Below are the teams that Minety will be facing in the coming season. This is, as always at this stage, subject to change.
Updates to follow on fixtures when they become available.
Dorset & Wilts 1 North:
Royal Wootton Bassett II
Dorset & Wilts 3 North:
Swindon College Old Boys II
As part of our developing “History of Minety RFC” we look back at the season opener for the 2010 campaign which saw the 1st XV entertain Wootton Bassett 2nd XV at Minety Fields. The report on the match can be found on the History page (link here or via the link on the right hand menu).
Later this week we’ll add the report of a dramatic opening day victory for the Dreamers against Devizes.
Looking back in time at Minety RFC
Minety RFC celebrated its 40th anniversary at the start of the 2010 -2011 season and a special match day programme was produced for the two matches held on 18th September 2010, the 1sts against Melksham whilst the 2nds took on Corsham. Click here to read the first installment of a series focusing on that match programme.
A reminder to all that the summer season of Minety touch rugby gets underway tomorrow night starting at 6.30pm. Old and new are more than welcome for an evening with a guarantee of fun and laughter.
It will also be a chance to see the first glimpse of the film of Saturday’s 7’s tournament, including a “Good, Bad and Ugly” featuring, amongst many others, Will North’s “almost try”, Elis Garland’s unusual kick off and James Stuart tackling himself!
Copies of “The Best of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, volumes 1, 2 and 3, covering every try, almost every tackle and lots of “I hope he didn’t film that” moments from Minety RFC’s amazing 2015 – 2016 season, will be available to order at the bar at the end.
The Royal Agricultural University team won the Minety 7’s rugby tournament at Minety Fields on Saturday afternoon.
12 teams, divided into two pools, contested the competition in startlingly contrasting conditions. A large crowd, enjoying a refreshments tent, barbeque, bouncy castle and other attractions were entertained by the action on the two adjacent pitches under brilliant sunshine until the thunder clouds massed and the semi finals and final were concluded in torrential rain.
The hosts, Minety, got off to a flying start with a 31-0 win over Painswick before St Paul’s Sharks battled out a 12 all draw with Tetbury. The “Voodoo” touring team ended the first round of matches in Pool 1 with a comprehensive win over a team representing the “Weighbridge” from Swindon. Ashley Windle, the Weighbridge’s coach was philosophical about the defeat. “I thought we were unlucky; we just didn’t get the bounce of the ball.”
In Pool 2 Minety’s 2nd XV, “The Dreamers” found themselves on the wrong end of a 40-0 at the hands of the Parachute Training School from RAF Brize Norton. The “Magic” team defeated a young Chippenham team 30-0 before the Royal Agricultural team defeated the Minety Academy.
As the tournament developed, in hot and humid conditions on very firm pitches, the favourites began to make their presence felt. St Paul’s Sharks followed their opening win with a heavy defeat of the Weighbridge team before cementing their place in the semi finals with a fine 14-0 win over Voodoo. They guaranteed top spot with a close win over Minety in the last pool 1 game in which the hosts also qualifying for a semi final spot.
Pool 2 saw the Physical Training Instructors from Brize Norton breeze past the Magic team to set up a top of the table clash with the unbeaten Royal Agriculture University team in the last match of the qualifiers.
As the rain clouds massed and thunder rumbled all around, the RAU team showed their class, mastering the changing conditions and inflicting the Instructors first defeat of the day.
In the “Oh So Nearly Cup” Minety Academy lost out in the pouring rain to the “Voodoo” touring team.
The main competition semi finals saw the home team facing the unbeaten RAU team whilst the PTI’s took on St Paul’s Sharks. With the crowd seeking any form of shelter from the driving rain the Royal Agricultural team were too strong for a Minety team whilst the PTS’s from Brize Norton saw off St Paul’s.
The final went the way of the RAU who closed down the PTS’s for space when defending and threw the ball wide on the attack.
Tournament organiser Jack Ward handed over the winning trophy to the RAU team. He said, “It’s been a great day but just a shame about the thunderstorm at the end. I think everyone’s enjoyed themselves and it’s been a great way to end what has been a tremendous year for the Minety Club.”
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Preparations are well underway over at Minety Fields for the annual Minety 7’s Rugby tournament.
Click here to see a short film, care of Jane McGurk, of the work already undertaken.
Minety RFC’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the club house on the 29th June, with a 7:30pm Ko.
It’s your chance to have your say and also see what else is happening/planned, so if you can make it along you’ll be most welcome.
Feel like keeping match fit over the summer month’s? Missing rugby already (aren’t we all)? Wondering how you’ll manage after the 7’s tournament this coming Saturday?
