SWANAGE & Wareham welcomed Avonvale to Bestwall for the first time ever and emerged 11-7 winners.

The first half was a paltry affair. Although there were penalties galore to both sides, defences were on top, and whichever side tried to put on an attack they were tackled.

No team got anywhere near scoring a try and the only chance for a score came when after 15 minutes, Swans kicker Steve Woolley hit the upright with a penalty shot at goal.

Early in the second half, Avonvale had two attempts to take the lead with penalties, one fell short and the second attempt was sliced.

However, on the hour mark, Swans had a penalty inside the Avonvale 22 which they put in the corner.

From the resulting line-out and maul, Swans replacement hooker Joni Vasanbole managed to cross the try line to put the hosts ahead. The conversion went just short.

Swans continued to press and, with 10 minutes to play, Woolley landed a penalty to give the homes side an eight-point lead.

Three minutes later he repeated the score but, from the restart, Avonvale had three penalties of their own to take them into Swans’ 22.

What followed was a series of scrummages on Swans’ try line well into overtime and eventually the referee awarded Avonvale a penalty try as a consolation.

Swans are now sixth in the Southern Counties South table. Three wins from seven games have seen them accumulate 17 points in the process.