Daventry bounced back from defeat in their last league game to secure a bonus point 33-12 victory over Queens.
The Bedford outfit made the Blacks work hard. They dominated territory in the first half and probably should have made more from this than a 12-point return.
Bedford opened the scoring following a series of phases in the Daventry 22. The Blacks allowed them to control field position by giving away too many penalties.
They will need to rectify this on Saturday if they are to beat Rugby St Andrews.
Full-back Connor Robson quickly replied for the Blacks as the Queens defence opened up in bizarre fashion. Queens hit back soon after making a mess of a Daventry scrum close to the line and pouncing on a loose ball.
Daventry responded well and began to dominate the scrum and maul with skipper Gareth Dudgeon prominent and back rower Danny Collett was a constant threat.
They got their reward just before the break after some strong carrying from Dudgeon and Cresswell created quick ball and Wardell ghosted between the posts to give the home side a 14-12 lead at half time.
The second half saw Daventry increase the tempo and begin to dominate. Luke Jones was first to cross after Collett picked up a loose ball and produced a superb floated past to allow Jones to race home from 50 metres.
Ironically Daventry scored their last two tries with 13 men following two yellow cards.
First of all a superb maul from 30 metres saw James Heath cross. The introduction of Jason Cooper and Shannon Thompson from the bench allowed them to turn the screw up front after Toby Johnson and Anthony Brash had laid a solid platform.
Next up some good carrying and offloading from Lee Creswell and Mark Williams allowed Dudgeon to pick up and drive over as the Blacks relished the opportunity to lift the tempo as the game opened up.
Andy Oliver was the last-gasp hero for Long Buckby as they edged to a dramatic 26-25 win at Oundle on Saturday.
Oundle were winners at Station Road earlier in the season, and there wasn’t much between these rivals here.
Oundle were the first to trouble the scorers with a try.
Buckby hit back, and after Oliver had won a penalty, Jonny Palmer kicked thepoints to make it 5-3.
Buckby then felt hard done by as Oundle attacked the narrow space down the left and their own touch judge put his flag up only to then withdraw it and, as the Buckby defenders hesitated, Oundle got their second try which was converted to make it 12-3, before the home side also added a penalty to increase the lead to 12 points.
Buckby responded well, and from a lineout Chris Page tapped the ball down to second row Andrew Tarplee who fed Andrew Frankland. He drove for the line then popped the ball to Ben Walton who in turn fed it back to Chris Page to score. The conversion reduced the deficit to five points and minutes later Palmer added a penalty to make the half time score 15-13 to Oundle.
With the wind at their backs, Oundle started the second half well, but it was Buckby who scored first with a Palmer penalty, and that meant they led for the first time at 16-15.
Oundle hit back immediately with a penalty of their own to edgd 18-16 ahead.
The next 10 minutes was nip and tuck, but after 65 minutes Buckby scored their second try. Oundle won a scrum 30 metres out, but Haynes hooked the ball against the head allowing Richard Ryan to make a blind side break. Jonny Nixon made the decoy run and as Ryan went to ground Palmer picked up and fed Luke Foster who scored and saw Bucks in front at 21-18.
Oundle again hit back, and a converted try saw them go 25-21 ahead in the final 10 minutes.
But Buckby weren’t finished, and Fergus Murray popped the ball to Oliver who despite being 20 metres out beat the winger and the full back to snatch a dramatic win.
Team: John Paul Watters, Tom Haynes, Tobias Gooney, Andrew Tarplee, Sam Evans, Andrew Frankland, Jake Toseland, Ben Walton, Richard Ryan, Jonny Palmer, Nick Denman, Luke Foster, Sam Goodall, Ed Sitch, Andy Oliver. Replacements: Jonny Nixon, Fergus Murray, Chris Page
Scorers: Tries: Page, Foster, Oliver. Cons: Palmer. Pens: Palmer (3)