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11:59 Thursday 20 March 2014  Written by Graeme Copas

There's no place like home for Windsor RFC ahead of crucial Towcestrians clash

Windsor RFCWindsor head into their must-win clash with Towcestrians on Saturday buoyed by last weekend’s performance in the 37-19 win over Grove and their unbeaten home form which extends back to the middle of last season.

The race to snatch the play-off place behind champions-elect Oxford Harlequins has come down to a straight shoot-out between Windsor and Northampton-based Towcestrians.

Windsor must win to keep their hopes alive, while any other result will make the visitors odds-on favourites to finish second in South West 1 East.

The Royals’ head coach Paul Britton says the head-to-head at Home Park is a ‘big occasion for both clubs’.

“It was important to beat Grove to keep this train on the tracks,” he said. “We wanted to make sure the match with Towcestrians was a live game.

“They are in a good vein of form, but Windsor at home are difficult to beat.

“We are unbeaten at Home Park this season and since the second half of last season, so we want to keep that great run going.

“It’s a big occasion for both teams.

“But these are the games that the players, coaches and officials want and why as a club we wanted to be in this division.”

Windsor will be aiming to complete the double over Towcestrians after a narrow success earlier in the campaign, but Britton says that result has long since gone and is an irrelevence now.

He said: “We won 17-7 at their place, but I won’t be taking that result into consideration.

“I see that they have some new faces since we last met and that match was a real stop-start affair. I’m sure in this game both teams will try to keep the ball alive.”

The head coach expects it to be a good match and one that his players will not require any motivation for.

“This type of match is easy for the coaches to approach,” he said.

“The players don’t  need pumping up for it, it’s been in the back of their minds for a long time.

“If anything we will just concentrate on our home form and not overcook the situation .

“We’ll try to make it ‘business as usual’ where possible.”

He added: “I will be picking a similar 18 to last week, which is important as continuity is crucial at this stage of the season.”

Influential centre Pat Birch is expected to return for the clash after missing the 37-19 win over Grove, a performance which delighted Britton.

Windsor currently sit in third place, eight points behind Towcestrians but with a game in hand.

A victory over Saturday’s visitors and then a bonus point success in their spare game would give them a slender one-point advantage.

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