A HAT-trick of tries by winger John Derbyshire helped Finch to get off the mark for the season with this superb derby win.

Finch have been improving week by week and fully deserved this success as spirited defence kept the home side pointless in the second half.

Portico Vine got off to a good start, racing into a six-point lead with a converted try. Finch replied with the first of John Derbyshire's trio from a rare scrum win against head and feed.

The homesters struck again with two more tries to lead 14-4 but Finch narrowed the deficit to four points at the interval with a touchdown by centre Ste Richards, after good work by second-row Ian Derbyshire, and a penalty by scrum-half Chris Ratcliffe.

Finch began to take control after the break with strong running from John Woods, Lee Burke and veteran Karl Farrall, backed up by tigerish tackling by Stuart Simmons, Ian Derbyshire and Paul Hitchen.

They drew level when Chris Ratcliffe sent loose-forward Tony Seabrook through for a try.

By now the pendulum had swung fully Finch's way and they clinched a well-deserved win when John Derbyshire completed his hat-trick with two further touchdowns, one goaled by Chris Ratcliffe.

Seabrook was adjudged Finch's man-of-the-match ahead of John Derbyshire, Simmons and Chris Ratcliffe. Skipper Stu Simmons was once again top tackler with Richard Twist and Ian Derbyshire not far behind.