Towcester beat rivals Buckingham

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Towcestrians have all but secured second spot in South West One East after thrashing struggling rivals Buckingham 54-17 at the weekend.

After their inspired efforts against Reading last Wednesday, Buckingham came down to earth with a resounding thump as Towcester ran out comfortable winners by eight tries to three.

The Buckingham forwards were once again were equal to the task, but the Tows backs produced the goods and looked sharp whenever they had the ball in hand, scoring two converted tries inside the first five minutes through Matt Yuill and Adam Wilkinson with James Falvey adding the extras.

Buckingham kept plugging away and penned the home side back for the next 20 minutes but they were unable to breach a well-organised defence before, on the half-hour mark, Tows went up the other end to score three times in quick succession as Marc Yeates, Craig Holton and Liam Wilkinson all went over to put Tows into a commanding 35-0 lead at the interval.

A determined Buckingham came out strong in the second half, winning penalty after penalty before eventually breaking through the Towcester defence when Phil Wright touched down after another forward drive.

Back came Tows again, though, as Falvey and Adam Wilkinson scored tries to increase the lead to 47-5, but Buckingham responded when James Bernard’s try was converted by Andy White.

Tows ran straight back from the restart and a swift move saw David Devlin-Jones score Tows’ eighth try before Buckingham had the final say with a late score when Wright touched down for his second.

Buckingham remain in deep relegation trouble ahead of the visit of Windsor this weekend, while Towcester sit 11 points clear of third as they go to Cheltenham.