Minety RFC

Minety at Bassett

Just received this from Cliff Garland :

Minety pitch inspection failed (miserably).
Have agreed the following with Bassett.
1st XV ko 12.30 pm
2nd XV ko 2.30 pm
Tom Claxton liaising with Bassett re access arrangement etc.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2018 at 12:42 pm

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Pitch Crisis at Minety

Minety’s pitch situation is worsening after the heavy rain of the last few days.  With the main pitch out of action since before Christmas and the other two pitches having suffered in recent weeks, the club are looking for alternative venues for the two “HOME” fixtures this coming weekend.

It seems likely that the 1st XV match against table topping Bradford will kick off early at 12.30pm with the 2nd XV match against Melksham starting at 2.30pm.

As soon as we are informed of locations we will let you know on the website.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2018 at 10:53 am

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It’s back!

After what seems like weeks (well, it was weeks) MTV is back with a bang.  After the problems filming at Combe Down and then the weather cancellations recently, the cameras (camera) were back in action to capture the 1st XV in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 action against Trowbridge.

To access the footage, click here, or on the MTV logo on the right or use the right hand menu for MTV player.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 14th, 2018 at 9:44 am

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Latest League Results

Minety’s win over Trowbridge was made all the more important by other results at the top of the table where all of the top 4 teams won their matches against lower opposition.  Bradford’s impressive win at Supermarine keeps them at the top of the table, and they face Minety next week in the mud at Minety.  Warminster put up a good fight against Combe Down but went down eventually while 3rd placed Avonvale kept up their impressive run of form with a solid win at Wootton Bassett.  Melksham saw off bottom team Swindon quite easily while Pewsey Vale made light work of Chippenham.

Saturday’s 2nd XV match against Bradford was called off when the opposition were unable to put out a team.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 12th, 2018 at 9:53 am

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High Fives at Minety

Minety returned to league action for the first time in over a month with a convincing 5 try 36-0 win over Trowbridge on a very muddy Minety pitch on Saturday.

The village team had lost three recent fixtures to the weather and now face a fixtures backlog that will see them in action every Saturday between now and the end of the season.

Other than the heavy defeat at title chasing Combe Down, Tom Claxton’s team have been impressive in 2018, winning four of their five fixtures and scoring 107 points in their victories whilst conceding just 3.

Minety kicked off playing uphill and with a stiff breeze in their faces.

Early exchanges were fairly even but the home team opened the scoring in the 5th minute.  After a fine break from defence from Andrew Hibbard, Minety’s pack secured a scrum on Trowbridge’s 22.  Scrum half Garin Garland fed Tom McAllister, who orchestrated a complex miss move in the centre to send full back Matt Roberts racing away to score wide on the right.

Minety’s well organised pack dominated at set pieces and cancelled out any advantage that Trowbridge might have derived from the slope and breeze.

Minety increased their lead in the 14th minute, Garland spotting a gap to squeeze through after a period of sustained pressure on the opposition try line.  Garland’s successful conversion put Minety 12 points clear.

Garland’s penalty, after Trowbridge were caught offside, extended the lead to 15 after a series of moves saw captain Tom Claxton, flanker Jack Ward, winger Dave Cooke and prop Mark Glew all held up within inches of the line.

Trowbridge enjoyed their best spell of the match in the final minutes of the first half but some huge defensive tackles from Roberts, prop Gareth Thomas and 2nd row Ben Collins, kept them at bay.

Early on in the league campaign, one criticism that could be levied at Minety was the quality of their tackling.  That weakness is now a strength; every time Trowbridge threatened , Minety put in tackles, halting progress and turning defence in to attack.

Hard charging centre Jack Howse opened the scoring in the second half, intercepting a pass and running 30 metres to score beneath the posts.  Garland’s conversion was successful and Minety lead 22-0.

Howse looked to have sealed the bonus point after Claxton intercepted a pass and had taken play to the Trowbridge line but from the ensuing 5 metre scrummage, the dominant Minety pack drove over the line and Ward touched down to secure the 4 try bonus point after 60 minutes.

Garland kicked the conversion to extend the lead to 29.

Minety ended the scoring in the 66th minute.  Roberts was held up on the line but when the ball came back Garland picked up and crossed for his second, and Minety’s 5th try, which he subsequently converted.

In the closing moments Howse, Roberts and winger Steve White all went close but failed to add to the score line.

