Adam Frost held his nerve to slot a last-gasp penalty and seal a dramatic 35-34 win for Old Scouts over Paviors at Rushmere Road.
Scouts were expecting a tough encounter as Paviors are the only team to take any points off league leaders Newbold with a draw in their last fixture.
Paviors scored an early penalty but Frost equalised and Scouts then went ahead with a try from Andy Morris, after opting to kick a penalty to the corner.
A second attacking kick resulted in a similar move with Emilio Giron-Walsh going over for Frost to convert and Scouts were 15-3 ahead.
Scouts then switched the point of attack to create space and Matt Brown made the most of it to score. Frost’s conversion saw Scouts 22-3 ahead.
The visitors refused to lie down though, and scored two tries of their own to only trail 22-15 at the break.
Using the wind to their advantage Paviors attacked straight from the restart and added converted try to bring the scores level.
Frost put Scouts back in front with a penalty, but Paviors reacted brilliantly to score two tries and lead 34-25 going into the last 10 minutes.
Scouts hit back and Frost crashed over and converted as well to bring the score to within two points.
With time running out. Scouts were awarded a penalty that Frost landed to win it.
Old Northamptonians 29 Wellingborough 14
OLD Northamptonians secured a comfortable win over their county rivals.
ONs played down the Billing Road slop in the first half and went 3-0 up early on thanks to a Jack Cook penalty.
The home side continued to press and Guy Holt and Ted Bunn set up Rhys Evans for the try, with Cook adding the two points to make it 10-0.
Borough came back and Kieran Checkley scored a try which was converted by Pete Vickers to reduce the arrears to 10-7 after just 20 minutes.
It was an end-to-end game, but ONs moved 17-7 cleear before the break with a try from Holt, with Cook converting.
Borough started the second half quickly and the Checkley/Vickers combination struck again to make it 17-14.
ONs replied almost immediately through a Rory Seymour try, Cook converting, and at 24-14 ONs were in control.
Borough kept plugging away but could find no way through, and with 10 minutes left ONs sealed the win when Seymour dotted down his second try.
On Saturday, ONs travel to Nottingham to take on Paviors.
Elsewhere, ONs IIs went down 38-34 at Wellingborough IIs. Try scorers were Ben Hammersley (3), Jacob Evans, Ben Briddon and Simon Portwain, with Scott Oldham and Kieran Murdie both kicking a conversion. ONs IIIs scored tries through James Fraser (2) and Stuart Burglass but lost 48-17 to S&L IIs.
Sheffield 14 Towcestrians 0
TOWS made the long trip up the M1 to top of the table Sheffield, the steel city boasting a population of more than 550,000 compared to Towcester’s 15,000.
It seemed a mismatch on paper, but Tows showed determination which made for a very hard fought encounter as they matched their hosts for the first 30 minutes.
Sheffield eventually took the lead with a penalty and kicked a second before the break to make it 6-0.
The home side piled on the pressure in the second half, but Tows battled hard and restricted them to a try and penalty, despite a red card for Kieran Frost.
Tows’ long injury list prevented the IIs travelling to Sheffield, while Old Scouts IIs called off the game against Tows IIIs. On Saturday, Towcestrians host Lichfield (ko 2.15pm).
Heathens 22 Mens Own 31
A SPIRITED second-half fightback wasn’t enough for Heathens as they slipped to a 31-22 defeat to Mens Own at the Racecourse.
Heathens plated up the slope and into the wind in the first half, and they found themselves 7-0 down after 15 minutes when Own went over for a converted try.
The Ashton side extended their lead to 12-0 with a second try, before The Romany-based Heathens responded five minutes later.
They scored a pushover try from seven metres out from no.8 Pete Evans, with skipper and hooker Craig Wilson adding the extras to reduced the arrears to 12-7.
The Mens Own backs were in good form and managed a two further tries before the interval to see their side lead 25-7 at half-time.
Heathens made changes to their backline during the break with full-back Ashley Brown making a return to action following an extended injury lay off.
The effect was not immediate though as a visiting back ran right through the home defence and was gifted a converted score to make the score 31-7 just two minutes into the second half.
Heathens then started to focus and got their act together, with centre Gareth Ivett coming to the fore to earn himself the man of match award.
There was also some strong runs by co-centre Dan Stonehouse, who was working with some good lineout ball sourced from flankers John Marlow and Tony Hazell.
Ivett began the fightback on 45 minutes with a try following some consistent pressure on the visitors’ line and it was 31-12.
This was followed on 63 minutes with a try from winger Terry Wooldridge - who was making his season debut - following a good move along the backs and it was 31-17.
Persistent pressure was then rewarded five minutes from time with a try from John Marlow to see Heathens close top within nine points at 31-22, but that was to be the end of the scoring.
Heathens return to merit table action on Saturday when they travel to Wellingborough OGs to take on their second team, with a 2.15pm kick-off.