Minety RFC

Stat Attack!

Another meander through the stats this week after the nailbiting loss to Combe Down on Saturday.

Up until Saturday Combe Down’s league record read “Played 4, Won 4. Points For 182, Points Against 10.

Up until Saturday Combe Down were averaging 45 points in each game whilst conceding on average 2.5 points.

By half time on Saturday Minety had scored almost twice as many points against Combe Down than they had conceded in the other 4 games.

Ash Windle became the 29th player to appear for the 1st XV in 5 league matches this year (shows the potential strength of the squad)

Tom Claxton, Garin Garland, Adam Watts and Ben Langridge are the only “ever presents” this season.

13 different players have scored at least one try for the 1st XV in the 5 league matches played this season.

11 ex Academy players have played at least one match for the 1st XV this season.

Garin Garland is the top scorer for Minety this season with 71 points thus far.  He’s averaging over 14 points per game.

Two Minety 1st XV players have spent time in Vietnam in October!  Ash Windle returned from his “World Tour” just as Dave Cooke was setting off for Hanoi and the Far East.

Only three yellow cards have been shown to Minety players this season, and none in the last two matches.


“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Benjamin Disraeli


Written by Graham Cooke

October 23rd, 2017 at 9:48 am

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Minety fall to stoppage time penalty.

Minety’s fine run of victories in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North came to an end when they were edged out 25-22 by unbeaten Combe Down in an encounter decided by the last kick of the match.

The match started under leaden skies and blustery wind.

Playing up the slope, and into the wind, Minety found themselves having to defend desperately in the opening exchanges as the confident Combe Down outfit launched attack after attack.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Minety were punished at the ruck in front of the posts.

The home side attacked from the restart, scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Adam Watts combining well to push the visitors back onto their line.  Strong forward play from captain Tom  Claxton and Number 8 Andrew Hibbard maintained the momentum and when second row Ash Windle caught a lineout ball and  set up a ruck on the try line, Garland picked up and dived over for Minety’s first try.  The young scrum half converted his try and the home side led 7-3.

Minety increased the lead in the 15th minute.  Winning a scrum 20 metres out from the Combe Down line, Hibbard set up a ruck and when Garland kicked ahead, flanker Josh Bull was the first to react, catching the ball and diving over.

Combe Down struck back and only some desperate tackling by the home defence kept the league leaders at bay.  The pressure led to Minety being penalised and the visiting fly half converted the penalty to bring the score back to 12-6.

Both sides defied the deteriorating conditions, choosing to pass the ball along the line and stretch the defences and it was the visitors who profited next.  Minety, unable to gain any ground kicking into the fierce wind, tried to break out down the centre but the ball was lost and from the subsequent scrum, the ball was fed to the full back who won a sprint to the corner flag to touch down for their opening try.

A single point separated the sides as they headed into stoppage time at the end of the first half.

A ruck out on the right, on the Come Down 22 metre line, was secured by Minety.  Garland fed Watts and Claxton took the ball on.  Prop Colin French set up another ruck and Watts’ long pass was taken by full back Matt Roberts who burst through the defence to score Minety’s 3rd try.  Garland converted and the village team led 19-11 at half time.

Given that the visitors had only conceded one try and only 10 points in total in their first 4 league matches, Minety had put in a fine 40 minutes of rugby.

With the advantage of the slope and the wind, the home side started the second half in confident mood, winger Tom McAllister jinking through the visitors’ defence and Watts using the conditions intelligently to kick Minety deep into Combe Down territory.

Against the run of play, Combe Down registered the first points of the second half when sloppy defensive work allowed their winger to burst through for a try to bring the score back to 19-16.

The away side adapted better to the deteriorating conditions as a fine drizzle made both ball and ground slippery.  Only fine tackling from winger Duncan Simpson and flanker Kieran Tillotson maintained the slender home lead.

The scores were tied at 19 all when Minety were caught offside in front of their posts and the visitors edged ahead in the 71st minute with another penalty.

Minety struck back with just 4 minutes left.  Strong running from centre Tom Windle, Roberts and Simpson pushed Combe Down back and when the visitors were penalised at the ruck, Garland kicked the penalty to tie the match at 22-22.

A cruel bounce of the ball from a high kick put Minety on the back foot as both teams went for the win. A penalty, a throw in and three rucks later, Minety were penalised and with the last kick of the match, Combe Down took the win 25-22.

The visitors’ post-match celebrations contrasted with dismay on the faces of the Minety players.

Coach Andy Grayson was philosophical in defeat.  “We played our best half of rugby in the first half and the worst half of rugby in the second.  I’m really disappointed.  We should have put the game to bed at half time.  We let it slip.  Now we must make sure that it doesn’t happen again. “

Next week Minety travel to the other unbeaten team in the league Bradford on Avon.

