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It was then nip and tuck as defences got on top and the incessant rain made expansive rugby difficult.
The turning point came for the home team with 10 minutes to go as, once again, Swinton lost possession five yards from their own line.
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clock, Martin Moana's careless tackle on McGovern presented the Hornets scrum half with the easiest of kicks and he made no mistake.
Martin Ainscough picked up the loose ball and his grubber to the right hand corner was collected by Miller who kept his cool, drawing the defender, before sending McGovern in for a try which he then converted.
Hornets responded and, after strong work by Wayne Roshe Run Grey And Blue Corcoran and Marlon Miller, centre Casey Mayberry danced through to score. McGovern added the extras.
On Sunday, at sodden Spotland, roles were reversed as the hosts staged a late fightback to edge a tetchy derby 24 22; on this occasion Liam McGovern's 74th minute penalty proving decisive.
A draw seemed the most likely result and in the circumstances few fans would have quibbled at that outcome.
the last play of the match it summed up the much of what had gone before.
The sides then exchanged penalties Sneyd and McGovern converting before Hornets cashed in on a mistake by Dean Gorton, who spilled the ball deep in his own half.
Swinton were quickly out of the blocks and, after two minutes, Holroyd put Chris Tyrer through a huge gap and he touched down between the sticks. Carl Sneyd converted.
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The wet conditions did not help and for a short spell in the first half it looked as though the players were taking part in a juggling competition; without much success as the ball was continually spilled.
And, when Hornets' Martin McLoughlin was sinbinned in the 31st minute, for a high tackle, Swinton exploited the space created in his absence, Holroyd slicing through.
Hornets' indiscipline continued after the break and, after six minutes, poor tackling allowed Andy Saywell to pounce on Mike Wainwright's speculative kick for the corner and stroll in Nike Roshe Run Neon Green
A comedy of errors ensued as seven penalties and a series of knock ons in close succession brought cries of disbelief from the fans.
Sneyd tagged on the two before slotting over a penalty to give the visitors a 16 14 interval lead.
Sneyd then added the extras to give Swinton an eight point advantage.
On the hour, Hornets were given a lifeline when Mark Brocklehurst gathered up a misplaced pass from Ainscough, and powered in at the corner.
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On that occasion Hornets got themselves into a winning position but shot themselves in the foot and were beaten 23 22; a late drop goal from Graham Holroyd deciding the encounter.
That said there was no lack of effort and commitment and some of the tackling was ferocious with referee Peter Brooke the busiest man on the field.
The impressive Mayberry did not need a second invitation as he shot through to score out wide 22 22 and all to play for.
Swinton tried to rally but when Gary Hulse knocked on from Nike Roshe Run Midnight
THE last time Hornets and Swinton met was on a steamy day at Sedgley Park at the end of May.
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