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DORCHESTER gave by far their worst display of the season in losing to old rivals Swanage & Wareham Seconds.

The Swans, fielding a combination of huge experience and youthful enthusiasm, showed greater hunger and commitment through most of the match and got their due reward to inflict a first Dorset & Wilts One South defeat on the county town side.

Straight from the kick-off, the hosts were camped on the Dorchester line and eventually crossed for the first try, which went unconverted.

The visitors were having trouble getting into the game and soon fell further behind as the home side added a penalty goal to their score.

Rich Bament kicked a penalty to get Dorchester on the board but they then conceded yet another needless penalty in front of their own posts.

While Dorchester dozed, the Swanage centre took the kick to himself and dived over for a second try.

The conversion was a formality and Dorchester found themselves trailing by 12 points.

Stern words from the county town coaching staff ensured that the league leaders showed more urgency at the start of the second period.

A simple three-quarter move saw the ball shipped from left to right and winger James Baker had a stroll into the corner.

The conversion was missed but it appeared that Dorchester had turned the corner.

Yet again though, they conceded a penalty in front of the posts and the Swans replenished their advantage to 10.

The away side knew that to win they needed to spread the ball wide, but furious counter rucking by the hosts continually disrupted Dorchester possession and restricted opportunities to stretch the game.

Dorchester were thrown a lifeline when the Swanage backs, having dropped the ball, were forced to infringe in order to prevent a Dorchester try.

The referee spotted the pull back and awarded a penalty try. The conversion narrowed the gap to just three points but, despite a couple of half chances, the county town outfit were unable to score again.

Dorchester are now just one point clear of nearest rivals Weymouth and have two crucial games before the Christmas break.

A good win this Saturday against Warminster is vital before the rematch with Weymouth on December 20.

Dorchester: Hodgson, Pengelly, Cottell, Hodges, Makepeace, O’Connell (Hawkins 60), T Gower, D Gower, Weller, Rossiter, Baker, Biddle, Harvey (Firkin 50), Elliott, Bament. Man of the Match: Jack Elliott

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