Minety RFC

MTV (or murcky TV) is back

MTV returns (a little out of focus this week because the bright sunlight made viewing in the camera’s viewfinder almost impossible), so we’ll call it “Murky TV” rather than “Minety TV”.  This week we feature highlights (or the bits that weren’t so out of focus as to be rendered impossible to view) of the match between Minety and Melksham played at Melksham’s beautiful ground on Saturday 14th April in bright, bright sunlight.

Click here or on the MTV logo to bring up the MTV page and the match footage.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 18th, 2018 at 9:09 am

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Stat Attack!

Yes, it’s back (collective groans), after frequent requests for its return (cheers Tom), for another meander through statistics, odd facts and oddments.

  1. On Saturday 7 new players donned the 1st XV shirt in the 2017-2018 season.
  2. That means that 45 players have played for the 1st XV over the 19 matches in D&W1N this season (that’s 3 complete teams!)
  3. John Blair, Joe Kidner, Gareth Peirce, Andy Ward, Ben Kingston, Phil Ward and Ken Wright join the list of 1st XV players in 2017-2018.
  4. 11 players have appeared just once for the 1st XV this season.
  5. Top appearances: Tom Claxton, with 18 out of 19 (95%). 2nd top, Garin Garland with 17 from 19 (90%).
  6. With 5 penalties on Saturday Garin has passed the 200 point mark for the season.
  7. Garin’s 203 points represent 48.8% of the 416 points scored by the team this season.
  8. Dave Cooke still sits in 2nd place in the scoring charts with Matt Roberts and Jack Ward tied for 3rd.
  9. 18 different players have scored points for the 1st XV this season.
  10. Ben Sellick’s rather unfortunate yellow card against Melksham was the team’s 17th in 19 games.
  11. Ben joins 9 others on the “naughty step”.
  12. The Scottish tradition was maintained, despite Colin French still being injured and Duncan Simpson being somewhere in the Far East. Del Murray, he of the kilt at a recent social, played in the centre on Saturday.
  13. The losing bonus point on Saturday assures Minety of at least 5th place in the league, with a slim chance at 4th still open.
  14. 4th placed Warminster’s HWO over Pewsey put them 9 points ahead; Minety have two games in hand.
  15. Minety’s bench totalled 164 years on Saturday, almost certainly a club record for a 1st XV league match.

Now, 164 years ago, we find ourselves in 1854.

  1. Disraeli, who is still nursing a niggling injury, was 50.
  2. Victoria was on the throne.
  3. George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, was Prime Minister.
  4. Cheltenham Ladies’ College opened.
  5. The Crimean War started.
  6. An epidemic of cholera killed 10,000 people in London.
  7. Charles Dickens published “Hard Times”.
  8. Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote “The Charge of the Light Brigade”
  9. Oscar Wilde was born.

Whilst on the other side of the “pond”, Franklin Pierce (not Peirce (weird but true)) was Prseident and the 1st Souix War began after the Gratton Massacre.

As Diraeli famously said after the defeat at Melksham,  Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 17th, 2018 at 9:59 am

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Results from the weekend

On the face of it, Minety’s loss at 8th placed Melksham would have been a disappointment, especially since they led at half time, but given the make up of the team (see the match report), the 18 players put in an immense effort and came away with a richly deserved losing bonus point to add to our league tally and keep us just about in touch with 4th placed Warminster with three matches left in the season.

Minety were really relying upon Pewsey Vale, who we meet at Minety Fields next Saturday, to beat Warminster to close the gap up completely, but Pewsey conceded the match and Warminster picked up 5 league points as a consequence.

Elsewhere, Bradford defeated 3rd placed Avonvale and now require just a single point from their last league match of the season, at home to 11th placed Trowbridge, to secure the title and promotion.  2nd placed Combe Down kept up the pressure with a convincing 43-10 away win at Trowbridge while Chippenham inflicted another defeat on Supermarine and Bassett comprehensively overcame Swindon, who Minety face a week on Wednesday at Minety Fields, to condemn the home side to relegation.

