Seven wins in eight for in-form Tows

James Falvey.

James Falvey.

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Towcestrians are now nine points clear of third-placed Windsor in South West One East after a convincing 43-17 win over Swindon.

Serene conditions promised an open game with the heavy Swindon pack struggling in the early exchanges as Tows bullied them for the first try of the afternoon.

Swindon reduced the deficit with a penalty but Craig Holton’s quick-thinking saw him break from a scrum, burst through the visiting defence and outpace the covering tacklers to score Tows’ second try. James Falvey added the extras.

The hosts remained on top as some swift handling was finished off by a darting Adam Wilkinson, Falvey again with the conversion, before Swindon drove over for their first try.

Tows hit back as a quickly-taken penalty in front of the posts resulted in the ball being spread to electric Thorne Gladwin, who sprinted round for a score converted by Falvey.

Tries from Mark Yeates and David Devlin-Jones and a Falvey penalty increased the home side’s keadm while Swindon scored a second but the damage had been done.

Tows host fourth-placed Witney this weekend.

Elsewhere, Tows IIs hammered Leighton Buzzard 89-0, but the Colts were beaten 18-12 by Southam.