Minety RFC

Lineup versus Chippenham

1. Mark Glew

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Andy Darrell

4. Ben Collins

5. Matt Stone

6. Gareth Peirce

7. Rob Hinwood

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Will Mason

11. Ben Langridge

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Bram Coleman

15. Duncan Simpson

Written by Graham Cooke

November 20th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Action from Saturday’s games

Action from Saturday’s matches, at home to Chippenham in Division 1 and away at Amesbury in Division 3.

Bram Coleman tackled

Coleman and Howse

Ben Langridge tackles

Minety dominate

Garland to Simpson

Chris Rule tackling

Garland off loads

Garland scores 1st try

Matt Stone 2nd try

2nd XV at Amesbury

Thanks to Terry Parker from the Glos and Wilts Standard for the top 7 set of photographs, and to Matt Stone for the two try scoring snaps.

MTV of the Amesbury match will be on this site on Wednesday morning.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 19th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety claw back for win

On an afternoon ideal for rugby, bright, windless and dry Minety welcomed Chippenham to Minety Fields for an eagerly awaited Division 1 clash writes Peter McAllister

Chippenham started the game playing down the hill with the sun behind them but it was the home side who started strongly, driving into the Chippenham 22 with Number 8 Andrew Hibbard carrying the ball into contact. The Minety scrum set the tone for the match by completely dominating the set piece, immoveable on their own put in and driving Chippenham backwards on theirs.

The villagers put together a series of fine passages of play following a smart pick up by winger Ben Langridge out wide but the chance of an opening score was thwarted when Chippenham were awarded a penalty.

Nevertheless Minety’s persistence was rewarded in the 10th minute with a penalty from just outside the Chippenham 22 which scrum half Garin Garland converted to give Minety a 3-0 lead.

Chippenham came back strongly but the Minety defence stayed resolute and forced Chippenham to kick the ball away.

The visitors continued to press and after 20 minutes Minety lost their own line-out 5 metres from their try line and Chippenham took full advantage, cutting through to score a try. The conversion was missed but Chippenham led 5-3.

The game was evenly balanced, Minety defending fiercely, winger Langridge in particular putting in some decisive tackles on the very dangerous Chippenham backs whilst the Minety forwards held the upper hand against their opponents. Even though Minety began to dominate and gained good field position they contrived to knock the ball on or lose possession. A penalty kick went wide of the posts and Minety found themselves 5-3 down at half time despite their overall superiority.

The second half saw Minety attacking downhill and early pressure led to a penalty opportunity but again the kick drifted wide.

Chippenham always looked dangerous with a quick back line and a large pack so it was no surprise that the game see-sawed back and forth. Minety’s excellent tackling and dominance in the scrum was counter balanced by Chippenham’s lineout superiority and all round pace.

A kick and catch by fly half Will Mason, making his first appearance of the season, pushed the home side into the Chippenham 22 again and the subsequent pressure resulted in a penalty in front of the posts which Garland coolly slotted to edge Minety  into a 6-5 lead.

The Minety scrum was so effective against the large Chippenham pack that it consistently drove the opposition back and it was surprising that the advantage didn’t convert into points for Minety.  The match took an unexpected turn in the 61st minute when Chippenham cleared the ball quickly from a retreating scrum and then fashioned a fine try with a set piece backs move to score under the posts. The successful conversion moved Chippenham into a 6-12 lead.

With time against them Minety had to respond but their desperation to force the play often led to handling errors which allowed Chippenham to reset and gain possession. However, the home team’s determination and superiority told; a great break by Mason was ended by a high tackle but Garland responded quickest and scurried over to score under the post. The try was converted and Minety moved back into a slender 13-12 lead.

The game continued to be competitive as both teams took advantage of each other’s errors – Minety winning the scrums and Chippenham taking the lineouts.

In the end the game was decided following sustained defensive pressure from Minety on the Chippenham 22. The ball went loose and 2nd row Matt Stone pounced to pick it up in midfield and race through unopposed under the posts to score the decisive try. Garland’s conversion was successful taking the score to 20 – 12 with just moments remaining.

