PEWSEY Vale ended the Dorset and Wiltshire Two North season undefeated following a 17-5 victory over Devizes second XV last weekend.

The opening exchanges saw both defences unwilling to give an inch with big hits coming in from both sides. Pewsey were unable to capitalise on some early pressure on the Devizes five metre line, and with the confidence provided by their resolute defence Devizes grew into the game.

A break from the Devizes backs was well chased down by Pewsey winger Rob Boyd-Wallis ensuring what was a tight first half ended 0-0.

Pewsey began the second half on top and recorded the opening try of the game when captain Phil Hobbs showed some quick thinking with a quick tap-and-go penalty on the Devizes five metre line to bundle over. The conversion was added by centre James Haynes to put Pewsey ahead 7-0.

Devizes responded by exerting some pressure of their own, however, a wide pass from the Devizes fly half was excellently picked off by outside centre Will Bowerman before being brought down inside the opposition’s 22.

Pewsey recycled the ball quickly to give fly half Sam Flippance the chance to dot down the second try of the game.

Again, Devizes showed character and fought back into the game when the visitors’ number eight powered through several Pewsey defenders and offloaded to the supporting player to finish the move.

Pewsey were able to strike back quickly after kick-off, winning a penalty deep inside the Devizes 22, and Haynes was able to put the ball between the uprights to make the score 17-5.

The home side’s defence stood firm for the remainder of the game with back row and eventual man of the match Ollie Lavis winning several turnovers to keep the score 17-5 at full time.

The victory resulted in Pewsey ending the league season as the undefeated league champions with 14 wins from 14 games.

Pewsey’s final game of the season sees them take on Lytchett Minster in the 1st XV Plate Final on Saturday, April 23 at the Angela Yeates Memorial ground (2:30pm kick-off).

Pewsey will aiming to finish an already successful season by winning the cup and securing the double.