In effect, half of the 2nd XV were playing for the 1sts at Melksham and so the match against 3rd placed Warminster was conceded pushing Minety down into 7th place with 2 matches to go to the end of a difficult season for Matt Stone and his team.  Bad weather, poor pitch conditions and a general lack of playing staff across the club meant that the 2nds were often unable to field a team simply because so many players were required to keep the 1st team in action.

Elsewhere, in the battle of the two top teams, Trowbridge came out on top against Corsham in a match they had to win in order to stand a chance of the title.  Corsham’s loss, their only one thus far, means they will have to wait until this weekend to secure the title at Chippenham.  In their last match of the season, a week on Wednesday, they face Minety at Minety Fields for an evening match to round off a hugely successful campaign.

Bath Saracens’ big win against bottom club Melksham has put them clear of Minety in 6th place, while Supermarine lost and Bradford conceded, results which kept Minety in 7th place.



Written by Graham Cooke

April 16th, 2018 at 11:49 am

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Minety grab bonus point

Ordinarily a 20-15 point defeat would not be viewed as a positive, but Minety coach Andy Grayson was both relieved, to have captured one league point, and surprised by the efforts of a very much patched up Minety team.

Seven of the 18 man squad had not played 1st team rugby this season and for three of them, it was their first taste of competitive rugby since last season.  To emerge from a close fought encounter with such a narrow defeat spoke volumes for both the commitment and spirit of the Minety team.

In a match played, unusually, under sunny skies and on a near perfect pitch at Melksham, Minety kicked off and more than matched their more organised opponents in the opening encounters, especially in the scrum and lineout play.

Minety took the lead in the 10th minute from a Garin Garland penalty after Melksham were caught off-side 20 metres from their line.

Garland extended the lead 3 minutes later with another well taken penalty.

Minety pressurised the Melksham defence with some fine forward work and in the 18th minute a rolling maul made 20 metres only to be halted right on the Melksham line while Garland was held up on the line just moments later.

Garland kicked his third penalty after centre Jack Howse had broken through and been brought to ground inches from the line.

The village side held out until the 34th minute when a fluent move along the line saw Melksham’s winger cross for the game’s first try wide out on the right.

Garland’s injury time penalty in front of the posts saw Minety enter the half time break 12-5 up.

Melksham started the 2nd half strongly and their efforts were rewarded with a try in the 42nd minute.  A cross field move and a deft cut back by their hooker opened up the visitors’ defence for the second try.

When flanker, Gareth Peirce, himself making his first appearance of the season, was injured, Club President Andy Ward, one of three veterans making up the Minety bench with a combined age of 164, was forced into action.

The Minety bench: Ken Wright, Phil Ward and Andy Ward

With Garland, prop Mark Glew and hard charging Andrew Hibbard making inroads down the middle, Minety re-grouped and more than matched the home side.

Fly half John Blair’s fine solo run was halted metres from the line and follow ups from full back Ben Kingston and winger Dave Cooke were thwarted by a hastily re-arranged Melksham defence.

In the 60th minute the Minety forwards pushed Melksham back and Garland’s solo effort was held up short as the village side strove for their first try.

Perhaps the turning point in the match came when Minety’s influential captain Tom Claxton was forced off with a nasty looking ankle injury and then Melksham were awarded a try after it appeared that the ball was knocked on over the line.

Melksham’s 4th try came in the 73rd minute and one might have expected the visibly tiring Minety side to cave in but instead they pushed Melksham back and when Garland slotted his 5th penalty of the match the result was still in the balance.

Minety threw caution to the wind in the last minutes of the game, Garland and the impressive flanker Ben Sellick taking play from beneath their posts into midfield to set up another wave of Minety attacks.

But it was not to be and the match ended with Melksham taking the points by 20-15 although Minety’s losing bonus point keeps them in with a slim chance of a top four position come the end of the season.

Coach Andy Grayson said after the match: “They ought to be proud of what they did over the course of 80 minutes; I know I am.  We had so many players new to the squad with others playing out of position but they gave their all and you can’t ask more than that.