Coach Andy Grayson was reasonably pleased with the win. “Scoring 36 and conceding none is excellent but we know that we left a lot of points out on that pitch and we looked rusty.  We will need to step up our performance next week when we take on table topping Bradford on Avon here.  The lack of competitive action recently has taken the edge off our play.  We need to get training and make sure our support play is much improved.”

The win keeps Minety in 4th place in Division 1 behind Bradford on Avon, Combe Down and Avonvale.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 11th, 2018 at 11:11 am

1st XV on; 2nd XV off!

At last, rugby returns to Minety, but only for the 1st XV this afternoon (Saturday 10th March).

Tom Claxton will lead his 1st XV into action at 3pm against Trowbridge at Minety Fields after an early morning pitch inspection confirmed that the match could go ahead, albeit on a very wet playing surface.

Sadly, Matt Stone and his 2nd XV will have to wait another week after their opponents Bradford conceded the fixture due to be played in Doreset and Wilts Division 3 today.

A full match report will be posted on this site tomorrow morning (Sunday).


Written by Graham Cooke

March 10th, 2018 at 10:01 am

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Next Fixtures


Written by Graham Cooke

March 7th, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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Revised Fixtures

The England Rugby, South West Division, web site has published revised fixtures for both the 1st and 2nd XV teams, and it looks as if all of the vacant slots between now and 21st April have been filled by fixtures or re-arranged fixtures.

This is what the situation looks like between now and the end of the season:



Written by Graham Cooke

March 4th, 2018 at 10:46 am

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Competition Time

No matches today so here at Minety Central we’re a little bored.  Solution, time for a caption contest.

What is going on in this photograph, taken after the Delhi Belly Social at the club last Saturday.


A couple of suggestions alrfeady received may help get the “creative juices” flowing:

a). Minety Three Man Luge team encounter steering problems as coach Ben Collins looks on

b). Dave Church experiences difficulty adjusting the Volume and Channel controls on the club’s new TV remote control


Written by Graham Cooke

March 3rd, 2018 at 11:07 am

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Both matches fall victim to the weather

We have just heard that Avonvale and Bath Saracens have postponed their matches against Minety 1st and 2nd XVs respectively because of the severe weather conditions.

We will update you on re-arrangements as soon as we know them.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 am

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Quiz Time!

Potter had a “wizard” time at the “Return of the Delhi Belly”.  But how well do you know our wizarding captain?  Study the picture below and work out which is the correct scar left by “He who shall not be named”.

Answers on a post card, addressed to Tom Claxton, c/o Minety RFC.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 28th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Training Cancelled

Unfortunately training is cancelled tonight due to frozen pitches. If you want a fitness session Malmesbury boxing club is open; contact Gareth Thomas  for more information.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 27th, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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The Card Reader is here

The Card Reader for the till at the club house has arrived.

1st XV Capatin Tom Claxton and Social Secretary Ben Collins clearly see the arrival as a “good thing”, as does Matt Roberts (below) although we’re not sure if Jack Ward disapproves of the card reader or Matt himself!

Written by Graham Cooke

February 27th, 2018 at 11:20 am

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Next Fixtures


Avonvale’s address: Bathford Playing Fields, Bathford, Bath. BA1 7SN

Bath Saracens: Sullis Sports Club, Claverton Down Road, Bath. BA2 7AU


Written by Graham Cooke

February 27th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Important Training News

It has just been confirmed that we will be back at the club for Training on Tuesday evening.  With plenty of matches left and important league places up for grabs, we hope to have as many people out training as possible … and if you’re not convinced, there’s always the joy of using a credit card at the bar afterwards – not to be missed!

7pm start!



Written by Graham Cooke

February 26th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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The Return of the Delhi Belly

OK, so the majority of those at Minety Clubhouse on Saturday were a little disappointed by the rugby results but the event itself was a huge success and much credit goes to Dave Peirce who organised the event and co-ordinated the superb food and to Tom Claxton and Ben Collins, our social secretaries, who helped out.

A good number joined us in time for the kick off of the Irish v. Welsh game.  The front row of seats was occupied by our own Welsh front row made up of Cliff and Garin Garland and Pete and Tom McAllister.  Vocal support from the back came by way of Matt Roberts but the overall support was for a draw – the perfect result for the English in the room.

With the new card reader in action at the bar (more about that next week on the site) the assembled throng settled down for the Scotland v England clash.

