1st xv Match Report
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
SWANAGE & WAREHAM 21pts CORSHAM 22pts.
On a blustery day Swans welcomed Corsham to Bestwall last Saturday, and after a lacklustre start Swans came back to within one point towards the end of the game.
Two penalties in the first five minutes took the visitors into Swans 22 and with a few phases of play Corsham took the lead with a try out wide after eight minutes. Swans had the advantage for the next five minutes, but then an interception by the Corsham full back inside his own 22, and he ran all the way to Swans try line to give Corsham a 0pts – 10pts lead after 15 minutes. However Swans were not to be denied
, pressed the Corsham defence and after 23 minutes Swans reduced the lead as centre Matt Roberts slipped through a gap to score a try half way out. Stephen Woolley added the extras taking the score to 7pts – 10pts. The rest of the half was evenly contested with both sides giving away penalties but at the break the score stood.
The second half was not evenly contested as Corsham pitched themselves inside the Swans 22 for the best part of twenty- five minutes, and Swans could not get out of their own half. Swans’ defence was secure for much of the time but eventually pressure told and after 65 minutes Corsham scored a converted try to take the score to 7pts – 17pts. Immediately from the restart Swans conceded a penalty which took the visitors back into Swans’ 22 and from a scrum the Corsham winger scored in the corner.(7pts – 22pts). At last Swans managed to get into the Corsham 22 and after 73 minutes from a catch/ drive move and a few phases replacement hooker Robert Elford powered over the line. Woolley added the conversion(14pts – 22pts). In the last couple of minutes Swans were back in the visitors 22, and from a scrum Swans second row Joe Desmond scored a try close to the posts. Woolley added the extras(21pts – 22pts). In the last minute Swans were once again on the attack, but gave away a penalty which Corsham booted into touch leaving Swans with just a losing bonus point for all their efforts.
Swans team:- A.Smith, L.Hardy, M.Roberts, D.Elford, W.Slack, S. Woolley, C.Tomes, N.Audley, J.Daniels(R.Elford 38), Z.Wyburgh, J.Desmond, A.Dicker(J.Scott 62), C.McCaffrey, S.Turner, T.Haw, K.Jones.
Lytchett Minster 1st XV 22pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 12pts D/W1
North Dorset 3rd XV 84pts Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 22pts D/W3
GAMES NEXT WEEK 28th October
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Yeovil (SCS)Away3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. New Milton 2 (D/W1)Home3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Poole(D/W3)Home3.00 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)