Daventry Under-16s were edged out 10-5 in a hard-fought clash with Newbold.
With a full squad, Newbold proved to be tougher opposition than they were earlier in the season, with their forwards leading the way.
This was the first match that the full Under 16 squad have played together for a number of weeks, and it showed in the performance.
Despite scoring the first try after backs had opened up the Newbold defensive line, Daventry struggled to get a grip on the game.
The Newbold forwards played with aggression throughout the match and forced their way over the line for an immediate reply.
Daventry’s go-forward was limited to isolated breaks and as a team they never quite managed to build up a head of steam to dominate the opposition over a period of time. Too often the ball was turned over through players being isolated and Newbold being quicker to the breakdown.
Newbold started stronger in the second half and doubled their score in the first few minutes with a well taken try. The match was played out with both teams competing hard but failing to convert opportunities into points.
Towcester 37 Daventry 0
STRONG, fast and direct running from Towcestrians saw them easily win this match against Daventry.
With both teams joint second in the EMMJRA Championship, this match would prove pivotal in deciding who secured second place.
The game couldn’t have started worse for Daventry as they conceded a try within the first minute.
Nothing should be taken away from Towcester who maximised their early dominance by adding a further two converted tries with only seven minutes on the clock.
With the damage already done, Daventry should be given credit for the way they dug deep for the remainder of the game. It was 27-0 to Tows at half-time.
The second half was as the first half finished with both sets of forwards evenly matched and Daventry backs trying to punch a hole through a well organised set of Towcester backs.
As Daventry pushed hard to get back into the game, gaps inevitably appeared in their defence which, with the pace and power that Towcester backs had at their disposal, the hosts scored a further two tries.
With one league match to play, it is still mathematically possible for Daventry to finish second.
The boys have to remain positive, regroup and focus on what should be an excellent last game of the season at home against Wellingborough on Sunday, March 1.