Tadley Bandits 14 v Windsor IV 19
The Bandits struggled to reach the heights of the previous week, only waking up late in the game and leaving themselves too much to do.
Again it was a big squad for the Bandits, Dean Jerome making his 1st appearance for a while at 9. We had the midfield Trio of Andy, Ady and Lea again who had played so well the previous week, it was good to see veteran full back Neil Carter back in action and the return of Nicey after a long injury lay off.
It was a slow start from the Bandits as the wily Windsor pack had the best of exchanges and it wasn’t long till the visitors were 7-0 up. Tadley came into the half and began to play better but Windsor looked the more dangerous side and scored a 2nd try shortly before half time to extend the lead at the break to 12-0
The 2nd half was much improved from Tadley, with much more urgency from the forwards creating good ball for the backs, replacement hooker Jalen having a great game stealing scrum ball and being stopped inches from the line from a good break. Windsor extend the lead when the 8 scored a great individual try with a powerful break but Tadley soon hit back when flanker Chris Plummer went over, converted by Andy.
The comeback was really on when from more good play Andy Webster scored and converted to make it 19-14, it was all Tadley now and they created chances, Matt Stewart was stopped inches from the line and from the last play replacement winger Chris got close but the lack of support saw the ball turned over and a narrow loss.
Bandit of the Match – Jalen & Matt