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A Minety RFC “must have”!

Local business, Phi Jewellery have released a Minety RFC cufflink set.

They are handmade using traditional industrial methods by Minety player Duncan Simpson.

These exclusive cufflinks are available in both brass and stainless steel.



For more information please visit www.phi-jewellery.co.uk/pages/minety




Written by Graham Cooke

April 28th, 2017 at 11:17 am

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MTV: Pewsey Match

Written by Graham Cooke

April 26th, 2017 at 10:17 am

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Minety 7’s Tournament 2017

So with the season completed for Minety 1st and 2nd XV teams, all eyes turn to the annual Minety 7’s tournament, to be held this year on Saturday 20th May.

The Minety 7’s is always a highlight of the post season and this year looks to be no different.  We already have a number of teams signed up for the event but if anyone still wants to enter a team, then they should contact Jack Ward directly at <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com> .

Please spread the word and join us for a relaxing day of rugby, beer & burgers. Please feel free to invite friends, family and any teams you feel would be interested.

Also feel free to join us the day before to set everything up, all volunteers welcome. Contact is Jack Ward <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com>

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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1st XV at Pewsey on 22nd April


An A4, high definition printed version will be available from the club soon.  Contact Graham for more information.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2017 at 10:36 am

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Pewsey power too much for Minety

Minety’s 1st XV ended their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign with a disappointing 43-25 defeat at the hands of Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

Minety finished in a creditable 6th place in the 12 team division with 11 wins from their 22 outings, one place above local rivals Wootton Bassett, whose 50-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford on Avon left them in 7th place.

The season ender was played in unseasonably warm weather at the picturesque Pewsey ground.

The visitors kicked off and pushed Pewsey back into their own 22 metre area with some quick passing but the “writing was on the wall” when Pewsey’s centres broke through the Minety defence and only some sloppy passing prevented an opening try.  The powerful Pewsey pack disrupted Minety’s scrum and the village side were forced to defend their lines desperately, fly half Tom McAllister’s kicking easing the pressure.

Against the run of play, Minety opened the scoring.  After Pewsey had been penalised for delaying a lineout, captain Andrew Hibbard picked up the ball 50 metres out and ran straight through the defence, off-loading the ball to Duncan Simpson, who touched down between the posts.  Garin Garland kicked the conversion and Minety were an improbable 7-0 up.

Pewsey hit back 5 minutes later when Minety were penalised in their own 22.  From the resulting scrum, fly half James Haynes burst through before slipping a pass to No. 8 Phil Vallis who scored from close range.  Haynes’ conversion tied up the scores at 7 each.

Minety kept the match even by moving the ball quickly in the backs but the scrummages were very one sided and any ball that the visitors claimed put them on the back foot.

Big second row Ben Collins, just back after a serious knee injury, proved a handful for the Pewsey defence and gave some respite for Minety’s overworked defence.

Minety regained the lead in the 30th minute when Pewsey offended at a ruck, Garland kicking the penalty, and it was the young full back who extended the lead to 13-7 from another penalty in the 35th minute.

Pewsey struck back before half time.  Once again, the combination of No. 8 Vallis and Haynes proved too much for the beleaguered visiting defence and the fly half touched down for Pewsey’s second try and then kicked the conversion to take the lead 14-13 at the end of the first half.

If there is to be one criticism that can be levied against the Minety team it is their inability to “switch back on” after a break and the four unanswered Pewsey tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half demonstrated this and ended Minety’s chance of getting anything from this match.

In the 41st minute replacement forward Sam Flippance ran straight through the Minety defence to score a fine solo try, converted by Haynes.

Three minutes later McAllister’s try line clearance was charged down and Pewsey’s loose head prop Guy Ellis was first to react to the loose ball to touch down.

Pewsey’s third try of the half came in the 49th minute.  Fly half Haynes picked up a Minety clearance, ran it back and from the resulting ruck flanker Olly Spence picked up and ran through for a try under the posts.

Pewsey’s 6th try came shortly after when flanker Chris Spence seized on the ball and scored wide out on the right wing.  Haynes’ long range conversion fell short but Pewsey were now in complete control of the match, leading 38-13.

The home team were reduced to 14 men when Chris Spence was yellow carded for “pulling an opponent down” at a lineout.

Minety pressed forward and played some of their most enterprising rugby of the match but all too often the final pass went astray and possession lost.

Both teams lost a player, each yellow carded, after a flare up in the 61st minute.

Minety’s second try came after a period of pressure on the Pewsey line.  A midfield run from Jack Ward was rebuffed but Simpson was on hand to pick up and score.

Pewsey extended their lead to 43-18 in the 77th minute when Vallis sprinted through for his second try.

Minety’s final try was a penalty try awarded after winger Dave Cooke’s fine run through the Pewsey defence was halted by a desperate neck high tackle close to the try line.

The final moments of the match saw Minety desperately trying to gain the all-important bonus point winning 4th try, but all their efforts were repelled by a resolute Pewsey defence.

Final score: Pewsey Vale 43 Minety 25



Team photographs to follow; film of the match will be on MTV on Wednesday.



Written by Graham Cooke

April 23rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm


Written by Graham Cooke

April 21st, 2017 at 11:21 am

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A vital weekend ahead for both teams

It seems almost in conceivable but this weekend’s fixtures conclude the 2016 / 2017 season for both Minety teams.

Andrew Hibbard, who will be stepping down as captain of the 1st XV after the match, takes his 1st XV to Pewsey Vale.  Pewsey have enjoyed a tremendous season after their promotion from Division 2 last season.  Pewsey chairman Steve Parks has praised his club for their achievement this season, and quite rightly so.  It was Pewsey who came to Minety Fields for the 1st match of the current Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign and left with a win under their belts.  There is no doubt that Hibbard and his Minety team will be looking to avenge that first match defeat in the final match of the season.

