A MIXTURE of youth and experience saw a much-changed Salisbury United come away with a well-earned 33-10 win at East Dorset.

A bright start fizzled out as Salisbury struggled to find some shape, but a smartly-taken try by Mitchell Knott-Craig, converted by Tom Pottage, calmed the nerves before two East Dorset tries and a reply from Manasa left Salisbury leading 12-10 at half-time.

The second half was a better affair, with Richard Roe kicking intelligently and the team building cohesion. Further tries from Manasa, Tom Buckingham and Pottage, all of which he converted, saw them home.

Green and Whites' third win on the trot lifts them up to second in Dorset and Wilts 1 South.

Leaders Yeovil are eight points clear at the summit with a game in hand.

In Dorset and Wilts 2 South, Salisbury thirds recorded a comfortable 24-7 victory over Puddletown to cement third spot.

Meanwhile, the fourths slipped to a fourth successive defeat in Dorset and Wilts 3 South, being thumped 52-19 at home by table-toppers Blandford.