In the weekend’s other fixture, tries from Rob Hinwood, Jon Blair (2) and Dale Langdown saw Mienty 2nd’s overcome Swindon III’s by 34-19 in D&W3N.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 22nd, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Major challenges for both teams

Both Minety teams will be at home on Saturday 21st October and the village squad is under no doubts that these will be testing fixtures.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV will entertain league leaders Combe Down.  The visitors arrive at Minety Fields joint top of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North having won all 4 of their matches this season.  The champions of the league in 2015, Combe Down found life hard in the upper division last year and were relegated in April.  Thw on their first match of the season at Chippenham by 48-0 and since then have defeated Swindon (81-3) and Melksham (53-7) before being awarded the match against Pewsey Vale when the visitors were unable to field a team.

With form such as this Claxton’s team will have to be on top form and will need a strong lineup.  “We had to concede our cup match at Dorchester last weekend because we simply didn’t have enough fit or available forwards.  Injuries have hit us hard this season.  I know that there’s been a lot of talk about increased levels of injury in the professional code and some suggestion that the recent changes to the laws may have contributed.  It may be that that effect is rippling down to the amateur game.  We know that Combe Down will be all out to beat us on Saturday – we inflicted one of only two defeats on them during their championship winning year.”

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV take on Swindon III.  They sit 5th in the table, four places above Minety in Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North having won 2 and lost 2 matches this season.  They started the season badly with a heavy home dfeeat at the hands of Warminster but then overcame local rival Supermarine away from home.  A heavy home defeat to Corsham in Match week 3 was then evened out by a 28-22 win at Devizes.

Both matches kick off at 3pm.  The bar in the clubhouse will be open before and after the game.  All supporters welcomed!


Written by Graham Cooke

October 19th, 2017 at 10:08 am

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Next Fixtures – 21st October


Both Minety teams return to action after a week off but will face stiff challenges on Saturday.  The 1st XV will take on Combe Down, who were champions of the D&W1N league two seasons ago, and were involved in two mighty and fairly feisty encounters with Minety in that year, while Matt Stone’s 2nd XV take on Swindon III’s.

Full match previews on this site on Friday.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 18th, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Stat Attack!

Four matches into Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North and the 1st XV are 4th in the table with 16 points behind Bradford on Avon and Combe Down (both with 20 points) and Warminster (19 points).

With no matches this weekend, after the 1sts were forced to concede their cup match at Dorchester because of injuries, we’ve delved into the detail and have produced these stats.

Played 4, won 3, lost 1.  Wins at Pewsey (29-14) and Supermarine (38-5), win at home to Royal Wotton Bassett (50-12) and our only loss at Warminster (22-31).

28 different players have been used by the 1st XV across those 4 matches.

Only 5 players have appeared in all 4 matches: Tom Claxton, Dave Cooke, Garin Garland, Ben Langridge and Adam Watt.

Of those 5 only three have played in the same position: Tom Claxton, Garin Garland and Adam Watt.

Leading point scorers are: Garin Garland 59, Dave Cooke 15, Elis Garland and Andrew Hibbard 10.

Tries have been scored by 13 different players across the four matches, 8 by backs and 5 by forwards.

Minety has scored 139 points whilst conceding 66, a net of +77.

Minety are averaging 34.75 per match whilst limiting the opposition to an average of just 15.5.

Minety has secured a bonus point (for scoring 4 tries or more) in all four matches.

3 yellow cards have been shown to Minety players in the 4 matches.


Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of liesliesdamned lies, and statistics.”


Written by Graham Cooke

October 13th, 2017 at 10:08 am

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Captain’s Corner

We caught up with new Minety 1st XV captain Tom Claxton after the fine home win over Royal Wootton Bassett (and , therefore, before last weekend’s excellent win at Supermarine).

“After 3 matches, and two wins, I’m very pleased with the start that we’ve made to the season.  I know that we lost at Warminster, but they’re a powerful team who will be in at the top end of the table come the end of the season, but even in that loss I saw lots of positives.  We started slowly and we were deservedly punished for our lethargy but we picked up in the second half and out scored them.  We just need to make sure that we learn the lessons that we were dealt on that day.

“Today’s match (against RWB) was exceptional, a really outstanding performance from everyone.  We were able to put out a really strong team and it was pleasing to see so many moves that we’ve practised on the training ground being used so effectively in the game.  A couple of people have spoken to me about how well drilled we are as a team and that kind of game discipline starts life on the training ground on Tuesday evenings.  Our rehearsed moves worked out so well.

“Training is the key to our success on the field and it’s been pleasing to see players attending training in such good numbers across both teams.  It means we can try out moves more effectively and also means that players can swap from the 1st to the 2nds and vica versa and still understand what is going on around them.  We’ve got a good depth in the squad and on our day I believe we can beat anyone in the league; I’m certainly targetting a top 3 position come April.”

So how has being the club captain been, now that he’s experienced a month of league action?  “It’s certainly not as advertised; there’s a lot more work than I imagined but wins bring rewards and I’m really enjoying myself at the moment.”

