WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews has warned his side must keep on working hard in the New Year to remain top in the Southern Counties North, writes Rob Stevens.

Windsor have wracked up four consecutive wins, their most recent a 6-0 victory over Marlow on Saturday, to head into the Christmas break with a five point lead at the top of the table.

The Home Park-based club face a crucial month in January with three home matches before a trip to second-placed Buckingham, and Andrews knows his side cannot take their foot off the pedal.

He told the Observer: "I'm pretty happy but there's always room for improvement. We made a lot of errors in the last game so the big thing for us is to keep on improving.

"Five points is not a big margin and it can be chalked off in week one of the New Year, so we've got to keep on working hard.

"We will not take our foot off the pedal and need to push on again in the New Year, both in training and in matches.

"We will keep everyone active over Christmas but also give the players some downtime to relax with a challenging month coming up in January.

"January has historically always been a difficult time of the year to play rugby with the weather so we will see what our pitch does."

Andrews continued: "We showed resiliency to beat Marlow on Saturday so I'm confident going into the New Year.

"We understand what comes with us being on top in the league but it's the first time we've felt it as a team. You can go into a shell under the pressure or use it as motivation to push onto the next level.

"We have three home games on the spin in January and that's a good opportunity to more more focused pretty sharply."

Windsor return to action with a visit to Home Park from Berkshire rivals Reading on Saturday 5th January (2.15pm).