Rampant Tows hammer Spalding

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TOWCESTRIANS RFC 1st XV remain seventh in the Midlands One East table despite racking up a comprehensive 67-5 victory against struggling Spalding.

Despite coming up against the bottom side, Tows were well aware that they would have to work hard for victory following Spalding’s first victory of the season last weekend.

The first quarter of the game was fairly balance with Spalding counter rucking excellently to win the ball, however weak handling resulted in Tows’ first try coming from Charlie Barker who hacked through the Spalding defence.

A second try shortly followed as a break from industrious captain Liam Wilkinson saw Chrissie George finish – Falvey successfully converted.

To the delight of the home crowd, Spalding were next to score when a kick from fly half Hankinson looped over the Towcester defence for centre Chappell to chase and score.

As the first half neared an end, the scoreline failed to reflect Towcestrians’ superiority until the stroke of half time when Falvey converted his own try to extend the visitors’ lead to 17-5 at the break.

The second half proved to be different story as the half time team talk must have inspired Tows after they ran amok – scoring eight tries in the second period.

Straight from the restart, centre Martyn Harvey broke a tackle to release Barker who dotted down, and was quickly followed across the line by Wilkinson as those two tries opened the floodgates and broke Spalding’s resistance.

An unyielding line out drive saw debutant second row George Simmons arise with the ball to score before Joe Threlfall crashed over while scrum half Gus Hopewell moved to the wing to outpace the covering tackles and score an eighth try for a rampant Towcestrians.

Threlfall started a move from inside his own 22 to again release Barker to score his hat trick before adding a fourth against a dispirited home defence.

Replacement Mark Yeates notched the final score and Falvey converted to take his conversion tally to five from eight.

The game ended early following an outbreak of fighting but an emphatic Tows victory was already assured.

Elsewhere, Towcestrians IIs also defeated Spalding as they won 37-0 while the IIIs beat Sharnbrook & Colworth 45-19 and the Colts won 86-7 over Luton.