Minety RFC

Stat Attack!

Here we go again!

  • Garin Garland’s 16 points take him throught he 100 point barrier for the season. He now has 106 points to his name.
  • Dave Cooke’s try makes it 5 tries in 6 appearances for the 1st XV this season.
  • Jack Ward’s two tries open his scoring account for the season in his 3rd appearance for the 1st XV.
  • Matt Roberts’ try keeps him in 3rd place in the points scoring tally.
  • Minety maintained their record of having scored at least one try in every league game this season.
  • No new players were added to the team list for just the third time this season but there were 6 changes to the team who defeated Chippenham in the previous league match.
  • Saturday was the second time that Minety have topped 40 points in a league match this season.
  • The 3 points scored by Swindon were the least points Minety have conceded in a league match this season.
  • Jack Ward became the 15th player to score a try in 10 matches thus far.
  • The Swindon match was the third this season where no yellow cards were flourished at Minety players.
  • The 1st XV have scored a total of 244 points, averaging 24.4 points per game.
  • They have conceded just 147 points, or 14.7 points per game.
  • Despite being 5th placed in the league, Minety are actually 8th in point scoring terms.
  • However, defensively Minety have the 4th best record in the league for points conceded.
  • After 10 matches Minety are just 9 points below table topping Combe Down and 26 above bottom club Swindon.
  • Minety were the top points scorers in the league last Saturday with 41 points.
  • The 2nd XV are 23 points below the league leaders, the unbeaten Corsham, and 28 points above bottom club Devizes, who they play against this coming Saturday.


Disraeli was available to play this weekend but refused the play on the left, having been a staunch right winger all his political life.



Written by Graham Cooke

December 14th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV at Swindon uploaded

The MTV film of the match between Swindon and Minety, played at Swindon on Saturday December 9th 2017 is now available to watch on MTV (Mintey TV).  You can watch the match by clicking on the MTV icon, clicking here or using the Minety Player link on the right menu.  Decisions, decisions!

MTV will be back next week for the final match of the year at home to Melksham and then we will be bringing you an MTV special over the festive season – watch out for more details on this site.



Written by Graham Cooke

December 13th, 2017 at 9:31 am

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Results from D&W3N

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV headed to top of the table Corsham with just 12 players and did remarkably well to come away with a 52-7 defeat.  The result keeps the 2nd XV in 6th place but the captain will be hoping for a full team and bench when they take on Devizes this weekend.

Elsewhere, Bath Saracens walk over against Swindon closed up the gap between 6th and 7th places.  Corsham maintained their 100% record at the top of the table with Warminster not playing in 2nd place and 3rd placed Trowbridge going down at 8th placed Supermarine.

The 2nd XV end the first half of their league campaign with a home match against bottom of the table Devizes this coming Staurday and will be hopeful that they can pick up maximum points to close the gap on Chippenham and Bradford.

Written by Graham Cooke

December 12th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from D&W1N

Minety’s win at bottom club Swindon by 41-3 helped close the gap slightly on the top four teams in the division but also maintained the gap back to 6th placed Chippenham and the fast improving Pewsey Vale.

The performance of the weekend came at Avonvale, who became only the second team to take points away from the league leaders, Combe Down.  On a weekend where the top four teams played each other, Warminster did themselves a favour by inflicting Bradford’s first loss of the season.  The results close things up at the top and have allowed Minety a chance to make up a little ground on the teams above.  The recent loss at Trowbridge could come back to haunt Tom Claxton’s team – the points left on the pitch there would have brought the 1st XV right up onto the shirttails of the leading pack.

Pewsey’s season is improving quickly.  Club chairman Steve Park recently told us that a new coaching regime and the return of a nunber of players has boosted their confidence and they are looking to a much stronger second half of the season.




Written by Graham Cooke

December 11th, 2017 at 11:02 am

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Six of the best as Minety romp home

Minety kept in touch with the leading 4 teams in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North with a convincing 41-3 victory at Swindon on Saturday.

The village side ran in 6 tries on a bitterly cold afternoon against a Swindon outfit languishing at the wrong end of the table.

Minety opened the scoring with a fine team try in the 4th minute.  Scrum half Garin Garland collected the ball at the base of a scrum, passing to fly half Adam Watts.  A clever miss move in the centre saw Jack Howse sprint clear before passing to winger Ben Langridge who pulled the defence wide before slipping the ball infield to flanker Josh Bull who ran in to touch down unopposed under the posts.  Garland kicked the conversion and Minety were 7-0 up.

Minety kept up the pressure, pinning Swindon in their own half.  They doubled their score in the 14th minute.  Full back Tom McAllister collected his own high kick ahead, passing to winger Dave Cooke who burst through the defence to run in Minety’s 2nd try of the game and his 5th try of the season.

Garland collected the 3rd try in the 17th minute, picking up from the base of the scrum 30 metres out and beating off four defenders to touch down.  With the successful conversion, Minety were 21-0 up with three quarters of the match still to be played.

Swindon used their heavier pack to disrupt Minety at the scrum and enjoyed territorial advantage but never seriously threatened the Minety line, consoling themselves with a penalty kick in the 23rd minute.

Minety captain Tom Claxton and his forwards dealt with Swindon attacks down the centre while strong tackling from Minety centres Howse and Matt Roberts halted backs moves out wide.

Garland extended the lead to 24-3 with a penalty on the cusp of half time.

Cold hands and a wet ball made ball handling difficult in the second half but strong running from Ash and Tom Windle forced Swindon back deep into their own half.  Minety introduced Jack Ward, Gareth Thomas and Ben Collins and it was Ward’s break through the defence that allowed Roberts in for Minety’s 4th, and bonus point winning, try in the 50th minute.

Ward scored his first try of the season in the 55th minute.  McAllister collected a partially charged down clearance and his long pass to Roberts opened up the defence.  The pacey centre drew the final defender before releasing to Ward, who crashed over near the corner flag.

It was Ward who ended the scoring in the 61st minute with an outrageous dummy, bought by players from both sides and a few spectators on the touchline.  His break allowed him to score beneath the posts.  Garland’s conversion was successful and Minety ran out 41-3 winners.

Coach Andy Grayson was positive about the performance.  “We played some good rugby and looked really dangerous when we used our full back line.  We played an expansive game and off loaded well out of the tackle.  We need to be more accurate in our passing next Saturday when we come up against a useful Melksham team in our final match of the first half of the season.”

