WINDSOR Head Coach Jack Pattinson believes consistency within the team and a return to basics has been the catalyst to their improved form this season, writes Rob Stevens.

The Home Park-based club suffered defeat in all five of their opening matches in the South West One East as their potential to adapt to the higher league was hindered by player unavailability.

Windsor have since won in five of their last eight matches to climb out of the relegation spots although in the eyes of Pattinson the defeat to rivals Beaconsfield on Saturday proves there is still a long way to go.

He told the Observer: “We haven’t done anything tactically genius or stuff that no-one has seen. I keep on talking about the word basics and we’ve just gone to that.

“The boys have been really consistent with their availability which at this level is important. You can’t have boys going away for weeks on end, so we’ve had consistency in the team that we’re able to select.

“Tactically we have adapted to some of the tweaks we’ve made and the boys have responded really well to it, and we have just been getting really stuck into each other at training - there has been a good intensity.

“I was probably a bit guilty of letting it slip in midweek and getting a little confident off the back of the win at Royal Wootton Bassett, but the defeat last weekend will re-focus the mind now.

“The one thing I want to try and do is create a competitive environment, so boys are looking other their shoulder and others in the second and third teams have the opportunity to come up.

“Even the captain has told me he still gets nervous when the team is announced because he’s not sure he’s going to be in it. That’s a positive sign and shows the health of the club, so we’re getting there. “

Pattinson continued: “We had a tough start to the season and we’re slowly turning it around but the defeat on Saturday proves that there’s still a lot of work to go.

“It sounds really cliché but we will take things one game at a time because we can’t get carried away. There are nine games left now and some tough ones in there as well as some opportunities where we can start to climb the table.

“Last weekend was that opportunity and fair play to Beaconsfield because they would’ve been feeling a bit of pressure, but we’ve got to try and put the pressure back on them now in the coming games.

“We will take things one game at a time and not look up or down the table, just keep on going.”