A reminder to all involved in Minety Rugby Football Club that the club AGM is this Wednesday (29th June) in the Club House starting at 7:30pm. All are welcome.
Andrew (from now on to be referred to as Wallace) started by thanking all of the players, support staff and supporters for what had been a truly memorable and most enjoyable season. A brilliant season. The passion and gusty performance on the day Minety won the Dorset and Wilts Vase made it a day that Wallace said he’d never forget.
There was something of a “turkey hangover” after Christmas. Player availability and injuries meant that matches were lost and valuable league points dropped. Thankfully, by the end of March form had picked up and the 1st XV were back in 4th place in the league. Whilst late season wins over Chippenham and Supermarine were satisfying, nothing could compare to the delight of winning the last game of the season against the league champions, Combe Down.
Highlights of the Year:
Pete Hazell’s 86 seconds in the Vase final proved pivotal in us winning the match.
Jack Ward 3 yellows in the first 5 matches didn’t bode well for the season but he turned it round quickly and made a massive contribution to the team.
Ben Collins. The DVD showed the extent of the eye gouge incident and how he floored the prop with a right hook.
Tom Claxton, our resident hooker, for his silky Sonny Bill Williamson pass in the match at Devizes which set up one of our tries.
Craig Smith, complete with “wonky” toe. Thanks so much for all his help with training and for always being there to make up numbers on the bench when we were short.
Coach Ward – thanks for stepping in and for an amazing season and keeping us all on track.
Dave Peirce. Great job as Chairman this year. To thank Dave for all his efforts, Wallace presented Dave with a tractor booster seat so that he would be able to see over the steering wheel and reach the brake pedal next time that he mowed the field.
Dale Langdown. Thanks for all the social events organised and for collecting in tour money.
Jack Ward, for the excellent organisation of the Minety 7’s tournament.
Will North, for being an excellent vice captain and for stepping up when Wallace was not available.
Ben Scott. Thanks to Ben and all the 2nd team players for always being there to support the 1st XV and providing players whenever the team was short.
Steve Jackman and the physio team – for looking after us all season and being there to support all our matches.
Andrew O’Dell, for opening up the bar on a Tuesday night and making the post training time so enjoyable.
Wallace added that the whole club was thinking about our good friend Rob Bugden. Best wishes form all for your recovery, Rob.
Thanks to the caterers for a fine meal.
Many contenders, too many to mention individually, but for rarely missing training, for filling the water bottles and seeing that the kit was always washed, the winner is Ben Collins.
Anyone for Cricket ? Fancy playing against The Whole Hog Thursday night? The opposition pulled out, so we have Malmesbury Cricket Club available for 6pm start,
Shame to waste a barrel of Elmer’s, and a bucket of chilli con carne.
Please reply to Andrew Somers or via the Minety RFC facebook page asap so we can let the Cricket club know.
Ben spoke as captain of the 2nd XV at Minety. He began by explaining that it had been a difficult season for the 2nd XV with 8 wins and 12 losses. The 2nds started the season well with a solid squad playing good rugby every week and were well worth their 3rd or 4th place in the league up until Christmas. However, the Christmas break saw a number of retirements and injuries and the team struggled to maintain that level of performance during the rest of the season and ended in 7th place.
Discipline had really improved over the 2014/5 season when there had been too many red and yellow cards. This season there was only 1 red and 1 yellow card, a great improvement.
In total the 2nd XV used no less than 72 players and didn’t drop a match all season even when there were all manner of re-arranged fixtures due to the wet weather on and around the Christmas and New Year break.
For the statistically minded, Ben told the assembled audience that Will Mason was the top points scorer with 52 points while Del Murray claimed the most number of tries with 9. Dan Wilson put in the most appearances with 18 followed by Ben and Matt Stone on 17.
Points wise it doesn’t look good: For 396 Against 569 but Ben added that there were a number of teams who appeared to be made up of more than their share of 1st teamers “recovering from injury in the 2nds” at crucial times of the season.
Ben thanked: Adie Fisher for always being at matches, with his kit and an offer of playing if it was required; Steve Murray for supporting the team and always being prepared to step in as a referee when one was required; Steve Jackman and the physio team for keeping players, like Ben, on the pitch throughout the season; and all of the players who had turned out for the 2nds and ensured that not a single match was forfeited.
