MEN’S RUGBY: Daventry take positives despite heavy defeat

NO ACTION... this was the scene at Station Road last Saturday, after Long Buckby's match against Kempston was called off as the visitors couldn't raise a team
NO ACTION... this was the scene at Station Road last Saturday, after Long Buckby's match against Kempston was called off as the visitors couldn't raise a team

A disastrous opening 20 minutes condemned Daventry Development XV to a hefty 58-0 defeat at the hands of Ampthill IVs on Saturday.

Despite the final scoreline, there were some encouraging performances from Daventry’ who regrouped well after finding themselves 25-0 down with less than a quarter of the match played.

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Ampthill won 57-7, and as it is a National League club, they possess a lot of strength in depth.

After the torrid opening 25 minutes, Daventry fought back with Jamie Collins leading the defence, and this example seemed to ripple through the team.

Once again the second row partners Reiss and Quinn were making their presence felt around the place and were solid in the scrums in support of the front row of Brash, Dobbs and Saunders.

By half-time Daventry had conceded close to 40 points , and yet strangely were playing really well.

After the break and playing into the wind Daventry introduced Kev Moore at fullback who returned any kicked ball back with real gusto and Daventry began to play some of their best rugby of the season in spells.

The nearest they came to score was through Jake Okeiffe but the Ampthill defence stood firm.

An awful lot of work was done by the back row and the backs particularly Chris Appleby and Tim Beer. A very frustrating day that was full of positives despite the final score being 58-0.

Man of the match for Daventry was Jamie Collins.

This week the Development are at home to Stockwood Park in the league.

Daventry first team lost their Midlands Three East (South) clash to Rugby St Andrew’s 29-6, while the IIIs were 35-20 winners over Market Harborough.

LONG BUCKBY moved to within a point of claiming the Midlands Four East (South) title without even playing, as they were awarded the points after Saturday’s visitors Kempston were unable to raise a side.

The Bucks, who are next in action on April 5 against Westwood, are 12 points clear of second-placed Oundle with just two games left to play.