Tows continue promotion charge

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Towcestrians continued their promotion march in South West One East with a 27-15 away victory at Witney.

After a flurry of injuries to key players, a number of second team players stepped up to the mark and impressed with centre Ben Roe crashing through the defence for an opening try before converting himself.

Tows’ discipline then went astray, a yellow card awarded to Yuon Skelton, and the home side took advantage of the extra man when Lamb slotted a penalty, followed by a converted try.

The visitors rallied ahead of half time, though, and went back ahead thanks to a well-worked line-out surge that was finished off by Richard Tustain.

During the third quarter both sides battled hard to gain control, with a tough period of attrition, and it was Tows who found the breakthrough as powerful running from Craig Holton put him in for the decisive try.

Another moment of ill-discipline allowed Witney to launch a counter-attack and earn a penalty try, but Tows secured victory thanks to Nicky Blackman’s late try, which also earned a bonus-point, before Roe went over for a second.

This weekend Tows host Bugbrook in the East Midlands Cup at Greens Norton Road.

Elsewhere, Tows IIs were beaten 22-21 by Luton but the IIIs thrashed the same opponents 74-0.