IT WAS a tough weekend for Wiltshire sides in Southern Counties South as Corsham, Devizes and Bradford on Avon all fell to defeats on the road.

Corsham suffered a fourth loss in succession, going down 59-12 away at league leaders Sherborne, form that has dropped them to ninth in the table.

It was another difficult day for bottom side Bradford on Avon, whose winless season stretched to a 19th game after a 43-12 reverse at Swindon College Old Boys.

Devizes are the highest Wiltshire team in the table, sitting seventh, although they went down 32-10 at North Dorset on Saturday.

With Devizes playing into the wind and up the slope in the first half, they knew they needed to be in the game at half-time, and they just about managed to do this.

The hosts started the better and scored an early converted try through a rolling maul, which was soon followed by a penalty.

However, Devizes hit back and a try from Gus O’Connor cut the deficit to 10-5.

North Dorset used their powerful pack to their advantage and soon rumbled over the tryline twice more in quick succession

Devizes responded just before the break to reduce the deficit to 22-10 as Richard Burton bundled over the line after a strong carry.

The Saddlebacks were hoping to use the sizeable advantage of the wind in the second half, however, the strength of it died considerably and gave them no real opportunity to dominate territory and possession.

Unfortunately, a yellow card gave North Dorset the advantage and they scored their fourth bonus-point try after a chip and chase, and the conversion was followed by a penalty with the last kick off the game to round off a disappointing day for Devizes.