SALISBURY RFC's four game winning run came to an end at Wimborne as they lost 32-19.

The visitors were forced to shuffle their side once again with injuries to Josh Green and Rory MacTaggart, and fly half Boyd Rouse unavailable.

On the plus side Rob Larcombe returned in the centre and Dan Hammond continued to find his feet after a long spell sidelined; veteran Tom Pottage came into the side at full back.

Both sides probed and stuttered with errors aplenty and it took fully a quarter of the match before the scoreboard operator was needed when Wimborne kicked a penalty.

This seemed to galvanise the visitors who put together a well controlled period of possession culminating in a drive for the line in which the eagle eyed referee spotted a knock on, denying them a try.

The hosts benefitted immediately crossing in the left hand corner and then added a further score as half time beckoned for a lead of 15-0.

Salisbury regrouped and from a well controlled scrummage with the Wimborne forwards desperately back pedalling Richard Smart launched himself off of the back of the scrum to score, Tom Pottage adding the conversion.

The game now began to swing back and forth and Wimborne took advantage of some weak tackling to extend their lead.

Salisbury gained another attacking scrummage but found the defence more robust and driving them back. The ball squirted loose Dave Tonge reacted first and scampered clear of the cover to touch down. The visitors could sense that they were in the game until a further home score seemed to put the game to rest however an enterprising move from their own twenty two metre area saw Blake Ryder, showing well on his debut, Pottage, and Tonge involved before Joe Tully was sent streaking to the line.

Veteran Pottage added the extras, notching up his 1,634th point for the Salisbury first XV at the same time.

Sadly the glimmer of hope was extinguished by a further score for the hosts and a deserved win.

Salisbury deserve credit for some good performances, Joey Goldsmith, Smart and Rob Becher were again outstanding, but key personnel are required back before Banbury come to call in a fortnight.

Salisbury Colts reversed an earlier defeat by their hosts with an imperious 44-10victory in Dorchester in the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Bowl.

Despite falling behind at the start the visitors took control and played the game at their pace, tries came from Adam Farr, Chris Chaddock and Jacques Kinneson with a brace apiece, Joe Paden, Euan Floyd and Joel Wise.

Cameron Mould added a couple of conversions to cement their place in the final.