The Welsh contingent suddenly discovered their long lost Celtic ancestry ties and were swiftly cheering on the Scots while a group of Tartan clad Murrays added a certain je ne sais quoi to proceedings.











As we settled back to take in the import of what we had just witnessed the clubhouse was transformed as dish after dish of wonderful Indian food was brought in.






For a meagre £10 we settled down to a real feast – what a great social.  Those who missed out will not want to miss out next time a similar event is organised.

















Written by Graham Cooke

February 25th, 2018 at 1:14 pm

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Pitch Crisis at Minety

Once again, we bring bad news.  Both games, scheduled for today, have been cancelled after all the Minety pitches failed early morning inspections.  The two games, against Bradford on Avon in Division 1 and Melksham in Division 3, were originally pencilled in to be played last week but were postponed after an early morning pitch inspection showed that the water laden Minety pitches were unplayable.

Re-scheduled for today, Saturday 24th, the matches have once again fallen foul of both the weather and pitch conditions – the heavy overnight frost having frozen the surfaces.  We will bring pictures as soon as possible.

The social event “The Return of the Delhi Belly” goes ahead this afternoon in the club house as planned.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 24th, 2018 at 9:46 am

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

February 23rd, 2018 at 12:39 pm

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Scrum transformers

A “Scrum transformers” course is being run at Swindon Rugby Club on Monday at 7pm. If you occasionally asked to play front row to avoid our matches being conceeded, this is for you. If you’re looking for a major change of position, this course may be for you.  If you’re wishing to mainatin your good looks … find something else!!

The course is free and being run by ex Bath and Scotland prop Dave Hilton.

Please let Andy Grayson (details on Contacts page) know if you are up for this course.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 18th, 2018 at 9:48 am

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Results from Saturday’s matches

Saturday’s double postponement of fixtures at Minety mean that both teams must return to action next weekend, Saturday 24th February, for their matches against table topping Bradford on Avon and Melksham in Divisions 1 and 3 North.





Some surprising results from matches that did go ahead on the 17th February.  Warminster’s close loss at Supermarine gave them a losing bonus point which takes them above Minety in the table but it did provide the Swindon based team with a 6th win of the season as they climbed up to 8th place in the league.  The biggest surprise was Royal Wootton Bassett’s toppling of title chasing Combe Down at Ballards Ash by 34-19.  Down’s loss and Avonvale’s win the weekend before means that newly promoted Avonvale are up to 2nd place in the league, a remarkable feat for a new team.  At the bottom of the table Swindon returned only their second win of the season against 7th placed Chippenham while Melksham moved up from 11th to 9th place with a tight win over fellow strugglers Trowbridge.








In Division 3 North top of the table Corsham maintained their 100% record with a crushing 71-7 victory over 7th placed Supermarine although they were outscored by 3rd placed Trowbridge who thumped struggling Swind by 74-0.  In the other match, 2nd placed Warminster defeated 5th placed Bath Saracens in a high scoring encounter.





Minety sit in 9th place, one off the bottom, although 21 points ahead of bottom placed Melksham, but have suffered with team penalties this season through not being able to fulfil fixtures.  Matt Stone’s team will hope that next week’s game against Melksham can go ahead if only to improve their league position.  It is interesting that 9th placed Minety are still showing a positive “Points For / Points Against” total.  Only three other clubs share that sort of record, and they sit comfortably clear at the top of the table!




Written by Graham Cooke

February 18th, 2018 at 9:37 am

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Minety matches postponed

After an early morning inspection of all three pitches at Minety, both games scheduled for today have had to be postponed.  Two of the playing surfaces have significant areas of standing water while the third pitch has still not recovered from the match against Supermarine when an already wet pitch was turned into a mud bath.






The unplayable pitches at Minety and Tom Claxton, 1st team captain, who was present at the early morning inspections.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 17th, 2018 at 10:32 am

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Next Fixtures

Both Minety teams are due to return to action this coming Saturday although, as I write, the pitches at Minety are subject to inspections on Saturday morning, all three having suffered from the recent spell of wet weather.  As soon as we hear news we will publish it here.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV face a stiff challenge in table topping Bradford on Avon but will need to get a win if they are to keep up with the top three teams in the table.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV will be hoping that tomorrow’s match is on as they face bottom of the table Melksham with a chance to leap frog both Swindon and Supermarine, who sit directly above them in the table.

