OXFORD Harlequins gained a spirited 29-19 victory over Salisbury on their new artificial playing surface at Horspath Road.

Following their heavy defeat by Royal Wootton Bassett in their South West 1 East opener, this was an encouraging result for Quins, who started well with an early try from Fotu Latu, converted by Rory Garrett.

Salisbury hit back to lead 12-7 at the break following tries by lock James Kennedy and left wing Rory MacTaggart, plus a conversion from Boyd Rouse

Quins upped the pace in the second half and took the lead when James Stacey’s try was converted by Garrett.

Then Garrett’s long pass put right wing Antonio Turetta over in the corner, the fly half converting for 19-12.

Winger Jack Crowe’s try, with Garrett again adding the extras, put Quins in charge at 26-12.

Salisbury centre Nick Wotton went over for a try, converted by Rouse, before Garrett sealed Quins' win with a penalty from the last the of the game.

Banbury made it two wins out of two, but had to come from behind to triumph 38-19 away to newly-promoted Beaconsfield.

The visitors took an early lead when scrum half Ed Phillips took an inside pass from Tommy Gray to score a try which he converted.

But Beaconsfield hit back to 16-7 ahead with a well-constructed try from James Lambert and 11 points from the boot of scrum half Aled Lewis.

A try winger by Dan Brady, converted Phillips, boosted Banbury, who then had Gray sin-binned as Lewis landed his fourth penalty to give the hosts a 19-14 lead.

But Banbury, urged on by injured player-coach Matt Goode from the sidelines, dominated the second half, scoring tries through replacement Joe Mills, Dan Kirwin and Pete Boulton – Mills converting two of them – as they eased to victory.

Witney suffered their second decisive defeat when they crashed 39-10 away to a slick Royal Wootton Bassett side

The visitors took an early lead with a penalty from full back Luke Manning, while attempts to batter their way over the hosts' line were resisted.

Instead Bassett took advantage of two defensive slip-ups to take a 14-3 interval lead.

The home side started dominating in the second half, while Manning was yellow-carded trying to halt the barrage.

It was now one-way traffic, the hosts stretching their advantage to 34-3 with three tries, a conversion and penalty.

Witney, at last, had a bright patch, centre Jack Birks darting through a gap following a ruck to score under the posts and add the conversion.

But Bassett had the final say with an unconverted try deep into injury time