RUGBY: Winning weekend for Daventry and Buckby

ON THE RUN - action from Daventry's win over Mens Own (Pictures: Ian Spencer)
ON THE RUN - action from Daventry's win over Mens Own (Pictures: Ian Spencer)

James Heath scored a hat-trick of tries as Daventry beat Mens Own 38-19 to move up to sixth in the Midlands Division Three East (South) table.

It was the All Blacks’ fourth league win in a row, with further tries coming from Jason Mills (2) and Ricky Haynes, and Heath kicking four of six conversions to finish the match with an impressive 21 points.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

But Daventry were made to work for their win.

The first half was an even affair, as twice Daventry looked to have taken control through converted tries from Mills and then Heath, but on both occasions Mens Own hit back with tries of their own.

Only one of the visitors’ was converted though, and that meant Daventry had a slim 14-12 advantage at the half-time break.

Coach Toby Johnson shuffled things around at the break.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Antony Baker came off for Lee Cresswell in the second row which bolstered the scrummage, and Chris Appleby was brought on in the centre, with Haynes switching to fly-half .

This move was intended to sharpen the All Blacks attack, and it worked as the home side scored four tries in the second half.

There were two more from Heath, another from Mills and one from Haynes, who ran from deep and broke two tackles to score.

Prop Shannon Thomson also had a try disallowed, while a Heath penalty hit the cross bar.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Own were well beaten in the and could only respond with one try.

On Saturday the All Blacks continue their league campaign with another home game, this time against Rushden & Higham who are fourth in the league.

Kick off at Stefen Hill is 2.15pm.

LONG BUCKBY

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Daventry 1st v Northampton Mens Own'Daventry RFC, Stefen Hill, Daventry.

Buckby get back on the winning trail

Relieved Long Buckby ended a run of three straight league defeats as they claimed a precious 22-15 Midlands Three East (South) win at Deepings.

Buckby started well, but couldn’t make their pressure count and it was the home side that took the lead with a penalty.

Buckby went straight back on the attack, and made the most of a spill by the Deepings full-back to score their opening try through Richard Ryan, with Jonny Palmer converting to put the visitors 7-3 ahead.

From the Deepings kick off, Jake Toseland received the ball and made a half break before Buckby put the ball through the hands with full-back Ryan Clark delaying his pass to put right wing Ed Sitch in for a try.

A further conversion from Palmer made it 14-3.

From the kick off Buckby kicked long into the Deepings 22 and put in a great chase causing the Deepings left winger to hold on. Palmer took the three points and Bucks were in charge at the break, 17-3 ahead.

The second half is best summed up by coach Duncan Frankland’s comment of: “Well, that was 38 minutes of defensive practice!”

Buckby couldn’t clear their lines, the penalty count against them rose, Tom Haynes was sin-binned and Deepings scored a converted try to make sure it was game on at 17-10. Deepings pressed, but Buckby defended well before eventually the home side scored their second try. They conversion which meant Bucks still led 17-15.

In the dying minutes, Buckby launched a rare attack and made it 22-15 thanks to a try from left wing Dave Allen.

Bucks are back in league action on Saturday when they travel to Northampton Casuals (ko 2.15pm).