We’ll be bringing more words of wisdom(!?) from Tom as the season progresses.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 12th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety concede cup match

Minety have been forced to concede their cup match at Dorchester this coming weekend.  Last weekend’s bruising encounters with Supermarine (D&W1N) and Chippenham (D&W3N) have taken their toll on an already threadbare and injury ravaged squad.

1st XV captain Tom Claxton told us, “Yes, I can sadly confirm that the cup match is cancelled. The reason is predominantly due to injuries in the tight 5 and the resulting inability to field a front row or experienced locks. We have over 10 players out injured, 8 of them first team.  Even if we had had sufficient numbers we would have had players playing well out of position and that is never satisfactory.  We’re sorry to miss out on a chance in the cup; we can all remember the day two seasons ago when we won the cup at Warminster in a thrilling match against Lychett Minster.  If there is to be a positive from the concession, it is that our rather bruised and battered squad will have a little more time to recover before we face Combe Down on the 21st.”


Written by Graham Cooke

October 11th, 2017 at 11:56 am

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MTV: Supermarine match now available

Saturday’s D&W1N match at Supermarine is now available on MTV.

Use the Minety Player link on the right or this link to access the match.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 11th, 2017 at 10:55 am

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Weekend Results from D&W3N

Minety 2nds lost out to Chippenham in a hard fought encounter at the weekend, going down 18-13 away from home.

The result leaves Matt Stone’s team in a lowly 9th place in the table with 1 win from their first 3 matches (although one defect was by concession when they were unable to field a team after players were hastily transferred to the 1sts for the Pewsey Vale fixture).

Other results in the division were as follows:




Written by Graham Cooke

October 11th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Many thanks

As some of you will have noticed, we have been experiencing problems with the website over the past week.  We can now report that all seems to be well and must register huge thanks to Nigel Price for sorting the matter out.

Cheers Nigel!


Written by Graham Cooke

October 10th, 2017 at 11:07 am

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Weekend Results from D&W1N

Saturday 7th October saw the fourth round of fixtures in the Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North division.

Minety’s fine win at Supermarine brings them up to 4th in the table with wins over Pewsey, Bassett and Supermarine this season.

Already we are seeing a split in the D&W1N table with the top 6 teams pulling clear of the rest.

Supermarine have opened up an 8 point gap over the team in 7th place, Trowbridge, while Pewsey, Chippenham and Swindon are left with 0 points, Bassett propping up the table with -4 points (a 5 point deduction was made to Bassett’s total at the start of the season).

On Saturday, Tom Claxton’s team head to Dorchester for a cup fixture.  It will be a stiff test for the Minety team; Dorchester sit joint top of their division with a 4 win perfect start to their season.

Later in the week we’ll catch up with Minety’s new captain to find out how his first month in charge has been.




Written by Graham Cooke

October 10th, 2017 at 10:35 am

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Minety maintain impressive start

Minety maintained their impressive start to the season with a fine 38-5 win at hitherto unbeaten Supermarine in Dorset and Wilts Division 1.

With playing resources across their two teams stretched to the limit, Minety gave debuts to ex Academy 2nd row River Burton and flanker Ben Sellick and actually kicked off the match with just 15 player and no replacements.

Minety dominated the early exchanges but with both teams evenly matched at both lineout and scrum, the action was played out in midfield with handling errors breaking the rhythm of the game.

Minety opened the scoring in the 25th minute.  When winger Ben Langridge was brought down 25 metres out it was scrum half Garin Garland who spotted a gap to race through to score.  Garland converted his try and Minety led 7-0.

Minety doubled their lead in the 38th minute.  A fine attacking move involving centre Tom Windle and flanker Sellick took the ball deep into their opponents’ half.  The home defence repelled a number of attacks before prop Colin French evaded one tackle and spun out of another to claim his first 1st XV try.

Supermarine ended the half with a fine try.  Missed tackles in midfield allowed the home team space in Minety’s 22 and their centre touched down out on the right to leave the score at half time Supermarine 5 Minety 14.

The village side dominated the start of the second half and, after a series of fluent attacking moves, scored their third try when fly half Adam Watt dummied the home defence and raced through to score under the posts, Garland converting the score.

Minety extended the lead to 23 points in the 47th minute.  Centre Tom McAllister broke free on the left and fed Garland who made ground before off loading to Dave Cooke, the winger spinning out of two tackles before running the ball in to score from 25 metres out.

In the 52nd minute Claxton’s brilliant burst through the Supermarine defence set up first full back Duncan Simpson and then 2nd row Ben Scott, both held close to the line, before Garland spotted a gap to register his 2nd try and take the score to Supermarine 5 Minety 33.

The game opened up in the final quarter with both teams intent on moving the ball around.  Solid tackling from Simpson and the forwards kept Supermarine at bay.

Minety’s superior speed and ball retention told in the end when a fine move across the width of the pitch ended with Langridge touching down wide on the right for Minety’s 6th try and a 38-5 lead.

Garland was denied a hat trick deep in injury time.  His initial break on half way was taken on by the impressive Sellick.  Simpson was on hand to run the ball towards the corner flag but as Garland collected at the ensuing ruck, the referee was bowled over in the melee and was unsighted as the scrum half touched down.

