Tows miss out at end

PLAYING host to league champions Derby, Tows were determined to prove how much they have developed during the season.

They conceded 69 points up at Derby in a baptism of fire in their opening game in Midlands 1 East in September. But despite being dogged by injury, Tows held their own at home.

Ben Marlow and James Falvey had exchanged penalties to peg the score at 3-3. Tows came out trailing 3-6 as winger Marlow landed his second.

Tows’ pressure paid off when Matt Bodily reached for the line to score.They turned round with their noses in front at 8-6 but failed to secure the ball at the re-start to allow Derby’s centre Darren Hersey to score.

Marlow added the conversion and suddenly Tows were five points adrift. Marlow added another penalty.

Losing skipper Marc Yeates to a controversial yellow card, Tows had to dig deep but still they drove the Derby back over their line. Tows frustration saw a second penalty reversal to hand Marlow three more points.

On Saturday, Tows travel to Mens Own in the semi-final of the Lewis Shield. KO 3pm.