WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews has praised his side for their maturity to come from behind and beat High Wycombe 35-19 at Home Park on Saturday.

The win was an eighth straight victory for Windsor in Southern Counties North and keeps them in second position in the table with one match still to play this season.

Andrews told the Observer: “We showed a real good maturity. We were under pressure but we kept calm and run out deserved winners, so full credit to the guys to stick to our processes.

“Everyone probably under estimated High Wycombe. They impressed me and have improved a lot since the first time we played them.

“Things didn’t go our way and we went behind in the match early on. We were on the wrong end of a few decisions from the referee and had a player in the sinbin.

“High Wycombe were on top for the first 20-25 minutes but throughout that period I never felt we would lose the game, which was pleasing.

“We managed to get a couple of tries and pull away towards the end to secure the bonus point and win, but hats off to High Wycombe.

“We took our chances when they came and, apart from the first 20 minute period, we managed to keep them out. We were on top and managed to score some nice tries.

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PHOTO: Windsor (black and yellow) beat High Wycombe 35-19 at Home Park in Southern Counties North on Saturday.

“It was really pleasing in the end to get the five points and keep us in the mix for second place.”

The win means Windsor can secure their position in the promotion play-off match with a win against Berkshire-rivals Reading Abbey at Home Park this Saturday (3pm).

Andrews said : “The guys have been outstanding this season. We made a slow start to the league but from October onwards I can’t fault the effort from our players and performances have been improving.

“The players have put in a lot of work and now gelling as a team with the leaders shinning through. Our leaders are growing and that’s making my job easy at the moment.

"We were outstanding against a really difficult Wallingford side. Everyone is stepping up so it's a really enjoyable time."

He continued: "We've been on a couple of really good runs since Reading beat us on the opening day. The conditions were just horrendous that day and we had a lot of new players.

"Hopefully the surface this Saturday will be more susceptible to running rugby, which will suit us.

"Reading have had an up and down season but will use this game as an opportunity to kick-start preparations for next season.

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PHOTO: Windsor (black and yellow) beat High Wycombe 35-19 at Home Park in Southern Counties North on Saturday.

"On paper, they've nothing to play for but I'm sure their coaches will drive motivation into them, so I expect a really tough game again.

"As long as we keep on going and prepare right I'm confident we can come out on top and get a good result."

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