Minety were deserved winners but the fact that Ben Langridge was named Man of the Match for his tackling and defensive duties were a measure of how competitive the game was. Special praise was also reserved to the pack and, in particular the Minety front row of Mark Glew, captain Tom Claxton and Andy Darrall.

(Match photographs to follow, care of Terry Parker and Wilts Glos Standard)


Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Minety Select brave an Amesbury onslaught

Unable to field a full team to play their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 fixture at runaway league leaders Amesbury, Minety fielded a team made up of a core of their own players augmented by players loaned from Salisbury teams and Amesbury.

On a bright sunny November afternoon at the picturesque Amesbury ground, the Minety select soon found out why Amesbury are unbeaten this season.  The home side, well organised and very powerful, soon made their advantage felt, running in three tries in the first 10 minutes and sewing up their four try bonus point in the 23rd minute.

The Minety select team, to their credit, refused to lie down, and fought for possession and territory and although the first half ended with the home team comfortably 48-0 up, the contest was much more even.

A chance to re-group at half time game the visitors the opportunity to switch some players around and this tactic paid off in the opening exchanges of the second half when they scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes and then battled against the home side for the rest of the game, eventually losing 82-22 in a game where the big winners were sportsmanship and rugby.

Amesbury are clearly going to be a force to be reckoned with in Division 3 and if they do realise their ambition of a first season promotion to Division 2, there are a number of teams there who will find them more than a match!

Minety Select 2nd XV

Congratulations must go out to both sets of players for their commitment, sense of fair play and desire to play open and attacking rugby.

Thanks must also go to the members and supporters of Amesbury who made the small Minety party so welcome and cheered both teams on with equal enthusiasm.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2018 at 11:34 am

Upcoming fixtures

On Saturday 17th November Minety 1st XV will host Chippenham at Minety Fields (Ko 2.30pm) while Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV travel to Amesbury for D&W3 action.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV will take to the pitch confident after wins over Calne, in the league, and Warminster, in the Vase Semi final.  A victory on Saturday would help Minety keep in touch with the top of the table, where the top 4 teams face off against each other and points will be dropped.

Minety come up against a Chippenham team sitting in 9th place in the league with just one victory from their 7 league outings.  Chippenham’s lone victory this season was at the unpredictable Pewsey Vale, where they emerged 43-35 victors but since then they have lost heavily at Combe Down and recently, at home, to the improving Melksham outfit.

Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV, struggling with numbers as I write this, will hope to travel to new D&W3 team Amesbury.  The home team have won all 6 matches this season, only failing to gain a “4 try” bonus point in one match.

Minety’s 2nd XV sit in 6th place with 11 points but have lost half of their matches to concessions (once by Minety and twice by other teams).  We all hope that 15 Minety players can take the pitch at Amesbury on Saturday.

Full match reports will be available on this site on Sunday. 

Written by Graham Cooke

November 16th, 2018 at 10:17 am

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Fun Bus; players wanted!

Ladies and Gents, old and new!

We are after a few more players for Saturdays 2s game away at Amesbury.

There is a “fun bus” heading there leaving the rugby club at 11:30/12:00hrs and returning later that evening……there will be beers provided by the club for the return journey!

Amesbury are really keen for us to play as they have a VPs day and are putting on some good food after the game.

If you haven’t played in a while or are returning from injury then this is a great time to get back involved!

Come on chaps get involved and keep the club pressing forward!

If you’re keen get in touch on here or call the 2s Captain Steve on 07753 191564.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2018 at 7:25 pm

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MTV of Vase Semi Final available

The MTV of the Vase semi final on Saturday against Warminster is now posted and available on this site.  It can be viewed by clicking here, clikcing on the MTV icon or by chosing the Minety Player option on the side bar.

Decisions decisions!

Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2018 at 8:44 am

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Vase Semi Final winning lineup

Minety marched into the final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase with a fine 32-7 victory over their division 1 compatriots Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday. The win sets up a mouthwatering final with Christchurch’s “Dorset Dockers” at a ground yet to be determined on Saturday 24th November. Wherever that match is to be staged, Minety will be taking a coach so keep an eye out on this site for details of the arrangements – those who came on the coach to the last final that Minety made in 2015 still talk about the experience with pride.

Casting our minds back to that heady day, Coach Andy Ward led his side out onto the field at Warminster to take on Lychett Minster from Dorset.  In an incredibly tight match Garin Garland put Minety ahead with a first half penalty before Lychett Minster grabbed the lead with just 20 minutes left with a try.  7 – 3 down, and with the clock ticking, Minety launched wave after wave of attacks on the Minster line and it was captain Andrew Hibbard who sealed the win, and the Senior Vase, charging down an attemtped  clearance kick and touching down for the winning try.  Heady days. 

1. Mark Glew

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Cameron Smith

4. Ben Collins

5. Ben Scott

6. Kieran Tillotsen

7. Ben Sellick

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Tom McAllister

11. Ben Langridge

12. Jack Ward

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Andy Darrell

17. Matt Stone

18. Jay Thompson

19. Del Murray

20. Gareth Peirce

21. Chris Rule

21. James Stuart

Written by Graham Cooke

November 12th, 2018 at 9:38 am

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Minety march into final

Minety defeated their fellow Dorset and Wilts Division 1 team Warminster on Saturday to qualify for the final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase, a competition they last won in 2015.

The village team swapped from their normal pitch in the days leading up to the match, opting for one of the newly drained club pitches after several days of heavy rain in the area.

The two squads observed a minute’s silence before the game.  The visitors kicked off, playing down the slope at Minety Fields against perhaps the strongest line-up that Minety has been able to assemble this season.

After soaking up some early Warminster pressure, the home side started to dominate, their scrum pushing the Warminster pack back and giving scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Tom McAllister lots of time to set up waves of attacking moves.

The villagers took the lead in the 10th minute when Garland stroked home a penalty and should have extended their lead given the territorial advantage that they enjoyed.

Their attacking impetus was disrupted somewhat when the powerful Ben Sellick was forced off with a nasty head injury in the 15th minute, Del Murray replacing him at flanker.

Man of the Match, Tom McAllister

Garland doubled the lead in the 18th minute with another penalty and straight from the restart Murray burst brilliantly through the Warminster defence to set up a try out wide for McAllister after some fine work from No. 8 Andrew Hibbard and centre Jack Howse.  Garland’s excellent 30 metre conversion put Minety firmly in the driving seat, 13 points to the good.

Centre Jack Ward and prop Mark Glew were both halted by last ditch tackles metres from the Warminster line as Minety piled on the pressure.  Opportunities to increase the lead were squandered as Minety were guilty of overplaying attacking situations but it came as no surprise when they registered their second try in the 38th minute.  Complete domination at the scrum pushed the visitors back to their own line and they were helpless to prevent Garland picking up and darting over the line.  With the conversion successful, Minety led 20-0 at the interval.

Playing downhill in the second half, Minety looked to continue their domination but injuries to second row Ben Scott and Ward disrupted their flow and an injury to a Warminster prop meant that all subsequent scrummages were uncontested, with Minety losing their domination of the set piece.

With Warminster enjoying more possession from the scrum, Minety had to defend but strong tackling in midfield and aggressive rucking kept the visitors pinned back.

A fine break from McAllister, from in front of his own posts, was taken on by replacement centre Chris Rule and then by Garland before winger Ben Langridge was brought down inches from the line.  From the ensuing ruck second row stalwart Ben Collins crashed over for his first try of the season and Minety’s third of the match.

Warminster struck back in the 63rd minute with a converted try near the posts in one of their very few incursions into the Minety 22 but the village team sealed their place in the Vase final after a period of sustained pressure on the Warminster line when Hibbard picked up and drove through for a try after Garland, Collins and Murray had all been held up agonisingly close to the line.

