STEVE Woolley scored a hat-trick of tries as Swanage recovered from a second-half wobble to emerge victorious against Walcot and end 2019 on a high.

In their final game of the calendar year, Swans led 17-7 at the break, only to fall behind before sneaking a 24-21 win thanks to a late penalty try.

Both sides came into the contest with the same record in Southern Counties South of five wins and five defeats so far and there was not much to choose between the sides through.

Despite a strong start from Swanage, Walcot took an early 7-0 lead before the hosts responded, scoring through Steve Woolley in the corner after good work off the back of a scrum.

The Bestwall outfit then got their noses in front on 27 minutes as the backs led the charge with Woolley again finishing off a superb try, also adding the extras with the boot.

And Woolley was not done there, bagging his third try of the half, going over in the corner again to cap an impressive spell.

Bath-based Walcot responded just two minutes into the second period, latching onto a bouncing ball to reduce the arrears to just three points.

Several unforced errors led to the pressured Swanage back-line succumbing again as the visitors moved ahead on the hour mark.

But there was time for one late twist in the tale. With five minutes to play, Swans powered their way to the line and despite being held up, the referee awarded a penalty try to earn Swans the full five points.

Swanage return to action in January.

Swans: Spencer, Haw (Matacagi, 55), Wade, Desmond, Ferguson, Woolley, Slack, Wyburgh (Waterman, 58), Foskett, Audley, Seaton, Collins (Scott, 60), Roberts, Watkins, Jones.