12:30PM, Friday 02 March 2018
Slough ticked off another on their 'to do' list this season after beating Dorchester 16-14 to lift the Southern Counties Senior Vase at Tamblyn Fields on Saturday.
In a successful season which has already seen them win promotion from the BBO Premier Division, the Greenies added cup joy to their achievements and now are two wins away from a Twickenham final.
Head coach Alan Walters was delighted with the victory.
“Dorchester are a good side.
“They used to play three levels higher but have been going through a turbulent time,” he said.
“However, they are regrouping and are a big side, a big pack, but we knew what to expect.
“We came up with a game plan which we stuck to.
“It was tight, but our discipline, especially in the second half was excellent.
“We slotted the penalties when we needed to and we are delighted to have won.”
An early Max Miles penalty put the hosts ahead, but Dorchester replied in kind and then added a converted penalty to lead 14-3.
A try from A Bryant, converted by Miles, left the Greenies trailing 14-10 at the break.
There continued to be little between the teams after the restart, but three Miles penalties ensured a narrow win.
Slough are now through to the South West Cup final away to Saltash, near Plymouth on Saturday, March 17.
Victory there will put them in the national semi-final before a potential showcase final at Twickenham.
But before that, Walters is focusing on playing second-placed Littlemore tomorrow (Saturday).
“If we beat Littlemore, we win title. It’s big game,” he said.
“We will prepare as best we can for it, but looking at the weather I doubt it will go ahead.”
Windsor gained a morale-boosting 18-7 victory over league rivals Beaconsfield in the final of the Southern Counties Intermediate Trophy on Saturday and are now two victories away from a Twickenham final.
In a game of running rugby between two of the top three teams in the Southern Counties North, a motivated Windsor side came away worthy winners and to proceed into the South West final.
Windsor now resume their quest to finish in the top two in the league when they play host to bottom side Drifters at Home Park tomorrow (Saturday).
The last time the teams met Windsor won 46-0, since when both have had very different campaigns.
Windsor are in form and currently third in the standings while Farnham Common-based Drifters are coming off the back of a 92-0 thumping by Buckingham and seem destined to finish the season in last place.
Leaders Beaconsfield are hosting Wallingford while second-placed Buckingham entertain Gosford All Blacks.
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