The first round of the Midlands Reserve Cup, saw Towcester travelling to their closest opposition in the league , Banbury Bulls.
As usual the the team had its usual changes with Pepe Nanci coming back from the 1st XV and Dario Germain Kyle Browne and Murray Aitchison going the squad for the first time.
The game for the first 15 minutes was a very good contest as Banbury now getting back to full strength were certainly pressurizing Towcester's line for the best part of the opening exchanges.
Defence for Tow's held fast for the best part of 10 minutes until the home side found a hole to claim the first try.
Tows rallied at this point and nicely worked an opening for Adan Wilkinson to dot down by the posts, Callum Garwood step up to slot the first of his 3 conversions.
As the game progressed the sides still were fairly evenly matched but broken field play is where Towcester took advantage.Murray Aitchison after numerous missed tackles from the home side took his chance for the next score.
Pepe Nanci was next on the score board cutting back against play for the 3rd try.
When Banbury did get their hands on the ball, the forwards they did look very threatening dominating collisions and off loading well eventually to give them the next score.
Half time and both sides where capable of producing the win.
The half time talk concentrated on keeping things simple , new players to the squad not having played together before don't need to be over complicated plays but carry out the basics well and keep things simple.
After the turn around and a few substitutions by both sides the game became a little fractious whilst new players got up to speed with the game.
It took until nearly until the end of the third quarter for Tows to start to show that they were capable of taking the win, Nathan Payne bust through for the first of the second half and the final try came after Phillip Cullwick used all of his experience to react first to a lose ball for the final try.
Callum garwood again imperious with the boot slotted all the extras.
A far tougher match for Towcester than the previous visit with Banbury getting back to full strength and the usual mixture of the Development squad missing a few of the regular players.
Next week we are at home to Burton so there should be a big crowd as the first team are also at home.