WINDSOR secured a famous 21-20 win at Royal Wootton Bassett after a dramatic second half comeback in Wiltshire on Saturday.

Windsor made the trip to second-placed Wootton Bassett looking to build on their performance against Buckingham the previous weekend.

The visitors knew it would be a difficult match against one of the best sides in the league but went with the objective of securing valuable bonus points as a minimum.

It was made more difficult due to a strong wind blowing across the pitch and a good crowd supporting the home side following their Vice President’s lunch.

Wotton Bassett opened the scoring early on with a penalty kick and increased the advantage with two tries – one converted – without reply for a 15-0 lead at the half-time whistle.

Windsor Head Coach Jack Pattinson gave a stern talk in the changing room during the break and the visitors started the second half in a more positive manner looking to reduce the arrears.

The away side suffered a blow when Matt Balmer was forced off with a leg injury which means Toby Davies moved to centre and Aaron McGroarty came off the bench to play in the back row in his first league match off the season.

Windsor however continued to put pressure on Wootton Bassett and, following a long passage of play on the home line, Alex Williams crashed over the line. The score was converted by Ben Grant-Adamson to half the deficit.

The visitors were unable to breach the Wootton Bassett line further and, with 10 minutes remaining, their task became harder when the hosts scored a try.

To the amazement of all the home side opted against taking the conversion attempt from the touchline so that they could look to score a fourth and bonus point-winning try.

Wotton Bassett tried to run the ball from their own 22m line but it proved to be their downfall with second row Sam Woodhall scored a second try for Windsor following an interception. Grant-Adamson booted the conversion to reduce the deficit to 20-14 which would have secured them a valuable bonus point.

It was clear that Windsor wanted more from the restart and after a period of pressure on the Wootton Bassett line Allen Crawshaw managed to stretch over the line to score the winning try. With the last kick of the game, Grant-Adamson kicked the conversion to silence the home crowd and secure a famous victory for the Home Park-based side.

Pattinson and his coaching team were delighted with the performance, especially in the second half where Windsor were the dominant side. A victory was looking increasingly unlikely with eight minutes to play with a losing bonus point being the only objective.

The comeback and determination of the players was outstanding and in the end the win was richly deserved.

Windsor have now won in five of their last seven league matches and stand in 10th position in the South West One East table – seven points ahead of the relegation places and two behind rivals Beaconsfield who make the short trip to Home Park on Saturday (2pm).