DAVENTRY All Blacks firsts continued their climb back up the table with a hard-fought win against Bedford Swifts.
The Daventry side were looking to keep up their impressive run of form in their away game at the weekend.
Daventry did well keeping the ball and putting together impressive phases of play with both Steven Rolt and Shannon Thompson making good ground.
This led to a sustained period of pressure in the Swifts 22 resulting in Ricky Haynes crashing through in midfield to go over for a well- deserved try. Chris Appleby converted.
Bedford Swifts upped their game a notch and after Daventry gave away a succession of foolish penalties, Swifts kicked to the corner and scored a good try with a catch and drive at the line-out.
The Daventry pack then started to dominate, producing quick balls for in-form fly-half Chris Appleby, who ran the game with great distribution to both backs and forwards.
The Swifts discipline was proving to be their downfall as a quick penalty by scrum half Adam Whitehead gave the All Blacks good field position for the forwards to creep closer and closer to the Swifts’ line. This resulted in a well-earned try for loose head prop Rien Sach.
Daventry piled on the pressure scoring another try before half-time when Luke Jones’ run through the lack-lustre Swifts’ defence resulted in him dotting down to make the half-time score 17-7 to the All Blacks.
The second-half saw a different game altogether with Swifts dominating possession determined not to lose on home soil.
Daventry’s job was made even harder when winger Adam Seamark was sin-binned for persistent infringements at the breakdown.
But great defensive performances from flankers Stephen McGeachey and Danny Collett meant the home side only managed to convert their possession into one second-half try and conversion.
Although Daventry made hard work of it this was a well-deserved 17-14 win.
Man of the match was Ricky Haynes. Try scorers: Ricky Haynes, Rien Sach and Luke Jones. Conversions: Chris Appleby (1).
Next Daventry entertain Brackley at Stefen Hill (2.15pm kick off) in a bid to keep their unbeaten 2011 run going.