SWANAGE Town & Herston retained the Haxell Cup after a 2-2 draw with rivals Wareham Rangers.

The annual event saw Swans take the trophy last year, thrashing Wareham 5-1.

But it was a much tighter affair this time around at Day's Park.

Swanage made a bright start, going close through Harrison White, who fired over.

But the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes, Ogun Gundogdu heading home following a corner by teenager Jake Streams.

However, the lead lasted just two minutes as Wareham stormed back to level through James Case after a defensive error.

Tom Birch's men then came agonisingly close to completing the comeback with a header striking the crossbar, before they did go 2-1 in front when John Powell turned past goalkeeper Dan Beeston.

Trailing at half-time, Swans came out of the traps fast after the restart with Charlie Brassington and Sam Peacock firing just off target.

And the pressure paid off when White's free-kick was parried out to 16-year-old substitute Spencer Grygiel to tuck home.

Neither side could force a winner as the game ended level with the trophy retained by Swanage.

White was named Swans' man-of-the-match.

Swanage: Beeston, Dyke, Chapman, Gundogdu, Hibbs, Brassington, White, Bland, Willcocks, P Best, Streams.

Subs: D Best, Dunster, Peacock, Moss, Moore, Grygiel, Counsell.