CHIPPENHAM put any lingering relegation fears to bed by defeating Windsor in a tense South West One East encounter at Allington Field.

With their visitors just two points below them in the table before kick-off, the prize for the winners was safety and Chippenham seized the opportunity with a two-try victory.

A penalty from Sam Saunders gave the home side the lead before a trademark power try from Brad Doggett, converted by Saunders, eased them further ahead.

Windsor responded with a penalty before half-time and after it, a converted try drew the scores level.

With both defences putting in fine shifts, Chippenham bagged their second try when Tom Fogerty found a way through the Windsor line to go under the posts and Saunders converted.

Windsor again responded with a penalty and, with time up, home hearts were in mouths as the visitors broke through with a two-on-one situation.

However, the scoring pass was fumbled and the hosts held on to secure their status.

Royal Wootton Bassett finished a place above ninth-placed Chippenham after pushing champions Maidenhead close in a 24-19 defeat on Saturday.

LAST Wednesday, Chippenham had won the Bath Combination Cup with a 43-12 success over Midsomer Norton.

Fogerty bagged a brace of tries, while Matt Bye, Doggett, Jon Turner and Luke Corbett also crossed the line, Dom Riccio adding the balance of points.