Tows see off Reading to go third

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Towcestrians 1st XV leapfrogged Reading into third in South West One East after defeating their Berkshire counterparts 21-7 at the weekend.

A hard-fought contest was anticipated with both teams experiencing similar results in the league this season, and it was the home team who started the stronger.

The hosts maintained an early grip in possession, which resulted in a converted try. A barrelling kick from Fly Mills pushed play up to the Tows line and Reading’s Ashley McNaughton took advantage of a loose Tows pat back at the line out to stroll in, his try was converted by Andrew Tweedie.

As Tows established themselves into the game, their backs looked capable of stretching the Reading defence, and James Falvey breached the Reading line under the posts only to be brought back for receiving a forward pass, but Reading’s backs were deemed to have been offside and Falvey slotted the penalty.

Tows failed to capitalise on a number of try-scoring opportunities but eventually ran in a deserved score - a searing break from Aaron Goodman finding Scrum Half Hopewell outside for Tows to end the half with a one point lead.

The first period of the second half saw Reading enjoy some possession, starving Tows’ ability to attack, but the score board was nudged forward with a further Falvey penalty.

Replacement flanker Callum Threlfall then marked a switch in Tows’ play as they now went firmly on the attack led by Threlfall.

Both wingers were released In separate attacks forcing Reading into desperate defence. The game was eventually made safe for Tows when Flanker Eugine Baxter scored a try off a loose Reading line out, a carbon copy of the first half Reading score. Falvey’s accurate boot added the conversion points and the result was sealed.

This weekend Tows host bottom of the table Salisbury.

Elsewhere, Tows II beat Northampton Old Scouts II 79-7, Tows IIIs defeated Sharnbrook & Colworth 26-29 and the Colts were victorious by 22 points to none at BBOB Colts.