Old Northamptonians gained revenge for the defeat at Kettering in September, scoring six tries in a 40-27 win at Billing Road on Saturday.
Despite the strong wind, both sides attempted to play expansive rugby at every opportunity and produced a great advert for junior rugby at this level.
Five of the ONs’ tries were scored by the backs but it was the pack who provided the platform, winning at least four strikes against the head and putting pressure on the opposition scrum throughout.
ONs’ tries came from Dan Napier (2), Dan Hartman, Alex Crofts (2) and Joe Marston. Tom Goodman converted five of the six tries.
The ONs IIs beat their Kettering counterparts in an East Midlands Merit Table clash by 32-17.
Tries came from Scott Oldham(2), Aaron Adams, Ollie Spencer and Max Cubitt. Phil Monkman added a penalty and two conversions.
Old Scouts 62 Olney 15
After a close encounter in the first quarter on a very blustery day, Scouts eventually blew Olney apart.
The visitors made early inroads into Scouts’ half and relentless pressure eventually resulted in their forwards driving over the line for a converted try with four minutes on the clock.
Scouts woke up to the fact that they were going to have to play a more subdued game against the wind and work their way up the field in simple stages.
A Frost penalty put Scouts on the board and soon after, following a defence-breaking run by Iain Simmons, centre Russell Lynch was on hand to score. Frost added the extras to put Scouts ahead.
The lead only lasted a few minutes until Olney slotted a penalty to bring the scores level at the mid-point of the half. However, the home side stuck to the game plan and took their chances to race away from their visitors.
Firstly, Matt Brown broke from the base and to set up Jordan Dolman who crashed over.
Soon after Olney dropped the ball in midfield and Lynch scooped up to run in unopposed and with the last move of the half a Frost break set up Brown, who sidestepped his way over the line to gain a try bonus point.
Frost converted the first two to give Scouts a comfortable 29-10 lead at the break.
Ten minutes into the second half, Olney scored their second try of the afternoon following several missed tackles but there was no likelihood of a fight back as Scouts turned on the afterburners to score five tries in the final 20 minutes.
Russell Lynch was the first to go over the whitewash when he completed his hat-trick and he was soon followed by teenager Liam Hancock after an incisive break from replacement Dan Warren.
Having converted both, Frost brought the half century up when he then converted a try by Jordan Judd.
This had resulted from an interception by Conor Jeffcoate who was stopped short of the line after a 60-metre run.
Both sides were tiring and Scouts were down to 14 players for the remaining 10 minutes due to injuries. This didn’t appear to handicap Scouts as their defence held firm and a counter-attack saw Judd cross the line for his second of the day with Frost again converting.
There was still time for an exhibition score. Jeffcoate again made inroads into the Olney defence and some smart handling and an outrageous looped pass by Jim Smith found Dolman out wide to score his second.
The conversion attempt missed but with nine tries, Scouts had completed a successful afternoon with another spirited performance.
Scouts IIs went down 13-7 at Bugbrooke, while the Scouts Occasionsls beat Queens IIs 24-13. The Vs came back from a 24-10 half-time deficit to win 55-24 at Wellingborough.
Heathens 24 Long Buckby IIs 29
Heathens lost out by a single try in an exciting nine-try thriller against Long Buckby’s second string.
Heathens took the lead after 14 minutes through Andy Evans, Ash Brown adding the extras. Heathens promptly relaxed and forgot their defensive pattern to allow Buckby through for an unconverted try three minutes later, leaving the score at 7-5 at half time.
Within a couple of minutes of the restart Long Buckby showed some quick hands and outflanked the Heathens defence to secure a second unconverted try.
Five minutes later, sustained Buckby pressure caused disruption in the Heathens defence that allowed them to extend their lead with an unconverted try.
Heathens clawed themselves back into the game when skipper and flanker Dan Stonehouse ran hard after another series of pick and drives to score on 55 minutes with Brown converting.
Heathens lost their focus after scoring and some mazy Buckby running only four minutes later saw the visitors cross for a try that this time was converted.
Heathens were not to be outdone and on 64 minutes, scrum-half Marty Campbell supported Stonehouse off the back of a scrum to secure an unconverted try. Eight minutes later they clawed their way back into the lead when Stonehouse again picked up from the base of a scrum to find centre Dave Collins in support and cross for an unconverted try to make it 24-22.
However for the second merit fixture in a row, Heathens conceded the lead with the last play of the match when they again lost defensive focus and allowed Buckby in for a converted try to sneak a win.
Towcestrians 28 Maidenhead 17
Bidding to get their season back on track, another injury-ravaged Tows side went up against Maidenhead at a blustery Greens Norton Road.
The injuries to the home team allowed full-back Callum Garwood to make his first -team debut at scrum-half.
Tows began the game in the same fashion as the last couple of weeks, allowing Maidenhead’s winger to cross after his team’s territorial advantage paid off. The try was converted.
Falvey replied with a penalty, only for Maidenhead to again score another from a line out, Tows elected not to compete only to be driven over. Finally Tows got on the front foot.
After a strong lineout drive the ball was worked infield for Pepe Nanci to score under the posts. Falvey converted, denying Maidenhead the score line they deserved in the first half.
Straight after the break with the half-time team talk still ringing in his ears Falvey calmly put Tows into the lead for the first time.
Later into the half after a tremendous amount of pressure on the Tows defence for what seemed to be a large period of the half, the visitors finally cracked through after a series of scrums.
The normally reliable Maidenhead kicker missed the conversion and shortly after missed a penalty chance from an easier position.
A rare visit to the oppositions half resulted in a penalty to Tows which was kicked to touch. The lineout was called and driven, a mistake from the visiting pack saw Tows drive them 20 metres back to score and put them back in the lead.
The final 10 minutes belonged to Tows and two exceptional tries from Falvey and Nanci saw them through with a bonus point, for an unrealistic scoreline.
Tows’ second string were beaten 17-12 by Luton IIs.
BBOB 12 Daventry 15
BBOB lost their way after going 12-0 ahead in their double-header against Daventry.
BB led thanks to tries from Bowden and Mann, but Daventry hit back and won it with the last kick of the game.