Phil Browns Bulls men saw off Daventry 24-6 at sodden Somersham Road last Saturday. St Ives spent the opening quarter camped deep in their own territory, but league debutant David Stone, Michael Wright and Paul Ashbridge all excelled during a fine defensive effort. Ashbridge and Stone were also prominently involved as St Ives escaped upfield to claim the opening try of the season the latter touching down after some slick handling from the former. Max Dominy did the honours with the conversion, but St Ives saw their lead slashed to a point courtesy of two Daventry penalties before the break. Dominy responded in the second half with a successful penalty of his own before Mickey Drake darted in for a try under the posts. And another soon followed as Ashbridge burst though a couple of tackles and sped round the visiting full-back to cross the line. Dominy kicked the extras on both occasions to complete a satisfying start to the season. St Ives skipper Josh Dear said: We have set the bar high for this season. I asked for a performance to match the investment made in the club and kit, and I definitely got it. St Neots, who received a reprieve from relegation after finishing bottom last season, began the new campaign with a 28-5 home defeat at the hands of Biggleswade. St Neots now host Daventry this Saturday while St Ives are on the road at Dunstablians.