WANDERERS finally gave their loyal support something to cheer on Saturday, as their hard work paid off against a lacklustre Royal High/Corstorphine side.

It was nothing short of a fantastic performance which surely gives the Wanderers a mighty ray of hope looking ahead to next season"s Division Two challenge.

RHC did, however, open the scoring, with a penalty in the third minute. This was nullified almost immediately as Devlin slotted over a penalty then, with 10 minutes played, the imposing figure of Calum Robb charged down a loose kick, hacked it past the last defender, and popped the ball to Leigh Tyley for the Glasgow U-18 centre to gallop over the line.

The Wanderers continued to threaten, Robb and Alan McMichael frequently joining the back line, and the pressure told as RHC"s Maiden was sent to the sidelines for a tackle which was so late it was almost made in the second half. Wanderers quickly took advantage, as debutant Andrew Kirkland cut inside a drifting defence to touch down.

Another try was added by Chris Clark before the break, Devlin missing the kick for a 22-3 half-time scoreline.

The second half continued as the first had ended, Wanderers always looking dangerous. RHC scored with a drop goal early on, but the home side again stretched the lead as birthday boy David Watson ran on to a grubber kick which had held up invitingly over the line, and Devlin tacked on the two.

RHC centre Aled Jones brought the deficit closer, skipping over two challenges, but Wanderers again replied immediately. Mark Coyle made a fantastic hit, and as the ball squirmed backwards David Murray pounced to touch down.

As time ticked down Hicks scored a consolation for the visitors, but the scoring wasn"t finished there. The final try typified the Wanderers effort this season, as prop Coyle stepped on the gas in the last minute, charging through between the posts, and adding the two points himself with a cheeky drop goal.

Of the 43-18 scoreline, assistant coach Iain Forster, standing in for an absent Dave McVey, said: 'I"m proud of the team, we got our just deserts for all the hard work.

'Unfortunately it took a season to gel, but it stands us in good stead for next year. Hopefully we can take experience from this year, and come straight back up.' Wanderers: D. Watson, N. Wright, J. Smith, L. Tyley, C. Clark, A. Devlin, A. McDougall, A. Kirkland, C. Robb, A. Abernethy, D. Clayton, N. Paterson, G. Paterson, A. McMichael, M. Coyle. Subs used: D. Paton, D. Murray. Wanderers are sponsored by National Semiconductor (UK) Ltd.