|Minety RFC Chairman, Dave Peirce, carried out an inspection of the pitches at Minety Fields recently and we can report, exclusively, that he was happy with what he found.|
Players meeting planned for after training on Tuesday 9th, so please make every effort to attend. All players please. Dave Peirce
The 1st XV match against Corsham was postponed yesterday after a pitch inspection by the referee. I suppose we should have noticed that something wasn’t right when the entire Minety team drove into the car park at 12.30pm to find that we were the only people there. With the rain hammering down, the pitches didn’t look all that good; plenty of standing water on a surface that would cut up very quickly.
But we waited, and waited. The referee arrived and joined us standing around outside the locked club house. Eventually relief came in the form of a Corsham club member who was able to open up the club house and allow us in out of the rain. At 1.15pm, after an inspection with both captains and officials from the clubs, the referee called the game off. A re-scheduled date has yet to be agreed.
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Please note that the 6 Nations predictor competition will now act as a fund raiser for Rob. The entry fee is £5, but you can enter as many times as you like for £5 per entry. It will be closing on Saturday at midday. To make it easier to enter (and raise funds), you may email Andrew Somers the form below (click to bring up a full sized image) and make an internet bank transfer before midday on Saturday. You will also find the competition forms in the email Dave Peirce sent last Friday. Andrew has offered to donate a prize in place of the previously offered cash prize.
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Please p.m. Andrew Somers on Facebook for the bank account details and his email address.
Thank you and good luck
Minety 1st XV return to league action at Corsham on Saturday 6th February, kick off 2.15pm. It will be a welcome return to action for the inform Minety squad who lost their match last week thanks to the dreadful conditions underfoot at Minety Fields.
But while Minety sit in second place in the league with 48 points from their 12 matches, and will be chasing their 8th consecutive league win, their opposition have certainly turned their season around after a sluggish start. Sitting in 6th place, on 42 points, Corsham are unbeaten in the league since November with a string of wins over Trowbridge, Swindon, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett and Supermarine.
It will not be an easy task for Andy Ward’s team, without influential skipper Andrew (Wallace) Hibbard and the experienced second row Ben Collins, but they will be looking to build on a successful league start for 2016 which has seen them win both of their matches, scoring 104 points whilst conceding only 7.
Injury hit Minety lose at Swindon.
Minety 2nd XV lost their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North match at Swindon III’s by 20-12 in a match which will not linger long in the memory.
With the 1st XV’s match postponed after the pitches at Minety were deemed unfit after an early morning pitch inspection, all eyes turned to the 2nd XV and their match encounter with close rivals Swindon 3rds.
The home team won the toss and chose to play with a stiff wind at their backs. The heavy conditions under foot and a slippery ball made handling difficult. Time and time again, Minety moves floundered in midfield and scrum ball was untidy and rushed. The heavier Swindon side adapted better and kept the ball close to rucks and scored their first try in the 13th minute.
Swindon’s second try came in the 26th minute, again based upon successful rucking before the ball went wide where their winger beat his opposite number to score out wide.
Minety struck back but found it difficult to gain any quality ball at either scrum or lineout and were further behind 9 minutes before half time when another Swindon forwards’ move created room for a third try out wide.
With his team 15 points down at half time, Coach Andy Ward had stern words for the Minety team. The second half started more brightly with the visitors making good use of the strong and gusting wind but it took until the 58th minute, and a move of rare individual class, for them to score. 2nd half substitute Del Murray collected the ball in his own half, chipped his opposition winger and won a dramatic race to touch down in the corner.
But any hopes that the fightback could continue were dashed in the 64th minute when the Minety defence, now carrying a number of injuries, were unable to defend their line as Swindon scored a 4th try.
Some form of consolation was found in the final minute when a fine breakout from deep in their own 22 saw Minety attack down the left wing before David Cooke ran in to score under the posts from 30 metres. Ash Windle kicked the conversion in the final action of the game.
A bruised and battered skipper, Ben Scott, said afterwards, “We let the first half get away from us and lacked structure in our play. We were missing 6 or 7 players and then suffered a whole raft of injuries on the pitch and just couldn’t get our game together.”
Date: Saturday 30th January 2016. Kick off 2.15pm
Venue: Swindon Rugby Club
Weather conditions: Cold but clear. High wind. Pitch wet
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North
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Minety 1st XV’s home league match against Melksham has been postponed after the pitch failed an early morning inspection. More news when it becomes available.
