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1st XV - Match centre

Towcestrians
Shelford
J Warr, P Nanci
Full time
J Falvey (2)
Sat 2 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier

Match Report: Towcestrians 14 - 7 Shelford RFC

Tows pull out all the stops for big win

In front of a packed Vice Presidents day crowd, on a day high in emotion after the passing of long time touch judge and loyal Tows supporter, John Tustian, Tows produced a terrific performance to take the points against Cambridgeshire side Shelford RFC and move off the bottom of the table and up two places to 12th.

Tows looked as though they would be up against it after changes in the front row at the last minute and having to field two back row forwards in the second row left them looking a little lightweight, and that came to be the case, after a bright start by Tows, the Cambridge outfit started to exert the upper hand in both scrum and line out, and after a period of pressure on Tows line, which saw Callum Threlfall yellow carded, Shelford crossed wide out through fullback Toby Cracknell, who also slotted the conversion for a 0 - 7 lead. Tows wilted in the set piece under extreme pressure, but looked the better side with ball in hand, dogged defence kept the visitors out and the Tows soon broke through, some great work by Dave Williams in the centre to commit the defence and then smartly offload in the tackle to Pepe Nanci, who dived over under the posts, converted by James Falvey, with no further scores in the half Tows turned around 7 - 7

The second half was an arm wrestle with neither side managing to gain the upper hand until the Shelford no.8 was sin binned for a late shoulder charge on Threlfall, this gave Tows some much needed respite up front and allow them to play more on the front foot, gaining territory and eventually seeing Jamie Warr go over for a try from the base of a scrum, again converted by Falvey. The visitors came back at Tows and elected to scrummage a series of penalties on Tows line rather than take points on offer, and Tows heroic defence eventually led to them being awarded a penalty of their own, much to the delight of the crowd. The game closed out with Tows stifling any further attacks from the visitors to take a deserved win.

Towcester vs Shelford by James Rudd
143 photos

Elsewhere around the club, Towcestrians 2nd's closed the gap on the league leaders with another victory, this time beating Syston and Tows Colts beat Buckingham


Key moments

20:00
Try Pepe Nanci scores for Towcestrians
21:00
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
50:00
Try Jamie Warr scores for Towcestrians
51:00
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians

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Towcester vs Shelford by James Rudd
143 photos

Highlights

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70:00 Sub On
Alex Povel is substituted on for Towcestrians
70:00 Sub Off
Dave Williams is substituted off for Towcestrians
65:00 Sub On
Harry Knibbs is substituted on for Towcestrians
65:00 Sub Off
James Hodges is substituted off for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub On
Jonty Barrie is substituted on for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub Off
Harry Sturley is substituted off for Towcestrians
51:00 Conversion 14 - 0
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
50:00 Try 12 - 0
Jamie Warr scores for Towcestrians
End of period 1
21:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Pepe Nanci scores for Towcestrians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Towcestrians
  • Shelford
  • 0
  • Pepe Nanci Try 20:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 21:00'
  • Jamie Warr Try 50:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 51:00'
  • Jonty Barrie Sub On 60:00'
  • Harry Sturley Sub Off 60:00'
  • Harry Knibbs Sub On 65:00'
  • James Hodges Sub Off 65:00'
  • Alex Povel Sub On 70:00'
  • Dave Williams Sub Off 70:00'

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Dorking
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34

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Dorking 13 36
9. Sidcup 13 32
10. Guildford 13 30
11. Shelford 13 28
12. Southend Saxons 13 17
13. Westcombe Park 13 15
14. Towcestrians 13 13

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