TOWCESTRIANS RFC produced a superb second half comeback to come from 12-0 down and defeat the Midlands 1 East league leaders Ilkeston.
Despite having a make-shift pack with injuries hampering the forwards, Tows showed tremendous spirit to run in two converted tries late on and win 14-12.
The visitors immediately put Tows under huge pressure in the scrum as the Ilkeston forwards vigorously drove at the home side, releasing scrum half Joel Haugh, who went between the posts for a try that was easily converted by Jake Lamb.
In spite of all their possession, Ilkeston failed to break down the ferocious Tows defence until deep into the half when the visitors scrum drove Tows off their own ball, allowing number eight Adam Corcannon to touch down.
The try wasn’t converted, though, to give encouragement to the hosts, although Tows suffered a huge blow with injuries to Yeates, Wheldon, Williams and Gallagher.
Ilkeston’s domination of possession continued after the break and they looked to have put the game beyond doubt when their dangerous full back created a clear run for the winger only for centre Chrissie George to prevent a certain try.
The match then turned on its head as Tows produced a magnificent fight back to stun the dominant visitors.
It began when Matt Yuill stepped through countless tackles before spreading the ball to George, who strolled under the posts for a converted score.
The Tows scrum then appeared to look more solid following the introduction of Joe Chambers before the home side clinched a dramatic winning try.
Tows countered Ilkeston’s attempted clearance kick with young winger Ben Nichols spreading a quick penalty wide through Charlie Barker to find Holton lurking on the wing before he crashed over.
Yuill coolly stroked over the conversion for Tows to steal the game after a superb defensive display.
The result means Tows are now fifth in the table, only five points behind leaders Ilkeston.
Meanwhile, Towcestrians Colts won 50-0 against Stockwood Park Colts.