Most Improved 2nd XV player Award: Contenders: Brodie Murray, for his approach to games and for his tremendous improvement in all aspects of the game throughout the season, and Kieran Gash, for his excellent performances in a number of positions during the season. Winner: Kieran Gash
Player of the Season: Contenders: Mark Glew, for his whole hearted play for the 2nd XV and for his appearance for the 1st XV; Andy Ward, for his 1 game 1 try record, and Dan Wilson, for his all round play and tremendous support for his fellow players. Winner: Dan Wilson
In the first of a series of reminisces from the 2016 Minety Rugby Club Dinner, we summarise Coach Andy Ward’s speech to the assembled throng.
Andy started by summing up the 1st XV’s 2015-2016 season; a third place league finish and winners of the Dorset and Wilts Vase. Minety only lost once at Supermarine last season and that was to Gosford All Blacks in the regional championships. That was a terrific performance from all the team.
Yet it all started so differently. Despite all of the pre season warm up matches and coaching sessions, where the importance of winning lineouts and scrums was emphasised, Minety found themselves 30 points down at half time against Combe Down. Set pieces were lost and the team looked to be on for a real hiding. But the second half saw a complete turnaround. The final score was 41-22 and the pride and passion that marked out so much of the year’s play was in evidence.
That pride and passion was still there in the last match of the season when Minety inflicted Combe Down’s second, and heaviest, defeat of the season; it was a great acheivement.
At a players’ meeting before Christmas, with the club comfortably in second place and playing superb rugby, the question of promotion to Southern Counties was discussed. The majority of players voted to “go for it”; it was a great response to a difficult question. And how did the team respond on the pitch? We lost four on the bounce so those who voted to maintain the status quo were right.
But there were times in the season when it could all have been so different. A controversial decision late on in the game at Melksham saw Minety lose 9-6. We turned up at Corsham on a very wet day. There were some puddles on the pitch, granted, but we were ready to play. We had a strong team and were ready for them. The match was postponed. When it was replayed they were on a wonderful home run and we were weakened. We were hammered by 60 points.
Our discipline was poor at the start of the season – too much talking back to the referees and a sending off saw us on the wrong side of some officials. But we got that sorted out by the middle of the season.
Training was great. We had good attendances and I’m so proud of all the lads who turned out every Tuesday night in the cold and wet to train and watch the analysis films of the previous week’s matches.
Minety are a great club and they have an outstanding captain in Wallace. When he wasn’t available then Will North stepped in and did a great job as captain.
The coach thanked Chairman Dave Peirce for all that he has done for the club this season and went on to thank: Cliff Garland; Steve Jackman and the physio team; Andy and the bar team; JB for his work on the pitches and around the club; Tom McAllister for marking out the pitch lines; and Graham Cooke for the films and press work. He also mentioned Rob Bugden, who made such a contribution to the club before Christmas and whose injuries after Christmas affected us all.
Thanks also to the sponsors, who give so much yet receive so little. To Anthony Windle goes the club’s thanks. Thanks also to Brett and the others who have helped keep the club afloat through their generosity.
Astonishingly, the 1st XV used no fewer than 53 players this season. 24 games were played with Wallace turning out on 22 occasions. Jack Ward made 20 appearances, Ben Collins 19 and Steve Brown, Tom Claxton, Ben Langridge, Luke Radcliffe and Ash Windle with 17.
Andy went on to thank all of the support players who stepped in, often at the last minute, when the 1st XV were short and acknowledged the role that the 2nd XV played in supporting the 1st XV.
Jack Ward scored 58 points, Matt Roberts 55 (all tries) but Garin Garland was the top points scorer with a massive 168 points.
Player of the season. Contenders: Harry Neale, Ash Windle, Jack Ward, Max Sparrow and Steve Brown. Winner: Steve Brown. Steve’s award was presented to Steve Jackman in Steve’s absence.
Young Player of the Season. Contenders: Tom McAllister and Garin Garland. Winner: Garin Garland for his 168 points and for dashing back from university to play in so many matches.
