Swans vs Witney
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
WITNEY 47pts SWANAGE & WAREHAM 12pts
Swanage & Wareham Rugby Club had to travel to Oxford based Witney in their latest Southwest 1(East) fixture last Saturday.
Swans got off to one of their worst possible starts, as from the kick off Witney put the ball deep into Swans territory. An attempted covering tackle evaded Swans defence, the ball was hacked on and Witney scored a try within the first minute, which was converted. Playing with a gale force wind behind them, Witney forced the pace, although Swans forwards with several phases kept the ball tight. However after eighteen minutes the pressure told and Witney went in for a second try in the corner.(12pts – nil). Five minutes later a Swans penalty took them into the hosts 5 metre line, the ball went through Swans three-quarters to centre David Elford who outpaced the cover to score out wide.(12pts – 5pts) Swans put up a good display for the rest of the half the only score they let in was a huge penalty kick from the half way line by the Witney fly half leaving the half time score at Witney 15pts Swans 5pts.
Instead of using the wind in the second half, the kick off went to a Witney forward, who used pick and go to advantage sending in a winger to score after 42 minutes. In the next four minutes Witney scored two more tries leaving Swans bewildered as the score rose to 32pts – 5pts after 46 minutes. Although Swans managed to attack the home teams line, but a breakaway after 54 minutes saw Witney cross for another try. On the hour mark Witney added another try taking the score to 42pts – 5 pts. Swans pressured the Witney line and with ten minutes to go a catch/drive move had Swans powering over the line with hooker Robert Elford coming up with the ball. Phil Graves added the conversion giving Swans their 12pts. However there was time for the hosts to add another try before the end leaving the score Witney 47pts Swanage & Wareham 12pts..
Swans team:- A.Smith, A,Parry, M,Roberts, D.Elford, C.Young, P.Graves, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, R.Elford, N.Audley, J.Hogg. W.Corsie, T.Ford, R.Ayres, J.Scott, B. Dennett.
Wimborne 2nd XV 17pts Swanage & Wareham 7pts league D/W1(S)
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 12pts Bournemouth 4th XV 30pts
GAMES NEXT WEEK 12th December
Swans 1st XV v. Reading league SW1(East)Home2.15 p.m.(possibly 2.00 p.m.)
Swans 2nd XV v. Bournemouth 2nd XV league D/W1(S)Home2.15 p.m.
Swans 3rd XV v Dinton league D/W3(S)Away2.15 p.m.
RON BUTLER (Publicity Secretary)