A win at Pewsey would cement 6th place in the league for the village team.  With Pewsey sitting one place, but 10 league points ahead of Minety, all attention will be on the result of the match between our old rivals Royal Wootton Bassett and Bradford on Avon at Ballards’ Ash.  Bassett, with an identical played 21, won 11, lost 10 record, sit just 4 points behind Minety in the table.  A heavy win for Bassett and a similar loss for Minety would see the teams swap places in the table.

Bassett’s match against 3rd placed Bradford on Avon is equally important for their highly placed opponents.  BOA currently lie in 3rd place in the table, equal on points with Melksham, who themselves have a tough match on their hands with an encounter with 2nd placed Warminster.

Corsham, who were assured of the Championship two weeks ago, host bottom of the table Devizes, with exactly 100 league points separating the two.

To sum up, if Minety beat Pewsey then they finish 6th.  If Pewsey beat Minety and Bassett defeat Bradford heavily then Bassett will finish 6th and Minety 7th whilst Bradford may well slip down to 4th behind Melksham.

Whatever the case, all eyes will be on the results when the matches end at 4.30pm on Saturday.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV end their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North campaign with a match against Warminster II.  The 2nd XV find themselves in 8th place, largely through being penalised for being unable to field a team in some matches this season when injuries and sudden call ups to the 1st XV restricted player choice.  Whilst Warminster have little to play for other than pride (they are 7 points behind 3rd placed Corsham II’s and 9 ahead of Bradford on Avon III’s), Minety 2nd will be hoping for a good win and a chance to leapfrog Devizes, who are immediately above them in the table and just 2 points ahead.  Minety have a vastly superior points total if the two clubs were to tie in the league.

Full match reports and comment will be available on the website on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 21st, 2017 at 11:16 am

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2017 Tournament Results

Minety are playing in the Whitby 10s Tournament. As the results come in we’ll post them here.

Match 1. Just heard from our correspondent, Cliff Garland, that Minety have started their campaign with a solid draw against Richmondshire, 3 – 3.

No news from the early morning “court” proceedings as yet.

Match 2. Minety 3 Brambley 1. Not sure what the scoring rules are but it looks as if it’s one point for each try scored. Will try to get confirmation of this from Cliff.

Hydration is vitally important between matches. Our esteemed chairman demonstrates that above!

Latest from Cliff. Minety have adopted a “no kicking” policy for their matches so far and the scoring is one point for each try scored.

Match 3. Minety 3 Babas 1. Try scorers Dave Cooke, Tom McAllister and Josh Bull.

As can be seen, preparation is vital before the semifinal clash with Acklam. Try scorers Tom McAllister and Dave Cooke, on either side of a mystery man, take on valuable liquid refreshment.

Latest news: Minety bow out of the tournament at the semi final stage, losing to Acklam 3 – 1, having won their qualifying pool. We’ll try and get a reaction from the team.

This is the “luxury” youth hostel where the team are staying. The bus driver was delighted to be told that he was staying elsewhere at a bed and breakfast.





Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Whitby Warned!

Authorities have reportedly announced that the Yorkshire town of Whitby is in a state of lock down after reports that Minety RFC are on their way to the picturesque sea side town for their 2017 tour.

The party, most of them fashionably decked out in matching shell suits, left Minety RFC at 10am ready for the 6 hour journey north to Whitby where they will compete in the Whitby 10 a side tournament tomorrow (Saturday).  Assuming (and it is a great assumption) that they any of them arrive “compos mentis”, we hope to be able to update you on their progress.

Above (left to right): Matt Roberts, Jack Ward, Tom Claxton, James Stuart, Josh Bull, Dave Cooke, Matt Cross, Rob Hinwood, Ash Windle, Garin Garland, Ben Collins, Ben Langridge, Matt Stone, Davie Peirce, Ben Scott, Andy Ward, Tom McAllister (hiding), Chris Rule, Dale Langdown, Cliff Garland, Ady Fisher, Andrew Cook.

The Gallery below, shows the preparations in and around the club house immediately before departure.  Clicking on a photograph will bring it up to full size (you have been warned!) and those of a delicate disposition (or with any degree of dress sense) may wish to look away now.



Click on the centre of the picture to start the slideshow.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 14th, 2017 at 11:43 am

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2017 Minety RFC Dinner

It’s one of the, if not “The” social event of the year – the Minety RFC Annual Presentation Dinner 2017.

26th May 2017 at 7.30pm in the MRFC Clubhouse.

We are very pleased and excited to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be Paul “Judge” Rendall, former England and Wasps prop.

Paul earned 28 caps for England from 1984, playing in six 5 Nations Championships plus the 1987 World Cup and played his final England game aged 37 years old in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. He was also the kangaroo court Judge on England tours, so he should have some great stories from the amateur days.

In addition to a sumptuous feast (a waitress service, sit down 4 course meal) and the wise words from the Chairman, the Coach, the 1st and 2nd XV captains and others, the event will include presentations for:

Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Most Improved Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Year, 2nd XV Most improved player, 2nd XV Player of the Season and the Captain’s Award.

Tickets are £35, please contact Andy Somers at andy@greeenandpurple.co.uk to reserve your place, a deposit or full payment will be required.

This event is limited to 80 places, and at the time of writing 28 had already been taken up.  Act fast; get your booking sorted as quickly as possible.

Club Chairman Dave Peirce added, “Lads only night, but any help from our lovely ladies would be much appreciated. If interested in helping with the bar contact Andrew O’Dell. Thanks!”

