Warwickshire Bears’ second string took their record to four wins from four after beating the highly fancied Plymouth Storm 44-40 in Third Division South & West.
After being beaten home and away by Storm last season, Bears knew they were in for a tough game from the tip-off.
The first quarter was a tight affair with the sides going in locked together at 8-8 as defences prevailed.
The pattern was maintained in the second quarter, with Storm taking a slender 19-18 lead into half-time.
Bears came out for the second half in determined mood but the encounter remained evenly balanced, with the home side taking a slender 32-31 lead into the final quarter.
Bears finally exerted some control in the final quarter, limiting Storm to sporadic opportunities.
With a minute remaining, Bears moved into a six-point lead to virtually seal the win.
And despite Storm narrowing the gap late on, it could not take the shine off a fine performance from Tom Masterson’s side.
“That was a good win against a very good Storm side,” said Masterson. “They pushed us all the way to the end and anyone could have won it.
“I think that will turn out to be a very good win for us this season.”