WINDSOR suffered a fourth defeat in five matches in the South West One East after a 19-9 loss to Marlborough at Home Park on Saturday.

The only highlight for the Berkshire club since mid-January has been a victory over Chippenham and this most recent defeat sees them stand one place and seven points above the relegation zone.

Due to hard work from several volunteers who cleared the pitch of service water using brooms, towels, sponges and a garden fork, Home Park was deemed playable despite the wet weather.

Windsor knew the match would be a tough challenge as Marlborough travelled with a strong side including former Tongan international and Cardiff Blues star Taufa’ao Felise plus several talented and experienced South Sea Islanders.

The hosts started positively with their forwards dominating the early exchanges and it was no surprise when they took the lead as Jack Gaylor slotted a penalty kick over the posts inside the first four minutes.

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Windsor were unlucky not to increase the advantage when winger Chris Reynolds went over the line only to be pulled back for an earlier knock on.

The Marlborough fly-half levelled the scores when slotting a difficult penalty into the wind in the 24th minute. The visitors went on to get their noses in front with an unconverted try in the corner at the end of the first half.

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Despite Windsor having conditions against them in the second half they got themselves in front as Gaylor slotted two successive penalties.

The home side continued to be on the front foot with their forwards increasing the pressure on Marlborough who were unable to play their natural running game.

The all changed however when the visitors introduced their former Tongan international Felise who brought much-needed strength to their pack.

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Marlborough also started to use the conditions to their favour with several of their experienced South Sea Islanders starting to have a greater impact on the game alongside the young fly half.

The away side regained the advantage with an unconverted try in the corner and increased the lead with a penalty shortly afterwards.

Windsor now had a battle on their hands to try and get something positive from the game and unfortunately they conceded a penalty which was slotted by the Marlborough fly half with the last play of the game.

The final whistle went shortly after to deny the hosts a valuable bonus point which they had richly deserved.

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Windsor Head Coach Jack Pattinson was proud of the spirited performance against a strong Marlborough side that had a little more quality in their ranks rather than being downhearted.

Windsor now turn their attention to a much-anticipated trip to Trowbridge – who are one place in the table below their guests - this Saturday (2pm). Windsor will be looking to complete the league double after a 21-5 win in the reverse fixture back in November.