Avonvale produce improved display in home defeat to Swindon 2nds
An improved performance from Avonvale failed to prevent Swindon 2nds from taking the Dorset & Wilts 1 North points in a 41-10 defeat at Bathford.
A strong Swindon side opened up a three-try lead inside the first 20 minutes but Vale were not disheartened and responded positively. Back-row Matt Wright disrupted a defensive clearance and, with the ball bouncing fortunately for the home team, hooker Jon Keepen followed up and pounced on the ball for his first try of the season.
Swindon were shaken and an onslaught from Vale led to a second try when second row Mark Davis burst through a barrage of bodies to score from a short free-kick.
Vale twice went close to cutting the arrears even further before Swindon took advantage of a kind bounce from a long clearance kick to score a scrambled try and go further in front at the interval.
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An interception try provided more frustration for Vale at the start of the second half and, although they pressed forward and penned Swindon inside their 22 for several minutes, the visitors breached their tiring defence twice more to wrap up victory.
George Hobbs almost claimed a consolation try after sprinting through the centre of the park with scrum-half Matt Monckton in support but was thwarted by two try-saving tackles.
Coach Andrew Ball said: “The players knew they had been poor last week and wanted to up their game.
“Swindon were very strong but we came close to given them a scare and the game was far more entertaining as a result.”