Swanage & Wareham entertained middle of the table Coney Hill, from Gloucester, on their first ever visit to Bestwall. Swans continued their impressive form having beaten league leaders, Maidenhead, the previous week.
After an early mistake by Swans, from the kick off, the visitors put pressure on the Swans defence for the first five minutes. However Swans managed to survive, and from a penalty kick they managed to clear their lines. From a move down the left several Swans forwards crossed the Coney Hill try line and lock forward Darren Penney
claimed the score. Fly half Charlie Parish
added the conversion, to give the hosts a seven-point lead. Almost from the restart Swans moved the ball to winger Dave Price-Smith, who took on his opposite number on the outside, to run in a try in the corner from 50.metres out.( 12 – 0). Swans had most of the play but a penalty by Tom Knight for Coney Hill reduced Swans lead to 12 – 3 after 25 minutes. Swans won a scrum on the visitors 22, the ball was passed along the backs from Daffyd Wright
to Chris Tomes
and then to Dave Price- Smith who went in for his second try scoring half way out. Parish landed the extras. Just before half time a second penalty by Tom Knight reduced Swans advantage to 19pts – 6pts at the interval.
Coney Hill had the early advantage in the second half, but a penalty to Swans took them back into the opposition 22. From the line out, a well rehearsed move had flanker Joe Desmond
breaking clear, unloading to hooker Robert Elford
who went in for Swans fourth and bonus point try.(24 – 6). Swans were in control for much of the second half, and close to the hour mark a line out move was passed along the three quarters and then back to Charlie Parish
who went clear for Swans fifth try, which he himself converted. (31- 6). With ten minutes to go a classic chip ahead over the advancing Coney Hill defence by Chris Tomes
, was caught on the full by Charlie Parish
who had a clear run to the try line as he scored under the posts. He added the conversion to give Swans the victory by 38pts – 6pts, and five league points.
The other results went Swans way, leaving them only one point short of Bletchley and three behind Reading Abbey, who they play away on the 14th April This is a must win game for Swans if they are to avoid the threat of relegation.