RUGBY: Bradford on Avon 36 Pewsey Vale 19

This Is Wiltshire: Bradford’s Dan Bright gets to grips with Pewsey’s Sikele Ratubuli on Saturday (Photo: Glenn Phillips (49216-6) Bradford’s Dan Bright gets to grips with Pewsey’s Sikele Ratubuli on Saturday (Photo: Glenn Phillips (49216-6)

BRADFORD coach Dave George agrees that his side's league trip to Supermarine a week tomorrow is likely to prove a pivotal afternoon for their title ambitions.

The Ashley Lane side claimed a bonus-point triumph over improving basement boys Pewsey to reclaim pole position in Dorset & Wilts One Norrth as previous leaders Minety lost at Combe Down.

South Marston side Marine are two points adrift of the top two in third but, with two games in hand - the first of them at home to Melksham tomorrow - the destiny of the crown remains in their hands.

Bradford though can boost their own fortunes by lowering their rivals' colours next weekend and George admitted: "Marine away, that could be the one.

"We've got back on top, but there are some tough fixtures to finish, like Marine, Swindon 2nd at home and then you don't know what you'll get from Chippenham 2nd.

"I said it would be a tougher game (against Pewsey) than last time (a 56-14 win in November) and it was. From the kick-off, we got turned over and they scored straight from that.

"But it was one of our best performances of the season and I liked the pace and intensity we had. There were a few defensive lapses, but we went through the phases well.''

Bradford responded to their early setback as number eight Ed Dawson pushed his way over and Dan Bright converted, as he did when centre Charlie Holton ghosted through the defence.

Pewsey scored a second try, but Ben Sheppard added a third for the home side before half time.

Dawson and Holton were on the scoresheet again in the second half, sandwiching a try from centre Nick Abbott, Bright adding a further conversion.

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