The game plan worked well in the first half but we tired in the 2nd and allowed them to come back into the match.  Even so, with a couple of breaks going our way, we could have won it.

“We now have three matches to go and need wins in all of them.  Hopefully, some of our injury hit squad will be back for those matches as we chase 4th place in the league.”

nb  The combined age of the Minety bench was 164.  164 years ago, in 1854, Victoria was still on the throne, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen was Prime Minister, Britain declared war on Russia and so the Crimean War started, Florence Nightlingale prepared to leave for the Crimea, Franklin Pierce was the US president and the California Gold Rush was into its final year.  The American civil war was still 7 years away!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2018 at 12:23 pm

1st XV on; 2nd XV off

The 1st XV match at Melksham goes ahead this afternoon, kicking off at Melksham’s beautiful new ground at 3pm but we regret to say that the 2nd XV match at Warminster has been conceded after Minety were unable to field a side.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 14th, 2018 at 10:53 am

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This weekend’s fixtures


Both Minety teams are on the road this weekend, with Tom  Claxton’s 1st XV at Melksham while Matt Stone’s 2nd XV travel to Warminster.  With playing resources stretched almost to, if not beyond, breaking point, both teams will hope to come away with league points and no injuries as they approach a very crowded run in to the end of the season.

With 1st placed Bradford playing third placed Avonvale and Warminster tackling Pewsey Vale, Minety will hope that a win will help close the gap on the leaders as they push for a top 4 place come the season’s end.  When Melksham visited Minety Fields earlier in the season they came away with a last gasp draw, and could have won the match had the last play conversion been successful.  It was a hugely frustrating result for a Minety team who were in form and looking to end the first half of the season on a high.

Warminster sit in third place in Dorset and Wilts Division 3 and will be a real challenge for the 2nd XV, whose 7th place in the league is under threat from both Bardford and Supermarine.

Full match reports will be available on the matches on this site on Sunday.



Written by Graham Cooke

April 13th, 2018 at 11:03 am

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Latest Club newsletter

As our chairman Dave Peirce approaches the end of his term of office, he has written a thought provoking newsletter dealing with issues that face our club.

The article, reproduced here in full, can be found through this link, or via the “Minety RFC Newsletter” option on the right hand menu.

Dave comments on: the season thus far for our two teams; plans for the future; fund raising; player recruitmnt and retention; improvements to match day arrangements; the 2018 7’s Tournament in May; the Club Dinner; and the Club AGM.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2018 at 9:03 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s pitches once again proved a stumblingly block as the season enters April.  With both matches called off due to waterlogged surfaces, the Minety players were forced to sit and watch how other teams in Dorset and Wilts 1 and 3 got on.  Here’s a round up of the action.

With the battle for 4th place hotting up Minety must have hoped that top of the league Bradford would be too much for 4th placed Warminster, who started the day on equal league points with Minety.  Sadly for the village side, Warminster really stepped up to the plate to inflict Bradford’s first home defeat of the season and only their second all campaign.  The bonus point victory now puts Warminster 5 points clear of Minety and with a better points aggregate.

Elsewhere, 2nd placed Combe Down overcame third placed Avonvale to close the gap on Bradford at the top of the table.  Pewsey, who have been improving after a poor start to the season unexpectedly lost to Melksham, so Minety maintain their 14 point cushion over the 6th placed team.

Elsewhere, a resurgent Wootton Bassett followed up their narrow defeat to Bradford last week with a comprehensive win over Chippenham while Supermarine overcame an unpredictable Trowbridge side.

Minety 2nd XV’s match against top of the table Corsham was called off early on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere, Bradford recorded an away walk over over Chippenham to bring themselves to within a point of 7th placed Minety while Trowbridge crushed Supermarine to keep up the pressure on top of the table Corsham.

The revised fixtures up to the end of the season for the two Minety teams are as follows:

1st XV:  Saturday 14th April away at Melksham; Saturday 21st April home to Pewsey Vale; Wednesday 25th April home to Swindon II; and Saturday 28th April away at Avonvale.

