Tows storm back to stun Grove

Chris George bursts through the Grove defence. Picture by Jake McNulty
Chris George bursts through the Grove defence. Picture by Jake McNulty

Towcestrians mounted a sensational second half fightback to come from 19-5 behind and clinch a nerve-jangling 20-19 win over Grove on Saturday.

Having suffered just their second defeat of the season last weekend when they lost 33-24 to leaders Chippenham, Tows bounced back as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to remain second in South West One East.

A disastrous first 10 minutes for Tows was epitomised when an attempted clearing kick was gathered by the visiting winger, who coasted in for the first try of the game.

It went from bad to worse for the home side as several clear-cut chances went astray and Grove’s Alex Morgan made Tows pay when he intercepted a wayward pass and ran the entire length of the field to score a second try that put the visitors 12 points to the good.

A yellow card finally sparked Towcester into life with Zac Osborne scoring from a well-worked line-out.

However, handling errors began to creep into Tows’ play and prevented them from gaining any momentum, while poor tackling allowed Grove to strengthen their lead to 19-5.

Having regrouped at half-time, the second period saw a much-improved Tows side as the hosts set about trying to reduce the deficit with Mark Yeates bundled over for a try converted by Ben Roe.

Tows were now firmly on the front foot and with a penalty kicked by Roe bringing them to within four points, anxiety began to creep into Grove’s play as a lack of discipline saw Roe kick a late penalty to the corner.

There was a nail-biting finale in store for the home crowd as the ball was thrown into the line-out and the final push was finished by Richard Tustian for a dramatic victory.