Tows’ promotion push gathers pace with fourth win on the spin

James Falvey.
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Towcestrians strengthened their promotion chances in South West One East with a storming 53-19 victory away at struggling Marlow.

Despite having much of the early possession, Tows fell seven points behind to a Matt Saunders breakaway try, but the visitors came straight back to level through Craig Holton’s score and James Falvey’s conversion.

Tows then struck again with Mark Yeates going over, but immediately Marlow pegged them back in a to-and-fro first half that swung one away than the other, with Tows eventually seizing control as both Holton and Yeates scored again to give the visitors a 25-14 lead.

Shortly after the break, David Devlin waltzed through the home defence for a scintillating try before Tows swiftly moved the ball across the pitch for young winger Thorne Gladwin to dot down.

A late rally from Marlow saw Saunders bag his second, however Tows sealed the win with two quick tries, first through Liam Wilkinson before Yeates completed his hat-trick. Towcester, who are now nine points clear of third-placed Windsor having played two games more, welcome mid-table Swindon to Greens Norton Road this weekend.

Meanwhile, Tows IIs also had a straightforward win this week as they overcame Laurentions 19-0.