NEWTON Abbot's tough start to the season continues this Saturday when they visit Lydney.
Having lost at Brixham first time out, the All Whites overcame a difficult start against Chippenham to run out 27-15 winners at Rackerhayes.
Lydney are unbeaten so far and fresh from putting down Old Centralians 44-11.
Player-coach Colin Stewart, who hobbled off with an ankle injury in the last 10 minutes, said the performance against Chippenham hinted at better things to come.
"Apart from the first 10 minutes when our line-out didn't work well, our set piece was a lot better and gave us a platform to work from," said Stewart.
"Unlike the Brixham game when things were not going well we did not panic and that was definitely an improvement.
"I was happy with the result and pleased to score four tries against a team well organised in defence by my old Plymouth Albion mate Danny Thomas.
"I always had faith in our defensive qualities, but what we failed to do against Brixham was look after the ball.
"When you have dangerous runners like Kyle Browne, Ed McGinley and Kev Dennis, you want to unleash their pace.
"Without the ball you can have the best backs out there, but they can't do a thing."
It was the runners who did the damage against Chippenham with three of Newton's four tries coming from pace.
The only try of the first half for Newton was a short-range effort by prop Lloyd Radford.
A Josh Smith penalty made it 8-5 to Newton at the break, but Chippenham moved into a 15-8 lead after the interval while the Whites had hooker Dean Avery in the sin-bin for 10 minutes.
The comeback started with a try on the run by centre Dennis, who cleaved through from Newton's 10-metre line to score by the posts. Smith converted.
Ed McGinley put Newton back in front with the try on the end of a crosskick into the corner. Smith converted.
The bonus try came from a similar move on 74 minutes when McGinley latched on to Lewis Ryan's dink over the top.
NEWTON Abbot 2nd XV – inspired by a try hat-trick from Luke Smith – made it two from two in Devon Merit One.
They followed their opening win over Brixham with a 41-24 win at Devonport Services.
However it needed a couple of late scores to ensure victory as the visitors only led 26-24 going into the closing stages.
Smith got the score board moving after 25 minutes, the scrum-half followed up behind a catch-and-drive move to score.
An individual try followed for fly-half Laurence May with the third going to winger Josh Davey who showed some good skills on his way to the line.
Mike Edworthy converted May's try to help Newton to a 17-14 lead at the break as Devonport kept in the hunt with a couple of seven pointers.
Newton – with a squad of 22 to use – rejigged their line-up which meant Smith moved to the wing, allowing Tim Berry to takeover at nine.
Smith scored his second on the end of a backs' move; Edworthy converted and then slotted a penalty.
Winger Sam Slingsby put Smith away again with a slick reverse pass before showing his own pace to touchdown.
Team manager Phil Burford was cautiously pleased with the outcome.
"We weren't as convincing as we were against Brixham with the score line slightly flattering us," said Burford.
"However we were up against a bigger more experienced side who were always in the hunt.
"Our pack did well at line- outs and held their own at scrum time.
"The key to victory was to use the full width of the pitch, with four of our tries coming from the wings."