CORSHAM 22 Dorchester 11

LACOCK Road has not been a happy hunting ground for Dorchester in the past and this latest trip proved no different.

Just one win in the last six visits tells its own story, and with the county town coaches still not having the luxury of selecting from a full-strength squad, Saturday was always going to be a difficult afternoon.

The first 40 minutes appeared to confirm the visitors’ worst fears. Their new-look front row struggled in the set-piece and Corsham’s big ball-carrying forwards were a constant threat.

However, the county town side showed great resilience, defending well and attacking with ball in hand whenever they got the chance.

Two close-range tries from the home forwards were answered by two penalties from James Baker and the hosts led by just four points at the break.

Dave Cottell and Adam Make-peace were introduced to shore up the scrummage and the game began to change.

A third try for Corsham, again a close-range effort for their bulky number eight, extended the lead to nine points but Dorchester were now beginning to get on top in the tight.

Baker finished off a sustained period of attacking with the visitors’ only try of the day and Dorchester looked to be in with a chance of victory.

They were pressing hard for a further score when a couple of debatable refereeing decisions went against them and they found themselves back on their own line.

Corsham made no mistake, again bundling over from close in, to deny Dorchester the consolation of a losing bonus point.

Martin Oxland’s men will look to bounce back from their first defeat in Southern Counties South when they entertain Devizes this weekend.

Dorchester: Duncan (Cottell 40), Pengelly, Bonner, Broadbent, Skidmore (Makepeace 40), J Gower, Newsam, Vivian, D Gower, Costigan, Clark, Baker, Bament, Paton (Weller 60), Read.

Highwood Man of the Match: Simon Pengelly