HIGH flying Banbury came to Salisbury promising to be a stern test but encountered a side up for the challenge.

The home side went toe to toe with their visitors and, had they been slightly more clinical in the first half, might well have had some scores to their name.

The sides were matched in the set piece but Banbury looked to have the better drilled set of backs while Salisbury relied on spontaneity and flair as they searched for chinks in the opposition armour.

Sadly at half time, despite a gallant effort the hosts were adrift by five points.

In the second period Salisbury seemed to tire and lose some concentration allowing Banbury to slowly but steadily build a lead.

In front of a larger and knowledgeable home crowd, who were enjoying the combatitive nature of the match, the city side gradually clawed their way back.

Their opening score coming from the indefatigable Richard Goffin which is pictured above.

They then added a second try from James Kennedy, who crashed over , Nik Wooton converted the second one to complete a 31-12 final score.

This result was harsh given the Salisbury display over all but reflects the misfortune that befalls a side who miss crucial tackles.

This Saturday, Salisbury have no game as it is fallow weekend.

Next up for them is a trip to Buckingham on March 21 and the coaching team of Jeff Watt and Nik Mould will be keen to move another step forward and perhaps achieve that elusive first away win. They are at home to Beaconsfield a week later.