WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews hailed the 26-14 win at Buckingham on Saturday as a great day in the race for the Southern Counties North title, writes Rob Stevens.

Buckingham are the nearest rivals to Windsor in the race for the title but the league leaders completely blitzed their hosts in the first-half at Maids Moreton.

Andrews told the Observer: "It was a good performance and great to get the five points, and not to let Buckingham get a bonus point made it a great day.

"The Bicester performance was up there with our best and we talked about playing with the same intensity and pace against Buckingham.

"We do try and maintain our consistency from game to game but sometimes it's difficult to keep up that intensity for 80 minutes

"We started really well and were exceptional in the first-half. We were 26-0 ahead at the break and Buckingham couldn't live with us.

"They made some changes and came back into it in the second-half by putting us under a little pit of pressure.

We made a few errors that led to them getting a try, which then gave them the momentum to get another, but we didn't look in danger of losing the game and still held on for the win.

"We managed to execute our gameplan which was great to see but I'm more pleased not to let Buckingham get a bonus point."

The bonus point win means Windsor have secured a maximum of 20 points in January and have extended their lead to 15 points at the top of the table.

Andrews commented: "January is normally a crucial month in deciding who wins the league and we've shown our ambition and how serious we are about winning it.

"It's really positive and a testament to the guys hard work, but we're aware of the threat of Marlow. They've had a good run of results this month and we are still to play them (Saturday 6th April).

"We're certainly not thinking the job is done so we will try to keep on doing what we are but picking up bonus points as well is even better."

Windsor turn their attention to the National Cup and a trip to Southern Counties South West league leaders Sherborne this Saturday.

Sherborne have a perfect winning record in the league this season, but Andrews explained Windsor will take a full strength squad and be confident of victory.

He said: "Sherborne will be a different challenge for us and a good test against someone different. It's a welcome distraction from the league and another opportunity to keep on building as a team.

"Sherborne were similar to us last season, a young side that likes to play positive rugby. We will not take a weakened squad because we will try to take it just as serious as any other game.

"We played them at home last season but they've had an exceptional run of results. They've clearly added in a few areas to go unbeaten at this stage of the season.

"We will see if we can be competitive against one of the best sides at this level

"We will look forward to the challenge and do our homework to see if there's anything we can find out on them. We will prepare well and give a good account of ourselves.

"We know that if we play at pace and start well we're a match for anyone at this level or even the one above. We're in a confident place right now."