Snook hails Tows’ “best display of the season” after big win

James Falvey
James Falvey

Towcestrians first XV coach Darren Snook hailed his squad after their superb 39-0 bonus-point win at home to Windsor on Saturday to maintain their 14-point lead at the top of South West One East.

Concerned that the recent run of high pressure league games, coupled with games in both local cups, may have fatigued his team, the ex-captain turned coach was delighted with the continuity and power Tows showed, commenting: “It was a great game to watch, we were strong in all areas and the best we’ve played this season.”

Tows started quickly with Matt Yuill crossing for the game’s first try after his fellow wing Alex Chalcraft had done the spade work.

James Falvey added the extra two points and feasting on Windsor mistakes Tows ran back a turnover with scrum half Murray Aitchison dancing down the touchline to score in the corner.

Quick inter-passing carved open the visitors soon after, only for the final pass to be knocked-on, but normal service was resumed, Falvey finishing a passing move with Tows now rampant.

Craig Holton then put the final touch on another sweeping move to clinch a bonus-point before half-time and Tows turned around with the wind and a 22-point lead.

After looking to run away with the game, Tows were held back by Windsors’ stubborn defence and some of their own handling errors, but Chalcraft eventually broke the resistance and added a fifth try.

Tows dominated the set-piece but were frustrated by the visitors who cleared well from the back of a retreating scrum, however the home side finished in style with big Ben Roe going over and then Yuill dotting down for a seventh and a final try which made for a final scoreline of 39-0.

This week is a non-league weekend and gives Tows a chance to rest some players, although on this form and a 14-point lead at the top of the league, the remaining six games of the season can’t come quickly enough.

The club’s other teams were also in action at the weekend as Tows IIs travelled to Rugby Lions and recorded an 73-8 victory, while IIIs narrowly lost out to a strong Bedford Ath 2nd XV and the Colts collected a 19-0 victory at Rushden & Higham.