SWANAGE & Wareham Colts continued their excellent start to the season as they edged out Wimborne's second string 12-10 on Sunday.

The home side, who sit at the summit of Merit Table South, held their nerve to come out on top in a tight encounter at Bestwall.

Swans suffered a body blow after 15 minutes when a head injury forced a change in positions, with openside flanker Jack Brown switching to fly-half.

Nevertheless, the hosts came close to opening the scoring when a Steve Woolley kick was chased by Aiden Smith, the wing beaten by an unfavourable bounce.

Returning to full strength after 25 minutes, Swans took the lead soon after.

A driving maul took Swans to the attacking five-metre line and George Graves was stopped at the line moments later. After several phases, Rory Ferguson was released and he scored under the posts.

Woolley duly slotted the ball between the uprights and the advantage was extended to 7-0.

However, Wimborne were not done and their quick thinking from a tap penalty allowed them to cross the whitewash for an unconverted try.

After the break, the pace did not slow and a rapid break allowed Swans to go over in the corner and increase to 12-5 their lead.

Eventually, Wimborne pressure told when they made the most of missed tackles to score a second try, although the wayward conversion ensured Swans took victory.