Most Improved Player of the Year. Contenders: Dave Cooke, Nick Britten and Tom Claxton. Winner, for his whole hearted efforts, even when injured, and for the pride and passion that he shows everytime he pulls on a club shirt, Tom Claxton.
Special Award for Indoor Fitness: Winner Matt Roberts.
Players’ Player of the Year: Winner Jack Ward
| Just a quick glimpse of some of the highlights of the 2016 Minety Club Dinner.
The full story, together with more photographs and some sound bites, to follow next week when my hangover will truly be a thing of the past.
Good news all round on the fixtures front. We have both teams at home together ALL SEASON, and after some negotiations both teams are at home for the first league game of the season for the all important beer festival weekend. This does however mean that we finish the season with 2 away fixtures on the trot but that we are home last game before Christmas.
Please note that ALL free weekends before Christmas are considered to be cup game dates. The Cup Fixtures have not been released yet, but as soon as they are the Fixtures Page on the website will be updated. So keep an eye out.
News on pre-season friendlies to follow as soon as there is information.
Click here for the Fixture list.
Below are the teams that Minety will be facing in the coming season. This is, as always at this stage, subject to change.
Updates to follow on fixtures when they become available.
Dorset & Wilts 1 North:
Royal Wootton Bassett II
Dorset & Wilts 3 North:
Swindon College Old Boys II
As part of our developing “History of Minety RFC” we look back at the season opener for the 2010 campaign which saw the 1st XV entertain Wootton Bassett 2nd XV at Minety Fields. The report on the match can be found on the History page (link here or via the link on the right hand menu).
Later this week we’ll add the report of a dramatic opening day victory for the Dreamers against Devizes.
Looking back in time at Minety RFC
Minety RFC celebrated its 40th anniversary at the start of the 2010 -2011 season and a special match day programme was produced for the two matches held on 18th September 2010, the 1sts against Melksham whilst the 2nds took on Corsham. Click here to read the first installment of a series focusing on that match programme.
A reminder to all that the summer season of Minety touch rugby gets underway tomorrow night starting at 6.30pm. Old and new are more than welcome for an evening with a guarantee of fun and laughter.
It will also be a chance to see the first glimpse of the film of Saturday’s 7’s tournament, including a “Good, Bad and Ugly” featuring, amongst many others, Will North’s “almost try”, Elis Garland’s unusual kick off and James Stuart tackling himself!
Copies of “The Best of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, volumes 1, 2 and 3, covering every try, almost every tackle and lots of “I hope he didn’t film that” moments from Minety RFC’s amazing 2015 – 2016 season, will be available to order at the bar at the end.
The Royal Agricultural University team won the Minety 7’s rugby tournament at Minety Fields on Saturday afternoon.
12 teams, divided into two pools, contested the competition in startlingly contrasting conditions. A large crowd, enjoying a refreshments tent, barbeque, bouncy castle and other attractions were entertained by the action on the two adjacent pitches under brilliant sunshine until the thunder clouds massed and the semi finals and final were concluded in torrential rain.
The hosts, Minety, got off to a flying start with a 31-0 win over Painswick before St Paul’s Sharks battled out a 12 all draw with Tetbury. The “Voodoo” touring team ended the first round of matches in Pool 1 with a comprehensive win over a team representing the “Weighbridge” from Swindon. Ashley Windle, the Weighbridge’s coach was philosophical about the defeat. “I thought we were unlucky; we just didn’t get the bounce of the ball.”
In Pool 2 Minety’s 2nd XV, “The Dreamers” found themselves on the wrong end of a 40-0 at the hands of the Parachute Training School from RAF Brize Norton. The “Magic” team defeated a young Chippenham team 30-0 before the Royal Agricultural team defeated the Minety Academy.
As the tournament developed, in hot and humid conditions on very firm pitches, the favourites began to make their presence felt. St Paul’s Sharks followed their opening win with a heavy defeat of the Weighbridge team before cementing their place in the semi finals with a fine 14-0 win over Voodoo. They guaranteed top spot with a close win over Minety in the last pool 1 game in which the hosts also qualifying for a semi final spot.
Pool 2 saw the Physical Training Instructors from Brize Norton breeze past the Magic team to set up a top of the table clash with the unbeaten Royal Agriculture University team in the last match of the qualifiers.
