told the player that. I expect us to be right up there and if not we've only got ourselves to blame."

On the departures of Barnett, Kate Hallett and Rachel Humphreys, the head coach said: "On one hand it's really good to have people step up two or three levels and play regularly. You can see a pathway for progression.

"On the other hand you don't want to lose the experience, but we have a group of young players that want to come through.

"We've got more people coming through and playing with those that have been here for a few seasons. It's just about trying to narrow the gap so we can train with confidence as a group.

"It's a bit of a challenge but hopefully it will become a good way of playing.

"We just hope that one day Windsor can play at that level and attract the more experienced players."

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