Drifters RFC notch consecutive wins at muddy Swindon

Drifters RFC notch consecutive wins at muddy Swindon

Graeme Copas

Drifters RFC notch consecutive wins at muddy Swindon

Swindon College OB 10, Drifters 16

On a quagmire of a pitch, Drifters triumphed in their rescheduled clash with Swindon to secure their first consecutive wins of the season.

Bottom-of-the-table Swindon, who remain winless in Southern Counties North this season, found themselves in the lead after 10 minutes when their hooker got himself over the line from close range.

The conversion was successful.

From here Drifters controlled large parts of the match and always looked the more threatening in attack.

As conditions rapidly deteriorated, the game became forwards-dominated with the likes of Carl Corcoran, Pete Whitby, Aidan Thomas and Kyle Knight carrying the ball well and making valuable yards in the mud.

Yet it was a back, man of the match Dan Lake, who got Drifters on the scoreboard after good work from the pack.

Scrum-half Lake picked up from the back of a ruck, handed off Swindon’s big No.8 and scrambled for the line to register his eighth try of the season.

Fly-half Matt Brown missed the conversion.

Swindon added a penalty to extend their lead to 10-5, but they would not add another point for the rest of the game.

Shortly after, quick hands along the backline saw Stuart Taylor play winger Steve Spencer in to slide over in the corner.

The conversion was missed and the game was all square at 10-10.

Brown then put Drifters in front for the first time with a successful penalty attempt for a 13-10 half-time lead.

The second half was not pretty due to the conditions and this resulted in a lot of territorial kicking from both sides.

Early on in the half the hosts were dealt a blow when they lost a flanker to the sin bin.

During this period, Brown added what would prove to be the final points with a well-struck penalty to make it 16-10.

Brown had the chance to kill off Swindon, but missed a couple of shots at goal while a number of good breaks also failed to deliver a third try.

Drifters may have missed a bonus point, but in the circumstances this win sets them up nicely for the second half of the season.

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Drifters return to action on Saturday, January 4 away to Thatcham.

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