SALISBURY slipped to a 32-11 defeat at home against Tottonians in Regional Two Tribute South Central.

The Green and Whites were looking to kickstart their season with a win against in-form visitors Tottonians who, despite their geographical proximity, they had never met in the league before.

The threatened rain stayed away and the sun shone with a stiff breeze blowing up the park.

The visitors drew first blood driving over from a line-out in the first five minutes.

Salisbury responded and were looking confident on the ball, however they were still lacking the penetration they required to turn possession into points.

Totts extended their lead with a penalty before the trusty boot of Xav Hastings pulled two scores back but again the visitors responded in kind.

On the stroke of half time Tom Tully crashed over for a score and the hosts were right back in the game with two points separating the sides.

Salisbury looked to take the fight to the visitors but Totts were well-drilled and repelled all attacks while quietly and efficiently keeping the scoreboard turning over in their favour.

Again, Salisbury looked to run out of steam in the final quarter. The Green and Whites looked a side well beaten at the end.

Their start to the season has seen them lose to the top four sides in the league but fare better against two rather less illustrious opponents.

On Saturday, Salisbury travel to Buckingham for a battle of the basement sides and hopefully a victory to raise confidence levels.