Tows close the gap on league leaders

James Falvey
James Falvey

Towcestrians have turned up the pressure on South West One East leaders Chippenham after Saturday’s bonus-point 22-5 victory away at Swindon brought them to within five points of top spot.

Following several narrow wins in recent weeks, Tows made an excellent start when they latched onto a mistake at a line-out and moved the ball wide for full-back James Falvey to score the first try of the afternoon.

The Towcester surge continued as Kieran Frost broke line and led an attack on the Swindon line, and following a series of scrums and line-outs, the pressure told when scrum-half Ronnie Speakman exploited a gap to crash over.

Missing a simple penalty seemed the fire up the home as they slowly but surely began to build some possession, leading to a cross-field kick which bounced kindly for their winger to score and halve the deficit at half-time.

After the break, Tows had the wind behind them and it appeared only a matter of time before they added to their lead, and so it proved through Matt Yuill’s try.

Swindon’s woes continued when their centre was yellow carded and Tom George’s blind side break from a scrum led to another period of pressure on the home team’s line, but the hosts held firm before having a period of their own pressure.

They were met by an impenetrable Tows defence, however, and the visitors had the final say through Marc Yeates’ bonus-point try.

Towcestrians are at Witney next weekend.

Elsewhere, the IIs beat Bicester IIs 38-14 but the IIIs suffered their first league defeat of the season, losing 36-5 to St Neots.