Towcestrians went down to their second successive league defeat at Bedford Athletic, losing 29-7 after the home side’s heroic effort to clear the snow that allowed the game to go ahead.
With only two matches played in Midlands One East, a win would take Bedford top while Tows were hoping to avoid successive defeats for the first time this season.
As the snow lashed down, Tows battled hard through the baltic conditions in the first half but their resilience was broken when an infringement allowed the hosts to take the lead thanks to a penalty.
Now firmly on the front foot, Bedford extended their lead to 10 at half time through a try after a ferocious line-out drive.
After the break, Athletic’s qualities began to shine as some pinpoint kicking in the freezing conditions resulted in two further tries before a mistake from Tows led to a bonus-point try for the home side.
Trailing 29-0, Tows did at least get on the scoreboard following a rare attack into Athletic’s half that saw Eugene Baxter touch down in the final minute.
The result leaves Towcestrians sixth in the table with four games remaining.
This afternoon Tows host fourth from bottom Spalding at 3pm in a game that was postponed from a few weeks ago.