Towcestrians power back to set up semi-final clash with rivals

James Falvey
James Falvey

Towcestrians have set up a semi-final clash with fierce rivals Old Northamptonians in the Alliance Cup after mounting a second half comeback to win their quarter-final tie 31-17 against Bugbrooke.

The home team had the edge in the opening exchanges and they took advantage of their early dominance by driving over for a converted try.

After replying with a penalty, Tows’ scrum began to struggle and an error at the line-out led to a penalty try to put the hosts in the ascendency at half-time, leading 14-3.

A Bugbrooke penalty shortly after half-time deepened Towcester’s troubles, but the introduction of John Causebrook transformed the game and minutes later, a penalty was kicked to touch and from the line-out, Tows powered over the line with Dougie Rattray touching down.

James Falvey added the extras to bring the visitors to within seven points and soon the scores were level when Luke Rust went over for another converted try.

Towcestrians were now firmly in control and two further unanswered tries from Matt Bodily and Fen Gallagher sealed their spot in the semi-finals, with the immaculate Falvey adding the conversions.

Tows return to their South West One East campaign this weekend at home to Bletchley.

Elsewhere, the Colts were 12-7 winners over Olney Colts.