Towcestrians have secured a promotion play-off spot after a nervy 24-17 victory at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Tows travelled to the Cotswolds knowing a victory would guarantee second spot in South West One East, and they produced a good first half display, putting together fluid phases with the backs spreading the ball well and James Falvey’s positional kicking at full-back being imperious.
The first Tows try came quickly as Aaron Goodman looped to score wide out, before Charlie Barker turned the ball over for Joe Chambers to steam over on the opposite side of the field. Falvey converted both from touch.
The visitors then gave away a needless penalty try, but Cheltenham’s Mark Whitney was yellow carded and young hooker Fen Gallagher scored under the posts as he capitalised on the extra man.
Cheltenham had the last say of the half with a try to keep their hopes alive, and they began the second half brightly as Tows picked up two yellow cards and Cheltenham scored again to set up a tense finish. But Tows withstood the barrage to claim a play-off spot and a chance of promotion.
Towcestrians finish their regular league campaign at home to Devizes tomorrow, Saturday.