TWO tries helped Swanage & Wareham on their way to a 13-5 triumph over Southern Counties South rivals Thatcham.

Victory was the Bestwall outfit’s ninth in 15 games this season – they sit fourth in the division with 44 points.

Swans started well, a kick to the Thatcham 22 soon resulted in a penalty after four minutes, which fly-half Stephen Woolley converted.

From that moment, the visitors then had to absorb a vast amount of pressure from Thatcham, who were going in search of their fourth win of the campaign.

The hosts pressed ahead but it was not until after 30 minutes that they scored a try in the corner.

Back rallied Swans to take an 8-5 lead into half-time.

The ball went loose, winger Harry Spyers picked up, shrugged off a couple of defenders, passed inside to centre Matt Roberts who scored close to the posts after 37 minutes.

The conversion attempt hit the upright and stayed out.

Just before the hour mark, Swans started to dominate play.

From a line-out on the Thatcham five-metre line, a Swans maul and a drive had the visitors powering over the try line, with wing forward Marcus Seaton claiming the try in the corner.

In the last 10 minutes the hosts had a series of penalties in Swans’ 22, but once again the visitors’ discipline kept Thatcham out.