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1st XV - Match centre

C Holton, E Baxter, M Yuill
J Falvey (2)
Sat 5 Mar 15:00 - South West Divsion - South West 1 East Full time

Match Report - Maidenhead RFC 33 - Towcestrians RFC 19

Promotion door thrown open as Tows crash to heavy defeat

Towcestrians winning run of 11 straight league victories came to a shuddering halt, away from home, at the hands of a Maidenhead side who all week in the press had been promising to give the league leaders a bloody nose on their artificial surface and duly delivered

Tows started well with a try through no.8 Craig Holton within the first 5 minutes, converted by James Falvey, but then started to cause their own problems pushing the game and conceding penalties, two of which were converted to get the home side back in the game, good play followed from the Maidenhead Full Back on his own line, who dummied a kick and ran, spreading the ball wide, with Tows scrambling in defence a penalty was conceded which was rifled into the corner and from the resulting line out the home side drove over for a score, 13 - 7 ahead and the home crowd now fully behind them

With Tows seemingly indecisive and disorganized the home side scored again and converted to extend their lead and poor discipline from Towcester, giving away needless penalties by back chatting to the referee, allowed Maidenhead to pop over another penalty and stretch the lead to 23 - 7

Putting a concerted passage of play together Tows finally showed some class with Holton going over for his second try of the half again with Falvey converting to turn around 23 - 14 behind

A bright start to the half from Tows saw Murray Aitchison make a break but fail to find support and when James Falvey missed a penalty usually well within his range Tows were up against it, handling errors and a failure to get to grips with the referee saw Tows game fall to pieces, a yellow card for Eugene Baxter led to a second line out drive try for the home side followed by a penalty for a 100% haul for the home Full Back, the last 10 minutes belonged to Tows but with the game well gone a consolation try from Matt Yuill concluded a disappointing performance

After the game Tows attack coach Marc Yeates commented "We've set high standards for ourselves all season and today we fell well short of those levels, being a side sitting at the top of the table we have to understand that opposition are going to raise their game and Maidenhead did that, they really competed at the breakdown and made life very difficult for us, the better team won today, there is no game this coming week so we will regroup and work hard and prepare for a tough league and cup run in, myself and the rest of the coaching staff expect a response and I'm sure the boys are looking forward to putting things right against Newbury"

Tows 2nds saw off a strong Ampthill 2nd 19 - 12 and Tows 3rds won away at Bletchley 2nds 19 - 43, the Colts went down at home to a strong Bedford outfit in the East Midlands Cup

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

Try Craig Holton scores for Towcestrians
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
Try Eugene Baxter scores for Towcestrians
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
Try Matt Yuill scores for Towcestrians


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75:00 Try 0 - 19
Matt Yuill scores for Towcestrians
60:00 Yellow Card
Eugene Baxter is yellow carded for Towcestrians
50:00 Sub Off
Richard Tustian is substituted off for Towcestrians
50:00 Sub On
Jonty Barrie is substituted on for Towcestrians
48:00 Sub Off
Alex Chalcraft is substituted off for Towcestrians
48:00 Sub On
Thorne Gladwin is substituted on for Towcestrians
44:00 Sub Off
Dan Banks is substituted off for Towcestrians
44:00 Sub On
John Causebrook is substituted on for Towcestrians
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 0 - 14
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
38:00 Try 0 - 12
Eugene Baxter scores for Towcestrians
6:00 Conversion 0 - 7
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Craig Holton scores for Towcestrians
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As it happened

  • Maidenhead
  • Towcestrians
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  • Craig Holton Try 5:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 6:00'
  • Eugene Baxter Try 38:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 39:00'
  • Dan Banks Sub Off 44:00'
  • John Causebrook Sub On 44:00'
  • Alex Chalcraft Sub Off 48:00'
  • Thorne Gladwin Sub On 48:00'
  • Richard Tustian Sub Off 50:00'
  • Jonty Barrie Sub On 50:00'
  • Eugene Baxter Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Matt Yuill Try 75:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Towcestrians 26 106
2. Salisbury 26 96
3. Newbury Blues 26 94
4. Witney 26 88
5. Maidenhead 26 80
6. Oxford Harlequins 26 79
7. Swindon 26 64

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