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nd XV went down 52-7 at top of the table Corsham, who maintained their 100% rfecord in the league this season.  Minety’s cause was not helped by having only 12 players for the match, many of those playing out of position.

Next week the 1st XV host Melksham while the seconds look forward to the visit of Devizes.  Full previews will be available on this site during the week.



Written by Graham Cooke

December 10th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Looking ahead to the weekend

Both Minety teams return to league action after a week’s break this weekend, the 1st XV travelling to Swindon whilst the 2nd team are at Corsham.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV find themselves in 5th place approaching the Christmas break.  With 26 points in the bag, they are 8 points behind 4th placed Warminster and 10 above 6th placed Melksham, who they meet in the final game before Christmas.

With 5 wins from their 9 games, Minety have scored tries in every match played this season and the losses have been close ones at top of the table Bradford on Avon, 2nd placed Combe Down and 4th placed Warminster.  The blip was certainly the disappointing loss at Trowbridge.

A close look at the table reveals that of the top 8 teams, Minety have scored the fewest points, and they will certainly be looking to address this issue on Saturday when they travel to bottom club Swindon.

Swindon have won just one match this season from the 9 played.  In the 9 games they’ve scored 97 points (at an average of 10 per game) but they have conceded a whopping  556 (average 62).  The two biggest winning margins this season have both featured Swindon, a huge 111 shut out at the hands of Chippenham and a recent 95-3 defeat at Pewsey Vale.

However, Minety will do well not to take their opponents too lightly; Swindon’s one win this season was against Trowbridge, the last team to beat Minety!

The 2nd XV travel to top of the table Corsham.  Cordham have won all 8 games played and have added a try bonus point on 5 occasions.  4 points clear of Warminster and Trowbridge, they are 18 above 6th placed Minety 2nd XV.

Corsham’s record has been very impressive this season including a 60-10 win over Bradford on Avon and a 75-5 defeat of Chippenham.

Minety go into the match with confidence boosted after their recent 29-15 defeat of Supermarine.

Written by Graham Cooke

December 7th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

December 6th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Many thanks Danny!

I heard yesterday that Danny Hall, who was the Sports Editor at the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard, has left the newspaper.  Danny has been a tremendous supporter of Minety RFC and has been a delight to work with over the last two and half seasons that I have been submitting press reports.  He has chided me politley when my overexuberance meant that reports were longer than they should have been but has always taken copy and supported it with photographs where possible.

A club like Minety relies upon good newspaper coverage and we have had no less than excellent coverage in the Standard with Danny at the helm.

Many thanks Danny – you will always be a welcome guest at Minety.


Written by Graham Cooke

December 4th, 2017 at 9:45 am

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Player Stats

9 matches into D&W1N and we have used 32 different players with no player featuring in every game.  Here’s the breakdown, including replacement appearances:

8 Appearances:  Tom Claxton, Colin FRench, Garin Garland, Andrew Hibbard and Ben Scott

7 Appearances:  Mark Glew, Ben Langridge, Chris Rule, Adam Watts and Town Windle

6 Appearances:  Nick Britten, Josh Bull, Ben Collins and Rob Hinwood

5 Appearances:  Dave Cooke, Jack Howse, Matt Roberts, Duncan Simpson and Ash Windle

4 Appearances:  Dave Church and Tom McAllister

3 Appearances:  River Burton, Ben Sellick, James Stuart, Gareth Thomas and Kieran Tillotsen

2 Appearances:  Matt Chisholm and Jack Ward

1 Appearance:  Elis Garland, Dale Langdown, Del Murray and Dan Wilson


In the 9 matches we’ve scored 203 points, averaging 22.5 per game

90 points:  Garin Garland

20 points:  Dave Cooke

15 points:  Matt Roberts

10 points:  Josh Bull, Elis Garland, Andrew Hibbard and Ben Langridge

8 points:  Tom McAllister

5 points:  Tom Windle, Duncan Simpson, Tom Claxton, Colin French and Adam Watts


Written by Graham Cooke

December 4th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Two years ago …

Today (Saturday) is the second anniversary of a remarkable day in Minety RFC’s history.

Captain Andrew Hibbard and Coach Andy Ward

“Mighty Minety take Vase in thrilling final.

Minety 1st XV capped possibly the greatest week in the village rugby club’s history with a fine win in the Dorset and Wilts Vase Final against the previously unbeaten Lytchett Minster side at Warminster on Saturday.

A week that saw the club’s chief coach, Cliff Garland, named as BBC West Unsung Hero ended with the 1st XV lifting the D&W Vase for the first time in their history.

Lytchett Minster came into the final unbeaten in league and cup matches this season in what proved to be both teams’ toughest encounter so far.  With a swirling wind behind them, Minety attacked from the whistle and forced the Dorset team back with some excellent attacking rugby.  Time and time again, the Lytchett defence was forced into desperate tackles to prevent Minety from scoring.

Twice Minety were denied tries by the referee’s whistle but in the 16th minute scrum half Garin Garland slotted home a penalty to put Minety 3-0 up.  Lytchett attacked more towards the end of the half but were unable to break through a spirited Minety defence.

With the wind behind them in the second half, Lytchett laid siege to the Minety line yet were unable to score,  until, with 20 minutes left their scrum half, Kyle Pinnock, crashed over for a try after a scrum on the Minety line.  With the conversion successful Lytchett now led by 7-3.

The game opened up in the last quarter with both teams going of the winning score.  The breakthrough came with 8 minutes left when Minety captain, Andrew Hibbard, charged down a kick and touched down for a try that Garland converted.  With the Wiltshire village side now 10-7 up the tension was almost unbearable but Minety held on to win their first piece of major silverware in front of large and very enthusiastic set of supporters.

After the match, coach Andy Ward reflected on the victory.  “We put in so much effort and I was so proud of the entire squad.  We left nothing out on the field; everyone gave their all.  Lytchett were a fine team; they played with great spirit and their club should be proud of what they’ve achieved, but we were just jubilant.  We’re not bad for a little village team!”

Chief coach Cliff Garland said, “It’s the end of an astonishing week.  It was an amazing performance.  I thought that a 3-0 lead at half time was too small to defend but we didn’t miss a tackle and attacked with real purpose.”

Club captain Andrew Hibbard was proud of his team. “We had most of the territory and possession in the first half and won most of the loose ball but we just couldn’t get that try that would open them up.  We absorbed so much pressure in the second half and I was just relieved when we got that winning try.  We’re looking forward to the next stage of the competition which we’ll play in January.”

