Old Scouts’ reshuffled pack had to work hard to earn a 19-13 win in a nail-biting encounter against Market Rasen & Louth at Rushmere Road.
Scouts were dominant without scoring in the first quarter, although Adam Frost eventually notched a penalty to take the lead.
The visitors began to slip into gear and they crossed for a seven-pointer near to the end of the first half.
With several stoppages, an extra 15 minutes were added to the half and Frost kicked two penalties to nudge Scouts ahead before Rasen grabbed the lead with a penalty of their own.
After the break Frost slotted his fourth penalty to put Scouts back into the lead and with five minutes left a scintillating break by centre Liam Hancock saw him stopped five metres short. Dean Lake was in support and picked up to dive over and with Frost converting Scouts were two scores ahead.
The visitors battered Scouts’ line but resolute defence held out to only give away a penalty and the final whistle was a welcome relief.
Old Northamptonians 12 Lutterworth 13
OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS suffered their first league defeat of the season as they were edged out by Lutterworth.
ONs had taken an early lead as Rory Seymour’s break helped to send Matt Love over close to the posts.
Seymour converted, but Dan Glass replied with a penalty and the score was 7-3 at the break.
ONs started the second half as they had the first, with Love scoring.
But the conversion was missed and Lutterworth then began their fightback, with Glasse grabbing another penalty.
Dan Jones then scored and Glasse converted to win it for his team.
Meanwhile, Old Northamptonians beat Lutterworth IIs 43-10.
Ben Hammersley scored a hat-trick, with Billy North, Adam Faulkner, Kieran Murdie and Charlie Barker also registering.
Murdie added one conversion and Barker three.
Heathens 37 Bedford Swifts 12
SOLID forward play and new-found backline creativity was the basis for Heathens’ friendly win over Bedford Swifts.
Ben Jackson, with numerous lineout takes, steals and turnovers, and Josh Budd, who made enormous contributions both with ball in hand and defence, combined for a joint man-of-the-match award.
The Romany-based Heathens made a strong start as Mark Evans and Joe Yeo scored. Swifts replied with a try of their own but full-back Budd fed Dave Pontin to score for Heathens.
Swifts responded again to reduce arrears to three points before Jake Doyle scored Heathens’ fourth try.
Budd scored after the break, with the conversion added by skipper and prop Craig Wilson.
Tony Hazell was next to dot down and Sam Berry finished things off.
Towcestrians 36 Bridgnorth 13
TOWCESTRIANS continue to enjoy life in the National League after securing another impressive win at Greens Norton.
Bridgnorth had taken the lead with a penalty, but Tows responded with tries from Matt Bodily and Fen Gallagher.
Matt Yuill added the extras to the second of those scores and after Bridgnorth registered another three points, Gus Hopewell grabbed a third Tows try to make it 19-6.
Bridgnorth scored after the break, but that spurred Tows on and further tries from Ben Roe, Kieran Frost and Jamie Warr saw the home side finish with a flourish.
Meanwhile, Tows IIs took the long trip to Herefordshire to suffer a 53-27 loss to National League Two side Luctonians.
Tows IIIs beat BBOB 55-0 away from home and the Colts scraped home at Long Buckby, winning 25-24.
Oundle 34 Olney 5
PROP Jeremiah Shields scored for Olney but his effort proved to be too little, too late as the away side were well beaten at Oundle.