2nd XV: Saturday 14th April away at Warminster; Saturday 21st April away at Bath Saracens; and Wednesday 25th April home to Corsham.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2018 at 9:55 am

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Fixture re-arrangements

The recent spate of weather related postponements has meant that a number of fixtures have had to be re-scheduled.  The Fixture List (right hand sided menu) is correct as of Sunday 8th April.

The revised fixtures are as follows:

1st XV:  Saturday 14th April away at Melksham; Saturday 21st April home to Pewsey Vale; Wednesday 25th April home to Swindon II; and Saturday 28th April away at Avonvale.

2nd XV: Saturday 14th April away at Warminster; Saturday 21st April away at Bath Saracens; and Wednesday 25th April home to Corsham.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 8th, 2018 at 12:16 pm

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Matches Postponed

Will it never end?  Once again, all three picthes at Minety have failed early morning inspections.  Two are complelety unplayable while the other will not take any more rain.  With both matches lost to the weather it looks as if the season will be extending into May unless mid week fixtures are requested.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 7th, 2018 at 10:52 am

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The Falcons are coming

We are delighted to be able to announce that the world famous RAF Falcons Parachute Display team will be making a live jump at the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday 12th May.

The Falcons, the UK’s top military parachute display team, based at Brize Norton, will drop in over Minety sometime between12 noon and 2pm as part of the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament celebrations.

In what promises to be the best ever Minety 7’s, the Falcons presence will certainly add to the drama and spectacle of the event.

The 7’s tournament, featuring Men’s and Women’s Competitions, starts at noon at Minety Fields.  In addition to the rugby there are food and drink outlets and lots of pitchside entertainment for all the family.  Overnight camping has been organised for those wishing to make a weekend of it and the Breakfast Club will be in action in the club house on Sunday morning for those staying over.

Entry lists are filling fast for both so if you want to take part, please contact Jack Ward ( wardyjnr8@hotmail.com ) or Rob Bugden ( running-rob@hotmail.co.uk ) as soon as possible.

All of the information about the 7’s Tournament can be found on the “2018 Minety 7’s” page on the right hand menu.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 6th, 2018 at 10:46 am

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Next Fixtures


Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2018 at 10:25 am

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Back on line

The unfortunate failure of the website ove the Easter period was both good and bad news.

Good, in that very little happened over the weekend; the rain washed out both matches for the Minety teams and only one fixture in D&W1 was held, Marlborough beating Wootton Bassett by 7-0 and extending their lead at the top of the table.

Bad, in that trying to get anything done on Easter Sunday and the following Bank holiday, is impossible, hence the delay in the site re-surfacing.

Apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by the break in service.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2018 at 10:18 am

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1st XV match postponed

As we suspected, the 1st XV match against Avonvale in Bath has been postponed after the torrential rain of the past few days.  No new date has been agreed as yet; as soon as we hear, it will be posted on this wite.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend, whatever you are doing!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 31st, 2018 at 9:41 am

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It might as well rain until September

… thus sang Carole King in 1962.  And it feels as if it’s been raining since September!  The weather has claimed the 2nd XV match at Bath Saracens tomorrow with the home side informing us that their pitches are unplayable.

No news on the fate of the 1st XVs match at Avonvale yet.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 30th, 2018 at 6:47 pm

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This weekend’s fixtures

Both sides will heading out west on Saturday, the 1st XV to Avonvale, who play at Bathford, the 2nd XV to Bath Saracens whose ground is on Claverton Down in Bath.

Avonvale were the promoted team last season and have had a remarkably good initial season in D&W1.  After a narrow first week loss against Warminster, Anonvale embarked on a hugely impressive 5 match unbeaten run that took them to the top group in the table.  In their 7th match they visited Minety and only lost by a single point, 13-12, in a very entertaining match.  Since then they have maintained their fine run of form and now find themselves, with just four matches remaining, in 3rd place in the league with a highly creditable record of Played 18, won 14, drawn 1 and lost 3, having scored 499 points and conceded just 165.