Relief is at hand! We’re delighted to announce that the Minety Summer Touch League will start Tuesday 10th May at Minety Fields. Players old and new are more than welcome so please spread the word. Turn up ready to play for a 6.30pm kick off and a guarantee of lots of fun and laughter.
The annual Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament is at an advanced stage of planning. The popular event, which has traditionally attracted numerous teams from around the area and beyond, will be held at Minety RFC’s headquarters at Minety Fields on 7th May.
At the time of writing 18 or so teams have already entered and there are rumours of more to come.
The action gets underway at 11am. In addition to the rugby on offer, there will be a full bar, a Barbecue, Bouncy Castle, raffle and lots more to keep everyone in the family content.
The Academy squad lost their Cup Final to Chippenham on Sunday, but a comment, posted on Facebook, by one of their coaches, says much for their commitment and bodes well for the future of the whole club.
Dorian James wrote : “To the squad today. You played the best drilled side this season and whilst the score line doesn’t reflect it – your performance today epitomises the grit, determination, team work and sportsmanship that makes rugby the great sport that we all enjoy. Their coaches and club chairman spoke to me afterwards stating that the above attributes impressed all that saw the match. For those that move on to senior rugby keep these skills that you have built up during your time playing at Minety. Those that continue playing in the Academy squad next year (and the year after for some) keep going – you all played exceptionally well today and throughout the season!! Above all – remember the good times, all those tries scored from the 50m put (especially front row…), and continue to enjoy playing the best sport over the next 20-30 years!!!! It’s been an absolute privilege to have known you all.”
Congratulations to every squad member of the Minety Academy team – you have done yourselves and your club proud.
Minety 1st XV’s remarkable season ended with a brilliant 29-20 victory over Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North champions, Combe Down, in front of a large crowd at Minety Fields on Saturday.
Combe Down had only tasted defeat once this season, by a single point at Corsham, and arrived at Minety looking to end their season on a high but the village team pulled together for a win which leaves them in a very creditable 4th in the table, only missing out on a top 3 position by points difference to Melksham.
The first quarter was an evenly matched affair, both teams spreading play out wide and Minety holding the champions’ attacks with some fine tackling, especially by flankers Stephen Brown and Harry Neal.
Minety took the lead in the 22nd minute with a Garin Garland penalty. Another Garland penalty in the 30th minute extended Minety’s lead to 6 points.
Minety’s first try came on 36 minutes. A defensive kick was caught by winger David Cooke who threw a long pass infield to Garland. His pass to full back Dale Langdown caught the entire Combe Down defence flat footed and the full back raced through to score wide on the left.
Garland’s fine long range conversion took the score to 13-0.
The league champions hit back with the final play of the first half. Stealing the ball from a Minety scrum, they crashed over for an unconverted try to leave the half time score at 13-5.
Playing uphill in the second half, Andy Ward’s team knew they had to start strongly to defend their lead but Combe Down struck early. A missed tackle in midfield left an overlap on the left wing for a try to be scored. 13-10.
Minety’s fighting spirit, which saw them win the Dorset and Wilts Vase earlier in the season, shone through and, after Garland was tackled in mid field, fly half Jack Ward cleared out an attacker allowing flanker Brown to pick up and race through from 30 metres. Garland converted and Minety were 20-10 up. A Combe Down penalty on 49 minutes reduced the lead but two more Garland penalties in the 54th and 67th minutes stretched the lead to 26-13 entering the final quarter.
Minety were reduced to 14 men for persistent infringements near to their own line on 74 minutes and conceded a penalty try shortly after as Combe Down fought back.
A Garland penalty deep in injury time ending the scoring with Minety 29-20 victories in a pulsating match.
Captain Andrew Hibberd could hardly contain his joy at the end. “We were really up for that match from the start. It was a superb team performance both in defence and attack. I’ve really enjoyed my time as captain this season and this result ends our campaign perfectly.”
Coach Andy Ward, in his last match as 1st team coach, was emotional at the final whistle. “I really believed in this team. I knew they had it in them for once last, magnificent effort. Our set pieces worked well. We dominated at lineout and scrummaged so much better in the second half. It was a real hearts and pride performance. I’m so proud of all of them.”
Man of the Match: Jack Ward
Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016. Kick off 3pm
Venue: Minety Fields
Weather conditions: Sunny and breezy
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
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Minety 1st XV ended a remarkable season in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North with a remarkable team performance and a remarkable result to inflict champions Combe Down’s 2nd, and biggest, league defeat of the season yesterday at Minety Fields. The 29-20 win guarantees the team 4th place in the league, only missing out on a top three position by points scored over the season.
A full match report will follow.
