Tom May's drop-goal proved decisive as Northampton Saints' kicking abilities secured a hard-fought victory over Bath Rugby to chalk up a third straight win and to temporarily move to the top of the Aviva Premiership.
Five penalties from Stephen Myler, and May's late effort, sealed a nail-biting 18-14 victory as Saints added to their wins over Gloucester and Exeter - ensuring Jim Mallinder's side continued their 100 per cent record, but did lose Ben Foden to a nasty-looking ankle injury.
Bath, however, lost their 100 percent record and had to make do with a losing bonus point despite the best efforts of the impressive Nick Abendanon and the left boot of Olly Barkley.
The home side came roaring out of the blocks and found themselves 5-0 to the good after less than two minutes as a clever grubber kick from Tom Biggs released full-back Abendanon, who chased through to touch down.
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