Avonvale’s 72 points puts them 17 points clear of Minety (or 16 clear, when the missing bonus point from last weekend is added).  Tom Claxton’s team will need to bring their “A” game to this fixture if Minety are to make up ground on Avonvale and overtake Warminster, who presently hold 4th place in the league.

The 2nd XV travel to Claverton Down to take on Bath Saracens, like Avonvale, newly added to the league this year.  Bath sit in 5th place, two above Minety with a record of Played 15, Won 5 and Lost 10.  Minety, in 7th place with 26 points, three fewer than Bath, appear to have a much better record having won 7 of their 15 matches, but the Minety record is somewhat skewed by points deducted for conceded matches when the village team has been unable to field a team.

Match reports will be posted on this site on Sunday.

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

March 30th, 2018 at 11:19 am

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2018 Minety 7s

Saturday 12th May from 10am onwards: The Minety 7s Rugby Tournament.

Planning is well underway for what promises to be the biggest and best ever Minety Tournament featuring competitions for both male and female teams.

For a full description of the event, and details as to how to enter, click on the 2018 Minety 7’s option at the top of the right hand menu.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 28th, 2018 at 12:39 pm

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MTV Chippenham match

MTV coverage of the recent Dorset and Wilts Division 1 clash between Chippenham and Minety is now available on this site.  To access the film either click on the MTV icon on the right, click here or use the Minety Player option on the side menu.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 28th, 2018 at 10:13 am

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Results from the weekend

An interesting, and potentially controversial, weekend in Dorset and Wilts Division 1.  Minety’s fine win on the road at Chippenham was a much needed return to form for Tom Claxton’s team.  With mid week predictions suggesting that the club would do well just to be able to field one team, it was somehting of a miracle that sufficient players were found to put out two!

The potentially controversial matter relates to the table, as published by the league on Saturday night.  Minety scored 5 tries on Saturday (Garland, Thomas, McAllister, Murray and Howse) yet we appear not to have been credited with the “4 try” bonus point.  We are on to the league even as this is being written!






With the fight for a top 4 slot come the end of the season so tight between Minety and Warminster, every point is vital and since the two teams went into the match equal on 51 points it’s difficult to appreciate how we might have slipped a further point behind.  Elsewhere, Bradford tightened their grip on top slot with a fine win at home over second placed Combe Down, the latter now 4 points behind and having played one more match than Bradford.

Third placed Avonvale kept up their fine run of form with a convincing win over Supermarine.  Minety travel to Bath to play Avonvale next week, looking for a chance to get revenge on a narrow home defeat when the newly promoted Bath outfit visited Minety earlier on in the season.

Pewsey kept their slender chances of capturing a top 5 place alive with a big win at bottom of the table Swindon while Warminster picked up a bonus point win in their match against Melksham.









In Division 3 North much credit must go to all of the players who played for the Minety 2nds on Saturday.  With playing resources stretched to breaking point it looked at one stage last week as if the 2nds wouldn’t be able to field a full team, but they did.  The loss at Supermarine was a blow because the fight for a top 5 slot is so tight and Matt Stone and his team will have to re-group before taking on 5th placed Bath Saracens in Bath next week.






Elsewhere, top of the table Corsham defeated second placed Warminster and are now firm favourites for the automatic promotion place. Third placed Trowbridge squeezed past Bradford while 4th placed Chippenham defeated 5th placed Bath Saracens.  Swindon beat bottom of the table Melksham in the other match.











With the season coming to an end these are the all important fixtures for the Minety 1st and 2nd XV’s:

1st XV; Avonvale (a), Swindon (h), Melksham (a) and Pewsey Vale (h)

2nd XV: Bath Saracens (a), Corsham (h) and Warminster (a)


Written by Graham Cooke

March 26th, 2018 at 10:03 am

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Minety dig deep for win

Gareth Thomas

Minety overcame local rivals Chippenham 31-26 in a hard fought Dorset and Wilts Division 1 match on Saturday.

