WINDSOR moved closer to securing their place in the South West One East for next season after a 36-31 win at Trowbridge on Saturday.

Windsor made the trip into Wiltshire having managed just one win from their previous five matches meaning the clash with Trowbridge was a must-win game for both teams.

The two sides shared 11 tries in a thrilling encounter but Windsor secured a vital win at the death to move 10 points clear of the relegation zone with four matches still to play this season.

Windsor Head Coach Jack Pattinson named a side that he believed would deprive Trowbridge of possession and give his team the best chance of winning.

The visitors played with the wind in their favour in the first half, but Trowbridge opened the scoring with a breakaway move that resulted in the pacey winger scoring in the corner. The conversion was missed.

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Windsor were soon back in the game when James Cullen collected a poor kick from deep inside the Trowbridge 22 metre line to score a fine individual try. The conversion was missed by Ben Grant-Adamson.

The visitors edged ahead moments later as the pack won a scrum against the head which resulted in Cullen doubling his own tally for the match. Grant-Adamson missed the difficult conversion effort.

A handling error from Windsor resulted in an interception and the home side scoring another breakaway try – this time the extra points were added.

Trowbridge increased the advantage further with their third try on the stroke of the half-time whistle. The score went unconverted, but the hosts held a 17-10 lead at the break.

Windsor knew it was going to be an important 40 minutes ahead in their season, but they now had the wind against them in the second half.

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PHOTO: Windsor Head Coach Jack Pattinson

It did not prevent them from scoring in the early stages as man-of-the-match Cullen completed his hat-trick. Grant-Adamson successfully kicked the conversion to level the scores.

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Trowbridge came back at Windsor and minutes later a crossfield kick from the fly half was caught by a supporting player which resulted in their fourth and bonus point-winning try. The hosts were successful with the conversion effort.

Windsor continued to fight in the knowledge that they needed a positive result from the game and their dominant pack secured a pushover try that was touched down by Chris Emmett. It secured a valuable bonus point and Grant-Adamson booted the conversion to level the scores at 24-24.

The visitors went in search of victory but were frustrated as the referee adjudged the ball to have been help up over the Trowbridge line.

It was against the run of play when the home side took the lead following a scrum on the Windsor 10m line. The Windsor defence was exposed by a kick from the scrum half and the chase resulted in a fifth try conceded. The extra points were added from the conversion with 10 minutes still to play.

Windsor however responded positively with Adam Bailes scoring their fifth try from an attacking move with Grant-Adamson booting the extras to level the scores at 31-31.

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The visitors went on the attack again in the dying moments and, following a short period of pressure, full-back Michael Chambers went over for the sixth and match-winning score.

Grant-Adamson missed the target with his conversion effort, but the final whistle blew shortly after when fly half George Blackburn kicked the ball into touch.

Windsor will be mathematically safe from relegation if they can beat Old Centralians at Home Park on Saturday March 21 and should Trowbridge fail to pick up a point in their match at second-bottom Wimborne.

Windsor finish the season with a trip to Wimborne on March 28 before home matches against Old Patesians and Banbury – currently first and third in the table.