Towcestrians’ promotion hopes suffer blow

Liam Wilkinson
Liam Wilkinson

Witney scored a last-minute penalty to snatch a nerve-jangling 18-15 win and dent Towcestrians’ promotion hopes in South West One East.

Witney went into the game on the back of six straight league wins, but it was the visitors who dominated early on as they pushed the hosts back and the pressure paid off when Liam Wilkinson touched down from a line-out drive.

It was all Towcester in the first half with James Falvey stretching the lead to eight with a penalty before countless errors from the home side led to David Devlin-Jones taking Tows deep into Witney territory before Tom George crashed over for a second try.

Falvey added the extras as the visitors took a commanding 15-0 lead into half-time.

However, Witney came out a different side in the second period and a yellow card to Devlin-Jones seemed to alter the complexion of the game as a penalty finally put the hosts on the scoreboard.

That signalled the start of the comeback with Witney now in the ascendency as two unconverted tries brought the scores level before the home side’s kicker kept his cool to slot over a late penalty and snatch victory at the death.

Towcester have dropped to third but remain level on points with second-placed Windsor. Tows host Trowbridge this weekend.

Elsewhere, Towcester IIs beat Oadby Wiggs IIs 40-5 and the IIIs were 50-10 winners over Brackley IIs.