The visitors needs a win after two heavy defeats at the hands of table topping Bradford on Avon and Combe Down and responded magnificently to captain Tom Claxton’s call for a return to the free flowing rugby that served them so well earlier in the season.

Fighting for a top four finish to the campaign, Minety knew that nothing short of a win would suffice against a resurgent Chippenham team just two places below them in the league table.

The village team, desperately struggling for match fit players, was forced to field just one substitute for the game as a very competitive and physical league campaign has stretched playing resources almost to breaking point.

Try 1: Garin Garland

Against a big Chippenham side, Minety dominated the early exchanges and took the lead with a fine try near to the posts in the 5th minute.  Full back Duncan Simpson’s tap penalty led to a move through the backs to fly half Tom MacAllister.  His surge to the line was halted but a miss move involving scrum half Garin Garland and Claxton saw the former crash over for the try.

Minety continued to enjoy the majority of possession but were often guilty of over playing situations and giving up the ball.

Chippenham equalised in the 20th minute.  A Minety defensive kick was blocked and from a throw in Chippenham gained possession, broke the line and touched down.  The conversion was successful and the teams locked at 7 all.

Chippenham exposed Minety’s defences in the 23rd minute when the Number 8 brushed aside 4 defenders to score wide on the right.

Try 2: Gareth

Aggressive running from the Minety forwards pushed the home team back into their own 22 but despite efforts from Andrew Hibbard, Del Murray and Ben Scott, the home side preserved their

lead until the 39th minute.  After a fine scrum, Number 8 Jack Ward, Garland and Ben Collins were all held up inches from the line but Garland’s swift pass out to prop Gareth Thomas saw the latter register his first try of the season and tie the scores at half time.

Chippenham started the second half strongly, pushing Minety back and the village team struggled to cope with the power of the home pack.  2nd row Ash Windle was shown a yellow card in the 45th minute for a ruck infringement close to the Minety line.

Try 3: Tom McAllister

The 14 men eventually succumbed to the pressure when a fluent Chippenham cross field move and a cut back from their No. 8 saw the latter cross for his second try of the match.  The conversion was successful and the home side led 19-12.

Minety hit back almost immediately with a fine solo effort from McAllister, slicing through the home defence to score from 30 metres out.

With both teams throwing caution to the wind, play moved from end to end at breakneck speed and it was Chippenham who edged further in front in the 57th minute with a close range try after Minety had held up a previous attack on the line.  The successful conversion took the score to 26-17 and Minety’s resistance seemed to be at an end.

However, Claxton’s team turned the match on its head in two dramatic minutes starting in the 63rd.

Try 4: Del Murray

Chippenham lost control of a lineout on the Minety 22 and flanker Murray picked up the loose ball and outpaced the defence to run in a brilliant solo try from 60 metres out.  Garland kicked the long range conversion and Minety were within two points.

From the kick off Minety gathered the ball, Garland fed McAllister who broke the defensive line, drew the full back before passing to centre Jack Howse, who ran in under the posts from 40 metres out.  Garland stroked home the conversion and Minety led 31-26.

In a desperate and breath-taking last 15 minutes, two players from each side were yellow carded and only brilliant tackling from the visitors prevented Chippenham from scoring.

Try 5: Jack Howse

Coach Andy Grayson was pleased and relieved at the end.  “Our defence, especially out wide, was brilliant and we showed the kind of commitment that was lacking in our recent defeats.  They were a tough side and we’re delighted to have completed a league double over them this season.”

The bonus point win takes Minety to 55 league points, one behind 4th placed Warminster, with a game in hand and a slightly easier run in.

In the weekend’s other match, a very patched up Minety 2nd XV lost by 30-10 away at Supermarine.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 25th, 2018 at 1:10 pm

MTV of Bradford match

Those of a delicate disposition may wish to avoid watching the footage of Saturday’s game against Bradford on Avon, played at Royal Wootton Bassett after all three Minety pitches failed early morning inspections.  Thanks to Cliff Garland who filmed most of the first half while I was working elsewhere.