Both Minety teams are in action this coming Saturday with the 1st XV taking on Melksham at Minety Fields whilst the 2nd XV travel to Swindon in the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North clash.
The 1st XV will be eager to build upon their tremendous victory at Devizes last Saturday where they came away with a 79-0 win to keep them in second place in the table, just six points behind the league leaders Combe Down.
But Andy Ward and his team know that Melksham pose one of the greatest threats in the second half of the season. The visitors are just one point behind Minety in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North, having played 13 matches and accrued 47 points. They are unbeaten in 2016, their last loss being in a match against Combe Down back in December. The home team will be looking to avenge a narrow 9-6 defeat earlier in the season. The loss at Melksham on 24 October was the last time that Minety tasted league defeat and Andrew Hibbard’s team will be going all out for victory, subject to the pitch being passed as playable after an early-morning inspection.
The 2nd XV travel to Swindon in D&W3N keen to come away with a win and cement their hold on 4th place in the league table. The Swindon team lie just one point behind Minety, having played on fewer fixture. After a fine 62-5 victory over Devizes, Swindon were on the wrong side of a 68-7 scoreline against Chippenham last week.
The last time that the two teams met was on the 24th October when Minety won by 29-14 at Minety Fields.
Minety 1st XV travelled to Devizes on Saturday for their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North encounter and found ideal conditions for their type of running, expansive rugby. Under clear skies and with a firm and even surface, the village team ran in no less than 12 tries to win by 79-0 and keep up the pressure on the league leaders, Coombe Down.
Early pressure saw Devizes pinned back in their own 22m and it came as no surprise when the first try was score by second row Harry Neale, bursting through to take advantage of a fine break by flanker Stephen Brown. Minety were 14 points up soon after when scrum half Garin Garland collected the ball from a lineout and sniped down the blindside before passing to winger David Cooke, who side stepped the full back and scored close to the posts.
With the fast MInety team clearly enjoying playing on a good surface, the score should have been greater but a number of fluent backs’ moves came to nought as final passes were dropped or mistimed.
But the constant pressure on the home line told when Garland collected at a ruck and spotted a gap to run in from 30 metres for his first try. In the 39th minute centre Will Mason evaded a number of tackles to touch down for the third try of the half before Cooke collected his second try after a rampaging run by Minety captain Andrew Hibbard had forced Devizes into conceding a penalty close to their own lines.
There was no let up in the second half as Minety added three tries in 10 minutes. Man of the match, hooker, Tom Claxton tore through the Devizes defence before flicking the ball out of the back of his hand to allow Garland to score his second of the day. The 7th try came about as a result of a fine move from the kick off, involving several forwards and the entire back line with full back Dale Langdown crossing for the points. Second half substitute Matt Roberts sided stepped two defenders to extend the lead to 55 before Mason added his second try in the 56th minute.
Neale’s second try was a devastating solo effort. Picking up the ball deep in his own half, the second row burst through the defence beating more than four players before touching down for Minety’s 10th try. With Roberts and Langdown bagging late tries the visitors ran out 79-0 winners to consolidate their second place in the table.
Although very pleased with the win, Coach Andy Ward was critical of Minety’s first half performance. “We were all disappointed with the first half performance because we wasted four good scoring opportunities with handling errors and some bad decision making. Our second half was a great improvement. We were stronger and fitter and it told. I must commend the Devizes team for sticking to the task for the full 80 minutes in a game played in good spirit on an excellent surface which suited our expansive game. Claxton put in an outstanding performance and pipped Harry Neale for Man of the Match.”
Captain Andrew Hibbard praised the whole team. “The lineout worked well and the forwards put in a great shift. The backs spilled some ball but it was great to play our attacking game on a superb surface.”
Man of the Match: Tom Claxton
Date: Saturday 23rd January 2016. Kick off 2.15pm
Venue: Devizes Rugby Ground
Weather conditions: Sunny, mild and good playing surface
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
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With both Minety teams involved in league action away at Devizes this weekend (kick offs at 2.15pm), let’s take a look at the opposition.
Devizes II will be looking to turn around their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North fortunes after a bit of a beating last time out at Melksham, where they went down by 70-7 versus Melksham, the second time they have leaked more than 70 points in a game (the first being an 73-0 drubbing at league leaders Coombe Down). Down in 10th place in the table with one win from 12 matches, Devizes II will be hopeful of avenging a tight 31-17 defeat earlier in the season at Minety Fields.
