TITLE-CHASING Salisbury kept up their hopes of sealing the league crown with a 39-12 victory at Swanage & Wareham.

Salisbury arrived at Bestwall knowing they needed maximum points from their final three matches to have the best possible chance of sealing the title.

The Swans were not going to sit back and watch this happen and looked the more threatening from the kick-off.

After an early score for the home side, Tom Tully responded with a penalty for Salisbury and Ed Crossley broke and chipped ahead. Alex Park gathered and sent Dan Hammond flying for the line.

The game continued at a furious pace and from a poor clearance kick, Swans exploited the space on their left flank to add a second try.

Salisbury now began to click through their gears and were showing good handling skills but failing to make the final pass count.

After a patient build up Will Murley popped up in support, dummied the last defender and crashed over for a score.

The floodgates were now open, and the outstanding Park raced in to score behind the posts before Dom Porter bulldozed his way over for the bonus-point try shortly before the break, Sam Waters adding the conversion points for both of these scores, and Salisbury earned a 27-12 half-time lead.

Salisbury, with a worrying number of injuries and all replacements deployed, took their foot off the gas slightly but still retained control and did not allow Swans to cross their line at all in the second half.

At the other end of the pitch George Fossey was rewarded for his hard work with a try and man of the match Park grabbed a second, converted by Waters to finish the game.

The physio looks to have a busy week as Salisbury prepare to host Dorchester in front of an expected large crowd in their Castle Road fortress on Saturday.