WINDSOR Chairman of Rugby Mike Crawshaw is taking the positives from the 60-15 defeat at Banbury on the opening day of the new season in South West One East on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Home Park-based club won promotion as champions of Southern Counties North under then head coach Anthony Andrews last season, but have undergone a change in structure over the summer with Jack Pattinson now leading the coaching team.

Windsor travelled to the DCS Stadium with a young and inexperienced side due to injuries and unavailability, and it was always going to be tough against a Banbury team that has been a leading side in the division for the past three seasons.

The visitors however looked good going forward with only mistakes in the second half costing them the chance to claim a bonus point from the match.

Crawshaw told the Observer: "We competed well in the first half but made a few mistakes in the second and conceded 19 points in seven minutes. You're not going to win a league match when you concede so many points in such a short period of time.

"The players kept on going and never gave up so we can't fault their effort, but the scoreline reflected what happened and Banbury were the better side on the day

"We had a very young side so it's good for their development. It was an inexperienced side but we looked very good going forward.

"Unfortunately in this league there are no hiding places. If you make a mistake you will get punished and that's the biggest difference between this league and the Southern Counties."

Windsor welcome Oxford Harlequins to Home Park in their first home league match of the season this Saturday (3pm). Crawshaw is aware of the importance of winning your home matches this season, and he hopes Windsor will be boosted by the return of some players from injury.

He said: "We just have to re-group as a squad. Some players will be coming back from injuries and available this weekend with more to follow because there are a number of long-term absentees.

"We just need to re-build and re-focus on the game this Saturday, which we will look forward to because it's our first home league game of the season.

"We're building on a long-term project. Rome was not built in a day and things will take time, and it will help when we've got the full squad to choose from.

"There are a number of players that are probably a six to eight weeks away, which is not great news, but we have got to manage with what we've got."

He added: "Oxford Harlequins are always a tough side to play against, but I would like to think with the positives of a home crowd and more players available we will see a much better performance.

"Winning your home games is important to maintaining your league status, but at the same time so is picking up points away and bonus points."