Defeat leaves Tows with four games to save their season

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Towcestrians head coach Robbie George has urged his side to cut out the ‘simple errors’ if they are to win enough points from their final four games to secure survival this season.

Tows produced a battling display last time out to push promotion-chasers Sheffield all the way in a hard-fought 27-24 defeat at Greens Norton Road, coming up just short but still claiming two valuable losing bonus points to keep them five points clear of trouble in the National League 3 Midlands.

George said: “The effort and commitment of the players can’t be faulted, but at this level simple errors cost us dearly.

“We have four opportunities left this season and we’re looking forward to the challenge, we can’t afford to go into our shells for any periods of games, that’s what’s cost us.

“We need to find a way to maintain our game plan for the full 80, we certainly have the character and the ability and know we can compete at this level.”

Sheffield were ahead early on Saturday but Tows composed themselves and got back into the game when running at the visitors, with a Dave Devlin-Jones break putting Matt Bodily into space to score, converted by Matt Yuill.

Further Tows pressure led to a second try, James Hale going over this time, but the visitors hit back with penalty try from a scrum, giving them a 12-10 half-time lead.

Tows lost Craig Holton to the first yellow card of his career not long after the restart, and Sheffield took advantage when running in two quick tries to virtually win the game.

To their credit, the home side fought to the end and came roaring back when forwards and backs combined to drive downfield, and after intense pressure, James Hale collected his second try.

With Tows now pummelling the visitors, the returning Holton stormed through a gap under the posts to secure two vital bonus-points, one for scoring four tries and the other for losing by fewer than seven points. Yuill converted with the last kick of the game.

Tows, who have dropped to 10th, take a break from league matters this week when they face a local derby against Bugbrooke in the Alliance Cup.

Elsewhere, Tows IIIs also suffered a three point loss, beaten 25-22 by Kettering IIs.