Club Chairman Dave Peirce added, “I’m over the moon.  That was the best performance from a Minety team that I can remember.  Lytchett were a quality team and we wish them luck for the rest of their season.  But Minety RFC is really moving forward – you can feel the momentum rising as witnessed by the tremendous travelling support that we had.”

The Minety go on to play in the semi finals of the Southern Counties, the winners of the final going on to play at Twickenham.

Date:  Saturday 29th November 2015

Weather: Overcast, high swirling wind, some driving rain

Venue: Warminster Rugby Club

Competition: Dorset and Wilts Rugby Football Union 1st XV Vase Final

Written by Graham Cooke

December 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Site Stats

Another month and another set of statistics, this time about this site.  We started collecting visitor numbers in February 2016.  Up until the end of November 2017 we had received 57000 visits with over 36000 in this year alone.  March 2017 was our busiest month with 6389 visitors and if you take 2017 as a whole we are averaging over 109 visits every day.

Thanks for your support!

Disraeli missed training again on Tuesday! Statistics, damned statistics.


Written by Graham Cooke

December 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety RFC Membership card

Minety RFC, in association with the MPFA, is now offering a Membership card to all full members of the club.  The card can be used to obtain a discount on items purchased at the bar at Minety and, it is hoped, in future will be able to unlock discounts elsewhere.

In order to obtain a card you must be a full member of Minety RFC and must fill in a form, available from Andrew O’Dell or via pdf download (click here), the text of which can be found below.  The form must be returned to Andrew O’Dell.

Membership card Rules.

Welcome to the Minety RFC/MPFA membership card.

This card remains the property of the MPFA. It may be withdrawn at any time without notice. To replace a lost/stolen or misplaced card you will be liable to a replacement charge of £5.00. All lost/stolen or misplaced cards must be reported to the MPFA. The Card is valid from September 2017 until August 2018. The Membership card is to be used by the individual the card is issued to. Cards found to be mis-used by individuals not issued to will be withdrawn. The Membership Card is for use at the MPFA Bar for Members of MRFC only. Further discounted providers/suppliers for the use of the membership card will be announced in the future.

Please sign below & return to the bar as acceptance of the terms & conditions of the use of the membership card.

Signed …………………………………………… Membership nos. ……………….

On behalf of Minety Playing Fields Association.

Written by Graham Cooke

December 1st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack!

  • For the only the second time this season, no new names appeared on the team sheet for the 1st XV.
  • 9 games in and we have used 32 players in 1st team shirts this season.
  • For the second successive match we have conceded a drop goal.  We can’t remember the time before when we saw a successful drop kick and now we have two in consecutive games.
  • Garin Garland was, once again, top scorer on Saturday with 2 penalties and a conversion.  He now has 90 points to his name in 8 matches played this season.
  • Minety maintained their rfecord of scoring at least 1 try in every league match this season.
  • Dave Cooke’s 4th try in 5 matches makes him 2nd top points scorer for the team with 20 points.
  • The win on Saturday keeps us in 5th place, 8 points below Warminster and 10 above Melksham.
  • 7 teams, in a league of 12, have scored more points than Minety.
  • Only 4 teams have conceded fewer points than Minety.
  • Pewsey Vale’s 95-3 win over Swindon was the 2nd biggest in the league this season. Chippenham’s 111 over Swindon is the biggest.
  • 2nd XV’s are in 6th place, one point below 5th placed Chippenham.
  • The 2nds are 28 points above the bottom team Devizes and 18 below the top team, unbeaten Corsham.
  • The 2nds have the 3rd best “Points For / Points Against” record in the league.  Only top 2 Corsham and Warminster are better.
  • The 2nds are averaging 33 points per match whilst conceding on average 17.

Benjamin Disraeli has yet to make an appearance this season for either Minety side.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 30th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV Chippenham

The MTV coverage of the Chippenham match is now available on the site.  It can be reached by clicking this link, clicking on the MTV image or using the Minety Player link on the right hand menu.

So many choices: so little time!


Written by Graham Cooke

November 29th, 2017 at 10:37 am

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Results from D&W3N

In Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North the two top teams came together with unbeaten Corsham coming out 17-0 winners at Warminster while 3rd placed Trowbridge defeated 4th placed Bradford on Avon.  5th placed Chippenham’s loss to Bath Saracens now means that Minety 2nd XV are just a single point behind.

In the next round of fixtues, to be played on Saturday 9th December, Minety travel to unbeaten Corsham while Chippenham are away at Bradford on Avon.




Written by Graham Cooke

November 28th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from D&W1N

Plenty of interesting action in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North at the weekend.

Other than Minety’s fine 13-8 victory over a large and powerful Chippenham team, who recently had put 111 points on Swindon, there were some other stand out performances.  In the clash between the two unbeaten teams in the league this season, Bradford on Avon came out on top, 22-7 at Combe Down while 3rd placed Warminster slipped to a surprise 34-15 at a resurgent Melksham.  Warminster’s slip up also cost them 3rd place in the league, with newly promoted Avonvale jumping above them with a solid 32-8 win at Supermarine.

Elsewhere, Pewsey Vale’s 95-3 thumping of Swindon was the second highest score of the season (Chippenham put 111 points over the same opposition earlier in the campaign).  Bassett’s 38-10 win over Trowbridge, who defeated Minety last time out, takes them clear of the bottom of the table.

So Bradford find themselves 5 points clear at the top of the table.  In addition to a flawless win record, Bradford have also only missed out on Try bonus points against two teams – Combe Down on Saturday and Minety earlier in the season.

The top 6 teams all have positive “Points For / Points Against” records, although 8th placed Pewsey Vale are back to 0 after their 93 differential on Saturday.

In the next round of fixtures, to be played on Saturday 9th December, Bradford will travel to 4th placed Warminster while 2nd placed Combe Down travel to 3rd placed Avonvale.  5th placed Minety travel to the bottom club Swindon before returning to Minety Fields for the final match before the Christmas break on 16th December against Melksham.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 27th, 2017 at 10:37 am

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Minety grind out victory in the mud

Dave Cooke (14) scores Minety’s try

Minety’s 1st XV resumed their league campaign with a hard fought 13-8 victory over local rivals Chippenham at Minety Fields on Saturday.

Playing uphill in bitingly cold conditions, Minety struggled at scrummages, pushed back by the much heavier Chippenham pack, but dominated at the lineout and tackled like demons to pen the visitors in their own half.

