Old Boys happy with bonus point
A LOSING bonus point was considered a good result by Swindon College Old Boys after they slipped to a narrow 11-7 defeat to high-flying Thatcham in Southern Counties North.
Old Boys are currently without eight first-team squad members and still sit bottom of their division, but manager Steve Davis was satisfied by a rambunctious performance that almost brought a shock scoreline at Pipers Way.
Davis told the Advertiser: “If you look at the two budgets, they are paying their players hundreds of pounds a game and we’re not paying ours anything.
“We outfought them and basically were stronger than them, we just gave too many penalties away and gave them the chance for points.
“We’ve got a bonus point, which is a good result for us, and that keeps us within touching distance of some of the other sides near the bottom.
“When we get our players back from injury we’ll be in a good position to get ourselves off the bottom.”
After seeing Ross Saville, restored to the College side after a near two-year absence, withdrawn due to injury, Old Boys could have feared the worst.
But they stood up to the challenge of their third-placed guests and Darren Johnston’s try, along with Liam Spillane’s conversation at least ensured they had something to show for their efforts.
“We lost our fly-half halfway through the game and Liam Spillane has come in and had a very good game.
“The forwards were led very well by Gareth Davies and considering we had a size disadvantage we were too confrontational for them.”
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