Written by Graham Cooke

April 12th, 2017 at 10:36 am

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Division 3 North results and table

Minety 2nd XV’s victory at Devizes, by 28-17, could be crucial with just one fixture for each club in the 2016/7 season.  The win secures the 2nd XV at least 8th place in the league but moves them to within 2 league points of Devizes above them and a real chance of 7th place.  Minety also have a vastly superior match points “For / Against” tally than Devizes should the two become locked on similar league points.

The final set of fixtures for the 2016/7 season will be played on Saturday 22nd April where Minety host 4th placed Warminster while Devizes are at home to 2nd placed Alfred’s Nomads.

Congratulations to Swindon College Old Boys whose 37-12 victory over Supermarine guaranteed them the Divsion 3 North title and with it, promotion to Division 2 next season.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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D&W1N Results

Even though the 1st XV weren’t playing this weekend, the fixtures for this, the penultimate round of fixtures in the 2016 / 7 campaign make for interesting reading as far as Minety are concerned.

Pewsey’s fine away win at Swindon means that Minety cannot overhaul them (the two teams come up against each other at Pewsey in the final round of matches on the 22nd April) but Wootton Bassett’s inability to field a team for their match against high flying Warminster means that Minety are clear favourites to retain 6th place at the conclusion of the season.

If Minety take a single league point from their game at Pewsey then Bassett will have to score 4 tries and register well over 100 points in their game to overcome their points scored deficit.

A review of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North will appear on the site tomorrow.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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First half blitz sees Minety 2nds home

With the 1st XV enjoying a rare weekend off, all eyes were focused upon Matt Stone’s Minety 2nd XV as they headed to Devizes for a Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North match on Saturday.

With the teams separated by just 6 points in the league, Devizes being 7th and Minety 8th, and the season rapidly nearing its end, this match was a “must win”  for both sides.

The opening exchanges were even, with defences on top.  Devizes were clearly the heavier and stronger in the scrum and their domination tested Minety’s defensive line again and again.  Somewhat against the run of play, Minety opened the scoring.  Exploiting a lack of numbers down the right, Minety’s backs pulled the Devizes defence one way and then the other before a quick interchange of passes saw veteran front row forward Steve Murray run through to score under the posts.  Will Mason kicked the conversion and Minety were 7-0 up.

Minety doubled their lead soon after.  Once again, the Devizes scrum put pressure on the Minety pack but from the disrupted play, scrum half Garin Garland spotted an opening and broke through.  Winger Kieran Gash cut back against the run of play and Garland’s long pass saw the winger through and under the posts.  Once again Mason slotted the conversion and Minety were 14 points to the good.

Minety continued to exploit spaces out wide and pushed their opponents back into their own 22 metre area.  When the home team were penalised for a rucking offence Garland took a quick penalty and his pass saw captain Matt Stone through for Minety’s third try.  Mason’s conversion was successful and Minety were 21 -0 up.

Devizes hit back and scored an unconverted try shortly before half time to reduce the arrears to 21-5.

Minety’s efforts in the first half took their toll early in the second.  With some fatigue and a little complacency, they let Devizes come back at them and the pressure told when Devizes scored their second try to reduce the deficit to 11.

The villagers were immediately on the back foot from the restart.  A lost ball and a couple of missed tackles saw Devizes score their third try, this one converted.

With the score now Devizes 17  Minety 21, the visitors rallied and regained some of the fire and form that had seen them so dominant in the first half.  Pressure eventually saw centre Tom Windle break through two tackles to score what was Minety’s final try with Mason converting again to end the match Devizes 17 Minety 28.

The “4 try bonus point” means that Minety 2nds are just 2 league points behind Devizes with the village team sporting a much superior points difference as the two teams prepare for the final league matches of the season on the 22nd April when Minety entertain 4th placed Warminster and Devizes host 2nd placed Alfred’s Nomads.

Captain Matt Stone praised the efforts of his team after the match.  “It was a patched up team but everyone came together and I thought our first half performance was tremendous.  We did switch off a bit at the start of the second half and had to show real determination not to allow Devizes to overwhelm us.  The bonus point was just what we hoped for and 7th place in the league is definitely there for the taking.”

Man of the Match: Mike Scott



Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2017 at 10:08 am

MTV: Swindon match

Written by Graham Cooke

April 5th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from Saturday 1st April

nb.  No fixture for the 2nd XV – they return to action next weekend, away at Devizes.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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3 hours 38 minutes!

We are all delighted to report that Minety RFC’s Dale Langdown completed the Manchester Marathon yesterday (Sunday) in a magnificent 3 hours and 38 minutes.

Dale, who has been a stalwart member of Minety RFC for many years, ran his first marathon in Berlin two years ago and enjoyed, if that is the right word, the experience so much that he entered the Manchester Marathon in 2017.  His strict training regime has limited his appearances for the rugby club this season but we look forward to him rejoining the ranks as soon as he recovers fully from his run.

Dale was not originally going for sponsorship but, late in the day, decided to run for the “Barbara Bus” charity appeal.  This appeal is to raise money for buses like the one below, which can transport people like our great friend Rob Bugden to events like our match against Swindon on Saturday.

Rob’s mates at the RAF Physical Training Instructors unit have been “Rowing for Rob” to raise the funds needed to purchase another Barbara Bus and the rugby club is to donate a portion of the “Fines” money that has been levied upon players over the past 2 years.

But more money is needed, and if you want to know the reason why we want to make a substantial contribution to recognise both Dale’s amazing effort and Rob’s stunning determination to overcome the effects of his parachute accident whilst training with the RAF last year, look at the photo of Rob and his Minety mates at the bottom of this post.