It’s the last league match of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign for the 1st XV this afternoon as they take on League Champions Combe Down on at Minety Fields with a 3pm kick off. Combe Down inflicted Minety’s 1st defeat of the league season back in September and have only tasted defeat once since then, a single point loss at Corsham.
In his last match as 1st team coach, Andy Ward will be desperate to finish what has been an extremely enjoyable and successful season for the 1st team, albeit one where the awful weather and pitch conditions at Minety Fields took their toll.
A full match report will be posted on this site later today or tomorrow morning.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish our Club Chairman Dave Peirce a very happy 50th birthday last Thursday – something tells us that he will be celebrating at the club no matter what the result later this afternoon.
But the success does not end with the 1st XV. The 2nds have performed mightily this season and have “punched well above their weight” against much bigger clubs with greater numbers. Well done to Ben Scott and all the players who have turned out in the 2nd XV colours and to those who have stepped up to plug gaps left in the 1st XV.
The club also has two of its junior division teams competing in Cup finals this weekend. The Academy team are playing Chippenham at Chippenham this Sunday in the final of the County Vase. For those that want to clear their heads after the party at the club house tonight or to support the future of the club it will be great to see you for a 2pm kick off.
Results from all of these matches will be available on this site during the next three days.
The final part, for the time being, of the History of Minety Rugby Club has been added to the history page (click here).
In Episode 6 we learn about the club’s number one supporter, the formation of the Minety Playing Field Association and an explanation into the club badge, rocking horse, little dog, weeping girl and all!
If any present, or ex club members, have any informative, funny, inflammatory or scandalous stories that they’d like to share with our ever increasing readership (especially over the summer when there’s not a lot to report on, please email them to me, Graham Cooke.
Minety retained their 4th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North match in a bruising bonus point winning 26 – 0 victory at bottom club Colerne on Saturday, a game brought to an end on 65 minutes with a Colerne player stretched out on the pitch with what looked like a serious shoulder injury.
Minety opened the scoring in the 9th minute. After pressure down the right flank, Josh Bull caught the ensuing lineout and a 10 man drive saw scrum half Garin Garland race through to score under the posts.
With the match littered with handling errors and a lack of fluidity, it was a try saving tackle from centre Matt Roberts which preserved Minety’s lead as Colerne pressed forward.
Minety extended their lead in the 31st minute. Garland spread play out to fly half Jack Ward, whose perfectly timed pass set Roberts away. A pass to full back Duncan Simpson and another to the impressive Bull saw the latter score under the posts. Garland converted and MInety were 12 points up.
Tempers flared in the 31st minute and both teams were reduced to 14 after a brawl involving a number of players from both sides.
The home side started the second half strongly and pinned Minety back in their own half but the villagers’ defensive line remained resolute and their dominance at lineout relieved the pressure.
Captain Andrew Hibberd scored MInety’s 3rd try in the 54th minute, collecting from the lineout and driving through the defence in the corner. Garland’s excellent conversion from distance took the visitors to a comfortable 19 – 0 lead.
The 4th, and bonus point winning try, came in the 59th minute when Roberts outpaced the defence to end a fine back line move. Garland’s conversion stretched the lead to 26 – 0.
The match ended shortly after as medical staff waited for an ambulance to attend to the stricken Colerne player.
After the match, coach Andy Ward said, “It was sad that the match had to end 15 minutes early. Obviously our thoughts are with the injured player. We lost our shape as the game progressed, and that is something we’ll have to address on the training pitch before we take on Combe Down, the league champions, in our final game of the season at Minety next week. Our set pieces were good but we should have used our width across the line more effectively.”
Captain Andrew Hibberd commented, “We played well in patches but overall I felt we were too rushed. We should have taken more time to assess where the mismatches were in their defence and exploited them.”
Date: Saturday 16th April 2016. Kick off 3pm
Weather conditions: Light cloud, bitter wind
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
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Minety 2nds won their last home fixture of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North campaign with a hard fought 38 31 victory over Warminster in a re-arranged fixture, the previous attempt being abandoned at half time after the pitch became unplayable.
The 2nds maintain their 7th place in the division table but are now just two points behind 6th placed Corsham and a huge 18 points above 9th placed Westbury.
Mionety 2nds last fixture of the season will be at Supermarine next Saturday.
The battle at the top of D&W3N is between Royal Wootton Bassett and Chippenham. Both teams boast a 17-1 winning record and the title is likely to be decided this coming weekend when the two meet at Bassett.
In Episode 5 (to be found at the bottom of the document) we learn of: the perils of training sessions in the village hall; streaking around the streets of “downtown” Minety; the dreaded “Elsen” Chemical toilet and its aroma; club barbecues and drinking contests; Enoch, the bulldog, who regularly got “legless” drunk at events; and Argentinian roasts.