Match reports will be available on this site on Sunday.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 16th, 2018 at 5:01 pm

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Results from last weekend

Despite the fact that both Minety sides were without league fixtures this weekend, there was action elsewhere around in both Dorset and Wilts 1N and 3N.

In Division1 North Pewsey Vale lost out on an opportunity to close the gaps to Warminster and Minety at the top of the table.

The loss to Avonvale keeps Pewsey 12 points behind Warminster and 14 behind Minety.  Avonvale keep up their excellent run and move above Combe Down, although the latter have two matches in hand.  Minety 1st XV return to action on Saturday with an encounter with table topping Bradford on Avon, keen to put the memory of the defeat at Combe Down a week ago well and truly behind them.  The last time the two teams met Bradford emerged narrow winners and the Bradford coach admitted that they had been pushed as hard by Minety as anyone this season.


In the other match, Supermarine’s win took them up to 8th place in the league table, Melksham remaining just two places off the bottom.

In the only fixture in Division 3 North, Corsham maintained their unbeaten record with a crushing 66-0 victory over Bath Saracens.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 12th, 2018 at 10:08 am

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Have you booked your place yet?

Not long to go!  If you haven’t booked your ticket (£10) for the curry after the matches please do so by contacting Dave Peirce as soon as possible.  See Contacts’ Page for Dave’s contact details.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 9th, 2018 at 11:40 am

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Test your 6 Nations Knowledge

It’s 6 Nations Quiz time; time to put your knowledge to the test about England v. Wales.

Follow this link: http://www.englandrugby.com/news/features/six-nations-quiz-time-england-wales/?sf181404314=1

Good luck.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 9th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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6 Nations Rugby at Minety RFC

Most of the 6 Nations matches will be shown on the big screen at Minety RFC so why not come along, enjoy a drink from the bar, some fine banter and join in the fun.

At present we can confirm the following:

10th February England v. Wales  4.45pm kick off.  No Minety rugby fixtures.

24th February Wales v. Ireland at 2.15pm followed by Scotland v. England at 4.45pm.  The “Return of the Delhi Belly” Curry Night follows these games.  If you want a ticket (£10) please contact Dave Peirce (peircey@talktalk.net) as soon as possible.

10th March Ireland v. Scotland at 2.15pm followed by France v. England at 4.45pm.

On the 17th March the Minety players will be on the “School Boys Bus Tour” around the area.  For further details please contact Ben Collins (b.m.j.collins@gmail.com).  We will publish further details of the activities planned for the 17th closer to the date.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 8th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack!

“Pointless – definition – having little or no sense, use, or purpose.”

  • Last Saturday was the first time this season that the 1st XV have not scored a try.
  • It was also the first time since 20th February 2016 that the 1st XV have not scored a point in a match (Royal Wootton Bassett 32 Minety 0)
  • The last time a team scored 46 points against us was on 4th March 2017 when Corsham, who went on to be promoted, defeated us 46-3
  • Saturday’s result was Minety’s heaviest defeat of the D&W1N season
  • It was the heaviest league defeat since 28th March 2015 when Minety lost 47-0 to Melksham.
  • Players 35, 36 and 37 in the form of Martin Coe, Bramwell Coleman and Craig Smith, were added to the list of 1st team players used this season in 15 matches
  • Saturday’s front row may have been the oldest collectively with over 100 years of experience at their beck and call
  • Surnames with the letter C now overtake W’s.  Chisholm, Church, Claxton, Coe, Coleman, Collins and Cooke
  • Saturday saw the first ever request from a non player to be included in a Stat Attack feature!  Dave Peirce
  • It was only the 2nd time this season that a player of Scottish birth was not on the pitch for Minety.  Colin FRench is injured and reports suggest that Duncan Simpson may have gone into hiding after witnessing the Welsh win on Saturday
  • Saturday 2nd February 2018 was the first time that Minety had visited Combe Down since 12th September 2015 (when we lost 41-22)
  • Saturday marked the 14th time that Anton has resisted the temptation to play for the 1st XV
  • The Number 46!  We have accrued 46 league points this season and conceded 46 match points on Saturday.
  • Minety is still in 4th place in the league, despite the loss, after Warminster failed to beat Chippenham
  • Minety is now 12 points below 3rd placed Avonvale and 17 below table topping Bradford on Avon
  • Tom Claxton has the most appearances this season with 14 from 15 matches
  • Jack Howse has the most currently consecutive appearances with 10 from 15
  • Ben Scott has the longest run of consecutive appearances this season with 12 from 15 matches

Disraeli was, once again, unavailable, but upon seeing the revised team sheet, said, “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”  How true!


