Tows romp to win over rivals thanks to second half blitz

Liam Wilkinson with ball in hand. Picture by Jake McNulty
Liam Wilkinson with ball in hand. Picture by Jake McNulty

Towcestrians skipper Zac Osborne was delighted by the manner in which his side bounced back to form following last weekend’s surprise defeat to Salisbury.

Tows coach Darren Snook had demanded a response from his side and he got just that as Tows ran in four second half tries in an impressive 32-10 win over local rivals and previously unbeaten Leighton Buzzard in South West One East.

After the game, captain Osborne said: “It was a great response after a poor result and the guys that came into the side really put their hands up.

“It was important to bounce back and get the season back on track.”

Having rung the changes, Tows looked a much more balanced side against Buzzard and they began well as, after a solid start, the hosts turned a defence into attack with a couple of driving mauls to advance downfield and allow Pepe Nanci to touch down.

The conversion was missed but Scott Browne added a penalty to give Tows an 8-0 lead.

Despite the possession, Tows were unable to keep the scoreboard ticking over and this allowed Buzzard back into the match when they crashed over, quickly followed by another score after Liam Wilkinson found himself in the sin bin, and Buzzard turned around 10-8 to the good.

Buzzard started brightly in the second half but poor handling let Tows off the hook before an attempted Buzzard grubber kick rebounded off a Tows player and Alex Chalcraft showed his pace to win the chase and touchdown.

It was then the away side’s turn to go down to 14 men and as a result, the seven-man Buzzard pack was unable to cope with the forward pressure from the line-out drive with Sam Sturley, on his return to the team, going over with Browne converting.

Tows then put together the best move of the match as good hands moved the ball left into space for Nanci to ghost up on the inside and take the pass for his second and Tows’ bonus-point try. Browne converted.

The Buzzard no.8 didn’t stay long after returning, collecting a second yellow and Tows, now in complete control against a tiring Buzzard side, found one more score with Wilkinson outpacing the cover to score wide out and finish off a convincing win.