DRIFTERS head coach Tom Heeks described the 22-22 draw at rivals Slough on Saturday as an ‘odd and emotional experience’.

Heeks targeted payback for the gutting Bucks Bowl final defeat at the hands of The Greenies in December.

Drifters led at Tamblyn Fields but needed a late Sam Hawkridge try and Matt Brown conversion for a share of the spoils, and Heeks believes the result was a fair one.

“It was a good game,” he told the Observer. “We were on top for periods and so were they, so the result is pretty fair in the end. It was a pretty fair result all in all. I feel a bit disappointed but so would they.

“We’re probably both thinking we could have nicked it so it’s an odd, emotional experience, but not as gutting as last time as penalty kicks is a horrible way to lose.

“We showed them the full extent of our attacking prowess in the first half and scored a couple of attractive tries.

“We went off the boil in the second half and they managed to work out our defence, which was a bit irritating, and scored a couple of good tries.

“It was an odd game of rugby but very enjoyable to watch and I have mixed emotions.

“It was almost a reversal of when we played at our place, but it’s now two draws in two games so we’re pretty evenly matched.”

Rob Wills and Brown scored first half tries in a draw that sees Drifters move above Hungerford into second place in the league table.

Hungerford lost to Risborough, who Drifters host at Institute Road this Saturday (2.15pm).

Heeks commented: “That was an interesting and very odd result so we’re not sure what to expect or what team we will play against. We’ve got home advantage and a pretty strong squad to select from.”