The match can be viewed by clicking on this link, clicking on the MTV logo or by using the Minety Player link on the right hand menu.  Hmmm … choices … choices!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 21st, 2018 at 8:35 am

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Results from the weekend

The bleak weather on Saturday was mirrored by results (or lack of them) in Division 1 and 3 this weekend.

Minety’s hammering at home (well, at Bassett) was only ameliorated by Pewsey Vale’s heavy loss at Trowbridge.  Warminster’s HWO over bottom club Swindon has put them above Minety into 4th place.  Tom Claxton will be leading his men out next Saturday at Chippenham knowing that a win is essential if they are to overtake Warminster and try to close the gap to Avonvale.

In Division 3 North Melksham conceded their match away at Minety (well, at Bassett) which measn that Matt Stone’s team have accrued 10 points in thne last two Saturday’s without having to kick a ball.

Next Saturday Matt will take his team to struggling Supermarine, who were on the wrong side of a bit of a battering at Warminster.

As the season reaches its climax (or nadir) it looks as if the best that the 1st team can achieve is 4th place while the 2nds have a chance at a top 5 place.

MTV will be back on Wednesday with the distinctly “X” rated match against Bradford on Saturday.  Those of a delicate disposition may choose to avoid watching!



Written by Graham Cooke

March 19th, 2018 at 10:30 am

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Bradford batter sorry Minety

Top of the table Bradford on Avon handed out an eight try beating to a struggling Minety team, forced to play their home game at Royal Wootton Bassett after all three Minety pitches failed inspections again.

On a bitterly cold day, with flurries of snow being blasted across the pitch by a biting easterly wind, Minety simply could not manage the pace and power of a Bradford team seeking promotion at the end of the season.

The visitors showed their intent from the kick off, moving the ball out to pacey winger Murray Dewar, who broke through the Minety line and was only stopped from scoring by a magnificent tackle by full back Duncan Simpson.

Simpson and fly half Tom McAllister were called on again to halt the next attack as Bradford threatened the Minety posts as the powerful Bradford pack launched yet another attack.

Bradford took the lead in the 12th minute when flanker Josh Felix stroked home a penalty in front of the posts after Minety were caught off side.  The home team had to wait until the 14th minute to break into the Bradford half when winger Steve White and the industrious Simpson forged an attack wide on the right.

Bradford’s first try came from a break within their own 22.  The ball was passed out to centre Dan Bright who broke the Minety line and sent winger Dewar in for a try in the corner.

The villagers were forced to make changes to their front row when prop Mark Glew picked up an injury but they held on almost until half time, White’s incursions on the right wing pushing Bradford back, but the visitors’ defensive line speed was impressive and gave Minety’s back line precious little space to work in.

Bradford scored their second try in the 36th minute with another break out try scored under the posts by Dewar.  Felix converted and the lead was now 15 points.

The visitors’ third try came almost from the kick off, this time Dewar feeding Bright who ran in from 35 metres to score, Felix converting to leave Minety 22 points down at half time.

Dewar’s hat trick try came in the 47th minute after a fluent backs move as Bradford made good use of the wind to peg Minety back in their own 22.

McAllister and captain Tom Claxton eased the pressure with some direct running, pushing Bradford back into their own half, but the visitors’ tackling and rucking ensured a steady supply of quality ball for their backs to work with.

Dewar’s 4th came in the 64th minute when he found himself on the end of another fine backs’ move to score in the corner.

Exhausted and dispirited, Minety shipped three more tries in the final ten minutes during which time flanker James Stuart was sent off.

Bradford ended the match winners by 51-0 to cement their place at the top of the table.

The only consolation for Minety was that the team immediately below them in the table, Pewsey Vale, were heavily beaten at Trowbridge.

The 2nd XV were awarded a Home Walk Over victory when Melksham conceded their match in D&W3N on Saturday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 18th, 2018 at 12:35 pm

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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