Final score Supermarine 5 Minety 38.

Coach Hywel Rees was very pleased with his team’s performance.  “It took a while for us to settle down but when we did we ran in tries from all over the pitch.  We’re now up to 4th in the table, just 4 points behind leaders Bradford on Avon.”

Next Saturday Minety travel to Dorchester for Dorset and Wilts Cup Action.

In the weekend’s other game, Minety 2nds were edged out 18-13 at Chippenham.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 8th, 2017 at 11:38 am

Technical problems

We are experiencing problems with the management software for the site.  We hope to have normal (?) service back up as soon as possible.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 7th, 2017 at 11:06 am

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Written by Graham Cooke

October 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am

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50,000 visitors

We’ve just recorded our 50,000th visitor to the website since we began collecting statistical data in March 2016.  Many thanks to everyone who supports this site.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 4th, 2017 at 11:26 am

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MTV Royal Wootton Bassett

The MTV (Minety TV) film of Saturday’s Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North match against Royal Wootton Bassett is available through the Minety Player link on the right or via this link.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 4th, 2017 at 11:12 am

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Garland display as Minety hit 50

An outstanding individual performance from Minety scrum half Garin Garland capped a fine team display from the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 team as they trounced local rivals Royal Wootton Bassett II by 50 points to 12 on Saturday.

Garland’s four tries and five conversions garnered the village team 30 points as they overran the opposition, running in 8 tries in all.

Minety opened the scoring in the 2nd minute.  Good ruck ball allowed fly half Adam Watt to feed centre Jack Ward who made the break through the defensive line.  Two passes later returning centre Matt Roberts, back from a long term injury, touched down near the corner flag.

With dominance at lineout, scrum and ruck, the pacey Minety backs were given free rein to run the ball, keeping the opposition on the back foot.

The home team extended their lead in the 11th minute.  Captain Tom Claxton’s lineout throw was caught by second row Ben Scott and, from the ensuing ruck, Garland spotted a small gap and scored near the left corner flag.  His long range conversion was inch perfect and Minety led 12-0.

Andrew Hibbard, Ben Collins and Tom Windle all made ground in midfield and with Claxton and young front row Mark Glew sniping around the edges of rucks, Minety were able to control the ball.

Minety’s third try came on the half hour after a prolonged period of pressure on the Bassett line.  After the visitors were penalised, Garland took a quick tap penalty and dived over, converting the try himself and increasing the lead to 19 points.

The home side’s desire to run everything cost them in the 36th minute.  Trying to run the ball out from their own line, they were caught and Bassett pounced to open their account with a close range try.

The fourth, bonus point winning, try came deep in 1st half injury time.  Once again, a secure lineout and follow up ruck allowed Garland the time and space to score his third try of the half.  The successful conversion saw the home side 26-5 up at half time.

Bassett enjoyed their best period of the match at the start of the second half, at last managing to secure quality ball in set pieces.  The dominance was rewarded when their outside centre scored their second try of the match from close range.

Any hopes of a Bassett comeback died when Minety ran in 3 tries in 6 minutes.  Winger Dave Cooke ran in try number 5 after a fine move involving full back Duncan Simpson and fly half Watt.

An excellent driving run from Scott ended with a beautifully timed off load to Garland, who sprinted in from 25 metres out for try number 6 and a 36-12 lead.

The seventh try came in the 66th minute.  Watt’s perfect place kick to touch, a secure lineout and a driving maul set up Andrew Hibbard, who drove through to touch down, and it was last year’s club captain who notched his second try in injury time, Garland converting to secure a 50-12 win.

Club coach Andy Grayson was obviously delighted with both performance and result.  “Our sets pieces were brilliant and allowed us to move the ball wide and score tries.  We switched on straight away and dominated the game.  Next week we need a copy of today’s performance against a Supermarine team who are unbeaten this season and who sit equal top of the table.”

In Saturday’s other fixture in Division 3 North, Minety II’s comprehensively overcame Trowbridge III’s by 40-5 to register their first win of the campaign.  We hope to bring you a report on this match soon.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 1st, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Saturday 30th September

For the first time this season both Minety teams will be in action at Minety Fields with Tom Claxton’s 1st XV taking on local rivals Royal Wootton Bassett in D&W1N while Matt Stone’s team make their season debut with a home clash with Trowbridge in D&W3N.

Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Club coach Andy Grayson is keen that both teams continue the club’s solid start to the season.  “It was unfortunate that the 2nds had to concede their first league match through lack of numbers but many of the players in the 2nd XV have now tasted 1st team action and I can tell you that everyone has stepped up and it’s now difficult to tell who is a 1st teamer and who is a 2nd teamer; this is just what we have been looking to achieve.  Considering the 1st XV so far this season, we have had two hard league matches on the road.  The win at Pewsey and the hard fought loss at Warminster show that we have what it takes to compete at the top end of D&W1N.  If I’d been told, before the season started, that we’d gain 6 points from those two tough matches, I’d have taken it like a shot. We’ve got a strong looking squad available and that means that we will be targetting two wins on Saturday.”

