Tows hailed as ‘simply awesome’ after they continue excellent start

Fen Gallagher
Fen Gallagher

Forwards coach Darren Snook hailed his team’s all-round performance as ‘simply awesome’ after Tows continued to enjoy life in the National Leagues with a bonus-point 36-13 win over Bridgnorth.

In near perfect conditions, both sides looked to play a fast expansive game, but a first-minute injury to centre Wes McGimpsey, who suffered a broken collarbone, put Tows on the back foot and that was quickly followed by a penalty by Bridgnorth’s Farrington.

Tows began to exert pressure and after spurning the chance of three points of their own, a series of quick rucks and good hands led to the opening try for veteran winger Matt Bodily in the corner.

This was quickly followed by a carbon copy move which found hooker Fen Gallagher out wide for a try converted by Matt Yuill as Tows led 12-3.

Bridgnorth responded with another penalty but scrum-half Gus Hopewell took matters into his own hands, firstly charging down a Bridgnorth clearance for a five-metre throw in, and then snaffling the ball as the opposition tried to play out before coolly stepping the full-back to go in near the posts, with the extras added by Yuill as Tows led 19-6 at half-time.

A slow start to the second-half allowed Bridgnorth to close to the deficit to 19-13 with a converted try, however it was Tows’ superior fitness and work-rate that began to tell as Alex Chalcraft joined the line from his wing to put Ben Roe in the corner.

Bridgnorth moved the ball well and looked dangerous but the Tows defence was in no mood to allow any more scores and two line-out drives late on resulted in tries five and six for Kieran Frost and Jamie Warr.

After the game, coach Snook expanded on his comments: “It was an awesome performance against a good side who clearly came to play.

“The lads worked extremely hard for each other as always, we made good choices and played with variety, our fitness was telling in the end and a lot of credit has to go to our conditioning coach, Dave Stocks, for his efforts.”

The win consolidates Tows in sixth ahead of this week’s trip to Peterborough Lions.

Elsewhere, IIs lost 53-27 to Luctonians, the IIIs beat BBOB 55-0 and the Colts scraped past Long Buckby 25-24.