DEVIZES conjured up a remarkable fifth draw of the season as they shared the Southern Counties South spoils 20-20 at North Dorset on Saturday.

The Saddlebacks had won on their previous two visitors to Slaughtergate, but the early signs were ominous as the home side managed to make ground and, after five minutes, found themselves over in the right hand corner through giant winger Mindaugas Kazlauskas.

However, excellent breakdown work by second row Martin Bills allowed the visitors to push upfield and quick thinking from skipper Rory Brown saw the fly-half wriggle his way over the line and add the conversion despite a tricky wind.

Brown added a further penalty to stretch the lead, while North Dorset were then reduced to 14 men by a sin-binning, but the home side responded with a penalty of their own and then regained the lead before half time with a close-range try.

The second half started with a bang for the visitors, as Josh Gould made a welcome return after three months out injured and Devizes started to have the edge in the scrums.

Toby Lock shrugged off tackles to dive over in the corner for a fine individual score to tie the scores before scrum-half Harrison Wall spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

However, the Saddlebacks pushed on and Lewis Dodds came in off his right wing to go over in the left corner.

Devizes continued to batter away, only for a turnover deep in North Dorset territory to set up a length of the field break that saw the scores levelled.

Marlborough claimed five points from a walkover from their clash with Dorset Dockers.