TROWBRIDGE boss Dan Jeffries has set his men the task of competing consistently over 80 minutes, despite Saturday's 38-24 win against Corsham.

Jeffries' men allowed a 26-point half-time lead to slip at the start of the second half as Corsham, sat two places below Trowbridge in fourth in Southern Counties South, exploited gaps in the home side's defence through former Cornish Pirates prop Adam Jamieson.

But late tries from Matt Howard and Karl Crosbie guaranteed Trowbridge the points as they kept up the pressure on league leaders Sherborne.

Reacting to the win, Jeffries said Saturday's performance was one of his side's weakest of the season.

He added: "We started well but let them into the game in the second half after establishing a good early lead.

"At half time we felt strong but simply took our foot off the gas and allowed them to score a pair of early tries in the second half.

"It was only then we responded."

Saturday's win meant Trowbridge became the only team to defeat Corsham both at home and on the road so far this season - only Swindon College Old Boys can match that achievement when they travel west on Saturday, March 10.

"That's a record we can be proud of," said Jeffries.

"Our defensive display in the first half was intense, we looked dominant.

"Adam Jamieson made a difference in the second half, but once they edged back into the game we raised our standard.

"Looking at the big picture it's a good win, but going forward we need to play consistently."

Jeffries was dealt a blow when prop Lee Fairclough was forced off the pitch with a broken jaw.

Fairclough will be out for 'some time' according to Jeffries and will miss the club's trip to Yeovil a week on Saturday.

Jeffries said: "Our aim for Yeovil is to gain a bonus point.

"We need to play with intent and precision. Yeovil will want to get anything they can out of the game to keep them out of the relegation frame, so it's important we play hard.

"For us we want to be professional and have an extra edge to our game."

Corsham were 26-0 at one stage down but scored a try through Wes Newson late in first half.

Tries by Kalif Barnes, Scott Parry and Josh Strangward, two of them converted by Barnes, helped close the gap to 31-24 at one stage.

Corsham head coach Tim Draper said: “Trowbridge are a strong, well organised side and played to their strengths to go well ahead in the first half.

“We adapted after the break and it reflected how well we played that we narrowed the score and secured a try bonus point.

“I was delighted with our attacking performance in the second half.

“The guys should gain a lot of confidence having proved to themselves that they can play the way they want to against a team who will be strong contenders for promotion this season.’’