TROWBRIDGE picked up their seventh South West One East victory of the season following a 17-12 success at home to Windsor last weekend.

Storm Arwen caused extremely difficult playing conditions, but Ali Lund’s side battled through to anchor their spot in fifth - 13 points behind leaders, Banbury.

There were a hatful of handling errors in the early moments, but eventually the game settled down and Trowbridge opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes.

Skipper Max Day forced his way over for a try, and Ollie Weaver converted. Windsor responded with two penalties before Trowbridge scored again to extend their lead. Once again, it was Day who took on the Windsor defence before Weaver added the extras.

The defences were on top for the remainder of the half, and although the Trowbridge backs did make inroads they could not break the final line of Windsor’s defence down.

In particular, Nigel Kershaw and Ashley Chalk had opportunities, but the score remained at 14-6 at the interval.

Once the action had resumed, the elements were now with Trowbridge but progress remained limited.

Windsor scored first with a penalty, but almost immediately Trowbridge restored the eight-point lead with a Weaver penalty.

As the game continued on, neither side could establish dominance as both sides incurred penalties for similar infringements.

Late on, Windsor kicked another penalty to bring the visitors within a score. Both sides had opportunities with Trowbridge more likely to score, but they conceded penalties as the opportunities slipped by.

Winsor never came close enough to threaten to score a try, but the home supporters were relieved to hear the final whistle in any case.

Elsewhere in South West One East, Chippenham dominated struggling Grove with a 43-22 victory on the road, and Marlborough lost 12-15 in a low-scoring affair on the Common.

In South West Premier, Royal Wootton Bassett were beaten 38-10 away at Old Redcliffians.

And in Southern Counties South, Corsham were beaten 11-7 at home to Salisbury in the Wiltshire derby while Devizes kept pace with Swindon at the top thanks to a 25-19 win against Dorchester.