Minety IIs will be hopeful that they can put a stuttering start to 2016 behind them when they take on Devizes IIIs. The home team lost their last match by 62-5 against Swindon IIIs and will be looking to improve upon their 9th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North table where they have recorded 3 wins from 11 matches played. After a difficult start to the season, which included a tight 24-22 defeat at Minety Fields, Devizes IIIs have made strides forward, winning two of their league matches in December.
Minety 1st XV will be targeting a win ton Saturday to help them maintain their second place in the league whilst also applying pressure on league leaders Coombe Down.
Minety IIs aim to consolidate their 5th place in the league whilst keeping as close to the league leaders as possible.
Full match reports on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, depending upon how much alcohol is consumed after the match!
The coach it is leaving Minety club house at 11:40am. It will also be doing a pick up in Malmesbury at 11:55 at the Police Station! Please make sure you are on time. The coach will cost £7 each and will be returning to Minety for 7:45pm.
Please make sure you message Dale Langdown (07960448695) to let him know whereabouts you plan to get on board!
Please note that the 6 Nations quiz that Andrew Somers was running has been postponed as the 1st XV have a rearranged fixture on 6 Feb against Corsham. But don’t let that stop you heading to the club to watch Scotland v England at the club, KO 4.50pm.
Copies of the latest Minety RFC Newsletter can be read via this link or through this page link on the right hand menu of this page. Read the thoughts of Chairman Peirce!
Club members can apply for tickets to 2016 RBS 6 Nations and Summer Test International Rugby matches.
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All those who are interested in applying for tickets are encouraged to read the club’s policy on application and purchase of International Rugby tickets. Click here to open the policy.
Training, as usual, at Minety Fields on Tuesday at 7pm. A chance to watch the film of last Saturday’s victory over Swindon will follow training.
Please note, there is NO training at the Actvity Zone this week.
Reminder: if you want to book a seat, or seats, on the coach to Devizes this coming Saturday to watch both Minety teams in action, please contact Dale Langdown as soon as possible.
Minety 1st XV put the disappointment of their Regional Cup semi-final loss last week behind them as they overcame a spirited Swindon II team by 25 points to 7 at Minety Fields on Saturday.
Second in the table Minety chose to play downhill in the first half on a pitch that barely passed a pre match inspection. The decision looked a wise one when, after just 2 minutes, scrum half Will Mason fed fly half Tom McAllister whose kick over the Swindon defence was chased down by man of the match, inside centre Jack Ward.
Ward was instrumental in Minety’s second try in the 9th minute. Ripping the ball from Swindon in midfield, Ward passed to flanker Stephen Brown who timed his pass to winger Luke Radcliffe perfectly. Radcliffe’s turn of speed left the away team’s defence in disarray as he burst through to score near the corner flag.
When Mason chipped over the Swindon defensive line and collected the ball to score under the posts in the 17th minute, Minety were well on top.
Swindon re-organised and hit back hard, pushing the home team back into their 22 yard area. The home team held out well under increasing pressure from a large Swindon pack but lost their influential outside centre Matt Roberts and flanker Pete Hazell to injury before the half was out.
Ten minutes into the second half Minety scored their 4th try to secure a valuable bonus point as they hunt down league leaders Coombe Down. Once again, Ward broke free in his own half, beating two defenders before drawing the full back and passing to winger David Cooke, who raced in from 25 metres out to touch down.
Swindon hit back late on in the game with a try from a scrum but a Ward penalty with minutes to go ended the scoring with the home team maintaining a winning run in the league stretching back to October.
Captain Andrew Hibbard was understandably pleased with the result. “We knew we had to get off to a strong start. They were a big team and the conditions were so heavy underfoot that we had to take maximum advantage in the first half. We scored our three tries but then lost a little focus. We defended well in the second half and absorbed a lot of pressure. The bonus point helps us keep tabs on runaway leaders Coombe Down. Make no mistake, we will not be satisfied with second place in the league.”
Man of the Match: Jack Ward
Date: Saturday 16th January 2016. Kick off 2.15pm
Venue: Minety Fields, Mintey
Weather conditions: Cold but clear. Pitch very wet
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
Minety 1st XV return to league action after the disappointment of the loss in the Regional semi final last week. In their first league encounter of 2016 the home side welcome Swindon II’s to Minety Fields for a Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North clash.
