SWINDON College Old Boys were left to reflect on what might have been on their trip to Walcot as a late converted try from the hosts snatched them a 17-17 draw in Southern Counties South.

The draw is a second in a row for Jamie Barrett’s side, with College having shared the spoils 27-27 at home to Thatcham in their previous match on February 16.

Macaulay Reynolds, Dan Cooper and Florin Palcau all touched down for College on the outskirts of Bath, with the latter also adding a solitary conversion.

Those scores had put the visitors on the cusp on victory, however, in their efforts to chase a fourth try and a bonus point, College were caught out and Walcot broke clear to level the scores in the closing stages.

Although disappointed not to take the win, coach Barrett felt there were plenty of positives to take from his side’s performance.

“It was a really good game and we got out of it what we wanted,” said Barrett.

“We played really well for 65 minutes and then for 15 minutes, they had the better of the possession and territory and it ended up being a draw.

“We were in control of the game, but we tried to push for the fourth try to take maximum points from the game, but Walcot got an interception and scored a breakaway try with about five minutes to go.

“We were disappointed not to get the win, but Walcot are a good side who have done well this year, so to go there and get a strong result like this is a very good effort.

“There’s lots of positives for us to take out of it, so we’ll build on those and then move onto the next one.”

The result leaves College ninth in the table, 10 points clear of the bottom three with four games left to play this season.

Elsewhere, there was also a draw for Swindon in South West One East as their Wiltshire derby at home to Trowbridge ended 19-19.

Although it is only the fifth time the Greenbridge Road side have avoided defeat in the league this season, it does not help their fight against relegation as they remain second from bottom in the table.

In the same division, fifth-placed Royal Wootton Bassett suffered a second straight defeat, going down 22-17 at Beaconsfield.

Finally, Supermarine’s winless record in Dorset & Wilts One North stretched to a 18th game as they lost 64-5 at Trowbridge 2nd.