Tows miss out at end

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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.