CORSHAM climbed into the top six in the Southern Counties South table after edging to a 22-19 success at home to Grove.

Playing into the strong wind in the first half, Corsham took the lead with a well-worked try from Scott Parry, converted by Kalif Barnes.

Grove struck back with a try to close the gap to 7-5, but an interception from Robbie Robinson saw the hosts race away for a try finished off by Barnes to extend the lead to 12-5.

After some powerful carrying, Grove again responded to level the score at 12-12 at half-time through a converted try.

A second try for Parry, converted by Barnes, put Corsham ahead again in the second half, but the visitors showed great determination to fight back to level the scores once more.

Corsham kept attacking and put a huge amount of pressure on the Grove defence, which resulted in a number of penalties, one of which Barnes sent through the posts to claim the victory.

Corsham head coach Tim Draper said: “It was a really competitive game and Grove are probably the strongest opposition we have played in the league so far.

“I was really pleased that the guys put into practice what they have been working on in training over recent weeks. It was our best performance this season.”

Elsewhere, Bradford on Avon remain at the foot of the table without a win to their name following a 55-34 defeat at home to North Dorset in their latest contest.