A much-changed team due to injuries and unavailability saw Daventry suffer a 33-20 defeat at the hands of Northampton Old Scouts in the Lewis Shield quarter-final.
Scouts took the game to Daventry with vigorous attacking play culminating in two tries where they largely capitalised on defensive errors.
From this shock points deficit, Daventry asserted themselves and began several attacking moves culminating in James Heath opening Daventry’s scoring with a penalty.
From persistent forward pressure, with fly-half Ricky Haynes constantly attacking the Scouts’ defence, good ball was fed to Michael Hewitt who sped down the right wing to score the best try of the game, unconverted.
This spurred Daventry on and number eight James Heath scored the touch down from a pushover try.
Trailing at the interval by three points, Daventry were unable to break the Scouts’ defence and the home team scored two more tries.
Then winger Nick Berry scored in the last minute converted by the reliable boot of James Heath.
For Daventry Connor Robson showed good touches in defence and attack and yet again the defensive work of Ricky Haynes was outstanding.
Next Daventry return to league action on their annual Sponsor’s Day with a home game against Northampton BBOB.