The link to the Just Giving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fu…/Physical-Training-Instructors . If you can spare the odd pound or twenty, please remember to Gift Aid it (instructions are all on the Just Giving page), so that the tax can be added to the contribution.



Rob Bugden at Minety RFC after Minety’s 45-7 victory over Swindon in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.  Back row: Tom Claxton, Jack Ward, Andrew “Wallace” Hibbard and Matt Roberts.

Front row: Dave Church and Rob.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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Super 7 for Minety

Minety’s final home match of the season saw them host Swindon, one place below them in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table.

Played in unseasonably warm weather, Minety kicked off up the slope at Minety Fields.  On a good, firm surface, both teams spread the ball across the line and opted for an open running game in the early exchanges.

The home team took an early lead when captain Andrew Hibbard burst over for the opening try from close range after Swindon had been penalised twice near their own line.

Minety nearly extended their lead minutes later when winger Ben Langridge was held up over the line after a superb attacking move involving all of the Minety backs.

Against the run of play, Swindon snatched the lead in the 21st minute.  A long clearance kick pushed Minety back onto their own line and when an adventurous move to run the ball back broke down, Swindon flanker Jermain Edwards ran in to score under the posts.  Fly half Mark Chatwin converted the try and Swindon were 7-5 up.

Swindon’s lead was short lived; Minety surged back and from a scrum deep in the visitor’s half, centre Tom Windle beat four defenders to score under the posts.  Garin Garland’s conversion extended the lead to 12-7.

Minety’s third try, in the 31st minute, ironically came at the end of Swindon’s best attacking period of the half.  Winger Langridge pounced on a loose ball and ran 80 metres unchallenged to score under the posts.

The villagers controlled most of the rest of the half but were unable to turn possession and territory into points.

The opening exchanges of the 2nd half were even, Swindon using the ball well across the line without ever really threatening the home team’s try line.

The crucial 4th and bonus point winning try came in the 54th minute.  Garland’s quick penalty caught the Swindon defence flat footed and allowed centre John Blair to cross under the posts.

Minety increased the lead 3 minutes later.  Fly half Tom McAllister spotted an overlap on the left and his precise through kick was collected by Langridge for his second try of the match.

Garland’s long range conversion took the score out to 33-7.

Tom Windle’s second try of the match came in the 73rd minute.  McAllister’s fine penalty kick took play to Swindon’s 5 metre line.  Hibbard won the lineout ball and , after a series of rucks, the centre burst through to score Minety’s 6th try. Garland’s conversion was successful and Minety were 40-7 up.

Minety scored their 7th, and final try of the match, in the far left corner after another sweeping “training ground” move by the backs to end the match 45-7 victors.

The win, and crucial bonus point, takes Minety back above Royal Wootton Bassett, and into 6th place in the league with just one match, away at Pewsey Vale on the 22nd April to come.

Coach Craig Smith was very happy with the performance.  “That was a pretty awesome display.  We stuck to the game plan, played quick ball and supported each other.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard, playing his last game as club captain said, “It was a great performance from everyone.  We had plenty of possession and used the ball well.  It was nice to be able to play on our 1st team pitch for a change.”


Man of the Match:  Rob Bugden, the inspiring the team from the sidelines.  More on Rob’s appearance later on this week.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 2nd, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Last 1st XV home match of the season

Tomorrow, Saturday 1st April, the 1st XV will be playing their last Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North home match of the season when they entertain Swindon at Minety Fields, kick off 3pm.

The 1sts will then have a three week wait until the 22nd April, when they travel to Pewsey Vale for their final match of the 2016/2017 campaign.

There is no 2nd XV fixture tomorrow (Westbury have withdrawn from the league) – Matt Stone’s team will return to league action on 8th April when they travel to Devizes.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 31st, 2017 at 12:37 pm

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

March 30th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety Under 16s

The Minety U16 team are playing in the Dorset & Wilts Plate semi-final against Trowbridge on Sunday 2nd April, at Trowbridge, kick off 11am.   If you’ve not got anything planned for the Sabbath, why not get a car load of friends and go and support our team!

Good luck lads!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

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Fixture Update

The 1st XV will be playing their last home league match of the season this Saturday (1st April) against Swindon, kick off 3pm.

The 2nd XV will not be playing this weekend; Westbury have withdrawn from the league so there is no fixture.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Results from last weekend’s games

Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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MTV Bassett game now available

Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Dale runs for Rob

Next weekend (Sunday 2nd April to be exact) Minety RFC stalwart Dale Langdown is running his second Marathon in Manchester (the first one was in Berlin in 2015).

Running has become a hobby of Dale’s and he didn’t sign up for a charity this time, but recently he’s had friends, family and colleagues contact him asking if they can sponsor him on this run. So if you could spare any money please check out this “Just Giving” page (link at the bottom) and give it a read. Our great friend and ex Minety RFC player Rob Bugden was terribly injured in a parachute accident in the States last year and his friends are doing a massive challenge called “Row for Rob”.

It would be great if Minety RFC and all its friends and ex-players could help them hit the target and raise as much money as possible for the “Barbara Bus” project.  It was such a bus that allowed Rob to visit Minety RFC for the 7’s tournament last year and all those who were there know just how much it meant to Rob and all of his friends here at Minety.

If you’d like to make a donation, please click on the link below



Written by Graham Cooke

March 28th, 2017 at 10:34 am

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Minety edged out in dramatic derby

Minety travelled to Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday knowing that a win was vital against their nearest rivals, both in the table and geographically.

