SWANAGE & Wareham fell to the final kick of the game in an agonising 27-24 defeat at Frome.

The visitors put in a much-improved performance against their Somerset-based opposition but were left to settle for a losing bonus point and their 15th reverse of the campaign.

Swans seized the initiative after four minutes when winger Harry Spyers touched down in the corner.

Two tries from the hosts put them in the ascendancy at 12-5 but a brace of penalties from Steve Woolley meant the visitors trailed by a solitary point at the break.

Frome stamped their authority on proceedings early in the second half and raced into a 24-11 advantage but Swans valiantly fought back once again.

A penalty took the Dorset club into the hosts’ 22 and, from a catch and drive move, the referee awarded Swans a penalty try.

Woolley then landed a drop goal and another penalty to level the game and set up a pulsating finale.

But having absorbed intense pressure late on, the Bestwall outfit were made to suffer heartbreak.

They were penalised in the final play of the game and, despite missing an earlier opportunity, Frome landed the resultant kick to take the spoils.

Swans are second from bottom of the division with 26 points from 19 games.

Meanwhile, Ben Russell and James Poole crossed for New Milton in their 22-10 loss to Battersea Ironsides in London Three South West.