The History can either be accessed through this link or via the link on the right hand menu of this page.
We are delighted to say that we have been approached by the Rugby Club magazine about being a featured club in a forthcoming edition. A small team from the club have been feversishly working away at a fairly comprehensive and searching set of questions posed to us by the magazine.
As soon as we hear of publication dates and availability, we’ll let you know here. In the meantime the magazine does have a twitter feed: @rugbyclubmag
We don’t feature many, if any, birthdays here but two key members of the club enjoyed special days this week. Yesterday (Tuesday) our esteemed 1st XV skipper, Andrew (Wallace) Hibbard turned 33 whilst last Sunday was Rob Bugden’s birthday. Happy birthday, lads!
Minety roared back into 4th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North on Saturday after an exciting and entertaining 31-20 win against a strong Chippenham II side at Minety Fields in which captain Andrew Hibbard and centre Matt Roberts each bagged a brace of tries.
In bright, sunny conditions, Minety won the toss and chose to play downhill.
The home team started strongly, with scrum half Duncan Simpson driving the team forward, and the visitors were forced for defend their own line from wave after wave of Minety attacks.
Somewhat against the run of play, Chippenham opened the scoring with a penalty in the 12th minute, but despite the smaller pack, the Minety forwards, superbly led by Hibbard, were soon level when centre Jack Ward slotted a penalty in the 16th minute and then kicked Minety into the lead in the 19th.
Some fine positional kicking from Chippenham kept the game in midfield as the match settled down after the hectic opening quarter.
Minety’s first try started almost on their own try line. A fine breakout from flanker Harry Neal ended with a pass to Hibbard who drew the defence before popping the ball to centre Roberts who ran in an excellent try from well inside his own half.
Minety extended their lead to 16-3 in the final minute of the half when Hibbard collected a pass from Ward to crash over from short range.
Chippenham started the second half strongly and only a fine tackle from full back Dale Langdown prevented a try. The pressure told soon after when a fine flowing backs’ move down the right saw the visitors score their first try to close the score down to 16-8.
Minety hit back with two tries in four minutes midway through the half. Roberts grabbed his second from short range before flanker Stephen Brown ran in MInety’s bonus point wining try from near the half way line after a Hibbard break from a scrum.
Another excellent move between Brown and Hibbard saw the latter cross for his second and Minety’s 5th try in the 70th minute, extending the villagers’ lead to 31-8.
Chippenham fought back in the final 10 minutes as the Minety pack tired and scored two tries to end the match 31-20 to the home side.
Coach Andy Ward thought that, in patches, Minety played some of their best rugby this year. “We need to be able to maintain that quality of play – at times we looked a little match rusty. That was a good Chippenham team that we beat today and I’m proud of the lads. We need to hit the training ground hard this week to set us up for the last two, crucial matches of the season. We are still in there with a chance of a promotion play-off spot.”
Captain Andrew Hibbard was more than happy with his two tries. “I thought we put in a great performance. And it’s always nice to grab a try or two.”
Man of the Match: Andrew Hibbard
Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016. Kick off 3pm
Venue: Minety Fields, Mintey
Weather conditions: Sunny and bright
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North
Have just received the news that the 2nds won their rearranged match in Dorset and Wilts 3 North at Westbury this afternoon by 27 – 5. More news as and when we get it.
Read about the club’s links with the infamous Union Carbide Company, the choice of club colours and the pitch out at Minety Common. Click on this link or use the link on the right hand menu to read the latest installment.
Minety return to winning ways
Minety halted their run of four straight league defeats with a fine away victory over Supermarine on Saturday. After their poor run of form, the villagers started the day just one place above their opponents in Dorset and Wilts 1 North and needed a win to put their season back on track.
After a scrappy opening in which the strong wind favoured Supermarine, Minety started to display the kind of attacking play that made them so successful last year, moving the ball through the backs and defending aggressively. It was against the run of play that Supermarine took the lead. Minety were penalised at a ruck and Supermarine slotted a superb penalty from 40 yards out in the 8th minute.
Two dropped passes at the end of a series of flowing moves denied MInety clear scoring opportunities as they fought to claw their way back into the match.
Scrum half Garin Garland’s speed and aggression forced Supermarine into conceding a penalty which the young scrum half converted to tie the scores in the 17th minute.
With centres Jack Ward and Matt Roberts always a threat and full back Dave Church and winger Dale Langdown willing to run at the Supermarine defence, Minety regained control of the match as the half drew to an end only for another long range penalty to give the home team a narrow 6 – 3 lead at half time.
