SOUTHERN Counties South new boys Corsham maintained their magnificent start to the campaign with a third successive triumph, this time a 22-17 success at North Dorset.

The Lacock Road side, last season’s Dorset & Wilts One North champions, secured another try bonus point as John Murzyn, Hamish Milner, Alex Twigg and Ben Russell all touched down, Matt Draper landing one conversion as the visitors took a 22-10 lead in the second period before a late Dorset revival.

Corsham head coach Tim Draper said: “It was a really good game with both teams looking to play attacking rugby.

“There was very little between the teams and the main difference was that we took our chances to score.

“To go down to North Dorset and get a win was a great result for us.

“We had to make a number of changes in the forwards for the game.

“Ollie McNerlin and Sam Fuller, who were both in the colts last season, made their league debuts for the first team and put in impressive performances.

“Its fantastic for the club to see some more talented young players coming into the first team from our junior ranks.’’ Meanwhile, Trowbridge finally got their season up and running with a 49-0 thrashing of bottom-of-the-table Swanage and Wareham.

The Doric Park side headed to the side they pipped to the play-offs determined to claim their first win of the campaign.

However, not only did Trowbridge secure victory, they ran in seven converted tries and kept a clean sheet.

Matt Howard and the returning Shai Bonnick lead the way with two tries apiece, while Dan Greenslade and James McFarlane were also among the scorers with Tom Weaver adding the extras to all of them.

And while Swanage may be sitting at the foot of the table, Trowbridge head coach Dan Jeffries believes that is a false position.

“They have had a tough start to the season,” Jeffries said. “It took us quite a while to break them down.

“It was only 14-0 at half-time, but once we broke them down we played really well.

“We had close to a full strength side out for the first time this season and when we are at full strength we are a very dangerous side.

“Shai Bonnick came back into the side for the first time this season and if we can give him the platform to run at team then he will tear them apart.”