James Ray made an impressive debut as Heathens won 27-21 at St Neots IIIs in the opening fixture in their Youngs London Stout merit table campaign.
Heathens were forced to travel with only 14 men, but Ray put in a performance that more than made up for this as he got around the field and defended like he was two players.
The opening score came after only two minutes as Heathens left wing Mark Allison was on the end of a multi-phase move to cross for an un-converted try.
This was followed with another effort five minutes later as Sam Berry scored.
Heathens were camped near their own line for the next 25 minutes, but they broke out and Jake Doyle darted from the base of a five-metre scrum for a try.
The hosts then responded with their first score, but Heathens picked up two more, through Joe Yeo and Ben Jackson.
The visitors’ legs were then tiring after playing one short for the whole game and St Neots began to make a strong comeback, scoring twice.
But Heathens held out to secure a fine win.
Old Northamptonians 25 Kettering 20
OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS scored 22 second-half points as they overcame Kettering at Billing Road.
Kettering were 17-3 up at the break, with only Rory Seymour’s penalty giving ONs anything to show for their efforts.
But they stepped it up after the interval as tries from Chris McKee, Alex Crofts and Seymour, who ended the day with 15 points, secured a comeback win.
Old Scouts 34 Leighton Buzzard 7
Scouts picked up their second home bonus-point victory of the season.
An Adam Frost penalty had given Scouts an early lead and Jordan Judd raced away to score soon after, with Frost converting.
Glyn Roff was next to register and skipper Richard Bussey then broke clear with an outrageous show and go to get a try of his own.
A sin-binning reduced Scouts numbers and with an extra man, Buzzard exploited a try which they converted.
Back at full strength the home side were chasing a try bonus point which they achieved thanks to George Barrett.
Frost added his fourth conversion of the day and completed the day with a penalty on the stroke of time.
Meanwhile, Scouts IIs defeated BBOB IIs 34-5 in their Merit Table clash.
Towcestrians 30 Birmingham & Solihull 11
JAMIE WARR scored twice as Towcestrians continued their unbeaten start to life back in the national leagues with a bonus-point success.
Kieran Frost was first to score, before Warr claimed his first try.
He scored again in the second half and Tows then turned the screw, grabbing a bonus-point penalty try.
Olney 33 Vipers 19
TRIES from Ollie Simmons (2), Will Edwards, Jordan Letts and Mungo Ryan earned Olney the win.