WINDSOR Chairman of Rugby Mike Crawshaw is confident that a win at Trowbridge this Saturday will see them safe from relegation in the South West One East this season, writes Rob Stevens.

The Home Park-based club are currently one position and seven points above the relegation zone but with a much better points difference compared with Trowbridge who stand third from bottom.

Windsor have suffered defeat in four of their last five matches including a 19-9 loss at home against Marlborough on Saturday and Crawshaw is frustrated the team has been unable to secure valuable losing bonus points in recent weeks.

He is confident however that attitude and performances are still good, and he is still looking up the table rather than over his shoulder at a possible battle with relegation.

Crawshaw told the Observer: “I think all the remaining games are important because we’ve got to amass points. This weekend is a big game but again we are seven points clear with a better points difference.

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“The key is to win this Saturday and then target to try and get above Old Patesians – who have still got to come to us - and Beaconsfield.

“We have got games where actually we can accrue some points to ensure that we finish strongly for the rest of the season.

“If we get a good win on Saturday then reality-wise that will probably be us safe but obviously we want more than that.”

Windsor were beaten by a Marlborough side that contained several international players on Saturday and narrowly missed out on a losing bonus point in the last play of the game.

Crawshaw commented: “It was a very good performance against a very strong Marlborough side which featured a Tongan international prop forward who came on in the second half.

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“You couldn’t fault the boy’s effort and spirit in what were very trying conditions and a very heavy pitch.

“It was just a shame in the last play of the game we were denied what would’ve been a valuable bonus point.

“It was the same as the previous week against Sherbourne. They scored a try in the last couple of minutes in the game to deny us a bonus point.

“You couldn’t fault the performance, or the attitude and it was just one of those things that we lost that valuable bonus point.

“Marlborough are a very good side and had some quality players including a good, young fly half. They had some quality players in the forwards and the backs mainly South Sea Islanders and Fijians, so they deserved the result.

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“We wanted to play and thought the conditions would give us the best opportunity. I know that Jack Pattinson (Head Coach) was very proud of the players and I think we all can be.

“Marlborough are a very good side and we knew that. They have some players that if they were a little bit fitter could be playing at a lot higher standard.

“If we go with the same attitude this weekend against Trowbridge then we will be fun.

“The sad thing from the last two games is we haven’t got a losing bonus point when really we’ve deserved it.”