WINDSOR head coach Anthony Andrews believes the club showed their resiliency to win the Southern Counties North title this season, writes Rob Stevens.

Their pre-season preparations were disrupted when Home Park was closed because the hot summer left pitches too dry for use, which also meant some fixtures early in the season had to be reversed.

Windsor suffered defeat at Aylesbury in their first game, but confidence and performances began to grow thanks to the backing of the coaching staff and supporters.

Windsor were beaten 28-25 at Marlow in their penultimate match but secured the two points needed to win the title and promotion with a game to spare this season.

Andrews also explained the club changed their management of rugby and actually benefitted for losing the promotion play-off match last season.

He told the Observer: "I was pleased to get the points for promotion but it was a funny feeling to celebrate after a loss.

"It was a close game against a good Marlow side and I was disappointed to get beat but the two points was enough.

"The boys are all chuffed to bits and it's great for the club. It's well deserved because a lot of people have been working hard.

"People have shown their support in the players and they've used that to put in good performances.

"We lost our first game and had a bit of a slow start with all that was going on, but it's funny how things work out sometimes.

"How we came through these things and dealt with the problems shows resiliency as a club and helped to take the pressure of trying to win promotion.

"The first couple of weeks were stop-start but a massive win came in the last game before Christmas where we dug in to beat Marlow 6-0 at home in horrendous conditions.

"January is usually a key time in the season and decide what happens for the rest of the campaign. We got maximum points against the teams around us and that five-game block was where we sealed it really.

"We had a few hiccups along the way. We lost twice against High Wycombe and were disappointed because it's not great to experience a loss in any game, but we were able to learn a few things.

"We made a few errors and learnt to keep on improving. You can lose a couple of games but those will benefit in the long run."

Andrews continued: "Everyone was devastated this time last year when we lost in the play-off game but that has been to the benefit of the club.

"We changed our management of rugby this year to build our foundations and might have struggled to cope with the level above with all that were going on.

"Everything happens for a reason but it certainly benefitted us."