Minety skipper Tom Claxton, back after injury, drove his team forward and the Chippenham defences were tested in the opening quarter as Minety launched wave after wave of attacks.

When the visitors attacked, strong tackling from the new Minety centre partnership of Dave Church and Ben Sellick prevented much progress whilst counter attacking runs from No. 8 Andrew Hibbard and scrum half Garin Garland helped clear the lines.

Minety opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a fine team try. Ben Collins took a lineout and Hibbard and Colin French made ground in centre field.  Claxton and Sellick continued the move and when Garland spotted a gap at a ruck he burst through, drawing the full back before releasing to winger Dave Cooke who outpaced the remaining defence to score.  Garland kicked the conversion and Minety led 7-0.

Chippenham responded and it took some desperate defending from the home team to keep the powerful visitors at bay.  Full back Chris Rule, fly half Tom McAllister and Garland were secure under the high ball and cleared the lines efficiently.

Minety were reduced to 14 men when Church was yellow carded for an infringement at a ruck as Chippenham pushed for their opening score.

The visitors opened their account in the closing minutes of the half.  The exhausted Minety pack was unable to halt a drive at a scrum and Chippenham crashed over for a try which went unconverted.

Somehow the 14 men struck back from the restart and a brilliant cross field run from the dangerous Sellick was only thwarted by a last ditch tackle as he reached for the line wide out on the right wing.

Minety coaches Hywel Rees and Andy Grayson made changes at half time, introducing winger Ben Langridge for Ash Windle and moving the back line around.

The home side should have increased their lead just after the interval when Garland broke free but his pass to flanker Josh Bull went to ground and the chance was lost.  Another opening was lost when Jack Howse was unable to cling onto a defence splitting pass from McAllister.

The pressure did result in a penalty for Minety when the visitors were penalised for handling the ball in a ruck and Garland swept home a 30m penalty kick.

As the wet pitch began to cut up Minety kept the ball tight in the forwards with the front 5 of Mark Glew, Claxton, French, Collins and Ben Scott all putting in immense efforts whilst McAllister and Garland pushed Chippenham back with clever tactical kicking.

Minety almost extended their 10-5 lead in the 71st minute but Garland’s long range penalty kick drifted agonisingly wide.

The scrum half did score in the 78th minute, kicking a penalty after Howse was body checked as he chased down a kick ahead.

In the gathering gloom, Chippenham missed a penalty kick as they sought the two scores necessary to win the match but despite enormous pressure, the village team held out and Chippenham’s only consolation was a drop goal in the final play, Minety running out 13-8 victors to cement their 5th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division1 North.

Coach Hywel Rees was happy with the win. “We’ll take that after the recent loss at Trowbridge, but we can do better.  It was a tremendous effort to stop a powerful Chippenham team crossing the line more than once but we should have had that game in the bag long before the final 10 minutes of play.”

Minety have a welcome week off before resuming their league campaign against lowly Swindon on the 9th December.

In the weekend’s other action Minety 2nd XV came back to defeat Supermarine 29-15.



Written by Graham Cooke

November 26th, 2017 at 12:25 pm

This weekend’s fixtures

Both Minety teams are back in action at home after a blank weekend on the fixture list, Tom Claxton’s 1st XV v. Chippenham while Matt Stone’s 2nd XV take on Supermarine, both kicking off at 2.30pm.

Claxton will be back to lead his 1st XV after missing the disappointing defeat at Trowbridge a fortnight ago and will be looking for nothing less than a win to keep Minety in touch with 4th placed Avonvale, who are 9 points ahead, and the league leaders, Bradford on Avon.  If Minety can field a strong team (it’s worth mentioning that injuries and unavailability have necessitated 32 different players being used across the 8 league fixtures this season), there is no reason why they should not put pressure on the top sides in the league.  Afterall, league leaders Bradford on Avon have only dropped one point this season, when they failed to register a try bonus point in their narrow home win against … Minety.

Chippenham are currently in 7th place with 2 wins from their 8 league matches, accruing a total of 12 points. But the Chippenham season has been a very “up and down” affair. The first 5 league matches all resulted in losses: 48-0 against Combe Down; 71-19 at Bradford; 22-5 against Avonvale; 22-12 at Trowbridge; and 19-17 against Warminster.

However, since then they have beaten Swindon 51-0 in the Dorset and Wilts KO Cup and then heaped a 111-0 win over the same team in a subsequent league match.  Since then they have lost narrowly at Melksham (25-23) and Pewsey (28-26).

In their last match Chippenham narrowly lost to North Dorset II 31-27 in the 2nd round of the D&W KO Cup.

Clearly, they will be dangerous opposition if they play to their potential on Saturday.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV entertain Supermarine II at Minety Fields on Saturday, kicking off at 2.30pm.

6th placed Minety will hope to get back to winning ways after the 32-14 defeat at 4th placed Bradford a fortnight ago.

9th placed Supermarine have won just once out of 7 league fixtures this season and find themselves 7 points behind Minety.

In their last league match Supermarine were defeated 50-12 at home by Warminster after gaining their first win of the season 23-15 at Devizes.  It’s worth noting that Supermarine have scored double figures in all of their league fixtures this season but have conceded 260 points at an average of 37 points per game.

Match reports will be available on the website around lunchtime on Sunday and the film of the 1st XV match should be available on MTV on Wednesday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

November 23rd, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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Anton – our extra man

We write a lot about the players at Minety but not so much about the people behind the scenes who help make the club the success that it undoubtedly is.  Today we feature one man who has made an enormous impact upon the club in just 4 months, our sports therapist Anton Sieluzyci from Star Medical, based in Wootton Bassett.

Anton has been working with the club since pre season this year and has already become a very popular figure at the club.  We caught up with him between player treatments on Tuesday night at training to find out a little bit more about the man with the medical bag.

“I was born in Swindon and attended Commonweal School in Swindon, up in Old Town.  My main sport over the years has been American Football.  I’m a huge fan and spent 5 or 6 years playing for the Swindon Storm American Football Team.

“Now my main participatory sports interest is in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.  It’s a bit like Graeco Roman wrestling; all of the action is floor based and it involves wrestling, choking holds, grappling etc.

“I have to say that I wasn’t that interested in sport at school.  I did Karate for 9 years between the ages of 11 and 20 but only did the obligatory 6 weeks of rugby during my time there.  There were no teams so I didn’t take it any further.  Out of school, and after I had finished at school, I spent a lot of time in the gymnansium, working on my fitness.  During this time I took a Personal Training Qualification.  That was OK for a time but I soon realised that I wanted to learn more so, at the age of 24 I got a degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Gloucestershire, commuting each day from my home in Swindon.

