Tows too strong for local rivals Buckingham

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Towcestrians continued their push for promotion in South West One East with a 23-8 victory over local rivals Buckingham at the weekend.

In the first ever league match between the clubs, Towcester always looked to be in control and, with Buckingham conceding 18 penalties to the visitors five, the writing was on the wall as early as the fifth minute when Conor Cahill went over for the visitors and James Falvey converted.

Rugby. Buckingham v Towcestrians. Tows forwards drive on.'131230M-A665

Rugby. Buckingham v Towcestrians. Tows forwards drive on.'131230M-A665

James Bernard and James Hulston put in some great tackles in defence for Buckingham before Andy White got Buckingham on the scoreboard with a penalty, but more Towcester pressure paid off when Ronnie Speakman ran in a second converted try.

Buckingham responded well as a long kick by White was chased down by Hulston and the winger powered over for a fine try to get Buckingham back in the game, but despite further pressure from the hosts, Tows extended their lead to 17-8 at half time with a Falvey penalty.

Buckingham stepped up the pace after the interval and a strong break by Andy Turvey was carried on by Steve Datchler and White almost took them to the Tows line, but the forwards were unable to press home their advantage.

Back came Towcester with another period of dominance that ended with Falvey adding another three points and, despite Buckingham’s pack giving their opponents constant problems, the visitors sealed the victory with a third Falvey penalty in the final minutes.

This weekend, Tows entertain Cheltenham and Buckingham travel to Windsor.