The home side, unbeaten in the league since October, won the previous encounter at Swindon by 22-12 back in September and will look to build on their 38 league points and close the gap on top of the table Coombe Down.
Swindon II’s have struggled a bit this season having won just 3 of their 11 fixtures to leave themselves towwards the bottom of the table with 14 points from their 11 played matches. Having won just once on the road at fellow strugglers Colerne, the Swindon team will be looking to avenge their home defeat to Minety in September.
Minety 2nds travel to Alfdred’s Nomads in a clash which sees both teams near the top of the table. Minety find themselves in 4th place in the Dorset and Wilts North Division 3 table with 27 points from their 11 matches, just two points behind Alfred’s who have 29 points from 10 completed fixtures and find themselves in 3rd place.
Minety 2nds will be looking to get their season back on track after their heavy loss at Corsham last week.
Both matches kick off at 2.15pm.
The 1st and 2nd teams are both away on Saturday 23rd against Devizes. Minety RFC have put on a coach for both teams so we can have a good club day out. There will be space for supporters so if you would like to have a seat the coach and fancy a few beers please let Dale Langdown know.
George Amaechi, the sports therapist who works with Minety RFC, is working on a dissertation and requires two more players to allow him to have a total number of eight participants in his research project.
There will a chance to review the film of the match and have a chat (and a beer) on Tuesday from 7pm in the club house and then it’s another indoors training session at the Activity Zone in Malmesbury on Wednesday night starting at 7.30pm. Hope to see as many along as possible for both events.
Minety’s remarkable cup run was ended in the Regional Semi final played at Supermarine’s ground on Saturday. The Dorset and Wilts Vase Champions were unlucky to go down to Gosford All Blacks, the champions of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire by 10 points to 5 in a match dominated by a series of controversial decisions.
After soaking up early Gosford pressure, Minety began to exert their dominance, running the ball through the backs with inside centre Matt Roberts proving a real handful for the Gosford defence. Against the run of play, the visitors took the lead after a penalty at the scrum gave them a kick in front of the posts.
Minety struck back but the Gosford kicking game always ensured that the Wiltshire team had to mount attacks from inside their own half. Minety’s frustrations grew when an off the ball tackle on winger David Cooke, a late tackle on fly half Tom McAllister and a deliberate trip on Ben Langridge all went relatively unpunished.
When flanker Jack Ward was tackled without the ball in a clear try scoring opportunity Minety were denied the chance to go ahead but on 57 minutes a rare attacking move from Gosford saw a penalty try awarded after a tackle within feet of the touchline was deemed dangerous.
10 – 0 down and playing into driving rain and a very stiff breeze, Minety regained their composure and their efforts were rewarded when Matt Roberts ran in a try in the dying moments.
Afterwards Coach Andy Ward remained positive. “The scrum was strong and some of our passing was excellent. We enjoyed the majority of the possession and territory throughout and maintained our discipline. Of course, the lads are disappointed but we must give credit to our opponents; they defended well and employed a very effective kicking game.”
Minety captain Andrew Hibbard was also upbeat. “It was a gutsy performance in dreadful conditions. We worked hard and were on the wrong end of some harsh decisions. We had tremendous support from the touchlines and we must thank Supermarine for allowing us to use their pitch whilst ours are still flooded.”
It’s back to league action next week for Minety when they hope to entertain Swindon, subject to a pitch inspection at MInety Fields.
Man of the Match: Matt Roberts
Date: Saturday 9th January 2016. Kick off 2pm
Venue: Supermarine Rugby Club, Swindon
Weather conditions: Driving rain and stiff breeze. Very heavy underfoot. Surface water present on some parts of the pitch
Competition: Regional Cup Semi Final
Minety’s cup dreams floundered in the mud at Supermarine this afternoon as the Dorset and Wilts Vase Champions lost out in their regional semifinal to Gosford All Blacks, champions of Oxfordshire Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in a closely fought match 10 points to 5. A full match report will be posted once we’ve reviewed the match video carefully
We have just heard that the 1st XV cup match will now take place at Supermarine’s Ground in Swindon with a 2pm kick off. More details when we get them.
Thanks to David Hardwick for the two photographs below. He writes: “I have been having a sort out and found some old photos of the team in the 90’s when i played there. Even Andy Ward and Peircey look young !!!! well maybe not that young … they were old to start with I suppose ? Also there’s a photo of a bus pull we did from Malmesbury to the clubhouse. Good luck to the boys for the rest of the season.