Written by Graham Cooke

February 7th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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MTV announcement

We regret to report that there is no MTV coverage of the match against Combe Down from last Saturday.

Trying to shelter from the rain, my vision was obscured for the opening exchanges and then, when I relocated to the open side of the ground, the misty drizzle kept covering the lens, making focussing (not my strongest point) almost impossible.

We hope to have the service back again for Minety’s next match against Bradford in a fortnight’s time.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 6th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s loss at Combe Down may have dented the confidence but Warminster’s inability to win against 7th placed Chippenham means that Minety remainh in a very creditable 4th place in Dorest and Wilts Division 1 North.

Elsewhere, Bradford maintained their position at the top of the table with a win against the improving Pewsey Vale team while Avonvale, in the first season in D&W1N kept up the pressure with a win against Melksham.  Supermarine recorded trheir first win since week 3 of the season with a confidence boosting 32-12 defeat of Royal Wootton Bassett while Trowbridge inflicted another defeat on a Swindon side rooted at the foot of the division.

Having to concede another match, their 3rd concession of the season because of a lack of playing resources, means that they slip further down the table and now sit in 9th place, their lowest league position of the season.

Table topping Corsham and 2nd placed Trowbridge both enjoyed big wins on the road.  Corsham, unbeaten this season, inflicted a crushing defeat on 6th placed Bradford and now look odds on favourites for promotion at the end of the season.  Trowbridge mainatined the gap of 14 points by beating Chippenham.






Written by Graham Cooke

February 5th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety Blitzed

A patched up Minety team were soundly beaten by Dorset and Wilts Division front runners, Combe Down, by 46-0 on Saturday.

The result brings to an end an unbeaten run for the village side stretching back to 11th November.  Minety, forced by injuries and unavailability, made 8 changes to the team which had beaten Supermarine the previous Saturday and gave season debuts to front rowers Martin Coe and Craig Smith and a full debut to Bramwell Coleman.

Combe Down, who sit just behind leaders Bradford on Avon, but with a game in hand, started at breakneck speed and crossed the line for their first try after just 3 minutes. The villagers’ cause was further hindered when hard running centre Jack Howse was sent to hospital with a bad hand injury within the first 5 minutes.  Combe Down extended their lead in the 10th minute with another try and the third and, bonus point winning, 4th try, came in the 14th and 18th minutes as the village side struggled to get themselves organised and moving on a very heavy pitch.

24 points down with just a quarter of the match played and an avalanche of points might have been predicted,  but Andy Grayson’s team, led from the front by hooker and captain Tom Claxton, fought their way back into the match and steadied the ship.  Ferocious and fearless tackling, especially from No. 8 Ben Sellick, fly half Jack Ward and centre Dave Church helped clear the lines and push Combe Down back.  With a front row stacked with experience, but also with a collective age of over 100, Minety’s scrum held its own and then started to dominate as the half wore on.

Jack Ward, Martin Coe & Craig Smith

Matt Roberts, playing at full back, troubled the Combe Down defence with his kicking and running and Church and Sellick were always in the thick of the action in the centre of the field.

At half time coach Grayson was forced into more changes as Minety lost fly half Tom McAllister and Church was moved to cover him.  Colemen’s introduction to the 1st team was a brutal one when he was on the wrong end of a huge tackle just after catching a flighted pass.

Combe Down struck their 5th try with a swift move down the left wing in the 41st minute and registered their 6th in the 66th minute.

By the time that they had scored their 7th and 8th tries in the closing minutes, Minety had lost the influential Claxton to a hip injury and were a team out on their feet.

Coe and Smith, both coaxed out of 1st XV retirement, enjoyed the match but admitted that it had been really hard work.

Coach Andy Grayson was philosophical about the defeat.  “I cannot fault the commitment of any of the lads who played today – they gave everything and for large parts of that game matched a very impressive Combe Down side.  The injury crisis at the club has hit both teams; the 2nd XV couldn’t put out a team today against Swindon and some of their players came across to bolster the 1st’s , for which we are very grateful. We now have a short break and will be hoping to get as many players fit for the final push towards the end of the season.”

When the two teams met earlier in the season at Minety, Combe Down won with the last kick of the match.

