After a stuttering start to the season, the Bees are finally beginning to buzz.
The record will show this as a third defeat in four at early pacesetters Ampthill, but that hides the fact this was their best performance to date.
Going into the final ten minutes there was nothing between the teams, only for the home side’s powerful pack to edge them to safety with two late tries.
Bees prop Pete Koziot handed the visitors a dream start when he dotted down following a maul near the Ampthill line. Adam Canning added the extras for a 7-0 lead. The Bedfordshire outfit, promoted from National Three SW last season, responded with a quickfire double, former Old Leamingtonians and Ireland Under-20s flanker Joe Bercis crossing on 17 minutes with winger Daryl Dyer adding another two minutes later, both converted by Joe Tarrant.
Canning slotted over a penalty late in the half to close the gap to four points. The second period was just as tight, even after Ampthill’s powerful Tongan second row Paino Hehea had scored a third try, Tarrant again adding the extras. But this is a Bees side with spirit and when a penalty was kicked to the corner, the resulting line-out saw a series of drives towards the line before skipper Chris Goddard finally managed to touch the ball down on the hour.
Another successful Canning kick made it 21-17 going into the final quarter and the result could have gone either way.
But it was the strength of Ampthill’s pack that finally steered them to a fourth straight win as they closed the game out with a timely brace.
The excellent Bercis crossed for his second of the game before prop Joe Sproston muscled over five minutes from time, Tarrant slotting over his kick before finally blotting his record by missing his final conversion.