Tows’ title assault put on hold by serious injury

Scott Browne
Scott Browne

Towcestrians hosted already-relegated Trowbridge knowing that nothing less than a bonus-point victory would be good enough in their quest for the title and promotion.

Tows soon set down a marker for the Wiltshire side, winger Matt Yuill crossing early on for the opening score before Trowbridge responded with what was to be their only score of the game, a penalty.

Three quick tries from the Tows forwards with driving mauls soon then secured an early bonus-point.

Now looking dangerous in every attack, only white line fever prevented further scores until the ball was finally released for Alex Chalcraft to show some magic and score.

Outstanding forward, Sam Sturley, crossed for his second of the match to give the home side a commanding 36-3 lead.

Tries followed soon after the restart from Chalcraft again, Ben Roe, Scott Browne and Yuon Skelton, with James Falvey kicking his fifth conversion to put the home side in complete control.

But the rugby then became secondary when Trowbridge’s Gareth Davies suffered a horrific leg injury when trapped in a ruck and a delay followed for Air ambulance assistance.

With a number of Trowbridge players clearly in shock and fully concerned for the welfare of their team-mate, the game was abandoned by referee George Richardson.

With no points allocation from this game, Salisbury closed Tows’ lead to just a single point at the top of the South West One East table.

Tows now have a game in hand but face a hectic run of fixtures, first visiting High Wycombe this weekend.

The second XV looked to have a difficult game away at National League 2 North side South Leicester, but they continued to dominate, winning by a massive 83-0, while the Colts beat Daventry 57-3.