Full match reports will be published on the site sometime on Sunday.



Written by Graham Cooke

September 29th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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Minety travel to Dorchester in Cup Clash

Minety will travel to Dorchester to play in the 2nd round of the Dorset and Wilts Vase on Saturday 14th October.

The Dorset team on their first round match away at Pewsey Vale by 23 – 5 in a match that, by all accounts, wont live long in the memory.  Dorchester’s website reports that:

“the match was however notable in that it was the first cup tie that Dorchester had won at first-team level since 2010.

Dorchester kicked off and having won the ball back from the hosts immediately opened the scoring.

Scrum-half Jake Bosher spoted the hole behind the ruck and sprinted in by the posts, James Baker’s conversion completed the perfect start.

However, this was to be the high point of the first period. Dorchester created and squandered several try-scoring opportunities – the hosts created very little but competed and tackled bravely.

The county town coaches attempted to install some urgency in their players during the half-time break but, as the second half got underway, very little appeared to have changed.

Dorchester struggled, Pewsey Vale continued to frustrate their opponents with some solid defending until the inevitable happened and the hosts got their one chance, a kick into the corner was chased down by the home centre who narrowly beat the Dorchester winger to the touchdown.

The conversion was missed but the game now appeared to be in the balance.

The score however, was just the wake-up call that Dorchester needed, they went back to basics and playing a much simpler game forcing the hosts into conceding a string of penalties.

Baker took full advantage by converting all three of the ones within his range to effectively close out the game.

The same player then completed the scoring, skipping past several defenders down the left wing before touching down in the corner and successfully converting from wide out.

Post match, coach Ben Parker reflected on the game. He said: “This was a good start to our Vase campaign, and a win is a win, however, it wasn’t very convincing.

“At times we failed to do the basics and silly errors allowed Pewsey Vale to stay in the game. This is something we must address if we are to move forward.”

The Dorset team, who ply their trade at Coburg Road, DORCHESTER, DT1 2HX, currently play in the Dorset & Wilts South 1 League where, after two matches, they sit equal top with two wins. Having narrowly edged out Bournemouth III in the first round of matches, they defeated North Dorset 34-26 in the second.

We will bring more reaction to the Cup / Vase challenge after this weekend’s round of Wadworth 6X D&W1N and 3N action.



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September 29th, 2017 at 10:31 am

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Next Fixtures


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September 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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D&W1N League Table



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September 22nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Last week’s League Results


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September 21st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV: Warminster match available

Film of last Saturday’s (16th September) D&W1N clash between Minety and Warminster at Warminster can now be accessed through Minety player (see menu on right hand side of this screen) or via this link.


Written by Graham Cooke

September 20th, 2017 at 9:08 am

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Slow start costs Minety dear

Elis Garland, scorer of two second half tries

Buoyed by their excellent season opening win at Pewsey, Minety took to the field at Warminster under no illusions that this was to be an altogether stiffer test.  In fact, it took less than a minute for the in-form home team to score.  Direct from the kick off, Warminster secured the ball and a fine move across the pitch involving the entire back line saw their full back touch down under the posts.

Shell shocked, Minety hit back and enjoyed territorial advantage but were held at bay by some ferocious Warminster tackling in midfield.

When a Minety backs move broke down metres from the Warminster line it looked as if the home team would increase their lead but brilliant smothering tackles from centre Jack Howse and winger Ben Langridge saved the day.

Warminster doubled their lead in the 11th minute with another break away try.  A cross field run from their pacey full back and a well-timed pass to his right winger saw the latter out pace a threadbare defence and score under the posts.

Whilst a stable scrum and some good lineout ball gave the village team plenty of possession, the speed of the home defence meant little quality ball reached the Minety wingers.

Warminster’s third try came, once again, after a period of Minety pressure.  A neat interchange between centre and fly half saw the latter break through, evading two tacklers and scoring out wide on the right.

Minety held Warminster at bay for the rest of the half and started the second period strongly with scrum half Garin Garland a constant thorn in the home side’s defence.

Minety got on the score sheet nine minutes into the half.  Moving the ball much more confidently, they launched attack after attack on the home line and after Warminster were penalised for a high tackle, Garland took a tap penalty and fed hooker Tom Claxton, who charged through to score.

Minety’s second try, and the best of the match, came direct from the kick off and featured scrum half Garin Garland and his elder brother, full back Elis Garland, making a comeback after over a year out. Breaking the home line, the younger Garland fed his brother who outpaced 6 defenders to score wide on the left.

Minety’s desire to attack from all areas of the pitch cost them dear in the 54th minute.  After winning a scrum deep in their own 22, a clearance kick to touch would have been the safe option, but they chose to run the ball out and when the move broke down, Warminster pounced on the loose ball to score near the posts to stretch the lead to 26-10.

