DEVIZES got back to winning ways in Southern Counties South with a 17-5 success at home to lowly Walcot in a contest plagued by errors.

The opening exchanges saw Walcot retain possession but met by ferocious Devizes defence.

After 10 minutes, the home side nudged in front after Lewis Dodds broke through off scrum ball, although the conversion was missed.

Devizes looked to build on their score but to Walcot’s credit, they were met with some resilient defence while uncharacteristic home errors also let them off the hook.

Devizes did soon have their second score of the day, though, when a penalty was kicked to the corner and a maul scythed through the Walcot pack, with Charlie Paget appearing from underneath the mass of bodies. Rory Brown converted to make it 12-0.

At this point, Walcot were under severe pressure and a third score seemed on its way when the ball was shipped to Cameron McGready to slide over the line only for the ball to be adjudged to have been held up to keep it 12-0 at the break.

The visitors started the second half well, with Devizes making too many silly errors, allowing their opposition to get a foothold into the match and when John Bramwell was sent to the sin-bin a quick tap penalty led to Walcot bundling over from close range.

Walcot their tails up and continued to batter away but Devizes held firm before edging up the field and after a clearance kick from the visitors was charged down, Travis Orwin won the aerial challenge to dot down.

Errors continued to be the general way of play, with both sides struggling with the conditions and Lewis Paget was sent to the sin-bin in the closing stages, with Devizes repelling the Walcot attack to hold on for victory.