Tows set for crunch promotion clash after Trowbridge win

The Towcester and Trowbridge forwards prepare for a scrum. Picture by Jake McNulty
The Towcester and Trowbridge forwards prepare for a scrum. Picture by Jake McNulty

Towcestrians face a potentially season-defining match away at Windsor this weekend after reclaiming second spot in South West One East.

With Chippenham on course to win the title, Towcester and Windsor are in a two-way race for the promotion play-off place, with Tows back in pole position following a bonus-point 34-5 home win over Trowbridge at the weekend.

Looking to bounce back from the previous week’s setback, the hosts had to remain patient in the early stages as Trowbridge began on top and applied the early pressure.

However, the visitors were unable to profit from their good start and Tows soon gained the upperhand with Fen Gallagher dotting down the first try of the game following a well-worked line-out.

This set the tone for the match as Towcester dominated possession and on their second foray into Trowbridge territory, Ben Roe kicked through for Gallagher, who then neatly off-loaded to Craig Holton to finish in the corner and put his side into a 10-0 half-time lead.

The second half started as the first had ended as Tows drove the visitors back from a scrum before David Devlin-Jones found himself one-on-one with the visiting full-back and he swept around him with ease for a third try.

With the wind behind them, Tows were in total control and they took full advantage of James Favley’s excellent kicking with winger Yuill touching down for the bonus-point fourth try, which was shortly followed by another, this time slick interplay from the backs saw Charlie Smith cross the whitewash.

To their credit, Trowbridge never buckled and their endeavour was rewarded with a try after Tows pop Zac Osborne was sin-binned, but the hosts had the final say with a sixth and final try.

With Windsor slipping up at Swindon on the same day, Tows are back up to second and hold a three-point cushion over the Berkshire side ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash. Towcester are currently on 84 points with five games remaining.

It was a good day all round for Towcestrians Rugby club, with the IIs running out 50-14 winners over Ampthill and the IIIs beating Kettering IVs 32-7.