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Your News Cheltenham 40 - Swanage & Wareham 5

For the second time in a fortnight Swans had to travel away to Gloucestershire to play against top of the table Cheltenham, this being the start of the second half of the season.

Swans started well putting Cheltenham under some pressure, but a couple of penalties put Swans under pressure themselves. However from a maul after 8 minutes, wing forward for Swans Audie Jones broke clear, passed to No.8 Joe Desmond who galloped 50 metres to score his debut try for Swans 1st XV ( 0-5).Swans continued to have the upper hand, but ten minutes later a break by Cheltenham resulted in a converted try(7 – 5). Swans were still having the territorial advantage, but once again a Cheltenham centre broke clear to score their second converted try (14 – 5). Just before the interval a couple of penalties put Cheltenham on Swans 5 metre line and a try was scored in the corner. Half Time 19 – 5.

Swans came out in the second half and continued to put Cheltenham under severe pressure, but could not find a way through the hosts defence. Swans lost a player for an offence and had to play the rest of the game with 14 players. After 56 minutes once again Cheltenham broke clear to score another converted try, and from the kick off the ball was worked out to the hosts winger who went clear and scored under the posts.(33 – 5). Swans must have had 70% of the play in the Cheltenham 22, but they still could not score, and with 10 minutes to go, lack of tackling led Cheltenham once again to break free and score another converted try. (40 – 5). In the last eight minutes or so Swans pummelled the Cheltenham line, resulting in two yellow cards to Cheltenham, but unfortunately Swans could not reduce the arrears.

Swans Team:- P.Dunsford, D.Jones, D.Prior, D.Wilcox, C.Parish, J.Harris, M.Roberts, J.Sheldrake, R.Elford, N.Audley(S.Marshallsay 59) W.Corsie, O.Andrews, J.Scott ( M.Jacobs 52), A.Jones, J.Desmond - Sub not used P.Graves


Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 20pts Ellingham & Ringwood 2nd XV 14pts league D/W1(S)

Bridport 2nd XV 32pts Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 13pts league D/W3(S)

Swanage & Wareham 4th XV 41pts North Dorset 4th XV 5pts league D/W4


1st January

Swanage & Wareham Veterans v. Wimborne Veterans friendly Away 12.00 noon

7th January

Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. High Wycombe league SW1(East) Home 2.00 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Ivel Barbarians league D/W1(S) Away 2.00 p.m.

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

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