Minety maintain their 4th place in the league but face table toppers Bradford at Minety Fields in a fortnight’s time.

Minety 2nd XV were forced to concede their match at Swindon when it became clear that they couldn’t raise a team.  Like the 1st XV, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV have a week off before facing Melksham on the 17th February.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 4th, 2018 at 11:20 am

2nd XV match at Swindon OFF

We have just heard that the 2nd XV D&W3N fixture at Swindon has been called off.  At the time of writing, the 1st XV game at Combe Down is still on.

As soon as we hear any more information we’ll let you know.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 am

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Stat Attack!

Disraeli’s been up to his old tricks again!

  1. The three tries scored on Saturday against Supermarine maintain Minety’s record of having scored at least one try in every league match this season
  2. Steve White became the 34th player this season to don a 1st team shirt
  3. Ben Scott missed Saturday’s match with injury, bringing to a close a run of consective appearances dating back to 9th September, 12 matches in total
  4. Tom Claxton and Garin Garland are now at the top of the appearance charts with 13 appearances from 14 matches
  5. Jack Howse now has the longest unbroken run of appearances for the 1st team with 9 consecutive appearances going back to 28th October
  6. Chris Rule and Joack Howse are now the most commonly used Minety centre pairing this season
  7. Supermarine’s penalty in the 26th minute was the first points scored against Minety this season, a total of 186 minutes plous stoppage time
  8. Minety have now prevented an opposition team scoring a try in 4 matches this season: Swindon (9th December); Warminster (13th January); RWB (20th January); and Supermarine (27th January)
  9. Garin Garland’s 10 points (try, conversion and penalty) take his totla for the season to 156 points or 46.71% of the total
  10. The 1st XV have scored 334 points over 14 matches, averaging 23.86 per game.
  11. The 1st XV have conceded 169 points in 14 games, averaging 12 points per game
  12. The move above Warminster into 4th place in the league is the highest position attained this season
  13. In the 2016 / 2017 season the team accrued 57 points, scoring 557 points (average 25.3) and conceding 435 (average 19.8)
  14. In the 2017 / 2018 season thus far we have 8 games left and have already gained 46 points
  15. Jack Ward’s try was his 4th of the season and he now joins Matt Roberts as 3rd top points scorer this season (behind Garin Garland and Dave Cooke)
  16. 17 different players have scored points for Minety this season
  17. 12 yellow cards and 0 reds have been shown to Minety players in the 14 games played
  18. Minety is 12 points behind the leaders (Bradford) and 46 above the bottom team (Swindon)
  19. 6 of the 12 league teams have scored more than Minety; only 3 have conceded fewer
  20. The letter “W” is the most common 1st letter of a surname of a Minety 1st team player (Ward, Watts, Wilson, Windle, Windle and White)
  21. Wednesday night’s training session in Swindon was the first away from the club since 2016 and was certainly the coldest on record!

As Disraeli so appositely put it: Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 2nd, 2018 at 9:13 am

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MTV Supermarine

For all those who have waited for it to be published through the web site, the MTV film of the mud fest that was the D&W1N match against Supermarine on Saturday is now available through this link, by clicking on the MTV icon or through the Minety Player link in the right hand menu.  For the 83 who have already downloaded and watched it, you know what it’s like!

For those of a delicate disposition, an aversion to mud and grime or a strong desire to watch flowing, skilled rugby … this may not be for you!


Written by Graham Cooke

January 31st, 2018 at 7:59 am

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Important: Due to the waterlogged surfaces at Minety we are planning to only do curry and show the dvd on Tuesdays at 7:30.
Training will now be on Wednesday at 7:30 at Peatmoor Primary school in Swindon on their AstroTurf.
We have booked for 4 weeks so we imagine this will continue through February if the pitches at Minety don’t improve drastically.
Peatmoor Primary School, Pepperbox Hill, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5DP

Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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Horus World Record update

Ben Collins; Matt Stone; Matt Chisholm; Matt Cross; Garin Garland; and Ben Langridge!

These 6 Minety players have written themselves into the Guinness Book of Records for taking part in the longest marathan game of rugby 7’s, playing alongside our good friends from the Horus 7 team (RAF) and Witney Rugby Club.

Over the weekend of the 29th July 2017, our magnificent 6, aided and abetted by a huge number of supporters from Minety RFC, joined forces with players from Witney Rugby club to form the Witney Barbarians 7 a side team.  They took on the RAF team, Horus 7, in a gruelling and hugely challenging marathon game of rugby 7’s lasting over 24 hours.

