SWANAGE & Wareham had to settle for a losing bonus point after pushing title-chasing Frome all the way in a 15-12 Southern Counties South setback.

The loss saw the Bestwall outfit sit sixth in the league table, with 27 points from their opening 10 games.

During the first 10 minutes at Frome, Swans conceded six penalties and a yellow card, which helped the home side gain the advantage. Frome managed to cross Swans’ line after 11 minutes, a score which was converted.

But a penalty then took Swans to the five-metre line and, from a line-out and a couple of phases, the visitors reduced the deficit. Full-back Matt Spencer crossed the try line out wide after 25 minutes.

Disaster then struck for the Dorset club as they conceded an early score after just one minute of the second half.

From a scrum on Swans’ 10-metre line, Frome won the ball and a wing forward broke clear, outpaced the defence and scored a try close to the posts to make it 12-5 to the hosts.

A successful drop goal from Frome then increased their lead to 10 points before Swans attempted to rally.

A fine move by Swans’ three-quarters with five minutes to go had Vee Veremu breaking clear to score close to the posts. Steve Woolley added the extras to set up a grandstand finish.

But despite threatening late on, Swanage were left to take heart from a narrow defeat.