NORTHOLT failed to tame last Saturday's monsoon weather or their opponents British Airways in their latest Hert/Middlesex League Four fixture - losing a scrappy match 34-10.

The grim conditions worsened as the game progressed, but BA were better at combating them, dominating all areas of the field.

Northolt's strengths were in the set play line-outs and scrums due to their sizeable and well-drilled forwards and tries from front rows Frank Enright and Eamonn Dunleavy kept them just about in contention.

But their open play defence let them down and too many missed tackles and some strong running from BA's midfield broke down the home team, who wilted towards the end.

It was a disappointing result following on from a 17-7 win in the floodlit cup against Southgate last week.

Northolt are now fifth in the eight-team division with one win and three defeats from their five matches. Harrow and Chess Valley lead the way with five wins from five games.

They next play GWR at Trailfinders Sports Ground on December 5.