“At present I work for Star Medical out of the Link Centre in Swinon.  Most of my time is spent with sports therapy, injury assessment and treatment and then rehabilitation.  I also work with the Academy squad at Swindon Town FC and, of course, with Minety RFC.

“I’d driven through Minety before but had never stopped at the rugby club so, when Star asked me to work with Minety it was a new challenge in a new environment.  I’ve been working with the club for 3 or 4 months now and it is a really nice and friendly club with a good family atmosphere.  I’ve felt really welcome here, perhaps the most welcomed I’ve felt at any club that I’ve worked with.

“Working with a relatively small club like Minety does bring its own challenges.  It’s a small club but it does have a high turnover of players and my main concern is to make sure that players are fit and ready to return to playing after an injury.  It’s an amateur club so it’s also important that, as far as possible, all the players can get to work fit and healthy on the Monday after a game of rugby at the weekend.

“So many people have asked if I’d like to swap the therapist’s bag for a rugby shirt sometime and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t tempted.  We’ll just have to see.

“In the future I’d like to build up my client base in the clinic work, which I really enjoy.  I may look to go back to professional sport.  I did a full year with Swindon Town FC.  It was high pressure but a good challenge.”

We ended our chat with a question that I’ll be asking others at the club in future (so get your answers sorted in advance).  If you had the chance to see your favourite band, anywhere in the world, who would they be, and where would the concert be?

“Oh goodness, that’s a tough one.  I think it would have to be The Killers and it would be really cool to see them in San Fransisco or Las Vegas.”

Cheers Anton!

Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack!

More musings and ramblings from an addled mind!

i).  Players 31 (Dale Langdown) and 32 (Danny Wilson) make their debut for the 1st XV in just 8 matches!

ii). Saturday’s defeat at Trowbridge was only the 2nd time this season that Minety 1st XV have failed to reach double points (1st time was at Bradford on Avon).

iii). The last ever present player missed Saturday’s reversal – captain Tom Claxton.

iv).  As a consequence, no player has played in every match in D&W1N this season.

v).  Saturday was only the 4th time (out of 8) that we’ve actually had 18 players available for 1st team duty.

vi).  We saw the first successful drop goal in a Minety 1st XV match this season (by the Trowbridge fly half).

vii).  It was only the 2nd time in the 7 matches he’s played, that Garin Garland has not been top scorer.

viii). On a positive note, Minety 1st XV kept up their record of having scored at least one try in every league match this season.

ix).  Garin’s 3 points take him to 82 for the season.

x).  Matt Roberts and Dave Cooke are tied 2nd top scorers with 15 points each.

xi).  Ben Langridge doubled his try count for the season on Saturday.

xii).  14 players have scored points for the 1st XV this season in 8 completed matches.

xiii). Despite the loss, Minety 1st XV remain in 5th place, 10 points above 6th placed Supermarine but 9 below 4th placed Avonvale.

xiv).  Minety are one of only 5 teams (out of 12) with a positive points for / points against record. (+54)

xv).  Chippenham (7th placed with 12 league points) and Melksham (8th with 11) have scored more points than Minety thus far.

xvi). In D&W3N Chippenham 60-10 win at Melksham leap frogs them above Minety into 5th place in the table.

xvii) In D&W3N Minety lie in 6th place but are only one of 3 teams to score more than 200 points this season.


But remember Disraeli’s words!


Written by Graham Cooke

November 17th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from last weekend

The 1st XV’s loss at Trowbridge did not alter their position in the league but the gap between Minety, in 5th, and Avonvale, in 4th, is widening and Tom Claxton’s outfit know that nothing less than 3 straight wins between now and the Christmas break will be necessary for them to bridge that gap and put pressure on the leading teams. Bradford on Avon maintained their position at the top of the table but have two massive away fixtures in the next three weeks, first at Combe Down and then at Warminster.

Minety host the unpredictable Chippenham next and then travel to 11th placed Swindon before ending the pre Christmas series with a home match against Melksham, who are uncharacteristcally towards the lower reaches of the table.

The 2nd XV’s loss at Bradford was more damaging; Chippenham’s huge away victory garnered them a bonus point win, enough to take them above Matt Stone’s team. In the next round of fixtures, Corsham travel to 2nd placed Warminster while Trowbridge face Bradford on Avon.  Minety will be looking to overturn Supermarine at home to close the gap and then consolidate their position in a tough away fixture at Corsham the week after.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV Trowbridge

Apologies for the delay in posting the video of Saturday’s game at Trowbridge.  You can click on the MTV logo, click here or use the Minety Player option from the side menu to access the game.  So many decisions!


Written by Graham Cooke

November 15th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

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Minety Kit Bags

We have been able to find a supplier for bespoke Minety kit Bags (see the illustration) in club colours. They will retail at £22 which we believe to be very good value. Players can have up to 3 initials printed in purple, as shown on the end of the bag. The lead in time is rather long, about 15 – 17 weeks so they’ll be more use next season than this, but it is what it is I suppose.

If you would like to place an order, and several players already have, please contact Dave Peirce together with your choice of initials.

Thank you.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Guest Coaching session

Minety are delighted to announce that we have a guest coach taking training this Tuesday. Frank Butler is an RFU level 4 coach currently working as Wiltshire’s community rugby coach, having previously run the Bath academy for 10 years. It would be good to see lots of players in attendance at what should be a fascinating and informative session.




Written by Graham Cooke

November 13th, 2017 at 7:59 am

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Minety fail to spark

Try scorer, Ben Langridge

After a bright opening, which saw centre Tom Windle and winger Chris Rule held up metres from the Trowbridge line, Minety failed to sparkle on a cold and windswept day at Trowbridge, losing, against a team that they would have expected to have beaten, by 24-8.

Minety were on the scoreboard after just two minutes when scrum half Garin Garland stroked home a penalty.

A fumble from the re-start gifted possession back to Trowbridge who showed good pace on the centres and strength on the pack to push Minety back.  They opened their account with a rare drop goal, the first seen in a Minety match this season.

As the game settled down, progress was limited by a combination of good cover tackling and ball handling errors.  Minety’s work was often up the centre with wingers Rule and Langridge forced infield in search of the ball.  Fine defensive work from full back Dale Langdown, making his first appearance of the season, halted a promising Trowbridge back move but much of the rest of the play was bitty and disjointed.

