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1st XV - Match centre

Towcestrians
Westcombe Park
J Falvey, C Threlfall, D Germain, Unknown
Full time
J Falvey (3)
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier

Match Report: Towcestrians 26 - 37 Westcombe Park

Tows claim first point of season in improved performance

Tows picked up their first point of the season in this narrow defeat to Westcombe Park, who travelled from Kent to Towcester for the second time in 4 weeks, after the original league fixture was abandoned due to the weather with the scores level at 13 all, and it was the visitors huge pack that did the damage in the first half as they applied the pressure, Tows giving away a string of penalties as they failed to contain Westcombe at the set piece stifling Tows ambition to play an expansive game.

The visitors were in complete control of the first half and tries from Bradley Bateup and James Lindfield along with a conversion and two penalties from Miki Zanirato saw Westcombe Park take a big early lead 0 - 20, Tows replied with a try from debutant winger Dario Garmain after great work from Liam Wilkinson in the back row, James Falvey converted and Tows finished the half 7 - 27 down after a penalty try was awarded to the visitors for collapsing the scrum close out.

The second half proved much more positive for Tows as they looked to move the big pack wider and play a more expansive game, Callum Threlfall forced his way over and James Falvey crossed, his conversion striking the post to bring Tows back into the game at 19 - 27, but Zanirato's 3rd penalty and a try from blindside Ryan Hackett took the game away from Tows.

The match finished with uncontested scrums with both sides depleted of props, Tows took advantage of this with frantic efforts to get their fourth and bonus point try, this came after constant pressure and Eugene Baxter finished off a good passage of play, while the visitors creaked they held on to secure the win.

Towcestrians 2nd XV continue to impress in the Midland Reserve League as they came from 7 - 17 behind to beat a very strong Burton upon Trent 2nd XV 32 - 17 and remain unbeaten in the division, tries for Tows from Jonty Barrie, Adam Wilkinson, Matt Yuill, Kyle Browne and Conor Cahill scoring on his return to the side after a 3 year absence, Callum Garwood & Matt Yuill kicking a conversion each with Garwood adding a penalty.

Key moments

20:00
Try Callum Threlfall scores for Towcestrians
21:00
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
30:00
Try Dario Germain scores for Towcestrians
31:00
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
55:00
Try James Falvey scores for Towcestrians
75:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
76:00
Conversion James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 26 - 0
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
75:00 Try 24 - 0
Try for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub Off
Will Dunkley is substituted off for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub On
David Devlin-Jones is substituted on for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub On
Yuon Skelton is substituted on for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub Off
Callum Threlfall is substituted off for Towcestrians
56:00 Missed Conversion
James Falvey misses a conversion for Towcestrians
55:00 Try 19 - 0
James Falvey scores for Towcestrians
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 14 - 0
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
30:00 Try 12 - 0
Dario Germain scores for Towcestrians
21:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Falvey kicks a conversion for Towcestrians
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Callum Threlfall scores for Towcestrians
5:00 Sub On
Richard Tustian is substituted on for Towcestrians
5:00 Sub Off
John Causebrook is substituted off for Towcestrians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Towcestrians
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • Richard Tustian Sub On 5:00'
  • John Causebrook Sub Off 5:00'
  • Callum Threlfall Try 20:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 21:00'
  • Dario Germain Try 30:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 31:00'
  • James Falvey Try 55:00'
  • Will Dunkley Sub Off 60:00'
  • David Devlin-Jones Sub On 60:00'
  • Yuon Skelton Sub On 60:00'
  • Callum Threlfall Sub Off 60:00'
  • Try 75:00'
  • James Falvey Conversion 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Tunbridge Wells 6 17
9. Dorking 6 15
10. Guildford 6 14
11. Westcombe Park 6 13
12. Shelford 6 12
13. Towcestrians 6 1
14. Southend Saxons 6 0

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