SAM Williams kicked a late conversion to help Royal Wootton Bassett beat Sutton & Epsom 31-29 and pick up their first Regional One South Central win of the season on Saturday.

It was seventh time lucky for Bassett, who picked up five points in the most dramatic way possible – via a last-minute try.

Despite the success, Alan Low’s men remain bottom but have joined Sutton & Epsom and Brighton on one victory.

The hosts’ afternoon began brightly as Josh McCafferty peeled away from a rolling maul to dive over, and fly-half Troy Cusack performed the honours.

And in the 15th minute, Bassett doubled their try count through Williams after he joined the line at pace and scythed through the fence to score. But shortly after, Sutton opted for a long-range penalty to notch their first points.

With the momentum the visitors had garnered, Sutton & Epsom went on to reduce Bassett’s advantage to just one point prior to the 30-minute mark. Prior to the break though, the home team crossed once more through centre, Dan Hale to extend their lead to 21-13.

Once the second period got underway, Sutton & Epsom roared back to score a try and three penalties while Bassett managed only three points in that time.

It appeared as though Low’s men may have to settle for a bonus point for their efforts, until hooker Scott Parry forced his way over at the end of sustained Bassett pressure to level the scores. And – playing his first game of the season – Williams kept his cool under immense pressure to slot the conversion after Cusack had left the field due to an ankle injury.

Elsewhere, in Regional Two South Central, Swindon lost 31-10 away at Witney while Marlborough stormed to a 31-7 victory at home to Stow-on-the-Wold. Devizes edged out Reading 29-25 in Wiltshire.

In Regional Two Severn, Chippenham beat Keynsham 34-22 at Allington Fields, and Trowbridge maintained a largely excellent week for the Wiltshire sides by seeing off Newent 33-24 on home soil.