Table-topping Tows edge out rivals Buzzard

James Falvey
James Falvey

After last week’s high class performance, Towcestrians came out on top again this week albeit in more hard-fought fashion as they won a scrappy match 19-11 against local rivals Leighton Buzzard.

In a game that was spoilt as a spectacle by the conditions, Tows’ James Falvey was the star of the show as he scored 14 of his side’s 19 points, including a try and three penalties.

In slippy and testing conditions, the scrummage became a lottery which the referee struggled to control and early penalties were exchanged before Tows showed applied pressure and won a penalty and from the line-out drive, Charlie Smith dotted down.

It was not until the second half when the scoreboard ticked over again, a second Falvey penalty extended Tows’ lead to 11-3 but a yellow card for Ben Roe allowed Buzzard to exploit space for their right winger to score and bring them back into the game.

Again penalties were exchanged before Tows’ backs finally opened up the Buzzard defence and Falvey scored in the corner to stretch the lead.

He failed to add the extra two points, however, and despite Tows piling on the pressure, the game ended in chaos on the Buzzard line with no further scores and the visitors had to settle for a 19-11 victory.

With Salisbury also winning this week, Tows are now eight points clear at the top of South West One East with third-placed Witney the visitors to Greens Norton Road this coming Saturday.

Towcestrians IIs travelled to Leicester Lions for a 26-7 victory and a combined thirds/fourth XV lost at home against Winslow, while the Colts collected a win against regular rivals Southam 15-10.