Saturday 11 October 2014
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Impressive Minety win away at Calne
Calne 1st XV 12pts – Minety 1st XV 46pts
Minety despatch Calne.
A warm sunny afternoon in Calne saw the home side entertaining their Vice Presidents and Minety RFC. The stage was set for a Calne victory unfortunately the visitors had not read the script and acted out an entirely different performance.
Five minutes in a show and go from the visitor’s effervescent Elis Garland at 10 saw him dot down under the posts for the first of Minety’s six tries. Ash Windle converted the first of his seven successful kicks at goal.
Moments after a successful Windle penalty Made the score 0 -10, Minety were able to strike again. The dynamic scrum half Duncan Simpson pounced on a loose ball to race away for the first of his three tries. Windle added the extras for a 0 – 17 lead after 22 minutes. Three minutes later Windle was able to extend the visitor’s lead with another penalty.
Now trailing by 20 points the home side were galvanised into action and scrum pressure on the Minety line eventually lead to a penalty try on the half hour mark. Minety responded in fine fashion. Following a mark deep in the Minety 22 the youthful Pete Hazel took a quick tap to feed Garland. After a searing break he unleashed Dale Langdown up the touch line. When he cut back inside he found Simpson on the burst. With Tom Windle on his shoulder, the no 8 lit the after burners for the final 30m. Big brother converted to make it 7 – 27 at half time.
Minety’s fourth try and Simpson’s second came after 53 minutes following a quick tap and interchange with Garland before he touched down in the corner. Windle, un phased by the narrow angle, duly converted. On the hour mark a trademark bulldozing run from Minety centre Luke Radcliffe finished off another Garland and Langdown led break. Windle adding the conversion.
The home side were not done and were able to add to their tally. 10 minutes from time they pressured the Minety line, eventually scoring a well worked try in the corner.
A Minety scrum following the re-start saw Tom Windle break right from the base. A smart inside ball to Skipper Steve Brown enabled the flanker to put Simpson in space to race away for his third and final score of the afternoon. Final score 12 – 46.
Saturday 27 September 2014
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Minety’s first win on the road
Cricklade RFC 25pts – Minety 1st XV 37pts
Minety manage to see off Cricklade.
It was the home side that flew out of the blocks and scored a try with only two minutes on the clock. Minety responded with an Ashley Windle penalty three minutes later. The Minety no 6 was again on hand to score and convert his own effort after 7 minutes. Minety extended their lead when a well work Robin Greenway try and Windle conversion making the score line 5 -17 after 16 minutes.
However Cricklade weren’t done. A combination of Minety’s trademark in-discipline and concerted effort from Cricklade led to an unconverted Cricklade try after 23 minutes. [10-17
Minety responded immediately from the re-start. A good kick off chase put the Cricklade backs under pressure. Unable to keep the ball in hand Robin Greenway gathered to race in for a try, Windle adding the extras. [10-24]. Three minutes before half time Windle kicked another penalty for Minety before Cricklade hit back on the stroke of half time. A pick up from the base of an attacking scrum saw the Minety back row just watch as the home no 8 raced away to score their third unconverted try. [15 – 24].
A Minety penalty after 53 minutes made it 15 – 27 but Cricklade were not done. A penalty goal after 61 minutes and a converted try after 73 made it 25 -30.
Cricklade piled on the pressure again and again but couldn’t breach the Minety defence. With time almost up the hosts lost the ball in the Minety 22. The visitors sprang into life. Quick passing out of the tackle saw Minety get all the way to the Cricklade 22 before the ball was passed to Ashley Windle to race to the line to round off a memorable afternoon for him. Too tired to take the conversion, the honour was passed to Luke Radcliffe to add the two points at the end. Final score 25 – 37.