CORSHAM’S Dorset & Wilts One North title celebrations were forced to go on hold as second-placed Warminster ended the leaders 100 per cent record on Saturday with a 31-24 success.

The Lacock Road side remain 10 points clear of their nearest rivals, with a bonus point from this weekend’s trip to Bradford on Avon being enough to wrap up the silverware.

But head coach Tim Draper was disappointed to see his side lose for the first time in 20 league matches as the amber and blues visitors secured a 31-24 triumph.

Draper said: “It was a really close game against the strongest opposition we have faced all season, including the Southern Counties teams we have played.

“It could have gone either way but a couple of breakaway tries from them made the difference.

“It was disappointing to lose but two points gained leave us needing one point from two remaining games to secure the league title.’’

Corsham secured the try and losing bonus points courtesy of tries from Ben Russell, Lewis Jones, Tim Minty and Alex Twigg, while Kalif Barnes landed two conversions.

Minety’s final home match of the season ended with a 45-7 success over Swindon 2nd.

The hosts took the lead when captain Andrew Hibbard burst over for the opening try.

Swindon then bagged a converted score through Jermain Edwards.

Minety surged back and from a scrum deep in the visitor’s half, centre Tom Windle beat four defenders to score. Garin Garland’s conversion extended the lead to 12-7.

The third try, in the 31st minute, came as winger Ben Langridge pounced on a loose ball to score under the posts.

The bonus-point try came when Garland’s quick penalty caught the Swindon defence flat-footed and allowed centre John Blair to cross.

Minety increased the lead as fly-half Tom McAllister’s precise kick was collected by Langridge for his second, Garland’s long-range conversion taking the score out to 33-7.

Windle’s second try of the match followed in the 73rd minute, Garland converting and another sweeping backs move rounded off the triumph.

Hibbard, playing his last game as club captain said: “It was a great performance from everyone. We had plenty of possession and used the ball well. It was nice to be able to play on our 1st team pitch for a change.”

Melksham put Royal Wootton Bassett 2nd to the sword 52-17.

The visitors struck first with a converted try but Melksham hit back when the ball was sent wide for winger Ben Brown to score in the corner, before prop Rob Escott crashed over.

Melksham then saw hooker Aaron Brailey driven over and the fourth came from Phil Stone as he stepped defenders to score before Bassett hit back with a score of their own.

The restart brought Melksham pressure again, Dave Dyke powering in to score.

Bassett responded but, from the restart Melksham stepped up a gear to see Brown get his brace.

Nick Suter then powered over and Callum Gillard broke for the third of three tries in the last quarter.

Pewsey Vale were 49-32 winners over Supermarine, overcoming a 15-point half-time deficit.

Supermarine bagged 10 points through a converted try and penalty, before wing Toni Bloomfield scored for Vale. 

Marine scored two more unconverted tries before half-time but Pewsey came out of the blocks to take the lead in a 20- minute onslaught, scoring three tries and a penalty.

Number eight Phil Vallis powered over from a five metre scrum, centre Pete Baird ran in out wide and fly-half James Haynes slotted a penalty and converted when flanker Karl Crosbie dotted down.

Vallis, Haynes and Spence then scored a try apiece , the latter two converted by Haynes before Marine ran in two further tries.