WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews explained his side went back to basics in order to come from behind and beat Reading Abbey 34-10 on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Windsor produced their seasons best performance to beat in-form Bicester one week earlier and Andrews admits his side tried a little bit too hard to replicate that effort in the first-half against Abbey.

However, a return to basic rugby saw them run out comfortable winners in the end and complete a hat-trick of victories at Home Park in the New Year.

Andrews told the Observer: "Reading Abbey started well to put us under pressure and we were 12-10 behind at half-time. They turned up and did a good job to disrupt our game in the first-half.

"It was different to the previous week. We were trying to force it a little bit and made some errors.

"We went back to basics in the second-half and it ended up being a fairly comprehensive win in the end.

"It was difficult to match the way we played in the previous week because that was our best performance for a long time.

"We let ourselves down in the first-half a little bit but we will get that in all our games for the rest of the season.

"We scored some good tires and didn't concede in the second-half, and we played some good rugby.

"We weren't quite at the mark at times but, if we can for the majority of games, then we will be confident of beating anyone in this league.

"To keep to those levels each week can be difficult but, so long as we're reaching for that, it will be good for the rest of the season.

"If we can keep on striving for high performances then we will be pretty confident that we can keep on picking up results."

Andrews added: "It was a real bonus to be at home for those three games and we got lucky that the weather was kind to us. There were some pretty good surfaces that allowed us to play the rugby that we wanted to play.

"We looked at the three games and thought if we could get three wins it would be great but, to come out with maximum points, is really pleasing and we can't be too disappointed."

The win means Windsor have extended their lead at the top in Southern Counties North to 10 points ahead of a crucial trip to second-placed Buckingham this Saturday (2.15pm).

Andrews acknowledged that a win would put Windsor in a strong position to win the league title and promotion, but he also explained there is still a lot of rugby to play this season.

He said: "Buckingham are a strong side and we lost up their last season so we will certainly be up against a tough team. They have a good side and it will be a good test.

"We beat them quite comfortably earlier in the season so they will be looking for a little bit of revenge and have had a good run of results since then.

"We trained in the snow in midweek because we want to keep on working hard and improving, and that's a testament to the team, but there's still a long way to go. We've got to keep our feet on the ground and keep on working hard.

"We will go with a full strength squad and quite confident. We have proved this season that we've got a little bit of resiliency and hopefully we can get a result.

"We might have to adapt our game a little bit because of the pitch but different factors come into play each week, like the weather and team selection."

Andrews said: "It we win it would certainly put us in a strong position but it's not ours to lose. Marlow have a game in hand and, if any team behind us can get a little run together, they'll not be too far behind us.

"If we win it will open up a little bit of a gap but there's still a lot of points to play for, and for us to lose, and we're aware of that.

"We will focus on keep on improving and picking up points and, if we can do that, then hopefully we will be in a strong position come the end of the season."