Luctonians back on winning trail
Luctonians got back on course after successive defeats with a morale-boosting 24-20 National Two North win over second-placed Caldy.
Full-back Jimmy Norton, winger Charlie Meredith scored two and replacement Will Hodnett got the Lucs' tries.
But Luctonians director of rugby Alex Davidson was far more content with the way his team defended.
"We got to 17-10 up but they built back into the game and the last 10 minutes was all them on our line," he said.
"But we closed out the game and it was a really good win especially after the previous week's defeat at Lougborough."
Heading into the Caldy game on the back of successive defeats by Huddersfield and Loughborough Students, Davidson had targeted three wins in the run-up to the Christmas break to help Lucs remain serious National Two North promotion contenders.
And, although admitting that in recent seasons it has not been a happy hunting ground for Lucs, he regards this Saturday's trip to Leicester Lions (10 December) as winnable.
"I don't think the club's history up there is great," he said. "But we had a good win against them earlier in the season.
"They have been struggling with player retention, so hopefully we can get up there and continue our good vein of form now that we have found it again.
"I said if we could win these three games before Christmas then that would set us up nicely for the second half of the season.
"The way the table is panning out, if we can get in the top four by Christmas then that is where the divide is going to come.
"There is already a bit of a points gap between us and Stockport, who are chasing us.
"With the top few teams playing each other in the next couple of weeks, if we can just step it up again then hopefully we will be a top four side and looking to push on after Christmas."
Second row Steve Jaques will miss the pre-Christmas matches after suffering suspected medial knee ligament damage in the win over Caldy.
But they otherwise have a clean bill of health, having been fortunate with injuries this season, in stark contrast to last year when their back division was decimated.
Coverage of Leicester Lions v Luctonians in Sport on Saturday on Hereford and Worcester (10 December).