SWANAGE & Wareham were left to settle for a losing bonus point, as they fell 24-20 at South West Counties rivals Yeovil.

Defeat was the Bestwall outfit’s first of the campaign after triumphing at North Dorset on the opening weekend.

Swans took the lead after only four minutes when Yeovil infringed in their own 22. Fly-half Stephen Woolley put the visitors three points up with the resulting penalty.

The sides then traded penalties before Swanage scrum-half Chris Tomes was on hand to touch down the opening try. Woolley added the extras to give the visitors an 11-3 advantage.

But just before half-time, Swans were pressing on the Yeovil 22 when a mistake had a home centre breaking clear to score from 80 metres out.

A penalty to Yeovil early in the second half put them on Swans’ five-metre line and from a line-out the hosts forced their way over to go into the lead.

Back came Swans again when Tomes dived over to record his second of the afternoon. Woolley converted to give the Dorset club a 20-17 lead.

But Yeovil took advantage of some costly Swans errors. On 73 minutes, they broke through the lines to score a converted try and seal the game.

In the last five minutes, Swans were all over the hosts and despite going over the line, the referee decided the ball was held up.