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RUGBY UNION: Revival victory boosts escape bid
4:09pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Sport
Witney battled back from 10-0 down to win 19-10 at Swanage & Wareham and keep clear of the relegation zone in South West 1 East.
Swanage started well, but Witney bossed the second half to end a run of three defeats.
Witney were in trouble when Henry Lamb’s kick-off failed to go ten metres.
The visitors were 7-0 down inside three minutes thanks to a try from Charlie Parish, which he converted.
Swanage were outmuscling Witney, who took time to get into the home 22 via James Monks.
The visitors’ woes continued with Gareth Campbell sin-binned for the illegal use of a boot.
Only a great covering tackle from Lewis Collins prevented a second Swanage try.
The hosts added a penalty from Rory Triniman after the break.
Witney finally got on the scoresheet after 57 minutes.
Some great work by the backs led to centre Rich Stratford going over, with Henry Lamb converting.
Gareth Campbell made up for his earlier yellow card by scrambling over after a lineout move to put Witney 12-10 ahead on 68 minutes.
Witney’s supremacy was confirmed three minutes later when Monks made good ground to set centre Matt Clarke up for try No 3, Henry Lamb converting.
Chipping Norton slipped out of the promotion places after losing 20-17 at home to Hungerford in BB&O Premier Division.
The hosts led 10-0, but needed a late Neil Stannard try to gain a bonus point.
Stannard also crossed over in the first half, while Darren De Bruyn converted both efforts and added a penalty.
Chippy duo Steve Holland and Bradley Warner picked up yellow cards.