Tows stay second with Reading win

Pepe Nanci
Pepe Nanci

Towcestrians kept themselves second and on track for promotion from South West One East after a narrow 20-17 home win over Reading.

The visitors started well and scored the opening try after a long period of possession as they ran through numerous tackles to touch down.

Undeterred, Tows gradually wrestled control and enjoyed a 20-minute spell of pressure inside the Reading 22, but only Ronny Speakman could break the stubborn Reading defence and go over.

The home side remained on top, however, and took a lead into half-time through Pep Nanci’s try.

After the break, Tows cemented their lead with a powerful pick and drive from a cross-field kick excellently created by Matt Yuill before, moments later, captain Liam Wilkinson touched down for Towcester’s bonus-point try.

To their credit, Reading came back with two tries towards the end of the game, but it was only enough to secure a losing bonus point as Tows ran out deserved winners.

Towcestrians face a difficult trip to Swindon this weekend.

Elsewhere, Tows IIs were 36-0 winners over Shelford IIIs.