RUGBY: Trowbridge 14 Swanage & Wareham 24

RUGBY: Trowbridge 14 Swanage & Wareham 24

RUGBY: Trowbridge 14 Swanage & Wareham 24

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TROWBRIDGE’S Southern Counties South title hopes took a hammer blow as Swanage & Wareham put an end to their 13-match unbeaten run.

The home side’s previously unblemished record at their new Doric Park home also went as the visitors made the better use of near-unplayable conditions.

Trowbridge kicked off into strong wind and rain, but it was Swanage who were first to score with a successful penalty from Philip Graves.

To their credit both sides tried to play open rugby until the visitors went further ahead with an unconverted try from Jacob Warren.

A miserable half for the home team ended with another successful penalty from Graves.

With the conditions in their favour Trowbridge started the second half with a pacy James Macfarlane try and conversion from Lloyd Davis.

Almost from the restart they scored again, with a solo effort from Ashley Chalk following up a Davis kick-ahead, Davis again adding the extras to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game.

Trowbridge started to get on top only to give away another penalty in front of their post, making it easy for Graves to level the scores.

This was followed by a pushover try from Swanage’s Danny Collins and conversion from Graves.

Groves added a further penalty to pile on the pain for Trowbridge.

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