Minety’s set piece at both lineout and scrummage was secure but all too often possession was lost by the third or fourth phase of play and it need a combination of centre Tom Windle and full back Langdown to stop a fine counter attack by the homeside.

With the lineout giving quality possession, Minety pushed up field and only some desperate defensive work kept Rule and Windle out but, despite dominating territory and possession, Minety were unable to add to their score and allowed Trowbridge to play on the counter attack.

Minety ended the half on top but their only reward was a penalty from 30 metres out which drifted wide.

Trowbridge took the lead in the 43rd minute with a fine try.  Having moved the ball across the field from left to right, their outside centre cut back and sliced through the Minety defence.  The conversion took the score to 10-3.

At last Minety discovered some of the form that has troubled all of the top teams in the league this season.  With Garland managing his forwards and centres Windle and Jack Howse driving in midfield, Trowbridge were pushed back into their 22 metre area.  At last a move involving more than 5 phases paid off and winger Langridge crashed over for his second try of the season.  The conversion drifted narrowly wide but the score was back to 10-8.

Minety’s chances of a win were dented in the 55th minute and extinguished just two minutes later.  Missed tackles enabled Trowbridge to break free from their own line and then crucially more were missed in defence allowing the Trowbridge flanker to score.  The conversion was successful.

As Minety pushed forward from the re-start, the ball was intercepted in midfield and Trowbridge’s centre ran in the deciding try from 50 metres.

The village team kept in the game thanks to try saving tackles from Langdown, Rule and fly half Adam Watts and mounted a series of attacks as the game entered the final minutes.  In a move that summed up their game, the Minety forwards and backs combined to move the ball beautifully through several phases only for it to be nudged forward inches from the line.

The squad now has a two week break before returning to league action at home to Chippenham.

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nd XV went down 32-14 at Bradford on Avon.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 12th, 2017 at 11:17 am

MTV Avonvale

The MTV coverage of Saturday 4th November’s D&W1N clash at Minety between Minety and Avonvale is now available from MTV.  Click on this link or use the side menu MInety Player link to access it.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 8th, 2017 at 9:46 am

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Rob Bugden

We would imagine that everyone associated with the club knows the affection and admiration that we all hold for our good friend Rob Bugden.  As such it was great to spend some time with him in the club house after the Avonvale match.

“It’s always great to be back at Minety with all of the friendly faces. I enjoyed the match and what a start it was.  A great try from Matt Roberts in the first few minutes but then we had to defend that lead against a really good team and I think the lads can be proud of the fact that they came away with a win.”

So what’s Rob been up to recently.  “Well at this moment I’m recovering from a really bad hangover.  I felt a bit poorly earlier on but I feeling much better now; all that fresh air and a win for the boys does wonders for a hangover.  But other than that, I’m doing as much re-hab as I can to get the body back as quickly as I can.  I’ve got a short break but then it’s back to Headley Court up until Christmas and hope to get down here again in the not too distant future.”

So how do the days pan out when Rob’s at Headley Court?  “That’s a good question. Normally, I do what needs doing in the morning – I won’t go into the details of all that – but then I’m in occupational therapy and the gym from 10am until 5pom each day and then, after all of that, I spend most of the evening asleep, recovering from one day and preparing for the next.”

Given how driven Rob is, surely it’s only a matter of time before we see him at the Paralympics or the Invictus Games?  “I’d love to do either and I keeping my options open.  I’ve registered my formal interest in the Invictus Games, mainly because I fancy a trip to Australia.  It’s definitely in the pipeline but we’ll just have to see.  I don’t mind what I have a go at, fencing or swimming or wheel chair rugby or basketball.  I wouldn’t mind taking part in a sport that is over and done with after the first few days so I could really enjoy the rest of the games.”

He’s a real inspiration to us all and we look forward to seeing him back at Minety as soon as he can manage it.  Cheers Rob!

(Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, formerly RAF Headley Court, is an 85-acre United Kingdom Ministry of Defence facility in Headley, near Epsom, Surrey, England)

Written by Graham Cooke

November 8th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

Some interesting results this weekend in both Dorset & Wilts Division 1 and 3 North, with both Minety teams picking up valuable wins at home.


Combe Down’s big win at Supermarine has taken them back to the top of the table as the top three teams, Bradford on Avon shutting out the bottom club Royal Wootton Bassett while Warminster conceded just a single try in a 61-5 win on the road at Swindon.

Minety’s win against 4th place Avonvale was vital, keeping Tom Claxton’s team in touch with those teams breaking away at the top of the table.  The next few weeks should be interesting when the top three play against each other while Minety play only teams from the bottom half of the table.


In  the next three rounds of fixtures, Combe Down travel to Warminster, Bradford travel to Combe Down and then Warminster host Bradford.

Once those fixtures have been completed we should have a better idea as to how the season is panning out.


In Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North, the 2nd XV’s victory over Bath Saracens takes them up to 5th place.


Corsham maintained their lead in the table despite not playing last weekend although Warminster kept up the pressure with a big win over Bradford. Trowbridge benefitted from Melksham’s non appearance while Minety were able to leap above Bath Saracens and keep a single point ahead of the improving Chippenham team.




Written by Graham Cooke

November 7th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack!

It seems that this is becoming quite popular with players and supporters alike (can’t think why!) Anyway, here the latest set of facts, figures and sheer guess work, made to appear as statistics.

Saturday’s 1st XV game against Avonvale was the first match this season where a new player to the squad has not been introduced.

Tom Claxton is now the only ever present player at the start of the game.

By half time, with Tom’s withdrawal through injury,  no Minety player could lay claim to having played every minute of each 1st XV league match.

Tom McAllister opened his scoring account with two penalties and a conversion.

The try scored by Matt Roberts was the fastest try scored by Minety in terms of time on the clock.

That try keeps up Minety’s record of having scored at least one try in each of the 7 league matches played.

The absent Garin Garland is still the club’s top scorer this season with 79 points.  Dave Cooke (somewhere in Thailand at present) and Matt Roberts are equal 2nd with 15 points apiece.

14 different players have scored for Minety in D&W1N action this season.

Of those 14, 10 having been playing in the back line at the time of their scoring, 4 from the forwards.

The match against Avonvale was the first one this season where Minety have prevented the opposition from scoring at least one try.

The Garland brothers are still the only Minety players to have scored more than 10 points in a single game – Garin 3 times, Elis once.

After 7 matches this season, Minety are 12 points behind the league leaders and 21 points above the bottom team.

