SOUTHAM Colts slipped to a narrow 14-10 friendly defeat away at Daventry on Saturday.
The visitors fielded a much revised side having been without many key players due to injury, but this provided an opportunity for the club’s new arrivals to make their mark against local rivals Daventry.
Things started well for Southam as they set up numerous excursions into the Daventry 22 with Mike Richards being held up on the try line within the first ten minutes.
The first half provided Southam with the majority of possession only to see them attempt multiple kicks down field with little success as the opening period ended 0-0.
The visitors made four changes after the break however it was Daventry who took control after changing their gameplan and they were able to wear down a younger Southam side.
A series of number tackles failed to stop the Southam lock break free to score the opening try inbetween the posts which sparked Southam back into life.
Time after time Southam failed to use the final pass option to secure the score and they were again denied by the goal-line.
Mid-way through the half Southam’s determination paid off with a score under the posts which was followed by a conversion to leave the score 7-7 and soon after a penalty put Southam three points in front.
With two minutes to go the ball went from Southams’ possession with the Daventry 22 to a change of possession and a long winding set of runs from various Daventry players to score under the Southam posts and convert the score to lead 14-10.
A reformed Southam side with many new players and a few Southam forwards withering in the Autumn heat came roaring right back but they were unable to score again and the whistle brought to an end what was a fast-flowing game of rugby.