Towcestrians coach Robbie George has stressed the need for his side to remain consistent throughout the season if they are to “have any ambitions of promotion”.
Tows had been going well this campaign and went into Saturday’s match at Newbury Blues sitting top of South West One East, however a disappointing 13-5 defeat has seen them leapfrogged at the top by Salisbury.
“Consistency is key,” said George afterwards. “We have to be consistent to have any ambitions of league success.
“We were really disappointed with our overall performance and Newbury got off to a good start and we failed to get any real momentum.
“The boys worked hard and there were some good individual performances but on the whole we’re not happy with that display and we will have a long hard look at ourselves.”
Table-topping Tows took to the road in high spirits but Newbury are unbeaten at home this term and they made the best possible start with a try in the opening minute.
Tows tried hard to get back into the game, having the territory and possession but the visitors made errors, pressed too hard in defence and saw several passes go adrift.
Eventually Tows did put phases together and from a line-out, they spread the ball along the back line for winger Alex Chalcraft to continue his impressive try scoring season.
Tows dominated in the scrum all game, shoving the home eight all over the park, but an infringement from the visitors gifted Newbury a penalty which was duly converted to put the home side five points ahead at the interval.
Newbury’s defence held firm in the second half with their back row to the fore, and they managed a penalty to extend their lead to eight points and Tows, with 10 minutes to go, were now in danger of coming away with nothing.
This spurred them into some urgency but they failed to convert any chances, it was a disjointed performance and Newbury Blues took a deserved win to leave the Towcestrians in second place having been overhauled at the top of the league by Salisbury.
Elsewhere, a hugely impressive Tows IIs beat local rivals Old Northamptonians 2nd XV 39-5 to give a decent sized home crowd something to cheer about.