04:45PM, Thursday 21 November 2019
Head coach Jack Pattinson insists Windsor’s performance against Trowbridge was “one of their best” and is confident the result will give his team momentum going further into the season.
A resolute defence was at the heart of Windsor’s success with the hosts able to keep Trowbridge at bay with powerful tackles and a robust backline.
Windsor dealt their damage in the first half and scored three tries (Tom Noakes, Sam George, George Blackburn) to put themselves firmly in the ascendancy entering the break.
However, a vigorous defensive display in the second was arguably the most valuable period for Windsor to preserve their hard-fought lead and claim an all-important second win of the season.
Windsor move up to 12th place of the South West 1 East with the victory.
“I think the first half was definitely the best we’ve played all season,” said Pattinson. “Particularly in defence, and tactically, some of the stuff we were doing in attack was great.
“I think the way we defended showed so much character and (it was) a really good performance. It would’ve been nice to get that extra try, it would’ve been perfect.
“But I thought it was a really exciting (performance) from us and it shows just how far we’re coming.”
George Blackburn marked his first start at Home Park for Windsor on Saturday afternoon - returning from an injury in pre-season - and capped off a fine performance against Trowbridge with a try.
The centre had a hand in the Royals victory by extending their lead just after the half hour mark with an impressive solo run to the touch-line, evading several tackles along the way.
After the match, Blackburn said what the result meant for both him and the team.
He said: “It was nice to have a start here at Home Park. It’s been a bit of a wait for me but to get out there with the boys was really nice, and obviously get an important win for us. We’ve been putting in some good performances recently so to get the win is very sweet.
“We gave away a few too many penalties in the second half but I think the defence held up really well. It’s (the win) just something we needed and is a confidence boost to move up the table.”
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