Minety have played against all four teams above them in the table, with a record of 1 win and 3 narrow losses.  In those matches Minety have scored 63 points and conceded 81.

In the matches up to the Christmas break Minety (5th in the table) will face: Trowbridge (8th); Chippenham (7th); Swindon (11th); and Melksham (8th).

Minety are the 6th top scorers in the league of 12 teams.

Minety are still one of only 5 teams to show a positive “points for / points against” record.

Of no real interest to Minety, but at the top of the table Combe Down and Bradford have each scored a total of 334 points while 3rd placed Warminster have scored one point fewer.

The 2nd XV are 5th in D&W3N but have the 3rd best record in the “points for / points against” column (+115).

The 2nd XV have accrued more try bonus points than anyone other than the unbeaten and table topping Corsham.

But remember Disraeli’s wise words.  “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”.

(Worth adding that Disraeli never played for Minety in a long and illustrious career.)

Written by Graham Cooke

November 6th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety scrape home in thriller

With their two narrow defeats by table topping Bradford on Avon and Combe Down still fresh in the memory, Minety headed into their D&W1N match with newly promoted Avonvale knowing that a win was essential if they were to keep in touching distance of a promotion slot come the end of the season.

Avonvale’s 2017/7 season in Division 2 had been very impressive, 21 wins and a draw, netting them 106 points, and they had brought that compact and well organised approach into Division 1 with some success, winning 5 out of 6 matches and sitting one place above Minety.

Minety took the lead in the 2nd minute.  An Avonvale clearance kick was caught by winger Chris Rule just inside his own half.  A quick off load to Matt Roberts saw the full back slice through the visitors’ defence, evading 5 defenders before touching down beneath the posts.  Scrum half Tom McAllister kicked the conversion and Minety were 7-0 up.

Both teams looked to attack but the defences were well organised and gave little ground.

McAllister extended Minety’s lead in the 8th minute with a 22 metre penalty kick.

Avonvale struck back and got themselves on the scoresheet in the 13th minute with a penalty when Minety were caught not releasing the ball after a tackle.

The home team dominated much of the play in terms of possession and territory but despite some intricate passing moves and intelligent kicking from fly half Adam Watts, they were unable to impose themselves on the well-disciplined and mobile Avonvale defence.

As half time approached it was Avonvale who threatened the Minety line.  Attack after attack was thwarted by some brave tackling from the home side’s defence.  In the 34th minute Avonvale kicked their second penalty to bring the score to 10-6.

Minety’s task was made even harder when both captain Tom Claxton and hard hitting flanker Ben Sellick were forced off with head injuries.  In the re-shuffle Rob Hinwood moved to flanker, Tom Windle to centre and Mark Glew came on as Claxton’s replacement at hooker.

Avonvale started the second half on the front foot and in the 44th minute kicked their third penalty to reduce the arrears to just a single point.

Both teams launched attacks in the next 10 minutes, Minety using their forward power to push down the centre while Avonvale preferred to attack out wide on the flanks.  2nd row Ben Collins, out injured for a month, returned to duties in the 53rd minute when Ashley Windle was injured and McAllister eased the pressure in the 56th minute with his second penalty kick of the game.

Minety’s resources were stretched to the limit when Roberts, always an attacking threat from full back, was forced off with a recurrence of a back injury.  Avonvale took advantage of the re-organisation of the Minety back division and brought the gap back to a single point in the 68th minute with their 4th penalty.

The last 10 minutes were played out mainly in mid field and there was certainly relief on the faces of the Minety coaching staff when the final whistle was blown.

After the match coach Andy Grayson said, “We weren’t at our best today and the injuries and changes made life difficult.  We started very well but our set piece play at scrum and lineout wasn’t as good as usual but we did enough to win and our game management, especially at the end, was excellent.”

The win keeps Minety in 5th place in the league but they will need to win again at 9th placed Trowbridge next week if they are to bridge the gap to the top 4 teams.

In the weekend’s other match, Matt Stone’s Minety 2nd XV overcame Bath Saracens by 52-17 and moved up into 5th place in D&W3N.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 5th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Kick off time Correction

Ahhh!  Just when I thought we had it pinned down, confusion reigns again!

There now seems to be some confusion between the league and the refs’ society as to what time kickoffs should be this weekend with one saying one thing and one saying another. 2.30pm has been agreed on by all for this week and then we will try and get it nailed down properly going forward.

If anyone from either the league or the referee’s body is reading this, could we ask that they please get together and provide everyone with clear directives as to when kick off times should be throughout the season – trying to arrange for press coverage is a nightmare if we can’t be sure when games are due to start!



Written by Graham Cooke

November 3rd, 2017 at 10:05 am

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Please note that from now until 26th March 2018, all kick offs should be at 2pm.  In the event of any alterations, we will let you know.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Social Diary

We now have a social diary on the site to help keep everyone up to date with “off pitch” activities and events.

The new diary can either be displayed through this link or via the Social Diary link on the side menu.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 1st, 2017 at 6:09 pm

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MTV Bradford

The film of the match against Bradford on Avon played on Saturday 28th October 2017 is now up and available on MTV on this site.  Please use the Minety Player link or this link to access the relevant page.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 1st, 2017 at 8:45 am

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Stat Attack!

Another meander through the stats, the product of a sad mind!  But here, for those who haven’t drifted off to sleep already, are some interesting (?) stats from Saturday.

  • James Stuart became the 30th player to appear for Minety 1st XV in 6 league matches this season.
  • Garin Garland and Tom Claxton are the only ever present players this season.
  • Garin’s 8 points in the game take him to 79 for the season out of 169 scored by the team.
  • Garin has scored 47% of the points this season for the 1st XV.
  • Minety conceded their 100th point this season against Bradford.  Over 6 matches that works out at 17 per game.
  • In the same game Minety scored their 169th point.  Over 6 matches that works out at 28 per game.
  • Minety are 5th in the league and are the 5th top scorers.
  • Minety have “won” more losing bonus points than any other team in the league (so defeats have been very small ones).
  • We are the only team thus far to deny Bradford a Try bonus point.
  • Bradford’s winning margins thus far have been: Trowbridge 33; Chippenham 52; Swindon 81; Melksham 25; Pewsey 37: and Minety 5!
  • Given that the camera that films all Minety matches is paused when play stops (formation of scrums, lineouts etc.) the average 80 minute game equates to approximately 36 minutes of actual open play.  The better the game (the more flowing), the longer the film; the worse (more fractured and fractious), the shorter.  Saturday’s match at Bradford actually has 45 minutes of open play (good match).  The lowest on record was just 27 minutes for a match at Colerne in 2015 / 2016.
  • It took 4 minutes before the ball left the Bradford half of the pitch on Saturday.
  • 1st half open play accounted for about 22 minutes of filming, with 15 minutes spent in the Bardford half.  That’s a territorial advantage of 68% for Minety.  Territory doesn’t equate to points but it does show how commited the team were.
  • Yellow card offences accounted for 54 minutes of the 80 minutes played.  That means that Minety were reduced to 14 (13 at one stage) for 67% of the game.