Langridge’s stunning one handed ankle tackle prevented another home side breakaway score as both teams went on all-out attack mode as the game entered its final quarter.

Del Murray scored Minety’s third try after they won a line out and scrum half Garland spotted a gap by the touchline which saw the young winger touch down by the corner flag.  Garland’s long range conversion was successful and Minety were back in the game.

Warminster struck back and a slick move across the backs saw their right winger touch down in the 77th minute.

Minety ended the match strongly and several try scoring attempts were thwarted by last ditch tackles, but the villagers gained a well-deserved consolation bonus point winning 4th try when the mercurial Elis Garland broke through to score in stoppage time.

Coach Hywel Rees took many positives from the game.  “We scored four second half tries against a very good team.  Everyone stepped up their game after our slow start.  We need to switch on at the start and begin with the same intensity that we end our games but overall I’m really proud of all the lads who played today.”

Written by Graham Cooke

September 17th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

MTV Pewsey match uploaded

Click on the link below to take you to the MTV (Minety TV) page where the film of the Pewsey v Minety season opener has been posted.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2017 at 9:50 am

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Next Fixtures





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September 12th, 2017 at 12:06 pm

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Results from D&W1N week 1




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September 11th, 2017 at 11:54 am

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Claxton inspires Minety to opening day win

New Minety captain Tom Claxton saw his team open their Wadworth 6X Dorset and Wilts Division 1 campaign with a fine 29-14 victory at Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

On a beautifully prepared pitch, Minety dominated the early exchanges as the forwards held a powerful Pewsey pack and the pacey Minety backs ran at the home team’s line.

Against the run of play, Pewsey took the lead in the 9th minute.  A speculative kick into the Minety 22 took a wicked bounce and full back Duncan Simpson was clattered to the ground as he tried to pick up.  The loose ball was seized upon and the try awarded close to the posts.

Centre Tom Windle was denied a try in the 13th minute by a last second clearance after a clever kick from fly half Adam Watts wrong footed the Pewsey defence.

Minety opened their account with a fine opening try in the 20th minute.  A solid scrum on the half way line allowed scrum half Garin Garland to feed Watts who passed to right winger Ben Langridge.  From the ruck, Simpson broke the line and fed left winger Dave Cooke, who side stepped the full back and ran in to score under the posts.

Garland’s conversion was successful and the match was tied at 7 all.

Minety’s 2nd try came in the 32nd minute.  A lineout steal in their own half led to a break from No. 8 Andrew Hibbard.  Garland kicked ahead and when the ball was won at the ruck centre Dave Church and Windle combined to allow the latter to score wide on the right.

The score galvanised the home team, who proceeded to play some of their best rugby, pushing the visitors back onto their own line.  A Pewsey score seemed inevitable when Garland was yellow carded but somehow the 14 men of Minety held out to half time.

With flanker Josh Bull imperious at the lineout and the pack, with Mark Glew and Colin French, in fine form, Minety controlled the start of the second half.

Garland extended Minety’s lead in the 50th minute with a penalty after the home team were penalised for not releasing after a tackle.

Pewsey mounted attack after attack on the visitors’ line, only for each wave to be repelled by some immense tackling from Ben Collins, Matt Chisholm, Church and Bull in particular.

Pewsey’s 2nd try came at the end of another concerted series of attacks.  The successful conversion brought the scores to 15-14 in the visitors’ favour and set up a breathless last quarter.

Both sides pushed for the victory and play moved around the pitch at breakneck speed.

The match was settled in the 79th minute when Simpson picked up in midfield and ran in to score from 30 metres, Garland converting the try.

The “4 try bonus point” was secured deep into injury time.  Minety won a Pewsey scrum in their own half, Garland drove forward before slipping the ball to Bull who capped a fine performance by running in the try from 35 metres.

Garland’s conversion ended the match with Minety 29-14 victors.

New Minety coach Andy Grayson was delighted with the performance.  “We all fronted up and I was delighted with the commitment the lads showed.  It was a great squad performance with a number of 2nd team players stepping up and showing their qualities.  It’s onwards and upwards as we prepare for Warminster next week.”


Written by Graham Cooke

September 10th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Kick off times for Saturday

We have just been informed that the kick off times for Saturday’s matches have been brought forward to help Minety players and supporters to get back for the annual Beer and Cider Festival.

The 1st team match at Pewsey Vale will kick off at 2pm.

The 2nd XV match at Warminster will kick off at 1.30pm.


Written by Graham Cooke

September 4th, 2017 at 11:03 am

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Nailsea prove too much for inexperienced Minety

Minety 7  Nailsea 45  2nd September 2017.  Pre-season friendly

Minety’s final pre season friendly match proved to be a bruising encounter against Somerset Premier League side Nailsea and Backwell.

After the comfortable 36-0 victory over Cricklade in midweek, coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees put out a relatively inexperienced team against the formidable Nailsea outfit.

Lacking a number of 1st team regulars, the Minety team surprisingly held the aggressive and well organised Nailsea team in the opening half hour.  Much of the play was in the Minety half but some ferocious defensive tackling kept the pacey Nailsea backs at bay.

