TROWBRIDGE secured a nail-biting 28-24 success against Wiltshire rivals Marlborough at the weekend in South West One East.

Following an early-season 38-33 success at The Common, Ali Lund’s men completed an impressive double against Marlborough and can look up rather than down from their fifth position in the table.

Trowbridge played with the slope in the first half and Tom Weaver opened the scoring after five minutes with a straight forward penalty.

This was followed by a period of pressure which resulted in winger Lewis Jordan scoring a try in the corner.

After half hour Lee Fairclough broke through the Marlborough defence and scored another try to make the interval score 16-0 in Trowbridge’s favour.

The visitors came out for the second half with some renewed intent, and in the first few minutes scored a converted try. This was soon followed by further period of pressure which resulted in a penalty and a reduction in the deficit to just six points.

Although Trowbridge were playing against the elements, they were able to respond and gained more of the share of possession despite being up against a strong set of forwards.

The hosts’ attacks resulted in a try for number eight, Angus Lean, who forced his way over the whitewash to open his try-scoring account for the club under the posts - Tom Weaver converted.

Trowbridge continued to attack, and soon after had secured a bonus point following prop, Jack Davies’ score. The latest try increased the Doric Park side’s lead to 28-10.

With around a quarter of an hour to go Trowbridge suffered some injuries which helped give Marlborough an opening back into the contest.

The visitors gained some ascendancy and scored two tries with around ten minutes to go, both of which were converted.

However, Trowbridge ensured that the rest of the match was played in Marlborough territory and the visitors had no further opportunities to steal the points.

Elsewhere in South West One East, Chippenham lost 52-24 at third-place Bracknell.

In South West Premier, Royal Wootton Bassett lost 18-27 at home to Ivybridge and remain bottom with just seven games left to play.

In Southern Counties South, Devizes remain top after thumping Wiltshire rivals Corsham 52-20 on home soil.