CHIPPENHAM lost control of second place in South West One East as they were edged out by hosts Old Centralians 37-33 in a 10-try contest in Gloucester.

The visitors conceded early penalties to allow Cents the position from which to score the opening try of the day but the response came as centre Jacob Unwin powered through for a converted try.

A Cents penalty and penalty try put them back into the ascendancy but Chippenham full-back Will Waddington sniped his way through several tackles before passing to Tom Fogarty to touch down.

The final act of the first half came from a chaotic few seconds, as quick thinking from Dan Wainwright set up captain Ryan Surry, Wainwright adding the extras to give his side as 19-15 half-time lead.

Cents were back in front with a try soon after the break but explosive lines from second rowers Aaron Ascott and Andy Rossiter turned the home defence before number eight Sam Saunders touched down for Chippenham's bonus-point try.

Cents responded again with a try and penalty to go into a 30-26 lead, but after excellent handling, Chippenham's Matt Dickens scored in the corner with only minutes to spare.

The home side though responded with a set-piece move from a lineout to snatch victory in the final moments.

Royal Wootton Bassett returned to winning form on Saturday with a complete performance against South West One East mid-table rivals Wimborne.

Bassett weathered Wimborne’s early storm before winger Jone Waqanidrola outpaced the visitors’ defence to touch down. Scrum-half Tom Fieldsend converted to add the extras.

From there on the home side took control of the fixture. Chris Patterson crossed the line following a five-metre lineout, Fieldsend again converting, before the scrum-half added a try of his own after being released by Clements.

Leading 21-0, Wimborne responded and cut Bassett’s lead to 16 before half-time.

Hopes of a comeback among the visiting side were quashed when Fin Dewar crossed over between the posts on 42 minutes to confirm Bassett’s bonus point.

Moments later, Dewar added his second in similar fashion - but this time Fieldsend missed the conversion as Bassett led 33-5.

Wimborne continued to work hard and were rewarded with a try under the posts.

But the game was already won as Fieldsend bagged his second try before Patterson powered over for his second of the game - earning Bassett a 47-10 win.

The win was made more rewarding for the hosts as promising youngster Ioan Jenkins made his debut while Rhys Higginson came on off the bench.

Both 17-year-olds have been part of the club since joining at under sevens level and coach George Loughlin was pleased with the way his side performed.

He said: “We’re pleased to get back to winning ways.

“Wimborne are a good side but we played well, it’s the best we’ve played in a while.

“Having the two young lads make their debut is a bonus too.

“We have another rest (this weekend) before facing what will be a tough Banbury side.

“We beat them at our place but they have recruited since that fixture, so we are anticipating a different side.

“If we play how we did on Saturday we’ll stand a chance.”