Can anyone give us details of the exact year? We’d also like as many names as possible for the archive.
Thanks to Dave Peirce, here are most of the names of the players :
Back L – R; John ?, Charlie Gawthrope, James Tweedale, Tim Vaughan, Damon Smith, James Smith, Sean Richards, Craig Smith, Paul Harrington, Ian Neal, Andy Hyde, Andy Ward.
Front L – R; Luke Huckin, Duncan Osman, Will Howse, Dave Peirce, Gareth Dyer, Simon Barrett, Ben Smith, Andy Brown, Dave Hardwick.
Back Row L – R; Dave Miller, Simon Barrett, Kev Vancil, Andy Brown, ?, Richard Dolman, Andy Ward, Bob Groves (Coco), James Tweedale.
Middle Row L – R; Mark Turner, Dave Hardwick, Craig Smith, Dave Peirce, Luke Huckin.
Front Row L – R; Russell Brooks, Will Howse, Charlie Gawthrope, Gareth Dyer, Sean Richards.
We are sorry to announce that Minety’s Regional Cup semi final against Gosford All Blacks from Oxfordshire has been postponed. A pitch inspection was made at 11am and a local referee called in to inspect the surface. He confirmed that the pitch was unplayable.
This evening’s (Wednesday 30th) training is off tonight; the training pitch is waterlogged and we are expecting high winds and rain for the rest of the day.
Big game Saturday so try and get some personal fitness in to blow away the Christmas cobwebs . Please spread the word about tonight so people don’t turn out unnecessarily
Next Senior training session at Minety *****Wednesday 30th December***** at 7pm sharp .
Please can everyone make a big effort to get over so we can get a decent session in before the Southern counties semi final on the 2nd January.
Minety start their 2016 campaign with one of their biggest fixtures in their history, a Southern Counties Semi Final clash against Gosford All Blacks, on Saturday January 2nd, kick off 2.15pm at Minety Fields.
The visitors, who play their rugby in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, are presently top of the Berks/Bucks and Oxon league table with an impressive 10 wins from 11 fixtures, scoring just under 40 points and conceding just 10 points on average per match.
The home team will be hoping to build on an unbeaten run stretching back to October but will be keeping fingers crossed that all of the regular players will be available for selection.
In the other semi final Milton Keynes will be taking on Tadley.
Congratulations to Cliff Garland and all the Unsung Heroes from across the BBC regions who were in attendance at SPOTY (Sports Personality of the Year 2015) last night in Belfast. Although he didn’t win the main prize, all of Minety RFC is proud of Cliff and all that he’s achieved over so many years with the club.
We congratulate the winner of the Unsung Hero Award, West Belfast youth football coach Damien Lindsay for the huge role he has played with his community work with the St James Swifts Football Club. Damien founded the club five years ago with the aim of helping to keep young people off the streets in a deprived part of his native city.
Minety 1st XV maintained their winning run, stretching back to October, with a win over Dorset & Wilts Division 1 strugglers Colerne at Minety Fields on Saturday.
Playing downhill in the first half, the home team took just three minutes to register their first score, when centre Dave Church hammered through the Colerne defence to score near the posts. Scrum half, Garin Garland converted to put the home side up 7-0.
In the 11th minute a flowing move saw winger Ben Langridge scoring near the corner flag, and when flanker Stephen Brown scored Minety’s third try in the 14th minute the home side were 17 points up and flying.
The bonus point winning fourth try was scored in the 25th minute by second row forward Tom Windle, with Garland converting from in front of the posts.
Two more first half tries by Garland, both of which he converted, saw Minety turn around at half time with a 38-0 advantage.
The second half was in direct contrast to the first. Overly anxious to play the expansive rugby that has seen them race up to second place in the league, Minety wasted possession with a series of dropped passes and floundered in the dreadful conditions as the waterlogged pitch cut up badly.
It was no surprise when Colerne scored their only try of the match in the 74th minute.
Coach Andy Ward rang the changes late on and Matt Roberts, a late second half substitute, was able to break through and score under the posts in the final minute, with Garland converting to end the match 43-7 for the home side, consolidating their second placed position in the league.
Minety’s coach, Andy Ward spoke after the match. “I’d like to concentrate more on how much we’ve improved this season rather than that match. We didn’t play well, we know it and we’ll need to improve upon our performance in our big National Cup match against Gosford on 2nd January. But this squad has real depth and potential and I’m really proud to be their coach.”
