Warren returns to help Swindon to victory over Windsor
5:30am Wednesday 12th March 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
Nick Warren was happy to get back to playing with a win against Windsor last Saturday.
The second row has been out for while with a back injury but slotted straight into the Swindon pack as they saw off third-placed Windsor at Greenbridge Road.
The 24-7 scoreline got Swindon back to winning ways after back-to-back losses against Oxford Harlequins and Towcestrians. Sean Lynn’s side climbed two places up the table and are hoping to put together morale-boosting run as the season draws to a close.
Warren was delighted to come back with a win and thought that he and rest of the pack stood up well against Windsor’s big forwards.
“The forwards clicked and got off to a strong start, we felt like a unit,” said Warren.
“It was one of those rare occasions when we’re all on the same level.
“It was a really good afternoon, they’ve got quite a good pack and it was nice to move them around a bit.”
Warren came straight back into Swindon’s forwards from the start for a 25-minute spell before being withdrawn but returned to the action to close out the game in the second half.
The second row was was on the pitch as scrum-half Connal Knott scooted over the line following an early catch and drive. The scoring was then taken over by captain Adam Westall who got a second-half try as well as kicking four penalties and a conversion.
Westall was pleased to have Warren’s experience and on-field presence back in the team.
“He’s key to the side that boy [Warren],” Westall told the Advertsiser. “He’s one of those players on the pitch who are all over the place and very dynamic.”
South West One East is split between the top three and the group in the middle where Swindon currently sit. Both Warren and Westall agreed that third-placed Windsor underestimated Swindon based on their league position.
“They thought they’d come down to have an easy run,“ said Warren. “Though if I was playing someone who was in ninth in the league I might be a more confident too.”
Westall added: “I think they underestimated us a bit, our position isn’t a reflection of where we’re at.”
“Anyone that comes to Greenbridge Road and thinks they’re getting an easy ride is going to have a tough afternoon.”
In the Southern Counties North head coach Alan Low said his side were not as good as their opponents Aylesbury in every department.
His side lost 87-8 away in Buckinghamshire.
Low was honest about his team’s performance.
“We were outclassed in all areas to be fair although we did show a few progressions.
“We didn’t show as much spirit as we should have done although we did show at spells we can really go at sides like them.
“We showed them too much respect to be honest but it’s one of those things and we move on.”