Windsor are ‘buzzing’ and ‘confident’ ahead of their clash against Maidenhead on Saturday, says Anthony Andrews.
The head coach – in his first season in charge at Home Park – has seen the Royals turn around some lacklustre early season form, and they come to Braywick with three wins and a draw in their last four league outings.
This unbeaten run gives them hope of gaining revenge for the 45-13 lesson dished out to them by Maids in September.
“We found some real form and confidence going into the Christmas break and we want to take that into the match against Maidenhead,” said Andrews.
“The guys have been working hard all season and it’s just starting to come together. We have had quite a lot of disruptions and injuries, but we seem to be over that and we’ve started to put together some pleasing results.”
He added: “It’s nice that it’s starting to go well, but I have had a lot of support from the club and the coaches.
“Six or seven weeks ago we brought in Liam Neveling to help with the forwards which has made a difference, and also I just can’t fault the players.”
Andrews picked out the stalemate at Banbury as his team’s best performance to date.
He said: “Strangely, the draw was our most pleasing result, coming back from 14-0 down at half-time and scoring two tries. We really dug in to get something.
“Afterwards it felt like a win. There was a great atmosphere around the team, a great buzz.”
Andrews is hoping that buzz will be maintained against the South West 1 East leaders on Saturday.
“Maidenhead are a strong side and being top will come into the game with confidence also,” he said.
“They mix it up well and have a good defence, it’ll be a test for us.
“They outplayed us at our place, but we learned a few things and will target certain areas this week in training.
“We want to make up for what happened at home and we want to go there and give a good account of ourselves.
“We believe we can come away with a result.”
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