Swindon make life hard for City

Rugby
Rugby

Milton Keynes were run close by bottom side Swindon College, but came away with a 30-32 victory on the road.

The home side opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a penalty before City’s Ash Target broke through the defence to take a two point lead.

Half an hour into the first half and both teams exchanged penalty points leaving City in the lead by 8-6.

Dan Rolfe was able to increase the lead before half time with a powerful run through the centre of the Swindon defence and by half time City were leading by 15-6.

Soon into the second half Ollie Fountain received a yellow card. From the resulting penalty Swindon quickly scored an unconverted try.

On his return to the field Ollie Fountain scored with virtually his first touch. In addition he kicked a good conversion from the touchline.

With the score on 22 -11 City looked as though they held a comfortable lead. But Swindon pulled a try back, reducing the deficit to six points.

Target scored City’s fourth try of the afternoon to make it 29-16, but when the influential Ollie Fountain was sent off, Swindon mounted a fight back and took the lead at 30-29.

With just minutes remaining City won a penalty and with the pressure on, Scott Aspinal bravely converted and gave City a win by the narrowest of margins.