As the rain clouds massed and thunder rumbled all around, the RAU team showed their class, mastering the changing conditions and inflicting the Instructors first defeat of the day.
In the “Oh So Nearly Cup” Minety Academy lost out in the pouring rain to the “Voodoo” touring team.
The main competition semi finals saw the home team facing the unbeaten RAU team whilst the PTI’s took on St Paul’s Sharks. With the crowd seeking any form of shelter from the driving rain the Royal Agricultural team were too strong for a Minety team whilst the PTS’s from Brize Norton saw off St Paul’s.
The final went the way of the RAU who closed down the PTS’s for space when defending and threw the ball wide on the attack.
Tournament organiser Jack Ward handed over the winning trophy to the RAU team. He said, “It’s been a great day but just a shame about the thunderstorm at the end. I think everyone’s enjoyed themselves and it’s been a great way to end what has been a tremendous year for the Minety Club.”
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Preparations are well underway over at Minety Fields for the annual Minety 7’s Rugby tournament.
Click here to see a short film, care of Jane McGurk, of the work already undertaken.
Minety RFC’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the club house on the 29th June, with a 7:30pm Ko.
It’s your chance to have your say and also see what else is happening/planned, so if you can make it along you’ll be most welcome.
Feel like keeping match fit over the summer month’s? Missing rugby already (aren’t we all)? Wondering how you’ll manage after the 7’s tournament this coming Saturday?
Relief is at hand! We’re delighted to announce that the Minety Summer Touch League will start Tuesday 10th May at Minety Fields. Players old and new are more than welcome so please spread the word. Turn up ready to play for a 6.30pm kick off and a guarantee of lots of fun and laughter.
The annual Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament is at an advanced stage of planning. The popular event, which has traditionally attracted numerous teams from around the area and beyond, will be held at Minety RFC’s headquarters at Minety Fields on 7th May.
At the time of writing 18 or so teams have already entered and there are rumours of more to come.
The action gets underway at 11am. In addition to the rugby on offer, there will be a full bar, a Barbecue, Bouncy Castle, raffle and lots more to keep everyone in the family content.
The Academy squad lost their Cup Final to Chippenham on Sunday, but a comment, posted on Facebook, by one of their coaches, says much for their commitment and bodes well for the future of the whole club.
Dorian James wrote : “To the squad today. You played the best drilled side this season and whilst the score line doesn’t reflect it – your performance today epitomises the grit, determination, team work and sportsmanship that makes rugby the great sport that we all enjoy. Their coaches and club chairman spoke to me afterwards stating that the above attributes impressed all that saw the match. For those that move on to senior rugby keep these skills that you have built up during your time playing at Minety. Those that continue playing in the Academy squad next year (and the year after for some) keep going – you all played exceptionally well today and throughout the season!! Above all – remember the good times, all those tries scored from the 50m put (especially front row…), and continue to enjoy playing the best sport over the next 20-30 years!!!! It’s been an absolute privilege to have known you all.”
Congratulations to every squad member of the Minety Academy team – you have done yourselves and your club proud.
Minety 1st XV’s remarkable season ended with a brilliant 29-20 victory over Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North champions, Combe Down, in front of a large crowd at Minety Fields on Saturday.
Combe Down had only tasted defeat once this season, by a single point at Corsham, and arrived at Minety looking to end their season on a high but the village team pulled together for a win which leaves them in a very creditable 4th in the table, only missing out on a top 3 position by points difference to Melksham.
The first quarter was an evenly matched affair, both teams spreading play out wide and Minety holding the champions’ attacks with some fine tackling, especially by flankers Stephen Brown and Harry Neal.
Minety took the lead in the 22nd minute with a Garin Garland penalty. Another Garland penalty in the 30th minute extended Minety’s lead to 6 points.
Minety’s first try came on 36 minutes. A defensive kick was caught by winger David Cooke who threw a long pass infield to Garland. His pass to full back Dale Langdown caught the entire Combe Down defence flat footed and the full back raced through to score wide on the left.
Garland’s fine long range conversion took the score to 13-0.
