Spitfires push league leaders all the way
Spitfires edge defence proves costly
Spitfires Veteran Kevin Cant rolled back the years on Saturday to bag to solo try's but this was not enough to put another W in the Win Column. The Spitfires started spritely against the league leaders with hooker Kevin Cant showing great strength and vision to cross after just minutes. The conversion attempt then just sailed wide of the posts. The early shock brought the Swindon side to life and some strong running out wide caused the Spitfires some problems as their edge defence was found wanting on several occasions allowing the visitors to break away to a 18-4 lead after 33 minutes.
With half time fast approaching the Spitfires needed something special and stand off Josh Andrews provided it with an excellent solo try. The conversion was scored and the Spitfires were back in it at 18-8. Then right on the stroke of half time hooker Cant crossed again from close range and Matt Blackman converted to put the Spitfires in touch at 18-16 on the half time whistle.
HALF TIME - SPITFIRES 16 SWINDON 18
The Spitfires then took the lead again on 45 minutes as nice hands from the outside backs and a clever offload allowed Andrews to cross for his second. Blackman converted giving the home side a slender 22-18 lead. With the home team looking comfortable Swindon raised their game and again found the Spitfires wanting out wide as they ran in two more try's and converted one making it 30-22 with 10 minutes to go.
The Spitfires then were on the attack and the ball was moved from wing to wing allowing centre Si Elsey to cross the line only to be fouled in the process of scoring giving the referee no alternative but to award a penalty try. The spitfires had a chance to make it an 8 point try but could only manage one conversion making it 30-28 to Swindon. With the game in the balance the Spitfires looked to have snatched a win with a try on 76 minutes only for the referee to call the player held up in goal. This was the 4th disallowed try of the game which did not please the home head coach. With both teams looking for a win the Spitfires gave up a penalty on the last tackle and the next Set saw Swindon score to run out 36-28 winners.
Next up is the first of 3 road trips starting with Bristol Sonics - The team are still recruiting as the season still has several more weeks to run.