Tows dismantle Swindon to get back on track in title bid

Scott Browne
Scott Browne

After a brief wobble Towcestrians got their title charge back on track this week when they returned to winning ways in the most emphatic style, hammering Swindon 72-19 to maintain their five-point lead at the top of South West One East,

Tows travelled to Swindon having put themselves under pressure following back-to-back defeats, and with a slender lead at the top of the table, knew this was a must win.

With conditions perfect for running rugby, Tows got off to the ideal start when returning centre Ben Young crossed and James Falvey converted from wide to get into the groove.

A Falvey penalty then put the visitors 10-0 ahead and after Swindon dotted down for an unconverted try, Tows immediately regained the initiative when good hands through the backs put Matt Yuill in for the first of three quick tries.

Captain Zac Osborne finished off a forwards drive within moments before Alex Chalcraft also crossed and with Falvey converting all three, Tows led 31-5 at half-time.

Turning around into the wind, Tows took the option of a Falvey penalty early on and this was followed by Swindon’s best period of the game, their forwards battering the away defence to eventually create space for their centre to crash over.

But Swindon came unstuck when they attempted to match Tows’ expansive style as a loose pass fell into the grateful arms of Chalcraft, who ran the length of the field to score under the posts for his 20th of the season.

Yuill added another and that killed off Swindon as Tows then romped in another three tries from Falvey, Chalcraft and Scott Browne, with Falvey’s 100 per cent kicking record seeing him record a 32 point haul.

Tows take on Trowbridge at home this weekend knowing they can’t afford any slip-ups.

Elsewhere, Towcestrians IIs finished their league campaign in impressive fashion, clinching the title with a perfect record of 12 wins, a hugely well deserved achievement and they now look forward to the Lewis Shield final.

Tows IIIs saw off Bletchley IIs and the Colts overcame regular rivals Southam 45-10.