WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews admits that he felt gutted for his side after their 31-29 defeat against Marlborough in the Southern Counties promotion-play-off match on Saturday.

Windsor rallied to secure second position in Southern Counties North after nine consecutive league wins and to set-up the all-or-nothing clash with Marlborough, who finished as runners-up in the South division.

The home side led for much of the match at Home Park but were undone by a late converted try from Marlborough, leaving Andrews and his side devastated.

Andrews told the Observer: “I’ve had a couple of days to reflect on it but it was devastating at the time. I was gutted for the guys who’ve worked so hard only to lose it in the manner we did.

“We lost to a try scored in the last minute to level the match and then the conversion to win it. The nature of the defeat was harder to take than the defeat itself.

“The boys played well and it came down to the bounce of the ball that they didn’t win. On a different day, we could be talking about another win but sometimes small margins don’t go your way.

“It was nice to hear from the opposition after the game that we deserved to win it.

“Marlborough had a lot of Pacific Islanders in their squad and seven were in their starting line-up. A few in their backs were really strong players and caused us a lot of problems.

“A couple of their tries came against the run of play and we were on top in the first half. We were 21-5 ahead at one point and looked ready to kill them off.

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PHOTO: Windsor (black and yellow) score their first try at Home Park on Saturday.

“Marlborough scored a try against the run of play just before half-time to change the momentum of the game and give them so energy.

“We should have been buzzing at half-time but we let them back into the game. We lost a player to injury just before half-time so that interrupted our momentum as well.

“Marlborough looked dead and buried at one point but credit to them to get back into the match at 29-24 behind.

"We tried to see the game out but a few decisions went against us and Marlborough scored a good try to be fair.

"I'm just gutted for the players because it's brutal to lose it like this.

"We had a different kind of heartache last season so Windsor like a bit of final-day drama it seems."

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