Old Boys stunned by fightback
HEAD coach Mark Roshier conceded his Swindon College Old Boys side only had themselves to blame after letting a 15-point lead slip at Chipping Norton.
Old Boys were fully in control of the Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier fixture until midway through the second half, but ultimately fell to a 25-21 defeat.
And a disappointed Roshier said: “From 18-3 up we lost our shape and our control of the game.
“Talking to some of their spectators afterwards, they thought the floodgates were going to open at that point.
“When we played badly we let them back into the game. We gave them the win rather than them beating us.”
College were 11-3 ahead at half time courtesy of two penalties from Scott Buchanan and a try in the corner from outside-centre Stuart Knight.
When Buchanan touched down under the posts and converted after the resumption, the Wiltshire side seemed destined for a straightforward victory.
But Chipping Norton hit back with three tries of their own and a Buchanan penalty ultimately did not change the result.
Meanwhile, Swindon made it three wins out of three in South West 1 East as they accounted for Newbury Blues.
Swindon ran out 35-22 victors at Greenbridge Road to ensure they kept their grip on top spot.
In Dorset & Wilts 1 North, Minety were outclassed 44-0 by Chippenham 2nds, but coach Huw Jones declared himself proud of the performance.
He said: “If ever a scoreline reflected a game and at the same time didn't, this was it.
“Chippenham deserved their 44 points but Minety were worth many more points than we scored.”
Elsewhere in the division, Marlborough triumphed 35-17 against Melksham.
Cricklade ’s game against Supermarine 2nds in Dorset & Wilts 2 North was abandoned midway through the first half due to an injury to the referee.
At that point Cricklade were 14-0 up but the match will now have to be replayed.