ROYAL Wootton Bassett returned to winning form on Saturday with a complete performance against South West One East mid-table rivals Wimborne.

Bassett weathered Wimborne’s early storm before winger Jone Waqanidrola outpaced the visitors’ defence to touch down. Scrum-half Tom Fieldsend converted to add the extras.

From there on the home side took control of the fixture. Chris Patterson crossed the line following a five-metre lineout, Fieldsend again converting, before the scrum-half added a try of his own after being released by Ieuan Clements.

Trailing 21-0, Wimborne responded with a try to cut Bassett’s lead to 16 points before half-time.

Hopes of a comeback among the visiting side were quashed when Fin Dewar dived over between the posts on 42 minutes to confirm Bassett’s bonus point.

Moments later, Dewar added his second in similar fashion, although this time Fieldsend missed the conversion as Bassett led 33-5.

Wimborne continued to work hard and were rewarded with a try under the posts.

But the game was already won as Fieldsend bagged his second try before Patterson powered over for his second of the game - earning Bassett a 47-10 win.

The victory was made more rewarding for the hosts as promising youngster Ioan Jenkins made his debut, while Rhys Higginson came on off the bench.

Both 17-year-olds have been part of the club since joining at U7s level and coach George Loughlin was pleased with the way his side performed.

He said: “We’re pleased to get back to winning ways.

“Wimborne are a good side but we played well, it’s the best we’ve played in a while.

“Having the two young lads make their debut is a bonus too.

“We have another rest (this weekend) before facing what will be a tough Banbury side.

“We beat them at our place but they have recruited since that fixture, so we are anticipating a different side.

“If we play how we did on Saturday, we’ll stand a chance.”