With club captain Andrew Hibbard unavailable, the village side were further hampered when vice captain Will North pulled out ill on the morning of the match and then hugely influential centre Jack Ward turned an ankle in warm up and was withdrawn.

The hastily re-arranged Minety formation, with many playing out of position, faced a strong Bassett team including a number of 1st teamers returning to action after injury.

Playing downhill, and with a fierce wind behind them, Minety used fly half Tom McAllister’s kicking ability to drive Bassett back deep into their own half to allow the hastily reshuffled village side to settle into the match.

Scrum half Garin Garland kept the ball close to the pack at breakdowns as Minety pressed forward, using the hard charging Tom Windle to make ground down the centre.

Somewhat against the run of play, Bassett took an early lead in the 9th minute.  Minety chose to run a ball out of defence, when perhaps a clearance kick would have been the better option.  Possession was lost and Bassett’s backs moved the ball swiftly to their right winger, who crossed in the corner.

Minety hit back straight away and flanker Josh Bull was stopped close to the line by a last ditch tackle and from the ensuing ruck, prop Owen Richardson was held up on the line.

Tom Windle scores Minety’s 1st try

A Garland effort was ruled out when Minety were penalised close to the Bassett line before the visitors opened their account after a period of sustained pressure.  With Garland orchestrating attack after attack, the scrum half threw a huge pass to centre John Blair who off loaded to Windle who scored out on the left.

Garland’s long range conversion was successful and Minety rebuffed a series of Bassett attacks to go into the break 7-5 up.

Both teams struggled with the blustery conditions.  A Bassett penalty kick near their own line caught in the wind and sailed the length of the pitch resulting in a Minety scrum deep in the Bassett 22 metre area.

Minety dominated possession and territory after the break, captain Tom Claxton driving forward on the crash ball while Garland used his backs well to spread play.

Bassett regained the lead with one of their first incursions into Minety territory in the 56th minute.  A huge clearance kick pushed the visitors back into their own 22 and when they tried to run the ball out of defence a pass went astray and Bassett pounced to score out wide on the left.  An excellent conversion from the touch line extended the home side’s lead to 5 points.

With both sides visibly tiring and the injury count rising alarmingly, the game entered the final quarter with Bassett 12-7 up.

Chris Rule runs in try No. 2

The match was settled in a dramatic 90 second period starting in the 74th minute.  Garland spotted a gap and burst through the Bassett defence. From the ruck Claxton fed winger Dave Cooke, who drew the covering defender before passing to full back Chris Rule, who ran in to score Minety’s second try to bring the scores level.  Garland’s conversion attempt stalled in the wind.

Straight from the kick off the ball was spilled and Bassett picked up and ran in for their third, and decisive, try beneath the posts.  The conversion was successful and despite Minety pressure in the last 5 minutes, the game was lost 19-12.

Coach Craig Smith praised his players for the “massive effort” that they had put in.

Tom Claxton, speaking after the game, said, “It was frustrating; we made two mistakes and were punished for both.  The lads put in a terrific shift and I was proud to be captain of a side that put so much into the match.”

Club Chairman Dave Peirce had nothing but praise for the Minety team.  “It was a fantastic effort from all the players.  They did themselves and the club proud.”

In the weekend’s other game the Minety 2nd XV, captained by Matt Stone, travelled to Swindon and came away with a fine 27-7 victory to boost their position in Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 26th, 2017 at 11:46 am

This weekend’s fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

March 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV is back on line!

After the much documented problems we’ve had with both cameras, we can now say, with some relief, that both have been repaired and appear to be working properly.

Our latest match, at Melksham, is now available by clicking on the picture below and following the link through Minety Player, or by using the Minety Player link on the right hand side of the screen.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:01 am

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Minety lose out in dour affair

Minety missed the chance to grab 5th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North when they lost to a strong and well organised Melksham 26-7 at Melksham’s impressive new ground.

After their convincing win over Supermarine last week, Andrew Hibbard’s team went into the fixture with the chance of leap frogging Pewsey Vale in the league but came away well beaten in a dour affair.

Minety enjoyed most of the early play, fly half Tom McAllister using the blustery cross wind to good effect.  Opting to play almost exclusively in the forwards, Minety controlled proceedings.

Melksham took the lead following a superb 6 man move along the line that took play from their own 22 right up to the Minety line.  Although the visitors managed a partial clearance, Melskham’s outside centre ran a fine diagonal line to score wide on the right wing.  The conversion was successful and Melksham led 7-0.

With centre Dave Church and captain Hibbard making ground down the centre, Minety fought back but too often players were isolated in the tackle and quality ball was squandered.

Melksham’s second try, in the 15th minute, came about when McAllister was forced into a hasty clearance after messy ball from a scrum close to Minety’s line.  The Melksham backs ran the ball and their full back cut through Minety’s defences to score under the posts.

Minety’s best chance of the half came from a Hibbard break but despite spending 5 minutes camped on the Melksham line, the village team were unable to score.

Del Murray replaced the injured David O’Took after 30 minutes as the game became mired in midfield.  When Murray was yellow carded for a high tackle in first half stoppage time Minety were forced to play with 14 men for 10 minutes.

Melksham dominated the opening plays of the second half, Minety’s chances being further hampered by the loss of the hard charging Church to an ankle injury.

Flanker Josh Bull was held up over the Melksham line in the 60th minute but despite more goal line pressure the home defence held firm.

Melksham’s 3rd try came after a Minety counter attack floundered in midfield and the ball inextricably found its way into the hands of Melksham’s left wing, who ran in to score under the posts from 22 metres.

The 4th, and bonus point winning try came just 2 minutes later, in the 69th minute.  A superb cut back by Melksham’s No. 13 split the Minety defence and a well-timed off load allowed the full back to run in for a try from 40 metres out.

