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Your News Swanage & Wareham 33 - Reading Abbey 21

Swanage & Wareham welcomed Reading Abbey to Bestwall last Saturday, and for a change Swans came away with a victory to take them out of the relegation zone in the league in South West 1 (East)

Both sides started looking as if it was a relegation battle, which it was, and play was often ragged in the first half. Swans went ahead after 7 minutes as Charlie Rowberry landed a penalty goal. There were a series of penalties against both sides, but Swans appeared to have the upper hand territorially, pressing Abbey back towards their own line. After 25 minutes, from a penalty to the corner Swans managed a catch/drive move as prop forward John Sheldrake worked his way over the try line in the corner. 8pts – nil at half time.

A shock was in store for Swans as with the first move of the second half by Abbey as scrum half Olly Heath broke through to score close to the posts. Centre Tom Waterhouse added the extras. ( 8 – 7) However Swans attacked and from a driving maul close to the Abbey line, flank forward Jesse Scott was on hand as he managed to score his first try of the season for Swans 1st XV. Rowberry added the conversion.(15 – 7). Swans continued to press into the Abbey half, and a kick through had Charlie Rowberry winning the race for the ball to touch down in the corner.(20 – 7). Swans continued with the attacking play and in so doing won a couple of penalties close enough for Charlie Rowberry to convert them to put Swans 26 – 7 up. However a good break by winger Gavin Dampies for Abbey, down the left wing had him outstripping the Swans defence to run round to score under the posts. Waterhouse converted. As time was now running out Swans were desperate for the bonus point try, and fortunately it duly arrived, as once again Charlie Rowberry broke clear of the Abbey defence to score his second try of the game, this time under the posts. He added the conversion to put Swans 33 – 14 ahead. With the last move of the game a scramble near Swans line had Abbey’s other centre Tom Huggins crossing the try line which Waterhouse converted to leave the final score Swans 33pts Reading Abbey 21pts.

Swans team:- P.Dunsford, C.Rowberry, D.Prior, D.Wilcox, J.Blackmore, J.Harris, S.Smyth (G. Alner 40),

J.Sheldrake, D.Elford, N.Audley( Z.Wyburgh 66), T.Richings, D.Collins(J.Desmond 45), J.Scott, A.Jones, J.Maginn.


North Dorset 2nd XV 11pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 8pts league D/W1(S)

GAMES NEXT WEEK 17th December

Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Cheltenham league SW1(East) Away 2.00 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v Ellingham 2nd XV league D/W1(S) Home 2.00 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Bridport 2nd XV league D/W3(S) Away 2.00 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 4th XV v. North Dorset 4th XV league D/W4 Home 2.00 p.m.

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