SALISBURY 25 SWANS 18
The two best teams in Southern Counties(South) locked horns for the third time this season, this time at Salisbury, and in a well fought contest.....
The two best teams in Southern Counties(South) locked horns for the third time this season, this time at Salisbury, and in a well fought contest, with Swans mostly in the ascendancy, but two tries, late in the second half gave the home side the victory.
There was a very fast start to the proceedings as Swans kicked off, resulting in a maul, which Swans won, the ball was worked out to winger Charlie Rowberry for him to outpace the cover to score in the corner within a minute of the start. Two minutes later, Salisbury winger Tom Scott hacked the ball forward, outran the Swanage defence to score Salisbury’s first try, close to the posts. Tom Pottage converted, so after only four minutes played the score was 7pts – 5pts. The game continued at a fast pace, mostly in the Salisbury half, and on nineteen minutes a penalty took Swans into the Salisbury 22. Swans won a line out passed the ball to fly half Charlie Parish who grub- kicked the ball to the wing, where Swans no.8 Joe Desmond was on hand to score an easily taken try. Parish added the extras(7pts – 12pts). The play was evenly contested for most of the rest of the half, Pottage missed with one penalty attempt, and Swans went close to scoring three times, but Salisbury’s defence held firm. However on 36 minutes Pottage landed another penalty to make the half time score Salisbury 10pts Swans 12pts.
Swans were first on the offensive early on in the second half, and after a couple of phases Salisbury were caught offside and Parish landed the penalty. 10pts -15pts.Ten minutes later Pottage got one back for Salisbury reducing the lead to two points again. Swans were having most of the game inside the Salisbury half, and putting the home sides defence under pressure, and on 62 minutes Charlie Parish landed another penalty(13pts – 18pts). With ten minutes left in the game Salisbury won a scrum, moved the ball along the three-quarters to the wing, and the winger touched down in the corner. Pottage added the extras.(20pts – 18pts). Swans had hardly got over seeing their lead vanish, when with 5 minutes to go, another fine move by the Salisbury backs had the winger going over for a try. (25pts – 18pts). Swans tried to reduce the arrears with a catch/drive move, but the home team’s defence was successful in overcoming the drive. So Salisbury picked up the four points for the win, but Swans did pick up the losing bonus point, meaning that Swans still stay 14 points ahead of Salisbury at the top of the table.
Swans team:- C.Baird, K.Barton, P.Graves(D.Elford 75), M.Roberts, C.Rowberry, C.Parish, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, R.Elford,, Z.Wyburgh, D.Collins, D.Penney,W.Corsie(B.Dennett 72) K.Jones, J.Desmond(J.Scott 67)