DEVIZES fell to their third defeat in a row at the weekend following a 24-7 defeat at home to Corsham.

The Southern Counties South fixture – which was doubling up as the quarter final of the Bath Combination Vase – saw Rhys Harries return to the host’s line up following a long injury lay-off, though it was not the happy return he would have wished for as Devizes were well below their best.

The home side had dispatched Corsham at Lacock Road in October, wining 38-25, though that looked unlikely to be repeated early on.

Devizes looked poor in the first half as the visitors went 14-0 ahead courtesy of two tries.

The best moment for Devizes in the whole game came after around the half hour mark when Brad Hill ran in a fine solo effort.

After finding some space down the right wing, Hill sprinted away to bring the scores to 14-7 at the break.

The second half saw Devizes splutter into life in the final twenty minutes, however Corsham’s defence throughout was excellent and two scores from Corsham in the final ten minutes sealed the win.

The visitors then scored a final try late on after a fine bit of play from Corsham scrum half Robbie Robinson to put the visitors on the road to a bonus-point win.

Corsham claimed just their fourth win of the season while the result dropped Devizes down to fifth.

Elsewhere, Swindon edged a thrilling contest against Yeovil to emerge 36-26 victors while Swindon College Old Boys fell 19-11 to Swanage & Wareham.

Swanage jumped above Devizes as a result of their win and they are now in fourth.