Captain Will North was upbeat about the performance. “We knew we had to get the bonus point to keep pressure on the league leaders and we managed that in the first half but then it all went to pot in the second half. We’re a force to be reckoned with when we set our minds to it, and we’ll certainly have to be at the top of our game against Gosford, but we’re up for the challenge.”
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 (North)
Date: Saturday 19th December 2015
Weather: Dull and overcast. Very heavy conditions.
Venue: Minety Fields
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
Just a reminder that our own Cliff Garland and wife, Jane, are in Belfast for the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year (6.50pm BBC 1 Sunday evening). We all wish Cliff the very best of luck in the award ceremony. Cliff will be on BBC Wiltshire Sound on Sunday and Monday mornings talking about his Unsung Hero nomination and trying to get as many plugs for the club as possible.
Both Minety teams will be playing their final matches of 2015 at home on Saturday 19th December.
The 1st XV face Colerne in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North action whilst the 2nd XV take on Supermarine II’s in D&W 3 North with both games kicking of at 2.15pm at Minety Fields.
Colerne have endured a troubled first half to the season and sit at the bottom of D&W 1 North (ignoring Fairford, who withdrew from the league at the start of the season). With just one win, at the end of October against Trowbridge, Colerne have been on the wrong end of some fairly hefty beatings including a 130-0 defeat at the hands of top of the table Combe Down in November. Minety 1st XV will be looking to pile on the points in this fixture to help them pull clear of 3rd place Melksham and 4th placed Wootton Bassett.
Minety 2nds take on a Supermarine II team that has also had a difficult first half to the season. In 10th place, with just a single win under their belts, the visitors will be looking to pull back points on the teams above them. By contrast, Minety 2nds will be seeking a good win to help them put some breathing space between themselves, in 3rd place in D&W3N, and the chasing pack, including Swindon III, Alfred’s Nomads and Warminster II’s.
These matches are the final league fixtures of 2015. The next action for Minety will be the 1st XV against Gosford All Blacks in the National Championships at Minety on Saturday 2nd January 2016.
Minety’s 1st XV extended their winning streak to five wins in a row in a tight 15-14 Dorset and Wilts Division 1 victory away at Chippenham.
Playing into a strong wind, Minety dug deep to repel early Chippenham pressure but fell behind to a penalty after 15 minutes.
Second in the table Minety, forced the home sided back to their 22m line from where scrum half Garin Garland was able to tie the scores with a penalty in the 23rd minute.
With the wind making fluent rugby very difficult, Chippenham pushed Minety back and regained the lead in the 32nd minute with yet another penalty.
Centre Jack Ward orchestrated several fluid attacks from Minety’s half before powerful running from Max Sparrow and Matt Cross led to a difficult chance for flanker Stephen Brown, but the ball was lost.
As the half progressed Minety began to exert more pressure, keeping passes short and using rolling mauls to move towards the Chippenham line. Their efforts were rewarded in the 35th minute with a try in the corner from young fly half Tom McAllister.
After the interval Minety failed to capitalise on their slight 8-6 lead. Even with the dubious advantage of a swirling wind at their backs, they were unable to exert any territorial pressure and Chippenham broke through to score a try of their own in the 50th minute.
Ill-discipline, brought about by frustration at not being able to manage conditions, led to Minety conceding a penalty in front of their posts, which Chippenham converted in the 55th minute.
With time running out and now down by 14-8, Minety gained dominance from the scrum, playing the sort of rugby that had won them the Dorset and Wilts Vase Trophy two weeks before.
This turn around in form paid off in the 75th minute when a quick tap and go from Garland put Max Sparrow clear to score under the posts with the Chippenham defence in confusion. The conversion was added by Garland, putting the visitors 15-14 up.
The one point lead set up a tense last 5 minutes but Minety held on for the crucial victory that keeps them 2nd in the league in the run up to Christmas.
Final score Chippenham 14 , Minety 15
Club Stalwart Matt Cross was playing his last game for the club and was debagged and left on the field naked, except for socks, boots & gum shield!
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 (North)
Date: Saturday 12th December 2015
Weather: Very windy
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
Minety 1st XV extended their winning run to 5 league and cup matches with a tight 15-14 win at Chippenham on Saturday. The result keeps Minety in second place in the table as they approach their last league match of the year next Saturday, when they entertain struggling Colerne at Minety Fields.