But remember, there are “Lies, damned lies and statistics!”

Written by Graham Cooke

October 31st, 2017 at 1:31 pm

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Results from the weekend

Here are the results and tables from Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North and 3 North, both featuring Minety teams.

In D&W1N all four top team won, Bradford mainatining their unbeaten record in a close 13-8 victory over Minety, but dropping their first Try bonus point of the season in doing so.  Combe Down kept up the pressure at the top with a comprehensive win ove struggling Wootton Bassett while Warminster saw off Supermarine by 94-5 at home.  4th placed Avonvale, whose only loss of the seaswon was at Warminster on the opening day, enjoyed a win over struggling Pewsey Vale whose sole win this season has been cancelled out by a concession recently against Combe Down.

The real surprise of the round was the 111 points scored by Chippenham, whose form this season has been very up and down; convincing wins in their last two home matches have been more than balanced by some heavy defeats on the road.

Saturday’s fine win by the 2nd XV over Melksham keeps Matt Stone’s team at the top of the middle part of the table.  All four teams above Minety won matches against teams from the lower half of the table.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 30th, 2017 at 10:06 am

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Oh so close

For the second week running Minety came up agonisingly short against an unbeaten side in Dorset and Wilts Division 1, losing to league leaders Bradford on Avon by 13-8.  After last week’s stoppage time loss to  Combe Down, Tom Claxton’s team knew that their stiffest challenge of the season lay ahead at Bradford on Avon, top of the division and boasting winning bonus points in every match this season.

To make their task even tougher, Minety played almost 70 minutes with 14 players after centre Dave Church and 2nd row Ash Windle were yellow carded in the first half and then Church received a second yellow and was sent off early in the second half.

On a well prepared pitch, both teams had to contend with a gale blowing across the ground, making place and penalty kicking something of a lottery.

The pattern for the match was established in the opening 5 minutes with Minety pushing Bradford back with a combination of slick back moves and crunching forward tackling.

Bradford’s first attack in the 8th minute was stopped on the line by a fine tackle from outside centre Jack Howse supported by Claxton and Church.  With Windle dominating at the base of the lineout and fly half Jack Ward kicking well to touch, Minety forced their way back into what was fast becoming a real battle.

Bradford took the lead in the 16th minute from a penalty after Church was yellow carded for a perceived high tackle.

If the table toppers thought the 14 men of Minety would be easy picking, they were soon disabused of this; Minety roared back into attack, scrum half Garin Garland managing his pack and forwards Andrew Hibbard, Colin French and James Stuart making inroads into the Bradford defence while Ward and full back Matt Roberts sought defensive weaknesses out wide.

Bradford extended their lead in the 27th minute, moving the ball across from right to left and exploiting their extra man.  The try, out on the left, was not converted and the home side led by 8-0.

Full back Roberts almost found a way through in the 30th minute, halted close to the line as Minety pushed for their opening score.

The tackling was ferocious from both teams as Minety pinned Bradford back in their 22.  Forwards Ben Scott and French were denied by last gasp tackles while Ward, Church and Howse held centre ground as Bradford tried to break the shackles.

Minety’s persistence was rewarded in the 33rd minute when Bradford were penalised for holding on and Garland kicked the penalty.

A Roberts break and a Claxton drive were both held up metres from the line as Minety drove for an equalising try but the village team were reduced to 14 men again when Windle was yellow carded on the stroke of half time.

Minety brought on Rob Hinwood for the tiring Stuart at half time, the latter having put in a tremendous, energy sapping shift in the 1st 40 minutes.

As both teams pushed forward, gaps appeared in defence and it was only a brilliant saving tackle by Garland that stopped an almost certain Bradford try in the 44th minute.

The 14 soon became 13 when Church picked up a second yellow card and was sent off.

Bradford extended their lead in the 53rd minute.  Ward’s kick to touch stalled in the wind and was then blown back into centre field.  The home team collected the loose ball and with a smooth passing move their outside centre scored wide out on the right.

But if anything is to sum up Minety’s efforts thus far it is their determination and effort. 13-3 down with one man short to the league leaders, they simply would not lie down and it was the terrier like Garland who spotted a gap and raced 25 metres to score their try to bring the score back to 13-8 in the 56th minute.

Both sides threw everything into the final 20 minutes in what was a fine advert for everything that is good about league rugby.  Minety lost hard working French to a leg injury in the 74th minute but left nothing out on the pitch as they stood up to the Bradford team.

Minety’s consolation 1 league point for a close loss was no reward for their efforts and Bradford came away knowing that they’d been in a real battle.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV recorded a fine away win at Melksham by 50-15 with Scott Glew scoring his first try for Minety.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 29th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Captain’s Corner

We caught up with a disconsolate and frustrated Tom Claxton shortly after the defeat at home by Combe Down on Saturday, a match decided by literally the last kick of the game.

“I asked the lads to think about how they were feeling at the end of the match.  I know that I don’t want that kind of feeling again and I’m pretty sure, no, I’m certain that they don’t want to feel that way again.  We played well in the first half against a good team.  You don’t get to be at the top of the table with an unbeaten record if you’re not good.  But we more than matched them in the first half and then we let them back in during the second half and lost it to a penalty on the last play of the game.

“We’ve got to reflect on what we did and learn from the experience and then go to Bradford on Avon, another unbeaten team, on Saturday and make sure that the lessons learned are put to good effect.  I don’t want to have this feeling again this season.”

Tom will lead his team against Bradford On Avon on Saturday knowing that a win is necessary if Minety are to bridge the gap between the middle of the table and those pushing for the promotion places come the end of the season in April.

Players and supporters should note that the 1st XV are playing at Bradford (you know who this is aimed at) whilst the 2nds are at Melksham.  Directions to both locations can be found on our Directions page (see the side menu).


Written by Graham Cooke

October 27th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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October 26th, 2017 at 7:00 am

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