JAMIE Barrett was delighted with his Swindon College Old Boys side after they dismantled Dorchester 40-14 at home to top the early Southern Counties South standings on the opening weekend.

The fixture was the first competitive game under new boss Barrett, who took over at the Pipers Way outfit after Mark Lea and Martin Lloyd stood down from their roles at the end of last term.

The most pleasing aspect for Barrett was how his troops were able to transfer their work from pre-season into their opening league outing.

“I’m very happy with the start. I said last week that we were looking to go into the game, and take everything we had worked on during pre-season into it, which we did,” said Barrett.

“We were very structured, certainly in the first half. The forwards were dominating everything and that is exactly what we asked them to do.

“In the second half, Dorchester stepped it up a little bit and they came at us. We had a few injuries, so we made a couple of changes but apart from that, it was a really good start.

“We have worked a on the set-piece a lot and it all came together. We had a really tough pre-season and I think all of the players have bought into it.”

Elsewhere in South West One East, Royal Wootton Bassett’s perfect start to the campaign continued as they put Witney to the sword 39-10.

Despite falling behind to an early penalty, Bassett hit back to lead 14-3 at the interval after Sean Marsden outpaced the defence to touch down and scrum-half Tom Fieldsend converted.

A decent Witney spell followed after Bassett had prop Chris Rowland sent to the sin-bin for a maul offence, but just before half-time, Bassett skipper Gavin Ougan fielded a poor clearance and dodged the defence to score, Fieldsend adding the extras.

Stepping it up a level in the second period, Bassett scored again as number eight Kyle Lovell picked up and offloaded to Fieldsend, who finished off the move.

Lovell then got on the scoresheet from the base of a close-range scrum, Fieldsend with the extras, before Dan Hale raced in for a score on the wing.

Bassett lost vice-captain Ieuan Clements to an injured knee and Witney responded with a converted try, but Fieldsend’s second wrapped up the comfortable triumph.

Swindon are still looking for their first victory of the campaign after they were thrashed 85-0 by title favourites Newbury Blues in Berkshire.

Supermarine’s Dorset & Wilts One North campaign got off to an inauspicious start as they were thumped 55-0 at home by Bath-based side Combe Down.