NEAL KENNEDY admits that he could not have asked for more from Windsor Dames in a 31-12 defeat to Hammersmith & Fulham on Sunday.

Windsor trailed 14-12 at the half-time interval in the Intermediate Cup tie despite two tries from Molly Horler and a conversion from Cherelle Jameson.

Their higher-league opponents proved too strong in the end, but Kennedy insists The Dames can take plenty of confidence from their performance at Home Park.

Speaking to the Observer, the Windsor head coach explained: “I said to a couple of the girls after the game that I was not expecting to win because Hammersmith & Fulham are top of the league above.

“When we started to play I was impressed with how we put pressure on. We made a bright start and were the more attacking team. We had three more chances to score tries than those we actually did.

“We were only 14-12 behind at half time but they scored quite quickly in the second half which gave them a bit of confidence.

“But, I thought we played a really good game and I can’t ask for much more.”

Kennedy continued: “Hopefully it will give the girls confidence for the league games and going forward for the rest of the season.

“We’re out of the Intermediate Cup but are now in the Plate and we have a bye in the next round.

“I’m disappointed to go out of the cup but the plate is for teams in our league and the level above, so hopefully we can still compete against top sides and put in good performances that will give the girls confidence. That’s what they should aim to aspire to.

“A cup run can’t be anything but good. It would be good to have a run in the plate, it will do our confidence some good, but the main aim is to do well in the league and push to stay near the top.”

Windsor return to action in South East West One with a visit to Home Park from Portsmouth Valkyries on Sunday (2.30pm), and Kennedy believes it is a fixture his side can win.

He said: “We just have to work on what we’ve done in the last two weeks.

"London Welsh were a very experienced team, their average age was around 37, so obviously they were much older than our side. There were a little bit more experienced, took their chances and soaked up our pressure.

"Portsmouth are likely to be a side that we're able to beat so hopefully we can come away with a win, especially at home.

"They will be used to having a lot of the ball, going forward and scoring tries.

"We know that if we can defend we're a team that can score tries, so we've just got to make things that little bit easier for ourselves."

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