Towcestrians bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 24-17 victory over Whitney.
The hosts started at pace and almost made the perfect start, only to be held up on the line, but it mattered little as their dominance was rewarded when Kieran Frost stretched over the try line and James Falvey converted.
Playing into the strong wind, Tows’ offloading and link-up play looked to have the measure of Whitney, with Craig Holton finishing off a move from a robust rolling maul for a second try.
Towards the end of the half, Towcester paid the price for their habit of giving away needless penalties as a converted try brought Whitney to within five points at half-time.
In a more even second period, Tows’ scrum began to crumble under pressure while Whitney’s line out failed to function and a steal from the line-out resulted in a strong run down the wing from Pepe Nanci and he popped the ball left to Falvey, who crossed the whitewash and also converted.
Clarke then scored a fine individual try as the visitors enjoyed their best period of the game, keeping possession well and attacking with good intensity, but the Tows defence stood strong with Frost at the fore.
The home side’s versatile defensive display earned them a try through Matt Bodily, which also gave Towcester the bonus point despite Favley’s kick striking the woodwork.
Whitney had the last word as Tows gave away another cheap penalty, but the hosts had done enough to secure a victory that takes them up to second in South West One East.
Elsewhere, Tows Colts lost 38-22 to Bedford Blues but the IIs enjoyed a 36-21 win at Peterborough Lions.