SALISBURY RFC came out 40-17 winners as the club welcomed Gloucester outfit Old Centralians to Castle Road.

As the two sides tested each other for an early advantage it was Old Cents who scored first from a penalty, as Salisbury were deemed to be offside, but Matt Loader kicked the City side level and then into a lead with a superb penalty from the left wing.

Salisbury were shifting the ball quickly and Jack Sheldrake took full advantage to cross for his second try in as many games, with Loader adding the points.

The home side were adventurous and unlucky not to capitalize on their pressure with searing runs from Dan Bennett and Christian Metson.

Callum McTaggart showed his turn of pace when he cut inside to break the line and found Dave Tonge in support to complete the score, with Loader’s metronomic boot once again converting for a 17 point lead.

Old Cents rallied, and a converted try just before half time reduced the deficit to 20-10.

The hosts continued to set the pace in the second half with Tonge and Loader in complete control of the midfield, and the Salisbury back row of Bobby Saunders, Paddy Dickson and James Hill making a nuisance of themselves all over the park.

Gareth Blackborrow reaped the reward on behalf of the front row when he crossed for a try and then Tonge scampered in for a second, both converted by Loader.

Old Cents were awarded a penalty try to the amazement of the crowd but the home side enjoyed the last say with another Loader penalty.