Sparkling Tows wrap up league title in resounding fashion

Mat Yuill
Mat Yuill

Towcestrians produced a dazzling display of running rugby to claim automatic promotion back to the National Leagues as they ran in 11 tries to blitz High Wycombe 71-0.

With Salisbury failing to clinch a bonus-point in their match, Tows are now six points clear in South West One East with one game remaining, meaning they cannot be caught and the title is theirs.

It had been a tough week for Tows who, on Tuesday evening, exited the Alliance Cup at the semi-final stage against local rivals Old Northamptonians and also had influential skipper Zac Osborne dismissed to make him ineligible for the two remaining league fixtures.

However, Tows have developed a knack of bouncing back after poor performances and they did so again when turning in a complete display to dismantle Wycombe.

The tries came quickly after early pressure put Tows on the front foot, Craig Holton finishing from a penalty scrum before Wes McGimpsey, playing in the centre, crossed for a quick brace with winger Matt Yuill securing the bonus-point before half-time.

James Falvey added all four conversions for a 28-0 half-time lead and the second half continued in the same vein as break from the lively Dave Stocks put Scott Browne in, with Pepe Nanci and Stocks himself adding further scores.

A barreling break from man of the match, Pete Gowler, was finished by Sam Sturley before more tries arrived for Ben Roe, Jordan Brew and Yuill and with Favley adding the extras on four occasions, Tows wrapped up a totally one-sided final score.

All eyes then turned to the RFU website as the scores came in and when Salisbury failed to score a bonus-point in their win over Witney, the celebrations could begin.

Tows can now look forward to the last home game of the season against Swanage & Wareham this Saturday, in front of what will be the largest crowd as the club host a past players reunion lunch.

Before that, the wider squad, including many of the first XV, will look to add the Lewis Shield to both the 1st XV and 2nd XV league titles at Franklins Gardens.

Elsewhere, Towcestrians IIIs continued their winning run with a comprehensive win over BBOB and can claim second place in their league on Saturday at the first time of asking, while the Colts found Syston too strong and went down 43-7.