This video is taken from the “Forces News Channel” and features Phil Thomas, captain of the Horus 7’s rugby team explaining what happened.



Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2018 at 11:28 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s march up Dorset and Wilts Division 1 continued with a dogged if rather unspectacular vistory over Supermarine on Saturday. The home side won by 20-3, and are un beaten in the league since mid November.  The 3 points they conceded were the first they have let an opposition have since Melksham’s last gasp equalising score back in December. Of more note is the fact that Minety have now leapfrogged Warminster and now sit in 4th place.

Combe Down’s fixture with Pewsey was postponed, presumably because of pitch conditions, and Minety travel there next week.  The surprise result of the day was Warminster’s loss at Royal Wotton Bassett.  Bradford go top of the table with a bonus point winning victory over Melksham while newly promoted Avonvale keep up the pressure at the top with a fine 43-0 win at Swindon. Chippenham’s revival continues with a good win over Trowbridge.

In Dorset and Wilts Division 3, MInety’s 10-0 loss at home to a fast rising Chippenham side sees them slip to 7th in the table.

With leaders Corsham not playing, it was a chance for the pursuing pack to make up ground.  Warminster made hard work of beating Swindon.  At the other end of the table, bottom side Devizes drew with 2nd from bottom Melksham.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety win in mud bath

Minety maintained their unbeaten run, stretching back to early November, with a dogged and unspectacular 20-3 win over Supermarine in quite appalling conditions at Minety on Saturday.

Many must have been surprised that the waterlogged pitch had passed a pre match inspection and it was soon evident that underfoot conditions would play a major role in the outcome of the game.

With the rain sweeping across the ground and spectators huddling in groups, Minety kicked off playing down the slope.

Fun in the mud – 2nd half action

The home side dominated the early exchanges and opened the scoring in the 7th minute before Supermarine had even ventured out of their own half.  Strong running from centres Jack Howse and Chris Rule and No. 8 Andrew Hibbard pushed the visitors back and a fine move saw flanker Ben Sellick stopped on the line but a quick pass to scrum half Garin Garland allowed Josh Bull to grab his 3rd try of the season wide on the left.

Garland’s long range conversion attempt drifted wide but the home side were 5-0 up.

The village side’s dominance at both scrum and lineout gave them plenty of possession but with the pitch cutting up badly and the ball like the proverbial bar of soap, maintaining possession beyond two phases was well-nigh impossible.

Supermarine struck back but determined tackling from the Minety pack held them at bay until the 26th minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty in front of the posts.  The ensuing points for Supermarine were the first to be scored against Minety since mid-December.

Tom Claxton leads his team off at the end

The inform Minety team scored their second try in the 31st minute.  Full back Duncan Simpson’s introduction into the line moved the ball to Supermarine’s try line.  Hibbard disrupted a Supermarine lineout and fly half Tom McAllister’s run back against the direction of play split the defence.  Captain Tom Claxton and his forwards drove the ball to the line and Garland picked up at the base of the ensuing ruck, beating two defenders to score.  Garland’s long range conversion saw Minety end the first half 12-3 up.

Coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees brought Jack Ward on to replace the returning Steve White, back after a long term should injury, but with the pitch deteriorating rapidly, the match became even more fragmented with both teams struggling in a sea of mud.

Minety produced the best move of the half starting with a break out by Bull followed by a 50 metre advance involving nearly all of the team.  The move ended when Supermarine were penalised but Garland, usually so reliable from the kicking tee, sliced the penalty wide.

Tom Claxton, Ben Coilins and Jack Ward

Mired in the mud and unable to find the fluid, quick passing game that has proved so successful this season, Minety struggled to contain the oppositions for great swathes of the 2nd half without ever looking as if they were going to concede a try.

A typically barn storming cross field run by Howse ended with him flat on his back after an unsafe tackle.  After a lengthy delay while the young centre received treatment on the pitch, Garland slotted home the resulting penalty to extend the lead to 15-3.

Minety ended the scoring when Ward barrelled his way over wide on the right to score Minety’s 3rd try and ensure a 20-3 points victory that takes them up into 4th place in Division 1, above Warminster, who surprisingly lost at Royal Wootton Bassett.