Will North crosses for Minety’s try.

Minety’s try in the final move of the game was deserved reward for all of their efforts.  Hibbard broke through on the left and a short pass to prop Will North saw the latter score close to the posts.  McAllister converted the try to leave the final score 26-7 to Melksham.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 19th, 2017 at 11:23 am

Ireland England clash at Clubhouse

Reminder – the clubhouse will be open for the England game this evening. Kick off is 5pm. If you’ve got nothing to do, why not head down! All welcome.

The 1st XV will be heading back after this afternoon’s 2pm match at Melksham so it should be a fun way to watch the 6 Nations come to a conclusion.

Also, terrific coverage of last week’s match in The Standard this week – many thanks to Sports Editor Danny Hall once again!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 18th, 2017 at 11:20 am

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Next fixtures

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March 15th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Rob Bugden update

Fundraiser launched after Rob Bugden of Penryn (and Minety RFC) left paralysed in parachute accident

We’ve unashamedly lifted this article from “CornwallLive” to bring everyone up to date with Minety’s RFC’s Rob Bugden, one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and someone who redefines the meaning of “inspirational”.

As you will gather from this interview with his mother, Rob had a dreadful parachuting accident in January 2016.  All of his friends at Minety were devastated to hear the news and were delighted when he made an appearance at Minety for the 7’s tournament in May 2016.

A “JustGiving” campaign has been set up – details follow beneath.

Rob’s first outing was to Minety RFC for the 2016 7’s tournament.

“The mother of a Cornish Royal Air Force parachute instructor who was paralysed as the result of a mid-air collision has told of the harrowing moment she found out her son had life-changing injuries.

Debbie Bugden, of Penryn, said she was only now able to speak about her son Rob’s accident, which happened in January 2016, after what she described as an “extremely stressful and worrying year with many tears”.

It comes as a JustGiving campaign gets underway to raise funds to pay for a specialist bus that helps get injured servicemen and women to be taken out by their families and has aided Rob’s recovery.

The 31 year old broke his neck after his parachute got tangled with another jumper and he plummeted 800ft to the ground at more than 50mph during an exercise in California. He had very quick first aid and was taken to hospital where the seriousness was quickly realised.

Mrs Bugden was called in the early hours about the accident and asked to give consent for the surgery: “To be told that your youngest son has life changing injuries, when you are so far away, is horrendous.”

Travel arrangements were made for her and her older son Adam, to fly to Phoenix to see Rob.

“The wait was awful, many tears and total disbelief. Everyone who knows Rob, friends & family alike were all so shocked and everyone has who knows him has been affected by the accident.”

“I didn’t know what I was going to find, so the flight seemed even longer than it actually was. I was told by the medics in Phoenix that Rob was paralysed from the chest down and that he has a high level injury.

“It was difficult to grasp that my beautiful, fun loving, sports mad son was lying there attached to a ventilator & many other pieces of equipment.”

Rob had surgery to remove bone fragments from his neck and a plate inserted to stabilise it and was on a ventilator.

“There were concerns about an eye, and damage to a cheek bone and swelling on brain, so concerns for brain damage, but thankfully in time this was proved not to be the case,” said Mrs Bugden.

Mrs Bugden added: “Everyone he has come into contact with since his accident, in America and home have been so impressed by his determination, positivity and gratitude. He has never really appeared to be angry, but in the beginning he was very frightened and many tears.”

After three weeks in critical care in Phoenix he was brought back to the UK.

Rob Bugden and friend Corporal Adam Bennett pictured graduating from their parachute instructor course in 2015.

Mrs Bugden said: “To begin with he was unable to swallow and couldn’t speak, unable to cough, so because of that and unable to bring anything up himself, he had to have what we called the cough therapist very regularly to suck out the secretions.

“The equipment used was like a Henry vacuum cleaner and was horrible to watch as poor Rob just gagged, and he dreaded it, but was very necessary to avoid chest infection.”

In September he was moved to Headley Court, the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for armed forces, where he has had ongoing rehab
Rob grew up in Penryn and went to Penair School and Truro College. He played rugby for Penryn RFC, was a successful international cross country runner for Penair, Cornwall AC and Cornwall and England Schools with Helen Glover and Mo Farah.

He moved from Cornwall when he was 18 and went to UWIC in Cardiff and joined the RAF as a physical training Instructor in September 2008, and became a parachute jump instructor, in 2015.

Mrs Bugden said: “It has been an extremely stressful, worrying year for everyone, many tears, and I have spent many hours commuting to various hospitals. I have got through the last year as I have just fantastic support from family, friends, colleagues at work, SSAFA, Robs RAF friends have just been amazing and good support.”

The fundraising campaign is aiming for £32,000 for a Barbara Bus, which will be based at Hedley Court and enables injured servicemen and women to be taken out by their families.

The Barbara Bus Fund provides wheelchair accessible vehicles which currently cost around £450 to hire per week.

“We have used one many times in the past year which has been so important for Robs mental wellbeing,” said Mrs Bugden.

“Without Barbara Bus we couldn’t have taken Rob out on excursions, which was and is vitally important for a taste of normality with friends and family, to escape the hospital environment, and is such a massive part of his rehab. He couldn’t have come home to Cornwall for Christmas without it.”

Throughout this month teams from across the Royal Air Force will be aiming to complete a 210.116km row – the distance signifies the date of Rob’s accident.

Mrs Bugden added: “Rob’s future is uncertain as he has many decisions to make, but he has talked of opening a gym for the disabled, with a café and is trying to get himself fit to apply for the Invictus games in Sydney 2018.

