UTTOXETER RFC beat Bath side Avonvale 44-17 in their annual tour match as club captain Matt Nance made his first appearance in a year after a serious knee injury.
The big forward was in the action sooner than expected as he came on following the first play of the match as lock Dave Chell had to leave the field, ironically with damaged knee ligaments.
Town scored first as James Williams scorched past a defender to go over in the corner and fellow wing James Gill added a second within five minutes.
Williams scored his second to extend the lead to 15-0, again showing his pace to beat the cover and break through the full-back’s tackle.
Avonvale finally got going as one of their centres broke through the Uttoxeter midfield to score, but it was brief respite for the hosts as the visitors grabbed a fourth try through Gill, who went over for his second after good work from Tom Lampitt, the big back row forward making a cameo appearance after an injury enforced early retirement.
Trevor Tanner crossed the line towards the end of the half and the hooker converted his own score for a 27-5 lead.
Avonvale were not going to take it lying down, however, and hit back with another two tries before the break to narrow the gap to 27-17.
These were the hosts’ last scores of the afternoon but Uttoxeter were intent on getting more.
Steve Edwards scored soon after the break and Lewis Bain then crossed for the Town’s seventh try of the day, converting his own score for a 39-17 lead.
Debutant Rob Weston grabbed the eighth and last try after good work from former Burton player Ali Eastwood to complete the scoring at 44-17.