SWANS 19 MAIDENHEAD 17
Swans welcomed backed Charlie Parish & Freddie Strange to record a second win of the season. #GREATESCAPE!!
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
SWANAGE & WAREHAM 19pts MAIDENHEAD 17pts
Swanage & Wareham Rugby Club welcomed middle of the table Maidenhead to Bestwall in the second half of the season, and with a gritty game, Swans achieved their second win of the season following their victory against Reading last year.
Swans started off by putting the pressure on the visitors’ line, piling forward with a series of pick and go moves. The ball was moved outside to centre Matt Roberts who forced his way over the try line to give Swans a try after only four minutes. Phil Graves added the extras to give Swans a 7pts advantage. As expected Maidenhead came back at Swans, when a couple of penalties took them into the home teams 22. After 15 minutes a clever move saw the visitors flank forward Will Cadden crossing the line. The conversion was missed giving Swans a 7pts – 5pts lead. The play was pretty even for most of the rest of the half, but after 31 minutes Swans intercepted a pass on the ten metres line, moved the ball along the three-quarters to winger Callum Young who shook off a tackle to speed in from 20 metres to score close to the corner. Phil Graves added the conversion(14pts – 5pts). Maidenhead put some pressure on Swans in the last five minutes of the half, but solid defence kept them out. Half time Swans 14pts Maidenhead 5pts.
Within two minutes of the restart, Maidenhead intercepted a pass from a Swans attack, and although Swans defence tackled back, sufficient visitors combined to score a try out wide. The extras were missed so Swans 14pts – 10pts. Swans attempted to pressurise the Maidenhead pack, and at times drove the scrum backwards and after 54 minutes at another scrum the ball was worked out along Swans’ backs, once more to winger Callum Young who went in for his second try in the corner. The conversion was missed 19pts – 10pts. A penalty put Maidenhead into Swans’ 22 and after a scrabble for the ball a visitor’s centre picked the ball up and managed to cross the try line. Full back Ton Finnie converted to make the score 19pts – 17pts after 65 minutes. Swans took the play into the Maidenhead 22, and nearly forced their way over the line with catch/drive moves and a series of pick and drives, but Maidenhead held out leaving the final score Swanage & Wareham 19pts Maidenhead 17pts. After the game Swans manager Tom Dillon said “ I was pleased with the commitment of the whole team and if the team sticks together we could have a few more wins during the rest of the season”
Swans team:- A.Smith, C.Parish, M.Roberts F. Strange, C.Young, P.Graves, C.Tomes(S.Brett 65), J.Sheldrake, R.Elford, N.Audley(G.Smith 55) O.Andrews, J.Hogg (D.Penney 62), W. Corsie, T.Ford, D.Wright.
GAMES NEXT WEEK 9th January 2016
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v Newbury Blues league SW1 (East) Away 2.15 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v Frome 2nd league D/W1(S)Home 2.15 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Salisbury 3rd league D/W3(S) Home 2.15 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)