Late flourish sees Tows romp into semi-finals

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Following a 45-19 victory over Old Scouts in the Lewis Shield four days earlier, Towcestrians took to a wet and very windy Greens Norton Road pitch for their second cup match in a week, this time the quarter-final of the Alliance Cup against nearby Daventry

Playing against a driving wind, Tows opened the scoring inside a minute through centre Pepe Nanci and James Falvey, who’s been knocking them over like skittles recently, added the extra two points.

But with the underfoot conditions worsening by the minute, Tows’ running game failed to function against the visitors who put up a determined defensive effort.

Tows had all the possession they could want but only showed their class on a couple of occasions with Alex Chalcraft continuing to add to his impressive tally with two more tries before half-time, Daventry replying with a penalty to trail 17-3 at the break.

For most of the second half, Tows ignored the wind advantage and looked to run everything but came unstuck in the difficult handling conditions, only adding a line-out drive try from Liam Wilkinson.

As the game came into its final quarter, the work already undertaken by the Daventry defence, the conditions and Tows’ superior fitness finally showed and the floodgates opened as Tows ran in six tries to romp to a 65-3 victory.

Chalcraft completed his hat-trick, number eight Craig Holton crossed for a couple of tries before Ben Roe and prop Peter Gowler finished the scoring to take Tows through to the competition’s last four.

This weekend, Towcestrians are at home to Oxford Harlequins who held the leaders to a draw last time round.

Elsewhere, Tows IIIs came back from a difficult trip to Huntingdon IIs with an impressive 21-12 victory, while the Colts’ game was abandoned with Tows leading 19-7.