Royal Wootton Bassett extended their lead at the top of Regional Two South West Division with a convincing 55-10 win over challengers Drybrook.

Bassett kicked off the top of the table clash against a backdrop of heavy mist. The men from the Forest of Dean may have appreciated the conditions but ultimately it was going to be a long day for the visitors.

The hosts immediately went on the attack. An attacking lineout on the right in the second minute was won and shipped wide. Centre Scott Douglas was on hand to touch down under the posts.

In the twelfth minute, a high tackle allowed Bassett to kick to the corner. The lineout was won and a sequence of phases eventually saw the ball released to full back Charlie Brook who scored in the corner, but the conversion went wide.

After 22 minutes another sequence of Bassett attacks was held up but the ball came free to Brook out on the left who was able to score his second of the game. The conversion hit the post and Bassett led 17-0.

Not long after further pressure saw the ball thrown wide to the left and winger Henry Toomer made no mistake to pick up the try scoring bonus point. Cusack converted.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Henry Toomer scores the bonus point tryHenry Toomer scores the bonus point try (Image: James Booth)

Although Drybrook were competing they had no answer to the pace at which Bassett were moving the ball. In the 45th minute teenage scrum half John Fruci-Jewell fed Toomer on the half-way line but he was just held up on the line. The ball was fed wide to winger Ethan Stock who raced over.

Shortly after a break was fed wide to replacement back Jamie Murray who scored a neat try converted by Cusack for Bassett to lead 38-0.

A scrum penalty awarded to Bassett saw them kick for the corner. A simple catch and drive resulted in another try for hooker Scott Parry who has been scoring at will all season. Next Toomer added his second of the game skilfully evading the defence. Cusack again hit the magnetic post with the conversion attempt.

With the game entering the final 10 minutes Drybrook conjured up their best spell of the game scoring two tries either side of a further Murray try.

Bassett will be extremely happy to have seen off Drybrook in a game that looked closer on paper than it actually turned out to be.