No slip up for Tows

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Leicester Vipers 8 Towcester 19

After clinching pole position in the league with back-to-back wins over Peterborough Lions, Tows faced a potential banana skin on Saturday.

They travelled up the M1 to Leicester Vipers, a ground where they traditionally struggle and so it proved again.

Missing several influential players, handling errors and the committed defence of the home side prevented Tows from putting a pattern to their game.

A penalty to the hosts after 25 minutes put Tows further on the back foot.

Finally Tows put together a move for Matt Bodily to cross and James Falvey landed the conversion to turn round 3-7 up at half-time.

Tows flanker Eugene Baxter opened the scoring in the second-half with a try under the posts.

Falvey added the extra points to stretch the Tows lead to 3-14.

But Vipers hit back with an unconverted score from a line-out drive and excellent cover defence kept Tows pegged within six points.

James Tilley eventually muscled over in the corner to hand Tows a more comfortable 11-point margin.

The pack refused to bow to pressure at the death to secure Tows another win in their unbeaten league campaign.

Tows will need to rekindle their previously glittering form this week. They have a Lewis Shield game against ONs at Northampton School for Boys’ on Tuesday night (KO 7.30pm) and a tough league game at Bugbrooke on Saturday (KO 3pm).Milton Keynes Seconds 9 Towcester Seconds 53.