Winslow held to tense draw in relegation scrap

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Winslow RUFC remain in relegation trouble at the bottom of the BBO Championship after struggling to a tense 8-8 draw with bottom side Kingsclere.

In a match dominated by the forwards, both sides had to contend with high winds and pouring rain which made for a scrappy encounter.

Kingsclere adapted to the conditions better in the opening stages, attacking Winslow’s defensive line with the wind behind them, but the home side’s defence stood firm in the face of wave after wave of attack.

Although the visitors did eventually breach the defence with a penalty, Winslow came back firing on all cylinders from the restart and drove Kingsclere back deep inside their own half. The initial attack was repelled by the visitors, but full-back Marc Betts powered forward once more to instigate another spell of Winslow pressure, which was finally rewarded when Rhys Jones touched down for a try.

The wayward conversion meant Winslow took a 5-3 lead into half-time.

After returning from the break, Kingsclere did all they could to hinder the advantage that Winslow had with the wind behind them, but the hosts continued to dominate as several times they came close to scoring, with Adam Clarke slotting over a penalty to increase their lead.

However, Winslow’s failure to make more of their attacking dominance was punished by the visitors, who battled back to score a late unconverted try that brought the scores level.

Again Winslow surged forward, frantically searching for what would be a crucial winning score, but two penalty kicks were missed to leave the final score at 8-8.

Winslow visit Didcot this weekend. If you’re interested in joining a rugby team, Winslow train from 7pm onwards at the Winslow Centre on Tuesdays and welcome new players.