RUGBY: Daventry claim pre-season win over Banbury

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Daventry All Blacks entertained Banbury in a pre-season friendly and won 10-3.

Daventry pressured Banbury in the early stages of the first half.

Strong direct runs from Jason Mills and Shannon Thompson were keeping Daventry on the front foot.

Finally, Daventry broke the deadlock from winger Lokken Wong picking up a loose pass and sprinting more than 60 metres to touch down under the posts. James Heath converted.

Banbury stepped up their game after 20 minutes and attacked deep into Daventry’s half for long periods, but solid defence from Perry Davis and Wong kept their speedy wingers from scoring.

New prop Chris Parkinson was causing problems for Banbury.

The second half started with domination from Banbury. They played some great rugby, kicking the ball deep into Daventry’s 22 and keeping the pressure on, but brilliant defence from Matty Waldron was keeping Dav in the game.

With 10 minutes left and Daventry still stuck in their 22, Jake Sanderson kicked a loose ball and retained possession.

Daventry went for the kill in the dying minutes and were rewarded with a penalty in the last play. James Heath kicked it to make the final score 10-3.

Man of the match was Matty Waldron.

New signing Tom Hill scored two tries as the Daventry Development XV drew 10-10 with Banbury IIs.

This Saturday, Daventry begin their league campaign with a home clash against Corby Stewarts & Lloyds (ko 3pm).