Towcestrians tightened their grip on second place in South West One East with a gruelling 8-0 home victory over Witney.
The visitors began with confidence having won their last eight matches and they dominated the early possession, while Tows’ erratic handling allowed Witney to dictate the opening stages.
Inevitably, Tows, who themselves had won their last five, found their form and began to threaten, but both fly-halfs struggled with the strong breeze as James Falvey missed two kickable penalties, leaving the teams level at 0-0 at the break.
After the restart, a yellow card for Tows’ Zak Osborne spurred the home side on and they started to build some momentum and, on Osborne’s return, Tows shunted back Witney’s heavier eight from a scrum for Chrissie George to score the only try of the match.
Tows seemed to strike again within minutes as they ploughed over the Witney try line but were pulled back for an earlier interference to hand Witney a lifeline.
It mattered little, however, as Tows stood firm and kept the visitors out before Matt Yuill slotted a late penalty to secure victory.
Elsewhere, Tows IIs beat Bedford Athletic IIs 54-15, the IIIs were beaten 21-0 by Wellingborough and the Colts are through in the Referees Cup after beating BBOB 44-10.
Tows face a crunch game in their promotion battle this weekend as they take on third-placed Windsor on Saturday. Towcester are 13 points clear of the Berkshire outfit but have played two games more.