The opening score took to the 30th minute to arrive.  A move across field saw the Minety defence stretched and Nailsea crossed the line from close in.  Minety barely had time to re-organise before the visitors doubled their lead with a second try and then followed it up with a third in quick succession.

The home side clawed their way back into the game and young Kieran James brilliantly scooped up a loose ball to run in under the posts from 20 metres out after a fine flowing move involving Minety forwards and backs.  Garin Garland slotted the conversion from in front of the posts.

With the game opening up Nailsea exploited a gap in the home defence to score their fourth try in the final minute of 1st half injury time.

Grayson and Rees made a number of changes to the lineup at half time, some, unfortunately forced upon them through injury, as the game was played at breakneck pace on a well grassed but nevertheless firm pitch.

Tenacious tackling from the Minety players kept the score down in the opening exchanges of the second half but then three quick tries in 10 breathless second half minutes killed the game for the home team as Nailsea ran out 46-7 victors.

Andy Grayson was upbeat after the match.  “We played this game with a majority of lads who played in the 2nds last year.  That meant they were up against players 4 leagues above them.  We tackled our hearts out and in the end simply ran out of steam.  I couldn’t have asked for more effort and I’m delighted with the commitment of our team.”

Captain Tom Claxton, himself forced off in the second half with an ankle injury, added, “Everyone turned up this afternoon.  We left nothing out on the pitch.  Of more importance, we know what we have to do to improve and we can work at those aspects of the game in training.”

Both Minety teams will be league action next week when the 1st team travel to Pewsey Vale while the seconds play away at Warminster.

Club training is on Tuesday night at 7pm.


Written by Graham Cooke

September 3rd, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Nailsea pre season practice match

Minety return to action today, Saturday 2nd September, with their second and final pre season practice match against Nailsea & Backwell RFC at Minety Fields with a 3pm kick off.

The match will be a final chance for the Minety coaches, Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees, to check on the form of their squad befwore the Dorset and Wilts leagues kick off next weekend, with the 1st XV travelling to Pewsey Vale and the 2nds heading to Warminster.

Nailsea play in the South West Division – Tribute Somerset Premier league and will provide stiff opposition to the Minety squad.


The clubhouse at Minety will be open before, during and after the game and all are welcome to come and join us on what looks to be a glorious late summer (early autumn) afternoon.



Written by Graham Cooke

September 2nd, 2017 at 10:55 am

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MTV returns with action from Minety v Cricklade

MTV is back for the 2017 / 2018 season, following Minety RFC wherever they play in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.  We start our new campaign with film of the pre season friendly played on 29th August 2017 between Minety at Cricklade at Minety Fields.

The match, the report of which can be read through this link, was played in 3 periods, each of 20 minutes in duration, and allowed coaches from both team to assess as many players as possible.

Many thanks to Cricklade for providing such excellent opposition on the night.

Click here to access the film of the match.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 30th, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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Minety win pre season encounter

Minety’s new coaching team, Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees, declared themselves pleased with the home team’s performance in their 36-0 pre season victory over near neighbours Cricklade in a match played at Minety Fields on Tuesday evening.

The game, spread across three 20 minute periods, allowed both sets of coaches the chance to see as many of their 2017-2018 squads in action as possible.

Minety kicked off and spent nearly all of the first period encamped in Cricklade’s half.  Early breaks from fly half Tom McAllister kept the visitors pinned back and the first try came after a fine tactical kick into the corner.  Newly appointed club captain, Tom Claxton’s lineout found second  rower Ben Scott, who, supported by the Minety pack, pushed forward to the Cricklade line.  Second team captain Matt Stone took the ball on and from the resulting ruck scrum half Garin Garland found number 8 Andrew Hibbard and last year’s captain scored with ease.  Garland’s conversion missed to the left of the posts.

Continued Minety pressure resulted in a second try, this time for fly half McAllister after a probing run from centre John Blair had opened up the Cricklade defence.  Garland’s conversion was successful although Minety ended the first period 12-0 up having to defend their lines as Cricklade pressed forward.

The start of the second period saw the home team camped on the visitors’ line.  Garland’s quick passing spread the ball across the park and it was young Kieran James who broke through the first line of defence.  Ben Scott was stopped on the line but second row Ben Collins picked up at the back of a ruck and dived over for Minety’s third try.  Garland’s long range conversion missed narrowly but the lead was now 17 points.

With both coaching teams making multiple changes to the line ups, Ben Wilson collected a Cricklade clearance on half way, evaded a defender and off loaded to Ellis Garland, making his first Minety appearance for some time.  The elder Garland cut through the Cricklade defence before chipping the ball over the full back and touching down for a fine solo effort.  His brother, Garin, kicked the resulting conversion to take the score to 24-0.

