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Your News Swanage & Wareham 10 - Witney 7

Swans welcomed Witney to Bestwall last Saturday for only the fourth time that the clubs have met. In the three previous meetings Swans have won one and the other two were drawn games.

Swans started incredibly well with a scrum on the Witney 22, from there a planned move had captain and hooker Robert Elford breaking clear to score under the posts. Charlie Parish added the extras to give Swans a 7 – 0 lead. Swans were playing with the wind and after ten minutes from the Witney 10metres line Charlie Parish landed a long distance penalty kick to put Swans 10 – 0 up. Witney showed that they were still in the game, and from a penalty they advanced into the Swans 22. From the line out the ball was overthrown and flank forward Matt Clarke picked up to score Witney’s first try(10 – 5). The rest of the half was evenly contested, but Swans should have capitalised on the conditions as they spent the bulk of the half in the Witney half, but once again it was frustrating that mishandling contributed to the half time being 10 – 5.

Using the wind Witney pushed the ball into Swans half and as a Swans’ player tried to kick the ball clear, Witney’s other flank forward charged the ball down and scored Witney’s second try, half way out. Fortunately for Swans the conversion failed. (10 – 10) after 47 minutes. Swans kept the ball in hand as they worked their way in to the Witney half and after 54 minutes a scrum enabled Swans scrum half Chris Tomes to be forced over the try line to put Swans 15 – 10 in the lead. Parish added the extras. For most of the rest of the game Swans were putting pressure on the visitors defence, but mistakes led to Witney clearing long up field with Swans having to start again from deep, but there was no further score as Swans picked up the four league points for the victory.

Swans team:-P.Dunsford, C.Rowberry, D.Prior(J.Chadwick 72), D.Wilcox, C.Parish, J.Harris, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, R.Elford, N.Audley(O.Andrews 63), D.Burgess, D.Penney,(T.Richings), J.Scott, A.Jones, J.Desmond.


Salisbury 2nd XV 36pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 5pts league D/W1(S)

East Dorset 12pts Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 8pts friendly

Swanage & Wareham 4th XV 24pts Dorchester 3rd XV 12pts league D/W4

GAMES NEXT WEEK – 28th January

Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Olney league SW1(East) Away 2.15 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Sherborne 2nd XV league D/W1(S)Home 2.15 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v Salisbury 3rd XV league D/W3(S) Away 2.15 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 4th XV v. Ellingham 3rd XV league D/W4 Home 2.25 p.m.

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