“At the moment he is just concentrating on his rehab, in order to get himself as fit & strong, & improve his hand functions as best he can. Everyone is just so impressed with his attitude & we are so proud of him, coping as he does with humour, he is truly inspirational.”

To donate visit the Justgiving page

Written by Graham Cooke

March 14th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

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March 13th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety return to winning ways

Minety produced arguably their best half of rugby this season during the first half of their 38-5 Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North league victory over Supermarine on Saturday.

The village side’s victory allowed them to leap frog over their closest rival Royal Wootton Basset and climb to 6th place in the league, just a point behind 5th placed Pewsey Vale.

Having lost the toss, Andrew Hibbard’s team faced the prospect of playing up the slope at Minety Fields in the first half against strong and physical opponents.

Welcoming back influential centres Dave Church and Jack Ward, and with a settled pack, the village side imposed themselves from the opening whistle.

1st try in 6th minute

After a series of attacking moves had been rebuffed, Minety opened the scoring.  The forwards set up the move, pushing their way deep into the Supermarine half before Ward and flanker Tom Windle battered the Supermarine defence right back to their try line.  Twice Minety forwards were denied by last ditched tackles but flanker David O’Took found the smallest of gaps to squeeze through for a try which Garin Garland converted.

Minety enjoyed the vast majority of the possession and territory in the first quarter of the match, winning quality ball at both lineout and scrum.

Using hooker Tom Claxton and the impressive Tom Windle on the crash ball, the backs were able to spread attacks across the pitch and it was something of a surprise that the home side took until the 22nd minute to extend their lead.

Excellent defensive tackling from Supermarine kept out the dangerous Church and Hibbard but the pressure told when the visitors were penalised for offside.  Garland stroked home the ensuing penalty and extended the lead to 10 points.

Captain scores try number 2

With Supermarine still to make any significant ground in the Minety half, the home team launched another wave of attacks which resulted in another penalty, this time for “going over the top and off the feet” at a ruck.  Garland stepped up and Minety were now 13-0 up.

On the half hour Supermarine finally pushed Minety deep back into their own half but Josh Bull took Claxton’s throw in and fly half Tom McAllister cleared the lines with an impressive kick to touch on the half way line.

Garland kicked his 3rd penalty of the half in the 34th minute and right on half time Windle was held up over the line.  From the resulting 5 metre scrum, Hibbard picked up and drove over for Minety 2nd try and a half time lead of 21-0.

Coach Craig Smith replaced prop Will North with Nick Britten at half time.

Tom Windle scores try number 3

Playing downhill in the 2nd half, Minety extended their lead in the 45th minute.  After a period of sustained attacking play, Windle burst through a gap in the Supermarine defensive line and fended off three players to score under the posts.  Garland converted and Minety were comfortably 28-0 up.

The game became fragmented as the penalty count rose against both teams and Supermarine saw their chance as Minety failed to settle.  Pushing the home team back deep into their own 22 metre area, the visitors forced a number of penalties, opting to scrum each time, and finally in the 52nd minute they crossed for an unconverted try wide out on the left wing.

Minety shook off their lethargy and when Garland was adjudged to have been unfairly dump tackled close to the Supermarine posts, he slotted home the penalty to take the home team to 31 points.

Garin kicks his 4th penalty

The game then drifted again, neither team able to make much progress, although the Supermarine defence did put in some fine smothering tackles to end Minety attacks.

As the final whistle approached Minety switched back on again and pushed forward for the 4th try, which would guarantee them an all-important league bonus point.

In the final play of the game, Ward and Church combined to punch a hole in the Supermarine defensive line and an off load allowed Bull to run in for the 4th try under the posts.  Garland kicked the conversion, his third of the day, and Minety ran out 38-5 winners and, in so doing, gained maximum league points.

Josh Bull scores try number 4

After the match captain Andrew Hibbard said, “That was a really good win for us after our defeat last week at Corsham and it’s great to see that it lifts us into 6th place in the league. I thought our first half game was perfect.  We had a game plan and we stuck to it.  In the second half we allowed things to drift a bit, lost our shape and

struggled, but the main thing was we got the win and the bonus point with that try right at the end.”

Man of the Match: Josh Bull, for his all round game and the fine last minute try.

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Written by Graham Cooke

March 12th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

2nd Match at Corsham off

Just heard that the D&W3N fixture between Minety 2nds and Corsham has been cancelled due to player unavailability.

The 1st XV match at home to Supermarine goes ahead as planned, hopefully with a kick off time of 2.15pm or 2.30pm with the Calcutta Cup match being shown live in the club house afterwards – all welcome!


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March 11th, 2017 at 11:29 am

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Calcutta Cup

The England v. Scotland match will be shown live in the club house at Minety after the 1st XV match against Supermarine.  Why not come along, enjoy our live match and then settle down with a nice pint (or glass of wine) and enjoy the Calcutta Cup clash in the warmth and luxury of our clubhouse?”

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March 10th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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Tour 2017 update

“Tom and Ben have worked really hard to organise a tour for the club in a fairly short period, so please support them and the club by joining us in Whitby,” writes club chairman Dave Peirce.
“Only a few places left, so please get your deposit to either of them to guarantee your place. You know it makes sense, and it’s a great chance for some team bonding, 1sts and 2nds as one club!”

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March 10th, 2017 at 4:53 pm

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Next Fixtures

We are hoping that the 1st XV match will kick off at 2pm rather than the 3pm as specified by the league.  Since this is a crucial “6 Nations” weekend it would seem sensible for the match to start early so both teams can watch the England Scotland match but both teams and the referee have to agree on this matter.

