Tows thump Reading to keep pressure on league leaders

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Towcestrians remain hot on the heels of South West One East leaders Chippenham following another bonus-point victory, this time Reading were on the receiving end of a 52-22 defeat.

The visitors made a great start when they used their strength in the forwards to put pressure on the home team, resulting in Zack Osborne-Wright crashing over. The kick was expertly taken by James Falvey from touch.

Tows then put on the afterburners, their pace and support runners causing problems all over the pitch, full-back Falvey joining the line then cutting back inside to score.

The next try came minutes after, Adam Wilkinson scoring on the blind side after another strong scrum.

The bonus point try came from Matt Bodily who bustled over after the dominance in the scrum continued and Tows took one against the head.

A bit of complacency began to creep into the Tows game as they were caught napping, with a penalty indicated Ben Roe took a long range drop goal, with Tows waiting to come back for the penalty, Reading took a quick drop out and scampered in for their first points.

Stung into action, brothers Liam and Adam Wilkinson combined for Wilkinson to get his second of the game on the stroke of half-time.

The second half started in the same vein, strong forward work concluding in a try for Pepe Nanci. Then from a line out charismatic captain Liam Wilkinson scored.

A shuffle in the pack didn’t seem to change Tows’ mentality, scrum half Chrissie George dotted down after a push over the line.

Reading’s forwards finally got together and scored off of a line out, and moments later a lazy kick away was charged down to gift reading a third try.

Discipline then seemed to go out the window as Liam Wilkinson was yellow carded, the extra man gave Reading to opportunity to seal a bonus-point try.

The last play of the game gave the Reading fans something to cheer as centre Alex Dorlaic bundled over the line.

Elsewhere, the IIIs beat Stewart & Loyds IIs 37-7 and the Colts were 30-17 victors over Casual Colts.