Both sides have been struggling with injury and unavailability this season but it was a must-win game for the home side.
The first half was a cagey affair, Ben Roe scoring a penalty in the fifth minute for the only points before the break. A tense 3-0 score line where tows played 20 minutes with 14 men due to two yellow cards. Harry Knibbs and Tom Threlfall having their time on the naughty step.
The game exploded in to life after half time. The visitors scored five minutes in to take the lead, only for Tows to reply immediately. Pressure from the kick off allowed Cam Young to break the line who fed Pepe Nanci to crash over. A rush of blood to the head for the returning Ollie Kilgallon after a lengthy spell away from the club saw him red carded for a rash challenge, certainly not a dirty player or a dirty incident. It seems that Tows have got pretty good at playing with 14 because the sending off seemed to galvanise the team somewhat. Eventual man of the match Cam Young shimmying his little tush to dance over, the lead stretched to 15-5. Lions then started to fight back but Alex Parker did what Parker does best, lurking in the (possibly offside, probably offside, definitely offside but don’t tell anyone) position to intercept and ghost 50 metres untouched under the sticks. A response from the big ball carrying back row from Lions bust through a number of tackles to score and the score was 22-12. A very talented rugby player, some very silly hair.
A brace for Young was the icing on the cake to give Tows the bonus point score. He showed decent pace and a hell of a hand off to dot down in the corner. It’s not been easy so far this season and the remaining fixtures before Christmas are tough ones but we’re hoping this is a change of fortunes for the boys in maroon and gold. #upthetows