A DEPLETED Stratford suffered a rare home defeat to a resurgent Swindon at Pearcecroft on Saturday.
The Black and Whites went into the game missing six first-team players and they paid the price as Swindon secured their fifth victory on the bounce, winning 36-17.
Charlie Powell’s try ensured Stratford went in at 5-5 at the break, before the visitors underlined their superiority by scoring four tries in an entertaining second half.
Liam Jones and Geoff Dyson also went over for Tom Rance’s side, with Powell converting one of them.
“There were plenty of positives to take,” insisted Stratford skipper Jo Cook.
“On the whole, there were some very good patches of play from us. What really let us down was the penalty count.
“I think we conceded 20 penalties over the course of the match and it allowed Swindon to capitalise.
“Even with the number of first-team players unavailable, it was pleasing we were still able to put out a complete squad.”
Stratford return to South West 1 East action this Saturday, when they face a 300-mile round trip to take on Dorset side Wimborne.