RUGBY: Happy Heathens see off Long Buckby

Action from Daventry's 26-16 win over Dunstablians (Picture: Dave Ikin)
Action from Daventry's 26-16 win over Dunstablians (Picture: Dave Ikin)

Heathens claimed a 19-14 victory at Long Buckby IIs in their opening Youngs Bitter merit fixture of the season.

A bruising match at Long Buckby’s Station Road ground saw joint man of match performances from Heathens winger Sam Berry and full-back Wayne Stride.

Heathens opened the scoring through centre Mark Allison and their lead was extended by Terry Wooldridge.

The conversion was made by Romanian hooker Vio Marin, to leave the score at 12-0 to the away side at the interval.

Long Buckby narrowed the gap to five points after the break, but No.8 Dan Stonehouse dotted down soon after, with flanker Ash Brown adding the extras.

Long Buckby did grab a late converted try, but Heathens saw the game out.

Next Saturday, Heathens remain in merit table action when they take on Vauxhall Motors at home on The Racecourse with a 3pm kick-off.

Salisbury 32

Towcestrians 22

Towcestrians suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of fired-up Salisbury.

Salisbury scored first and Tows were soon hit with a yellow card as Callum Threlfall was sent to the bin.

A penalty try made it 14-0 lead to the home side before Wesley Roberts found Chrissie George, who reduced the deficit.

Fly-half Scott Browne followed this with a penalty to get the Tows back in the game at 14-8, but Lane added two penalties to give Salisbury 12-point half-time lead.

Tows responded at the start of the second half with Liam Wilkinson scoring, but again indiscipline proved costly, with two more quick penalties going the way of Salisbury.

James Falvey nipped in to narrow the gap to four points, but another yellow card was to hit hard as Salisbury secured a late penalty.

That denied Tows a losing bonus point and they will now look to bounce back against Leighton Buzzard at Greens Norton Road on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a young Tows IIs side cruised to a 62-3 victory at home to Kettering and the IIIs beat Casuals IIs.

Old Northamptonians 3

Old Halesonians 41

Old Northamptonians had taken the lead against Old Halesonians but were eventually well beaten at Billing Road.

Rory Seymour’s successful penalty got the home side off to a good start, but Chris Hooper levelled the scores.

Hooper’s effort was quickly followed by a Carl 
Robinson try before Guy Fields stretched the visitors’ lead.

The ONs lost Lewis Barker when he limped off with a leg injury and Richard Blank moved to scrum half.

Matt Love went to full-back, Seymour to the wing and James Grayson, son of Saints legend Paul, emerged from the bench to make his senior debut at fly-half.

Hardly had the ONs settled into their new positions, when a strong drive helped Owen Jones go over.

Andy Robinson extended the lead after the break and Tom King then took the try count to five.

Luke Smith added a sixth to round off the scoring for Old Hales.

Meanwhile, ONs IIs thrashed Luton IIs 71-12.

Chris McKee scored twice with the other tries coming from Zac Draper, Wayne Clarke, Ollie Spencer, Mike Bellamy, Rhys Evans, Scott Mathis, Ben Hammersley, Simon Portwain and Ben Briddon. Ben Dawson added eight conversions.

ONs IIIs went down 24-22 in their EMRU Merit Table game against Old Scouts IIs.

Kettering 53

Scouts 8

Scouts were well beaten by an in-form Kettering side that had comfortably won their previous two matches.

The hosts were soon a try ahead although Adam Frost slotted a penalty for Scouts soon after.

Kettering scored twice more before the break and and although full-back Dean 
Lake responded, spirited Scouts were comfortably defeated.

Daventry 26

Dunstablians 16

Daventry secured their second win of the season to maintain their 100 per cent record.

They saw off Dunstablians at Stefen Hill thanks to tries from Kelsey Mytton, Russ Robinson and Jason Mills.