WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews is pleased that his side were able to grind out a 6-0 win against Marlow on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The conditions at Home Park were terrible for rugby but the home side dug in and two penalty kicks secured a fourth win on the bounce.

The latest win means Windsor head into the Christmas break at the top of the table in Southern Counties North with a five-point lead over the chasing pack.

Andrews told the Observer: "It was a really tough day at the office. The weather wasn't great with a lot of wind and rain, plus Marlow put us under a lot of pressure.

"We had to really dig in and grind out the win so I was really pleased to get the result. We dug in under pressure and didn't concede a point again so I'm very pleased.

"We kicked two goals and that was enough. I would've been happy if we won 3-0 so long as we won in those conditions.

"We defended for our lives in the last play of the game as Marlow threw everyone into a maul, but we somehow managed to come away with the ball and kick it into touch."

He added: "The support was amazing on Saturday. There was a lot of noise from the sideline and that gave the boys so much energy in horrible conditions.

"I hope the support we will get in the New Year will give the boys a boost and keep us top in the table."

Windsor return to action on Saturday 5th January (2.15pm) when Berkshire rivals Reading visit Home Park in the first of three consecutive home matches.

Andrews commented: "The first game in the New Year is always going to be difficult no matter who you play, so we've got to focus on being ready.

"We've got to be raring to go and keep on improving if we want to remain at the top come the end of the season."

He added: "Reading put us under a lot of pressure especially up front earlier on this season.

"The conditions this time of year might suit them better, so we might have to keeps things tight and take them on a little bit more up front. That is a little area for us to improve on for that game."