The league champions hit back with the final play of the first half. Stealing the ball from a Minety scrum, they crashed over for an unconverted try to leave the half time score at 13-5.
Playing uphill in the second half, Andy Ward’s team knew they had to start strongly to defend their lead but Combe Down struck early. A missed tackle in midfield left an overlap on the left wing for a try to be scored. 13-10.
Minety’s fighting spirit, which saw them win the Dorset and Wilts Vase earlier in the season, shone through and, after Garland was tackled in mid field, fly half Jack Ward cleared out an attacker allowing flanker Brown to pick up and race through from 30 metres. Garland converted and Minety were 20-10 up. A Combe Down penalty on 49 minutes reduced the lead but two more Garland penalties in the 54th and 67th minutes stretched the lead to 26-13 entering the final quarter.
Minety were reduced to 14 men for persistent infringements near to their own line on 74 minutes and conceded a penalty try shortly after as Combe Down fought back.
A Garland penalty deep in injury time ending the scoring with Minety 29-20 victories in a pulsating match.
Captain Andrew Hibberd could hardly contain his joy at the end. “We were really up for that match from the start. It was a superb team performance both in defence and attack. I’ve really enjoyed my time as captain this season and this result ends our campaign perfectly.”
Coach Andy Ward, in his last match as 1st team coach, was emotional at the final whistle. “I really believed in this team. I knew they had it in them for once last, magnificent effort. Our set pieces worked well. We dominated at lineout and scrummaged so much better in the second half. It was a real hearts and pride performance. I’m so proud of all of them.”
Man of the Match: Jack Ward
Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016. Kick off 3pm
Venue: Minety Fields
Weather conditions: Sunny and breezy
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
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Minety 1st XV ended a remarkable season in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North with a remarkable team performance and a remarkable result to inflict champions Combe Down’s 2nd, and biggest, league defeat of the season yesterday at Minety Fields. The 29-20 win guarantees the team 4th place in the league, only missing out on a top three position by points scored over the season.
A full match report will follow.
It’s the last league match of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign for the 1st XV this afternoon as they take on League Champions Combe Down on at Minety Fields with a 3pm kick off. Combe Down inflicted Minety’s 1st defeat of the league season back in September and have only tasted defeat once since then, a single point loss at Corsham.
In his last match as 1st team coach, Andy Ward will be desperate to finish what has been an extremely enjoyable and successful season for the 1st team, albeit one where the awful weather and pitch conditions at Minety Fields took their toll.
A full match report will be posted on this site later today or tomorrow morning.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish our Club Chairman Dave Peirce a very happy 50th birthday last Thursday – something tells us that he will be celebrating at the club no matter what the result later this afternoon.
But the success does not end with the 1st XV. The 2nds have performed mightily this season and have “punched well above their weight” against much bigger clubs with greater numbers. Well done to Ben Scott and all the players who have turned out in the 2nd XV colours and to those who have stepped up to plug gaps left in the 1st XV.
The club also has two of its junior division teams competing in Cup finals this weekend. The Academy team are playing Chippenham at Chippenham this Sunday in the final of the County Vase. For those that want to clear their heads after the party at the club house tonight or to support the future of the club it will be great to see you for a 2pm kick off.
Results from all of these matches will be available on this site during the next three days.
The final part, for the time being, of the History of Minety Rugby Club has been added to the history page (click here).
In Episode 6 we learn about the club’s number one supporter, the formation of the Minety Playing Field Association and an explanation into the club badge, rocking horse, little dog, weeping girl and all!
If any present, or ex club members, have any informative, funny, inflammatory or scandalous stories that they’d like to share with our ever increasing readership (especially over the summer when there’s not a lot to report on, please email them to me, Graham Cooke.
Minety retained their 4th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North match in a bruising bonus point winning 26 – 0 victory at bottom club Colerne on Saturday, a game brought to an end on 65 minutes with a Colerne player stretched out on the pitch with what looked like a serious shoulder injury.
Minety opened the scoring in the 9th minute. After pressure down the right flank, Josh Bull caught the ensuing lineout and a 10 man drive saw scrum half Garin Garland race through to score under the posts.
With the match littered with handling errors and a lack of fluidity, it was a try saving tackle from centre Matt Roberts which preserved Minety’s lead as Colerne pressed forward.
