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Paul Archer pleased after 'much-improved' Newbury Blues performance during routine win over Windsor

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Newbury Blues head coach Paul Archer described Saturday’s performance as ‘much-improved’ as they beat Windsor 64-17 away from home in South West 1 East.

Blues returned to winning ways after defeat to Witney the week before as they remain fourth in the league table.

Archer was pleased with his side’s performance and explained how important it was to get the victory.

A Newbury player breaks forward Pic: Peter Branch
A Newbury player breaks forward Pic: Peter Branch

“It was a much-improved performance from us and we played to our strengths, which was really good to watch,” he said.

“We made a few changes from the week before and it was really good to see that we have that environment where we can step new people in and the continuity remained the same

“It was a very good team performance, particularly in the second-half, because we had quite a bit of adversity in terms of not getting the rub of the green and Windsor were never going to give up on their own ground.

“It was a better performance and important we put it together given the disappointment from the week previous.”

This weekend, Blues host league leaders Banbury and Archer believes his side can produce another solid performance.

“We know that teams at the top are relatively close in terms of performance levels and we’re not underestimating Banbury.

“We were very unlucky not to win at their place, so this week in training we have been focusing on us and making sure that we keep our momentum going.

“We want to play to our strengths, so we can enhance those and even though it’ll be a tough game, we tend to bring our best in the tough days.”

Despite there being three places that separate the two sides, Archer knows his Blues side always have the fight.

“When it looks like the chips are down and we have a tough opponent, we up our game for those and I think we’re going to approach the weekend with quiet confidence.

“If we play our level and play our best, we know we can more than compete with anyone in this league and the league above.”

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