A BLISTERING start from Swanage & Wareham proved not enough as they were beaten 16-7 at Southern Counties South rivals Swindon College Old Boys.

From the kick-off, Swans managed to get into the Swindon 22 and after a slick three-quarters move the ball was shifted to forward Matt Roberts, who touched down after four minutes.

Fly-half Steve Woolley converted, giving Swans an early 7-0 advantage.

But after crossing following a line-out on the five-metre line to go with two penalties, the hosts raced into a four-point lead at the break.

Swindon added one more unconverted score following the interval to condemn the Bestwall outfit to their second defeat of the season.

In Hockey, Swanage & Wareham Ladies first team recorded a 1-1 draw at Fleet & Ewshot in Hampshire Division Four.

The pace was fast from the off with Swans’ defence soaking up tremendous pressure.

It was however the away side who struck first with a goal from Liz Solomon who shot and sharply put away the rebound before half-time.

Not long into the second half, the home side broke through the Swans’ defence to equalise.

Swanage captain Amy Lucas said: “This was a hotly-contested match and we’re delighted to have secured our first point away from home.”