Minety extended their lead in the 31st minute. Garland spread play out to fly half Jack Ward, whose perfectly timed pass set Roberts away. A pass to full back Duncan Simpson and another to the impressive Bull saw the latter score under the posts. Garland converted and MInety were 12 points up.
Tempers flared in the 31st minute and both teams were reduced to 14 after a brawl involving a number of players from both sides.
The home side started the second half strongly and pinned Minety back in their own half but the villagers’ defensive line remained resolute and their dominance at lineout relieved the pressure.
Captain Andrew Hibberd scored MInety’s 3rd try in the 54th minute, collecting from the lineout and driving through the defence in the corner. Garland’s excellent conversion from distance took the visitors to a comfortable 19 – 0 lead.
The 4th, and bonus point winning try, came in the 59th minute when Roberts outpaced the defence to end a fine back line move. Garland’s conversion stretched the lead to 26 – 0.
The match ended shortly after as medical staff waited for an ambulance to attend to the stricken Colerne player.
After the match, coach Andy Ward said, “It was sad that the match had to end 15 minutes early. Obviously our thoughts are with the injured player. We lost our shape as the game progressed, and that is something we’ll have to address on the training pitch before we take on Combe Down, the league champions, in our final game of the season at Minety next week. Our set pieces were good but we should have used our width across the line more effectively.”
Captain Andrew Hibberd commented, “We played well in patches but overall I felt we were too rushed. We should have taken more time to assess where the mismatches were in their defence and exploited them.”
Date: Saturday 16th April 2016. Kick off 3pm
Weather conditions: Light cloud, bitter wind
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
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Minety 2nds won their last home fixture of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North campaign with a hard fought 38 31 victory over Warminster in a re-arranged fixture, the previous attempt being abandoned at half time after the pitch became unplayable.
The 2nds maintain their 7th place in the division table but are now just two points behind 6th placed Corsham and a huge 18 points above 9th placed Westbury.
Mionety 2nds last fixture of the season will be at Supermarine next Saturday.
The battle at the top of D&W3N is between Royal Wootton Bassett and Chippenham. Both teams boast a 17-1 winning record and the title is likely to be decided this coming weekend when the two meet at Bassett.
In Episode 5 (to be found at the bottom of the document) we learn of: the perils of training sessions in the village hall; streaking around the streets of “downtown” Minety; the dreaded “Elsen” Chemical toilet and its aroma; club barbecues and drinking contests; Enoch, the bulldog, who regularly got “legless” drunk at events; and Argentinian roasts.
The History can either be accessed through this link or via the link on the right hand menu of this page.
We are delighted to say that we have been approached by the Rugby Club magazine about being a featured club in a forthcoming edition. A small team from the club have been feversishly working away at a fairly comprehensive and searching set of questions posed to us by the magazine.
As soon as we hear of publication dates and availability, we’ll let you know here. In the meantime the magazine does have a twitter feed: @rugbyclubmag
We don’t feature many, if any, birthdays here but two key members of the club enjoyed special days this week. Yesterday (Tuesday) our esteemed 1st XV skipper, Andrew (Wallace) Hibbard turned 33 whilst last Sunday was Rob Bugden’s birthday. Happy birthday, lads!
Minety roared back into 4th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North on Saturday after an exciting and entertaining 31-20 win against a strong Chippenham II side at Minety Fields in which captain Andrew Hibbard and centre Matt Roberts each bagged a brace of tries.
In bright, sunny conditions, Minety won the toss and chose to play downhill.
The home team started strongly, with scrum half Duncan Simpson driving the team forward, and the visitors were forced for defend their own line from wave after wave of Minety attacks.
Somewhat against the run of play, Chippenham opened the scoring with a penalty in the 12th minute, but despite the smaller pack, the Minety forwards, superbly led by Hibbard, were soon level when centre Jack Ward slotted a penalty in the 16th minute and then kicked Minety into the lead in the 19th.
Some fine positional kicking from Chippenham kept the game in midfield as the match settled down after the hectic opening quarter.
Minety’s first try started almost on their own try line. A fine breakout from flanker Harry Neal ended with a pass to Hibbard who drew the defence before popping the ball to centre Roberts who ran in an excellent try from well inside his own half.
