Swindon stunned in Witney draw
6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Latest Sport News
SWINDON were denied victory by a Witney late show but prop Gary Williamson insists that he and his teammates were content with the result.
The Greenbridge Road side were 16-6 down at half-time but surged into a 19-16 lead after the break, only to be denied by a penalty from Phil Thomas.
A try from Henry Lamb and the kicking of Thomas put Swindon under pressure at the interval.
However, two penalties from captain Adam Westall gave the visitors hope of pulling it back in the second period and that was what they did.
Tom Mannion crossed the whitewash and more magic from the boot of Westall allowed the visitors to take a three-point lead into the closing stages.
However, Sean Lynn’s side were penalised for holding on at the ruck with minutes remaining and Thomas slotted between the uprights.
The result meant that Swindon lost ground on South West 1 East leaders Oxford Harlequins, but Williamson was pleased his side had managed to salvage a draw from an adverse situation.
He said: “Witney are a good side at home and we were under the cosh as they really got into us in the first half.
“We weren’t really surprised at how good they were because we lost to them at their place last year.
“It’s not a nice place to go as it’s a big pitch, they get good support and it’s quite an intimidating place to go and play.
“Sean said to us at half-time that we could either pick ourselves up or get rolled over and we all bought into what he said.
“I think it was a good show of character to bring it back to 19-16 with two or three minutes to go.
“It was one of those things (that Witney pulled level). If we had not been penalised then I think we would have won, but a draw was a fair reflection of the game.
“At 16-6 we could have walked away with a hammering but we managed to turn it round, which is a credit to us, although it was frustrating not to win.”
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