CHIPPENHAM scored 10 tries in a comprehensive 66-24 victory at home to Buckingham in South West One East last Saturday.

The Allington Fields outfit played the first half facing into a very strong wind, which favoured Buckingham, but it was Chippenham who got to the break 33-17 up.

Chippenham also managed to get the four-try bonus point within 20 minutes following tries from Nat Parkes, Ben Thyer, Semi Nacoko and Foti Faosiliva, all expertly converted by the boot of scrum-half Tom Douglas.

The second half saw Chippenham continue their strong performance against one of the division strugglers.

In confident mood after the first half, Chippenham showed great handling to increase the pressure and keep the scoreboard moving against determined opponents.

Further tries were added by Max Marshall, Francis Dickens and Nathan Dunford before Thyer rounded off an impressive match, completing his hat-trick.

Scrum-half Douglas enjoyed a fantastic day with the boot considering the weather conditions and converted eight of his 10 attempts at goal.

Victory for Chippenham left them in ninth but just a point behind north Wiltshire rivals Marlborough - who did not play last weekend.

Elsewhere in South West One East, Trowbridge suffered a 40-5 mauling at the hands of title-chasing Oxford Harlequins away from home.

Quins remain in second and just a solitary point behind Banbury following the league leaders’ 16-13 reverse at Newbury Blues.

Meanwhile, in South West Premier, Royal Wootton Bassett drew 26-26 with Okehampton - the team directly above them in the table.

In a game that Bassett would have earmarked as a winnable one in their quest to stay up, Alan Low’s men came up agonisingly short and now have just six games left to retain their South West Premier status.

In Southern Counties South, Devizes maintained their lead at the top with a 24-12 win away at Yeovil.

Meanwhile, struggling Corsham lost 25-39 at home to Dorchester, leaving their wish to remain in Southern Counties South looking increasingly unlikely.