Sat 16 Dec 2017
Devizes travelled to high flying Corsham last Saturday in the final league match before Christmas. With a number of players injured, sick or unavailable (estimated around 25-30), Devizes competed well initially, but fell away against a side that just that extra bit of quality.
At the beginning the game was very well matched with the Devizes pack doing well and making significant inroads into the Corsham defence. It was pleasing to see the Devizes scrum do well against opponents they struggled against at the beginning of the year. Against the run of play however it was the home side who scored first and then added a second break away try to make it 12-0. Not put off by this, the Devizes forwards rumbled up the pitch and after significant pressure, number eight and pack leader Craig Bryant was bundled over the line. Rory Brown converted.
Still very much in the game at the 35 minute mark, Devizes had the upper hand in the pack, but two quick tries in the final five minutes of the first half saw Corsham extend their lead to 22-7.
The second half didn't go well for Devizes as Corsham exploited space and deservedly scored a further five tries. A consolation try from second row Charlie Paget left the score at 55-12 to the Lacock Road side.
A disappointing result, however Devizes can take some heart from the first 35 minutes where they were very much in the game. Looking to 2018, Devizes will hope to get some key players back firing and fully fit, alongside more commitment from the playing squad overall at training.