MEN’S RUGBY: ONs battle back to claim crucial victory over Birmingham

GETTING STUCK IN - action from ONs' win over Birmingham & Solihull (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
GETTING STUCK IN - action from ONs' win over Birmingham & Solihull (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Old Northamptonians secured their second league win of the season at a very wet Billing Road on Saturday.

They did it the hard way, fighting back from 10-0 down to beat Birmingham & Solihull 22-13.

James Grayson’s successful kick put the ONs on the scoreboard after they had conceded an early try and penalty.

With the half time whistle imminent,a series of drives saw Lewis Barker eventually burrow over and Grayson’s conversion brought the scores level.

ONs went ahead midway through the second half as a strong Mike Bellamy burst made initial inroads and 
Rory Seymour raced in to score.

Grayson added the two points before the Bees responded with a penalty.

But Phil Beaumont caught the restart and somehow evaded the would-be tacklers to make thirty metres, 
giving ONs a platform to build on.

And they used it well, with Tim Cardall rumbling over for a score that sealed a good success.

Meanwhile, Old Northamptonians IIs were also victorious, beating Bugbrooke IIs 38-0.

The ONs scorers included Craig Stewart, with his first try for the club.

Old Northamptonians’ vets team were beaten 5-0 by Peterborough Vets.

Windsor 6 Towcestrians 32

A FIRED-UP Towcestrians side claimed a superb success at Windsor last weekend.

Level at the top, Tows went into the game against the third-placed side knowing it would be a stern test of their title credentials.

But they emerged victorious on another good afternoon for the Greens Norton Road club.

The home side had taken an early 6-0 lead, but Tows responded superbly with a Matt Yuill try and James Falvey penalty putting them ahead.

Tows turned the screw up front in the second half and started to dominate the scrum, driving the Windsor pack backwards on a regular basis.

Asecond Falvey penalty quickly followed by a Ronnie Speakman try helped the away side extend their lead to 12 points.

Craig Holton, returning to the side after a long injury lay-off, then crashed over before a penalty try secured the bonus point.

This week, Tows put it all on the line once again as they host now third-placed Maidenhead.

Elsewhre, Towcestrians IIs continued their excellent season with a 34-12 win over Witney IIs.

Towcestrians IIIs made the tough trip to take on Peterborough IIs and battled hard before losing 15-9.

Tows Colts just came up short, conceding a late score against Old Northamptonians, with the Northampton team winning 12-10.

Scouts 28 Old Laurentians 3

Scouts welcomed bottom side Old Laurentians to Rushmere Road for the first league encounter between these two clubs, who had enjoyed many friendly battles before the introduction of league rugby.

And it was to end in a comfortable victory for the home team, with George Barrett, Jordan Dolman, Luke Reeves and a forward-orientated try securing the success.

Adam Frost added eight points with the boot.

Winslow 32 Heathens 5

A CONVINCING first-half performance saw Winslow send Heathens home empty-handed.

It was 25-0 at the break, but Heathens fought back during the second period, grabbing a consolation try, which 
came from No.8 Dan Stonehouse.

This Saturday, Heathens remain in Youngs Bitter merit table action as they travel to Oundle to take on their 
IIs. The game kicks off at 2.15pm.

Olney 20 Peterborough 3

OLNEY grabbed three 
tries on their way to a comfortable victory against Peterborough.

Skipper Jack Sutton, scrum-half Rich Cowan and full-back Jake Deighton all dotted down to give Olney the victory.

Elsewhere, Olney Colts were convincing 17-0 winners in their game at Wellingborough.