Garland’s conversion ended the scoring with Minety running out 32-7 winners.

Coach Andy Grayson was more than pleased with the result.  “It was a great all round performance and had the scrummages not been uncontested in the second half, I am sure we would have won far more convincingly.”

In the Vase final Minety will face the Dorset Dockers from Christchurch at a neutral venue yet to be decided.

Man of the match went to fly half Tom McAllister whose tactical kicking and game management was exemplary.

Minety players celebrate their victory

Written by Graham Cooke

November 10th, 2018 at 7:54 pm

D&W Senior Vase Semi Final

Just one fixture for Minety this weekend, but it could be one of the most significant on the fixture list for the North Wiltshire club.  With a 2pm kick off (to cater for any extra time that may be required) Minety entertain Warminster in the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase competition, a competition that MInety famously won at Warminster against Lytchett Minster on Saturday 29th November 2015.

Victory for the village team would mean a final against either Puddletown or Dorset Dockers.

Tom Claxton, Andy Grayson and the team will not be taking anything for granted against a powerful Warminster side who defeated Minety on the opening day of the seasonj and who now lie in 4th place in the league table, 6 poinmts clear of Minety having won 5 or their 7 league matches this season.

The game will be played on one of the “top” pitches at Minety and not on the main one; the recent heavy rain has washed away some of the sand in the drainage system and this is to be replensihed in the next few days, but not in time for such an important fixture.

If you can get down to Minety Fields to support the lads, your support would be most appreciated. 

A full match report will appear on this website on Sunday.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 9th, 2018 at 9:47 am

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MTV Calne

The Minety Player film of the match at Calne, played on 3rd November 2018 is now up on the Minety PLayer page of the website.  It can be accessed here, by clicking on the MTV icon or by using the Minety Player option on the side menu.

Decisions, decisions!


Written by Graham Cooke

November 7th, 2018 at 9:59 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s win over Calne on Saturday may not have been all that pleasing on the eye but it has halted a two game losing streak that had threatened to cast us away from the top half of the table.

As it is, Combe Down appear to be running away with the league already although few would have predicted the onslaught that they inflicted on Pewsey Vale on Saturday.  A source close to the home team said that the writing was on the wall at half time with Combe Down already 55 points up.  Thus far the Bath based team have dropped just one point, when they failed to get a “4 try” bonus point in their victory over Avonvale.

Elsewhere, Melksham continue their impressive run up the table after a comfortable looking win over struggling Chippenham while Avonvale were pushed hard by Warminster in a clash that saw the home team leapfrog Warminster and close in on 2nd place in the league.

Bassett’s heavy loss at Trowbridge was another surprise, considering that they had lost only one match (to Minety) up until that point.  The win keeps Trowbridge tied for points with Minety as the division appears to be dividing between the top 7 and the others.

Supermarine still find themselves rooted at the bottom of the table, beaten at Sutton Benger, who climb above Chippenham into 8th place. 

In Division 3 two more fixtures were “conceded” to add to a worrying trend.  Amesbury continued their unbeaten run with a comprehensive win away at Melksham while Combe Down beat the other Bath based team, the Saracens, to maintain pressure at the top.  Minety move up to 6th place, 19 points behind top of the table but 20 points clear of basaement club Supermarine.

Next weekend Minety will engaged in D&W Senior Vase semi final action when they host Warminster.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 6th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Lineup which played Calne on Saturday

1. Steve Wilson

2. Mark Glew

3. Matt Park

4. Ben Scott

5. Ben Collins

6. Rob Hinwood

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Andrew Hibbard (c)

9. Sam Hughes

10. Jack Ward

11. Ben Langridge

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Matt Stone

17. Del Murray

18. Gareth Peirce

Written by Graham Cooke

November 5th, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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Five try Minety back to winning ways

Man of the Match: Ben Collins

Minety halted their unfortunate run of 2 straight defeats on Saturday with a convincing 41-19 win at Calne in a bruising Dorset and Wilts Division 1 match.