The third period was played in the gathering gloom.  With less than 2 minutes gone into the period full back Duncan Simpson chose to run the ball out from under his own posts, passing to the influential Matt Roberts, back in the team after an injury ravaged 2016/7.  Roberts’ pace outstripped no less than 6 defenders before he off loaded to Simpson who ran in to touch down under the posts from 5 metres out.  Garland converted the try to push Minety’s lead to 31 points.

As the Minety floodlights illuminated at least one side of the pitch, Cricklade gamely pressed forward, eschewing the chance to kick at least two penalties in favour of running the ball but it was another brilliant Roberts try, this time from 40 metres out that finished the scoring with the home team running out 36-0 victors.

Minety will finish their pre season preparations with another home match, this time against Nailsea, on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 30th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Rule Variation masterclass on Tuesday at Training

Hi all.

A call to all those 1sts, seconds or Vets, who haven’t popped down to training yet!

We have a training session with a referee on Tuesday around the latest rule variations and we would like to have him ref a game at the end of the session. Could anybody who can make themselves available attend so that we can get enough numbers out please? It will be a good opportunity to get ahead of our opposition this season!

Also the first of our formal preseason games is on the 29th against Cricklade so if you can make it come along and get a run out.

Many thanks!

Hywel Rees

Written by Graham Cooke

August 21st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Pre Season extreme training

Minety players Tom McAllister and Dave Cooke took their pre season training to the extreme at Badminton Park on Sunday when they competed in the Tough Mudder Challenge. Dave had already experienced a Tough Mudder last year but for Tom it was a first experience of perhaps the most extreme obstacle course / run you can find, as the photographs in the gallery show.

In addition to having to climb 12 foot barriers, dive into a pool of ice, scramble through mud, cross muddy pools and climb almost vertical ascents, the two finished the challenge running over an obstacle course whilst being shocked by electrically charged wires – madness.  Let’s hope they can keep the fighting spirit that saw them through this year’s South Western Tough Mudder through into the 2017 / 18 season, which starts soon for Minety RFC.

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Written by Graham Cooke

August 20th, 2017 at 6:16 pm

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Pre Season approaches fast

Minety have two pre season friendlies lined up against Cricklade on Tuesday 29th August (kick off 7pm) and Nailsea on Saturday 2nd September before they embark upon the 2017 / 2018 Dorset and Wilts campaign with away matches for the 1sts at Pewsey Vale and the 2nds at Warminster on Saturday 9th September.

Coaches Andy and Hywel are both looking for a good turnout at training this Tuesday (22nd August) at 7pm as they prepare the teams for the friendlies.

Both teams welcome supporters to all of their games.  If you can’t take part then the next best thing is to come along and support our teams.  Directions to all away grounds can be found on the “Directions” page on the right hand side of the screen.

We are still looking out for new, or returning players, to bolster our squads.  If you are interested contact our Recruitment Officer, Ben Scott, at recruit@minetyrfc.com



Written by Graham Cooke

August 19th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Minety Golf Day 2017


Excellent day, thanks to everyone for coming.

Competition Winners: Tom Claxton & Duncan Simpson
Competition Runners Up: Adam Watts & Max Sparrow
Closest to the Pin: Del Murray
Longest Drive: Duncan Simpson
Sprout Winners: Craig Smith, Martin Coe, John Cater, Adrian Fisher. Thanks to Wallace Hibbard for supplying that prize.

Thanks to Andy Grayson for donating a round of golf to the winners as well.

Written by Graham Cooke

August 13th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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Seli Meakin Funeral

We have been informed by Mark Wallington that Seli Meakin’s funeral will be held on 17th August at 2pm in Minety Church.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 13th, 2017 at 11:22 am

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Directions for away matches

Fancy coming along to support the Minety teams on their travels in Dorset and Wilts Divisions 1 and 3?  Not sure where the grounds are?

Use our Directions page to give you the address of each club we play and, importantly for SatNav users, the post code for each ground.

Minety’s two teams embark upon their league campaigns on Saturday 9th September with Tom Claxton’s 1st XV at Pewsey Vale while Matt Stone’s 2nd XV make the trek to Warminster.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 8th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Seli Meakin

Sad news – Seli Meakin, wife of Richard (Dick) Meakin, died at home on Saturday night after a fairly short (two months) illness.  Minety RFC’s sympathy goes to the girls, Jo, Linda, Carolyn and Christine.

Should anyone who knew Seli or Dick wish to write, the address is: Mrs L Meakin,  Derryside, Station Road, Minety. SN16 9QY

We’ll let you know about the funeral when the plans have been made.


Dick Meakin was one of the founding fathers of Minety RFC.  His brilliant account of the early days can be found someway down our History page.  It begins:

The history of Minety Rugby Football Club

by Richard G Meakin

Episode 1: In the Beginning

The first that I heard of starting a rugby club in Minety was when I was approached one evening in my own home by an enthusiastic group of men. They were Chris Goddard, Clive Gardiner, Rod Manners and Roger Smith. The question they put to me was, “Dick, do you think we could find enough men in Minety to form a rugby team?”




Written by Graham Cooke

August 7th, 2017 at 6:40 pm

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