WEYMOUTH & Portland maintained their 100 per cent record in the Tribute Southern Counties South with a 71-0 thrashing of Salisbury Seconds.

Rich Bament’s men have now taken four wins from a possible four and are only second in the table to Bournemouth Thirds on points difference, the Seahorses’ being 18 points inferior.

Salisbury have struggled this season, notching up only three points in their four games.

However, the hosts put up a good fight in the first half as a solitary Chris Norton try was all that separated the sides until the half-hour mark.

Thereafter, the Seahorses took complete control as Ryan Lewendon went over, converted by Rory Legg.

Tim Comben, skipper Dave Oaksford and Lewendon all crossed again before the break, the latter converting two for a 31-0 lead.

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Lewendon wasted little time after the resumption, crossing for his hat-trick try and converting to boot.

Matt Savage scored his first try in three years before Jacob Cummings and Josh Cameron also slid over the whitewash, Lewendon adding a single conversion.

Savage grabbed his second try and replacement Will Quick notched the final score as Lewendon wrapped up proceedings with two conversions.

Bament told Echosport: “They opposed everything and never gave up. There were a few harsh words said.

“We thought it would be an easier walk in the park than what it should be. That shows in the score, after half an hour we only had one try. We were trying to do things when we couldn’t.

“Then when we sorted them out, when we did click into gear, it was never really in doubt.”

Weymouth & Portland now host Sherborne Seconds on Saturday at Monmouth Avenue.

Bament said: “You never know with Sherborne what to expect. They could have a lot of university students back or put out a young team completely.

“We’ll just take them as they come. They do like to throw the ball around, all Sherborne teams do.

“We’ll have to be aware defensively because they’ll just want to run everywhere. They’re all good ball-handlers, good rugby players.”

Dan Hayne (ankle) and Craig Barter (hip) were set to see specialists during the week and will be assessed before the game.

Seahorses: Comben, B Hayne, Oaksford, Eckersley, Hoskins, Norton, Patsouris-Belcuore, D Bowditch, Cameron, Legg, Purcell, Lewendon, Savage, Beynon, Cummings. Replacements: W Quick, Davies.