Tows hold off Windsor to record tense win

James Falvey.
James Falvey.

Towcestrians condemned Windsor to their first home loss for 18 months on Saturday as they continue to edge closer to promotion from South West One East.

The game could not have started any better for the visitors when a poor kick-off allowed Charlie Barker to score within seconds and stun the home crowd.

After Falvey converted, Windsor hit back with two penalties kicked by full-back Laidler, but Tows increased their lead as an unstoppable line-out drive resulted in Zak Osborne-Wright emerging with the ball. Falvey again converted from a tight angle.

Ill-discipline began to creep in towards the end of the half as the penalty count began to rise, but Falvey finished off a tremendous move to stretch the Towcester lead, before the home side scored their first try of the afternoon to reduce the deficit to 21-11 at half-time.

Windsor started the second half like Tows did in the first with two penalties setting up a nail-biting finish, but Falvey slotted over three points himself and Tows held out to claim a precious 24-17 victory that keeps them second andextends their lead to 11 points over third place.

Elsewhere, Tows IIs beat ON IIs 46-10, the IIIs hammered Kettering IIIs 45-0 and the Colts defeated Peterborough 17-15 in the Referee’s Cup.