Minety extended their lead to 16-3 in the final minute of the half when Hibbard collected a pass from Ward to crash over from short range.
Chippenham started the second half strongly and only a fine tackle from full back Dale Langdown prevented a try. The pressure told soon after when a fine flowing backs’ move down the right saw the visitors score their first try to close the score down to 16-8.
Minety hit back with two tries in four minutes midway through the half. Roberts grabbed his second from short range before flanker Stephen Brown ran in MInety’s bonus point wining try from near the half way line after a Hibbard break from a scrum.
Another excellent move between Brown and Hibbard saw the latter cross for his second and Minety’s 5th try in the 70th minute, extending the villagers’ lead to 31-8.
Chippenham fought back in the final 10 minutes as the Minety pack tired and scored two tries to end the match 31-20 to the home side.
Coach Andy Ward thought that, in patches, Minety played some of their best rugby this year. “We need to be able to maintain that quality of play – at times we looked a little match rusty. That was a good Chippenham team that we beat today and I’m proud of the lads. We need to hit the training ground hard this week to set us up for the last two, crucial matches of the season. We are still in there with a chance of a promotion play-off spot.”
Captain Andrew Hibbard was more than happy with his two tries. “I thought we put in a great performance. And it’s always nice to grab a try or two.”
Man of the Match: Andrew Hibbard
Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016. Kick off 3pm
Venue: Minety Fields, Mintey
Weather conditions: Sunny and bright
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
Have just received the news that the 2nds won their rearranged match in Dorset and Wilts 3 North at Westbury this afternoon by 27 – 5. More news as and when we get it.
Read about the club’s links with the infamous Union Carbide Company, the choice of club colours and the pitch out at Minety Common. Click on this link or use the link on the right hand menu to read the latest installment.
Minety return to winning ways
Minety halted their run of four straight league defeats with a fine away victory over Supermarine on Saturday. After their poor run of form, the villagers started the day just one place above their opponents in Dorset and Wilts 1 North and needed a win to put their season back on track.
After a scrappy opening in which the strong wind favoured Supermarine, Minety started to display the kind of attacking play that made them so successful last year, moving the ball through the backs and defending aggressively. It was against the run of play that Supermarine took the lead. Minety were penalised at a ruck and Supermarine slotted a superb penalty from 40 yards out in the 8th minute.
Two dropped passes at the end of a series of flowing moves denied MInety clear scoring opportunities as they fought to claw their way back into the match.
Scrum half Garin Garland’s speed and aggression forced Supermarine into conceding a penalty which the young scrum half converted to tie the scores in the 17th minute.
With centres Jack Ward and Matt Roberts always a threat and full back Dave Church and winger Dale Langdown willing to run at the Supermarine defence, Minety regained control of the match as the half drew to an end only for another long range penalty to give the home team a narrow 6 – 3 lead at half time.
It took the villagers just two minutes of the second half to take the lead. Impressive flanker Stephen Brown stole the ball at a breakdown and an excellent backs move saw Roberts beat four defenders before crashing over the line. Garland converted and Minety were 13-6 up.
An unusual substitution occurred in the 52nd minute when the referee had to be replaced after sustaining an injury. With the wind at their back, Minety dominated possession and territory and should have added at least two more tries but for handling errors at crucial moments.
When a Ward penalty kick in the 67th minute was mishandled over the line by a Supermarine defender Minety secured the ball from the resultant 5 metre scrum and Garland found the smallest gap to burst through to score Minety’s second try. The conversion was missed but Minety’s lead was now 18-6.
In contrast to much of their rugby since Christmas, Minety managed the last 10 minutes with ease, pinning Supermarine back in their own half and tackling superbly to deny the home team.
Coach Andy Ward was delighted with the performance. “For the first time this year we had nearly a full 1st team squad out there and we had lots of opportunities to score even more than we did. We defended well and our 1st tackles were superb. We deserved that win and now need to build on it as we approach the last three league games of the season.”
Supermarine 6 Minety 18
19th March 2016 at Supermarine
Cold and over cast but reasonably dry underfoot
Man of the Match: Stephen Brown
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