The 2nd XV match was originally a home fixture but when the 2nd XV were unable to provide a team for the away fixture at Corsham earlier in the season, they forfeited the home fixture, hence this match being at Corsham.  The 2pm start time has been agreed for this match.



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March 8th, 2017 at 10:33 am

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Minety 2nd XV

On the rise and with a strong team the Dreamers turned up to Supermarine determined to leave with a good win in their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North encounter last Saturday.

The first 10 minutes opened up well with some good pressure on the opposition and expansive play, but playing in to a stiff breeze Minety struggled to get out of their half, and as a result conceded two early tries to the home side, the first scored around the outside and the second through a missed tackle in the middle of field which allowed a run in. Both tries were converted giving Supermarine a 14 – 0 lead.

Minety now had a hill to climb. Captain Matt Stone and his team had to re-align their defence, be quicker off the line and get lower in tackles. These changes turned the match around and the Dreamers found themselves more and more in the home side’s half.  Penalties began to build in favour for Minety.

Minety opened their account with a run in try from their 22 to brinjg the score back to 14-5.

The half ended with a series of attacking exchanges of play from both teams.

Early in the second half the teams were forced to change pitches after a Supermarine player suffered a head/neck injury (see below for more details).

Minety now had the wind in their favour and sought to capitalise on this. Despite only having a even share of the possession and most being in their half, Minety upped their defensive efforts and repeatedly forced turn overs and then played some amazing rugby and ran in 3 tries in the muddy and wet conditions.

Final score Supermarine 14 Minety 2nd XV 22

Matt Stone said afterwards, “Thanks to everyone on and off the pitch who made themselves available for what was a great game of rugby!”












Dave Peirce  received this message from Supermarine after the match.

“Hi mate, just wanted to send my thanks to the lady who does the first aid for the 2’s. One of our lads has hurt his neck, still not heard how bad, and she took the lead in making him safe, secure and warm. She also completed the accident book.

On behalf of Supermarine I would just like to pass on our appreciation, thanks and gratitude for her help it showed the true supportive nature of local rugby, I’ll also let you know how Lee is if you could pass that on?”

Well done  to Tracy and Rachel Glew. You are stars!  We have heard that the lad has made a full recovery.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 7th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results and table from Division 1 North

Here are the results from the latest set of matches played in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North at the weekend together with the top of the table.






Written by Graham Cooke

March 6th, 2017 at 10:25 am

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Corsham turn on the style

Top of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table Corsham maintained their unbeaten record this season with a comprehensive victory over Minety by 46 points to 4 at Corsham on Saturday.

In weather conditions that veered wildly from spring sunshine to wintery squalls, the home team showed just why they have been unbeaten for so long in this league.

Minety were forced into changes even before the match kicked off when prop forward Will North picked up an injury in warm up, Owen Richardson coming in to replace him.

It was Minety who forced the first play of the game right from the kick off, but when the ball was lost in a ruck close to the Corsham lines the home backs moved the ball quickly and pacey winger Kalif Barnes broke through the stretched Minety defence to run the length of the pitch for the first try, converted by Hamish Miller.

Minety hit back, keeping the ball tight and close to their forwards before releasing Tom Windle to batter the heart of the Corsham defence.  Twice Minety attacks were thwarted by excellent tackling and rucking from Corsham but the pressure eventually gave rise to two penalties to Minety, both kicked by fly half Tom McAllister, to bring the score back to 7 – 6 after 13 minutes.

With dominance at the scrum and an ability to disrupt the normally efficient Minety line out, Corsham controlled the quality ball and left the village side to feed from loose ball.  Strong defensive tackling from winger Chris Rule and full back Duncan Simpson kept Minety in the game while flanker Josh Bull fought for any ball on the ground.

With the home team playing on the front foot, the second try in the 26th minute was inevitable.  Clever work in midfield allowed flanker Josh Macey to exploit numerical imbalance on the right wing and score out wide.  Macey got his second try just 5 minutes later, again down the right and Corsham gained their four try bonus point in the 38th minute when full back Robert Robinson crashed over to leave the score 22-6 to the home team.

The second half started as a mirror image of the first; a Minety attack was broken up and, with the village side over committed Adam Draper was able to run through to score Corsham’s 5th try.

The match settled down with Minety resorting to keeping the ball close, hooker Tom Claxton and second row Ash Windle running close ball and captain Andrew Hibbard proving to be hard to handle.

Corsham’s 6th try came from a move that used the full width of the pitch in the 63rd minute and they followed that up with another try, in the 68th minute, this time under the posts, during a period when they had two players in the sin bin.

Minety pressed hard for a try in the final quarter of the game with Richardson and Simpson held up just short of the line.  It was perhaps inevitable that Corsham’s 8th and final try should come after a period of Minety pressure.  Once again, their line speed and sheer power overwhelmed a tiring Minety defence and Alex Peterson was able to score leaving the final score of 46-6 for Corsham.

Minety captain was philosophical about the defeat afterwards.  “We knew this would be our toughest match of the season; they are not top of the league and unbeaten for nothing.  They have a good, strong mobile pack and fast backs.  They prevented us from getting quality ball from scrums and lineouts and forced us back at every opportunity.  Perhaps we could have kept the play tighter but we are a young, developing team and tried our best to push them back and spread the play.”

The win takes Corsham 13 points of chasing Warminster at the top of the table while Minety slip back to 7th behind Royal Wootton Bassett, who overcame Chippenham.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Matt Stone Minety 2nd XV travelled to Supermarine for a mid table clash and came away with a creditable 22-14 victory to cement their 7th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North table.


Gallery of photographs taken during Corsham Minety match.

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Written by Graham Cooke

March 5th, 2017 at 10:39 am