After the match Coach Andy Grayson praised his team.  “We defended well in truly awful conditions but we made hard work of attacking.  We have a team that likes to play quick running rugby and we just got bogged down in the 2nd half.”

Dave Cooke, Chris Rule, Garin Garland and Ben Sellick

Next week the 1st XV travel to league leaders Combe Down determined to reverse the last play defeat they suffered earlier in the season.

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nds lost a hard fought encounter with title chasing Chippenham by 10-0 in Division 3.

Written by Graham Cooke

January 28th, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Major breaking news at Minety

Written by Graham Cooke

January 26th, 2018 at 11:35 am

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Next Fixtures


Both Minety teams are at home for the first time in 2018 and will be looking for maximum points at Minety Fields on Saturday afternoon.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV go into Saturday’s match in 5th place with 8 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses from their 13 league matches completed this season.  Their 42 points put them 29 points clear of their opponents, Supermarine, who lie in 10th place with 3 wins and 9 losses from their 12 league matches.

The 1st XV go into the match unbeaten since 11th November with 4 wins and a draw in their last 5 matches, including the two shut outs of Warminster and Royal Wootton Bassett at the start of 2018.  Supermarine started the season strongly with three straight wins.  Indeed, Minety were the first team to inflict a defeat on the Swindon team when they won at Supermarine by 38-5 on 7th October.  Since then Supermarine have lost all 9 matches in the league and find themselves dangerously placed in the league.  Heavy defeats by the league’s top teams Combe Down, Warminster and Bradford have dented Supermarine’s league stats and in their last match they were on the end of a shut out at home to Pewsey Vale, losing 0-26.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV take on Chippenham at Minety Fields on Saturday, kick off 2.15pm.  Minety lie 6th in the table with 6 wins and 5 losses garnering them 26 points.  Their opponents are presently in 4th place with 7 wins and 5 losses from their 12 completed league fixtures.

Minety will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at Trowbridge last weekend.  Having worked hard to match thier illustrious opponents in the first half, going in 5-0 down, the flood gates rather opened in the second half and Matt Stone will be looking for a strong start against a good Chippenham in what will be their first home match since 25th November.

Chippenham come into the game with confidence having seen off 2nd placed Warminster in their last match.

Reports on the matches will be posted here on the site on Sunday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 26th, 2018 at 11:06 am

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Stat Attack!

Another meander through the meaningless!

  1. It is now 174 minutes of play since an opposition player scored a point against the 1st XV.
  2. It is the first time in over 2 season, probably longer, since Minety have enjoyed consecutive shut outs in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.
  3. There have been 12 shut outs all season in Division 1 North, 5 of them occuring in the last two rounds of matches.
  4. The top 6 teams have all scored over 300 points this season, Minety being the 6th highest scorers.
  5. Only Combe Down (1st), Bradford on Avon (2nd) and Avonvale (3rd) have conceded fewer points than Minety.
  6. Minety are 12 points behind the league leaders (Combe Down) and 42 above the bottom club, Swindon.
  7. Saturday’s points mean it is now mathematically impossible for Minety to be relegated.
  8. Ben Scott has the highest number of consecutive appearances for the 1st XV this season with 12 on the bounce.
  9. Saturday’s win at Royal Wootton Bassett was the 1st time this season when no Scottish players have been on the pitch for Minety.  Colin French was injured and Duncan Simpson unavailable.
  10. Minety maintained their record of having scored a try in every league match this season.
  11. No new players were introduced into the 1st XV this season.  We have still only used 33 players!
  12. Andrew Hibbard played his 1st match in the front row this season at RWB.
  13. Saturday’s encounter was the first time this season that hooker Tom Claxton has not had either Colin French or Nick Britten propping alongside him.
  14. For the 12th time this season Anton turned down the chance to play!!
  15. Garin’s 9 points takes him to 146 for the season or 46% of MInety’s total points.
  16. Jack Ward and Ben Langridge recorded their 3rd tries of the season.
  17. Matt Roberts became the 6th Minety player to enjoy 10 minutes on the “naughty step” this season.
  18. The 2nd XVs match at Trowbridge on 20th January was their first competitive fixture since the defeat at Corsham on 9th December.
  19. The loss at TRowbridge was the 2nds biggest defeat of the season and the first time this season that they have not scored.
  20. In the reverse fixture back in September Minety beat Trowbridge 40-5


As Disraeli, once again absent from both training and the match, said: Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 25th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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