A full match report of the 1st XV clash with Chippenham will follow.
In Division 3 North Minety 2nds went down 10-22 to Chippenham III’s but results elsewhere meant that they retain 3rd place in the table behind runaway leaders Wootton Bassett and Chippenham.
Minety 1st XV and 2nd XV are in league action against Chippenham teams this coming Saturday, with both matches kicking off at 2.15pm.
The 1st XV travel to Chippenham II’s, who lie 6th in the table, four points behind second placed Minety, who are looking to extend and unbeaten run of form that stretches back to October. A win for Minety will help them keep the pressure on table toppers Coombe Down.
The Second entertain Chippenham III’s at Minety Fields having missed last weekend’s fixture at Melksham when the home side were unable to raise a team. Minety will be looking for a repeat of their last home win when they crushed Westbury 85 – 0 and a chance to make up ground on the Chippenham side, who are directly above them, in second place, in Dorset and Wilts 3 North.
Minety continued their winning ways with a convincing 34 – 12 victory over Supermarine at home on Saturday.
Playing downhill, and with a fierce wind behind them, Minety needed to maximise their first half advantage. With some of the best rugby seen at Minety in recent years, the home team totally dominated the first 20 minutes with multiple phases of possession and fine moves across the field. After centre Luke Radcliffe and flanker James Stuart had gone close, Max Sparrow took advantage of a tap penalty to take the Supermarine defence by surprise and race through for the first try, which fly half Jack Ward converted.
The home side extended their lead to 14 points when hooker Will North scored after a fine interchange between backs and forwards.
The result was almost sealed in the 31st minute when strong running from Ward, full back Dale Langdown and Stuart carved the Supermarine defence open to allow centre Matt Roberts to score, with Ward converting.
With a 21 – 0 lead at half time, the Minety team were brimming with confidence. Playing uphill and into a gale force wind, they forced their opponents, who had started the day above them in the league, back into their own half. Ward kicked a penalty to extend the lead yet further before, in the 49th minute winger David Cooke scored the bonus point winning 4th try close to the posts after a move that featured all of the backs and most of the Minety forwards.
Supermarine hit back with a converted try in the 55th minute before Ward kicked another penalty to extend the lead to 34-5. A late, converted try for the visitors in the 77th minute brought the scores closer but by that time Minety were home and dry.
The win takes Minety up to second in the table.
Coach Andy Ward commended his team. “I thought this would be a difficult match for the lads after last week’s great cup win. We knew we had to start strongly and we did just that. Those first 20 minutes showed what a strong side we are. We defended well when called upon but our attacking play was excellent. All of the hard work on the training ground is now paying rich dividends.”
Captain Andrew Hibbard was also delighted with the victory and the team performance. “We piled on the pressure in the first half, playing rugby that suited the difficult conditions. It was a great performance and one that stands us in good stead for the upcoming regional cup tie and the rest of the league season.”
Date: Saturday 5th December 2015
Weather: Overcast and with high winds
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
Man of the Match: Stephen Brown
Minety 1st XV stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with a convincing bonus point victory over Supermarine at Minety Fields today to take them into 2nd place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table. First half tries from Max Sparrow, Will North and Matt Roberts put the home team in command before Dave Cooke crossed for the bonus winning, fourth try in the second half. Jack Ward kicked all four conversions and added two further penalties.
Final score 34 – 12.
Full match report and photographs to follow.
After the euphoria of last weekend’s Vase Final victory, it’s back to league action for both the 1st XV, at home to Supermarine, and the 2nd XV, away at Melksham.
Supermarine travel to Minety Fields with six league wins out of their eight matches. Averaging 35 points per fixture in the league whilst conceding 15 points, they lie 2nd in the table, four points ahead of Minety but having played one more fixture. Beaten at home by top of the table Coombe Down and away at Corsham, Supermarine’s only other defeat came in the Vase quarter final at Minety, where the home team won by 37 -12.
The 2nd XV’s opponents find themselves just one place off the bottom of D&W3 North, with 5 points garnered from two wins from seven fixtures. Their two victories were against bottom of the table Supermarine IIIs and, surprisingly, Alfred’s Nomads, who lie third in the table. Boosted by their tremendous win against Westbury in their last league outing, the IIs will be looking for a win to boost their position near the top of the table.
Both sets of matches are scheduled to kick off at 2pm.