However the day was marred by a serious hip injury to the highly influential BB fly half Andy Silley which saw him taken by ambulance back to Northampton A&E. All at BB and I'm sure all that have had the pleasure of seeing him play this season wish Andy a speedy and safe recovery. The game opened with BB dominant turning down a goalkick to move the ball wide with David Abraham scoring 0-5, Silley missed the conversion but added a penalty moments later 0-8. Again BB's scrum was dominant and the young backs had plenty of ball to play with. A strange try followed as Abraham put in a speculative up and under, everbody stopped allowing the ball to bounce, Abraham collected and scored between the posts, Silley converting again 0-15. BB were perhaps guilty of moving the ball too quickly instead of using the phases, and were caught out when a poor kick provided Daventry with a converted try 7-15. BB lost second row Ben Briggs with a badly dislocated finger, allowing Ryan Maskell to sub, this was to prove crucial later. Good forward play provided Abraham with his hat trick, Silley converting 7-22. Silley was then injured the referee realising it was serious blew for half time.
Daventry opened the delayed second half brightly and kicked a penalty 10-22.However they then kicked badly from defence, Ross Bowden fielded and a strong run took him nearly to the try line, where Tom Shaul took over 10-27, bonus point secure. Maskell due to the injury was now on the wing and was the beneficary of a long Abraham run, taking the scoring pass,Abraham converted 10-34. Some lovely hands from backs and forwards gave Maskell his second and BB's sixth 10-39. Maskell, a back row,then sold the Daventry full back the most outrageous dummy for his hat trick, Abraham concluding play with the conversion 10-46. Anybody who reads my reports knows I am not a particular fan of man of the match, but I must say that Phil Bull's all round play today was outstanding. BB stay in league action next week with a home game against Deepings, in front of their old players day. Daventry we thank you for a great day.
Written by our pitchside correspondant Roger Allen.