Under leaden skies and with a bitterly cold wind driving across the pitch to contend with, Coach Andy Grayson was able to field a much more balanced team than the one which lost to Avonvale last week.

In club captain Tom Claxton’s extended absence through injury, Andrew Hibbard led the side, opting to use the wind at their backs in the first half against a Calne team, significantly bigger and heavier than the village team.

The early exchanges were dominated by the home team with Minety’s scrum being put under extreme pressure at the set piece.  Front rowers Steve Wilson, Mark Glew and the returning Matt Park found themselves in a real battle while second rowers Ben Scott and Ben Collins tackled and rucked aggressively to keep the Calne forwards at bay.

Against the run of play, Minety took the lead when fly half Jack Ward kicked a 30 metre penalty after a Calne offence at a ruck.

Minety were reduced to 14 men soon after when Ward was yellow carded for a high tackle, Grayson moving winger Dave Cooke into fly half as cover.

Calne used their numerical and size advantage to good effect and pressurised the Minety line but full back Duncan Simpson and his defence kept wave after wave of attacks out.

Minety extended their lead in the 23rd minute.  A break down the middle by Hibbard was taken on by Glew and flanker Kieran Tillotsen.  From the ruck Cooke broke the line, fed Glew and his beautifully timed off load allowed pacy centre Jack Howse through.  A side step around the covering full back allowed Howse to touch beneath the posts.  Scrum half Sam Hughes kicked the conversion and Minety led 10-0.

Howse breaks free to score

When Calne’s hooker was yellow carded for an offence in the ruck, Ward struck a beautiful 40 metre penalty to push the village team’s lead to 13-0.

Minety always looked dangerous when the ball was played along the back line and they were only denied a second try when a Calne player deliberately knocked the ball on with the line beckoning.

After Hughes and Hibbard had been held up agonisingly close to the line, Ward finished a move in the 37th minute, adding the conversion and putting Minety into a comfortable 20-0 lead with half time close.

Ward cuts back for try No. 2

Deep in first half stoppage time Calne struck back.  After an extended period of forward domination their first try was scored after a jinking run by their fly half close to the posts.

Minety’s 14 point advantage was halved in the first move of the second half.  Calne manoeuvred the ball down field straight from the kick off and one of the forwards touched down for a try near the corner flag.  In the blustery conditions, the successful conversion kick from the touch line was outstanding, and Calne were back in the game, trailing by just 6 points.

Minety re-grouped and Simpson’s incursions into the line continued to cause problems for the home defence.  The villagers pushed forward and Hughes and Ward were both stopped close to the line but the home defence could do nothing to prevent Tillotsen from scoring his first try for Minety in the 49th minute.  Ward’s conversion was successful and Minety led 27-14.

Tillotsen shrugs off defender for No. 3

Calne struck back in the 63rd minute after a throw in to the front of the line set up a maul and then a ruck on the Minety line.

In the gathering gloom Minety set about securing the game and scoring a 4th, bonus point winning try.

After soaking up more Calne pressure, a superb Hibbard catch and run up field was taken on by Hughes and Howse.  From the ruck Hughes passed to Cooke who off loaded to Glew who ran in for the 4th try beneath the posts. 

Glew bursts through for try No. 4

Hughes’ conversion secured the victory for Minety but there was still time in added time for a richly deserved try for Hibbard after a tap penalty near the line by Hughes.

Hibbard ends the scoring with try No. 5

The 41-19 win secured the win and bonus points for Minety and keeps them in 6th place in the division.

Coach Grayson was pleased with the result.  “It wasn’t a great match to watch but I felt we coped well with their size and aggression.”

Man of the Match: Ben Collins

Next week attention turns to the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase semi final when Minety host high flying Warminster.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 4th, 2018 at 11:53 am