Gritty Tows grind out low-scoring win

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Towcestrians reaffirmed their promotion push on Saturday with a low-scoring home win over Reading.

The gale force wind played a major part in the stop-start nature of this South West One East encounter, with the match only able to go ahead once the saturated pitch had sufficiently dried out, but during the game the conditions ensured it would not be an open, flowing contest.

Reading arrived with a sizeable pack, which could well have given them the advantage in such conditions, while Tows started with the elements behind them but this was not to their advantage as passes were blown forward, disrupting any momentum as Reading kept the ball firmly with their forwards.

A long period of stalemate was eventually broken when Chrissie George ran a quickly-taken penalty and slipped the ball to Marc Yates, who burst through the visiting defence to finish a try that was converted by Matt Yuill.

Despite that, Reading were firmly in the game going into the break with the wind in their favour in the second half.

Tows quickly showed they had other ideas early in the period, however, as they went strongly on the offensive with several chances failing to go to hand, before a break from skipper Liam Wilkinson ended with his brother Adam coming off his wing, latching onto the loose ball and darting over between the posts. Yuill’s conversion put the home side 14 points clear.

The remainder of the game followed a familiar pattern, with Reading kicking long while Tows would pick and drive back up the pitch as the weather forced them not to kick away possession, which worked in their favour.

A strong defensive display saw Tows hold onto the clean sheet and take another step towards promotion.

Towcestrians visit Salisbury this weekend.