The wet weather during the week meant that the planned floodlit game could not go ahead, so with a hastily rearranged early kick off, Swaffham took the field against a Watton side lacking a front row. This would have surely been one of Swaffham’s stronger areas, and with the threat of some serious scrummaging removed, the game was more open than planned. Although the inclusion of uncontested scrums was to Watton’s advantage, Swaffham spent long periods dominating territory and could easily have been 20 points ahead in as many minutes. However, due to some sterling defence by the visitors, and some poor decision making when men were spare, Swaffham led by a solitary Tilbrook try and conversion at the break. Too many times Swaffham squandered the opportunity to make the pass, and instead took contact, which gave the more agile Watton players chance to interfere and break down some promising moves.
In the second half Swaffham were again in the Watton half more than their own, and eventually the pressure told as they took a 12-0 lead. Swaffham were still making errors, and from a mix up in midfield Watton broke clear and sprinted to the line and reduced the lead to 5 points. Watton took plenty of encouragement from this and then had a period of dominance, but Swaffham started to play a more composed game and a break in the centre ended with another converted try and a safe 19-7 lead. As the light faded, so did the Watton determination and with the last play of the game Ed Jones scored in the corner to gain Swaffham their deserved bonus point win.
PHOTOS from Saturdays match click on link – Seniors Gallery – Swaffham RUFC (swaffhamrugby.co.uk)
Next Saturday, Swaffham will host Diss 3rds with another 2pm kick off, before their final league game of 2021 on 18th December under lights from 3pm against Gt Yarmouth-Broadland.