WINDSOR have won the Southern Counties Intermediate Cup this season after a 17-8 victory away at Beaconsfield on Saturday.

Beaconsfield had twice beaten their visitors in the league prior to the cup final but Windsor head coach Anthony Andrews was confident his side could get redemption.

Tries from Matt Balmer and Oli Cross plus two conversions and a penalty from Jack Gaylor secured the win for Windsor.

A delighted Andrews told the Observer: “We thoroughly deserved the win. We’ve talked a lot about our defence in recent weeks but it was very good again on Saturday.

“The one try that Beaconsfield did score came from a lucky bounce to one of their players who went on to run through.

“To stop the team that are top of our league from creating chances, on a dry day and in perfect conditions for them, is very pleasing. We managed to nullify their attack.

“We could have scored more tries ourselves but a couple of decisions didn’t go our way. There was one forward pass and we got held up over the line.

“The scoreline could have been more in our favour but the boys were buzzing afterwards as you would expect.

“We had more of the chances and stopped Beaconsfield from playing rugby, which frustrated them and was pleasing for me to watch.

“There were a few nerves and errors from both sides early on, but we deserved to win and Beaconsfield would not argue with that.”

The reward for Windsor is a home draw in the last-16 of the national competition and a visit to Home Park from Coney Hill on Saturday, March 17.

Andrews continued: “I’m pleased because it’s the first time I’ve won something with the club, but it is still only the next step.

“It’s only still really the last-16 of a national competition so we’re not getting too ahead of ourselves.

“We don’t know too much about Coney Hill but we will do our research over the next few weeks.

“They’re top of their league so will be a strong team as most sides from Gloucestershire usually are.

“The advantage is we will be playing at home, so will have that bit of familiarity, and they will have to travel a few hours down to us on the bus.

“We will prepare as best we can but our focus is back on the league for the next few weeks”

Windsor return to action in Southern Counties North with a visit to Home Park from bottom of the table Drifters this Saturday, but Andrews insists he side cannot take the visitors lightly.

He said: “To be fair, when we played Drifters at their place they upped their game and put us under pressure.

“We will not read too much into their last couple of results and certainly not take them lightly.

“There’s a lot to work on to improve and keep our promotion hopes in tact. There are still areas that we could be better in, and we will work hard on these.

“I would be lying if I said I would be disappointed not to win, but our focus is to keep on getting better every week.

“There are areas for us to improve in, like our shape in attack, and hopefully we will get plenty of opportunities to attack on Saturday.”

Windsor Dames were beaten in the South East West One after a 17-12 loss at Berkshire rivals Reading on Sunday.

The Dames have dropped one position to fourth in the league table and travel to Crowthorne on Sunday, March 11.

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