Lynn starts life at Swindon with a win
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Latest Sport News
SWINDON started life under new head coach Sean Lynn in impressive fashion with a 21-18 win at Grove in South West 1 East.
The opening encounter of the new campaign was an attritional one, with newly-promoted Grove testing their guests across the part.
The home side got on the scoreboard with an early penalty, and held their lead until the 33rd minute when Swindon lock Dave Cox forced himself over for the Greenbridge Road outfit’s first try of the season. Adam Westall added the conversion.
Swindon looked to have done enough to hold the upper hand at the break, but when the referee decided to play nine minutes of added time Grove hit back with a try and penalty to lead 13-7 at halfway.
Prop Steve White helped take Swindon back into the lead early in the second period, barging over for his first try for his new club, but once Westall had converted Grove retaliated in kind to move 18-14 in front.
Desperate to secure an opening-day success, Swindon dominated the set piece during the final 20 minutes, and it was from the tight that the visitors grabbed the points that won the contest.
From the foot of a scrum number eight Tom Mannion’s pick and go left Grove’s defence in shatters and with play broken up space was created for hooker Ben Saville to touch down.
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