Towcestrians RFC Development XV 10pts vs Wellingborough 2nd XV 24pts
The Christmas break suited Wellingborough better than Towcestrians who travelled away to Cut throat lane on a windy but sunny Saturday afternoon.
As the game started Towcester playing into the wind were on the back foot for the first 15 minutes.
Wellingborough mounted attack after attack and eventually got the first score.
This rallied Tows who struck back within minutes Ed Chapman popped the ball to Billy Jones who evading tackles scored to the right of the posts. With the strong wind Benjamin Roe was unable to convert for the extra points.
This had a similar effect on Wellingborough as they pressed and unfortunately for Tows slipped a few tackles and scored under the posts.
Both sides continued to attack from end to end. Wellingborough through their heavier forwards continued to press scoring just before half time going into the break 19 – 10 in front.
Captain Joe Chambers tried to rally the troops at half time with praise on the defensive effort and the attacking flair. This had been evident in the first half when the ball was moved through the hands to unleash the back line.
Only two changes at half time David Moss and Rob Bodily came off for Jan Lauryens and Dom Preece.
As the second half started very similar to the first. Both sides exerted pressure on each other with huge hits coming in from both sides.
The only real difference between both sides was the amount of penalties that Towcester conceded. This gave the home side the impetus to score the only points of the half.
An injury to James Hodges meant a change in the front row and a shuffle round with the second and back row.
There were other opportunities for both sides but that final pass or move never came off particularly for Tows who squandered numerous attacking opportunities.
This was a tough test straight after the Christmas break. Well done to the colts who all played very well against a much larger side.
It was nice to have a squad to pick from and great to see Pepe Nanci back in a Towcestrians shirt.