It took the villagers just two minutes of the second half to take the lead. Impressive flanker Stephen Brown stole the ball at a breakdown and an excellent backs move saw Roberts beat four defenders before crashing over the line. Garland converted and Minety were 13-6 up.
An unusual substitution occurred in the 52nd minute when the referee had to be replaced after sustaining an injury. With the wind at their back, Minety dominated possession and territory and should have added at least two more tries but for handling errors at crucial moments.
When a Ward penalty kick in the 67th minute was mishandled over the line by a Supermarine defender Minety secured the ball from the resultant 5 metre scrum and Garland found the smallest gap to burst through to score Minety’s second try. The conversion was missed but Minety’s lead was now 18-6.
In contrast to much of their rugby since Christmas, Minety managed the last 10 minutes with ease, pinning Supermarine back in their own half and tackling superbly to deny the home team.
Coach Andy Ward was delighted with the performance. “For the first time this year we had nearly a full 1st team squad out there and we had lots of opportunities to score even more than we did. We defended well and our 1st tackles were superb. We deserved that win and now need to build on it as we approach the last three league games of the season.”
Supermarine 6 Minety 18
19th March 2016 at Supermarine
Cold and over cast but reasonably dry underfoot
Man of the Match: Stephen Brown
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A copy of the latest Minety RFC newsletter is available on the site either through this link or via the link on the right hand side of this page. Essential bed time reading!
The third episode of “The History of Minety RFC” has been added and can be accessed via this link or via the right hand column menu bar.
In this episode we learn of the links forged with a local pub, aquatic sensations, the Minety bath and the dreaded “Minety itch”.
In episode 4, to be published next week, we’ll learn of the club’s links with Union Carbide, the way the new club colours were chosen and how the club managed their new pitch out on Minety Common.
Corsham’s 60-5 win over Minety on Saturday took the home side up to second place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North and put them in with a real chance of the promotion playoff spot at the end of the season. The league’s form team, Corsham, have not lost a division match since November and were looking to inflict a 4th straight league defeat on Andy Ward’s Minety.
After a tight opening phase in which Minety exerted most of the pressure, missing a penalty, Corsham’s confident handling at pace pulled the makeshift Minety defence apart, moving the ball from one side to the other to allow Tim Minety to score the first point. Corsham’s second try once again stretched the villagers’ defence before winger Ryan Jones cleverly chipped over the covering back to run in and score beneath the posts.
The well drilled Corsham team added a third try in the 14th minute when a driving maul from 20 yards out saw Tim Minety grab his second try to take the lead to 17 points.
Minety upped their game and camped out on the Corsham line, but for the third game in a row, massive pressure brought no points for the visitors, second row Tom Windle coming closest to a try when his drive was held up over the line. With scrum half Duncan Simpson prompting Minety on, the villagers finally scored when hooker Tom Claxton found himself on the end of a fine move involving centre Jack Ward and second row Ben Scott.
Minety suffered a major setback when they lost young fly half Tom McAllister to a leg injury and had to reorganise hastily. The patched up village team were unable to prevent Harry Beazer adding a fourth try and Jacob Unwin scoring a 5th to bring the half to a close with Corsham 31-5 up.
The opening minutes of the second half saw Minety with the majority of possession but unable to gain any territorial advantage in the face of excellent Corsham tackling. Somewhat against the run of play, Corsham scored when winger Ewan Campbell touched down out wide on the left before a brace of tries in the 55th and 57th minute ended any chance of a Minety comeback, Unwin and Beazer scoring again.
Corsham were reduced to 14 men after a stamping offence but Minety lost Ward to a yellow card soon after.
With Minety pressing hard, Corsham broke away down the left wing, allowing Beazer to cross for his hat trick before Unwin broke out of his own 22 to run the length of the pitch for Corsham’s 10th try, to end the scoring at 60-5.
Coach Andy Ward praised his team’s efforts throughout the game but admitted that they were well beaten by a fitter, stronger and well drilled Corsham team. “We need to get out on the training pitches and get back to the form that saw us in 2nd place at the turn of the year. We were missing lots of players but it was a lack of match fitness and practice that told in the end.”
Today’s D&W1N match at Corsham goes ahead, kick off 2pm.
Today’s (12th March) 2nd XV fixture against Warminster at Minety Fields has been postponed after an early morning inspection from a local referee. Apparently the pitches are still very wet and are liable to cut up badly. A good day of sunshine and a drying wind might make them playable in 24 hours time, but today’s 2nd XV match is off.
No details as yet about the 1st XV match at Corsham.
Weather permitting, both Minety teams will be in action on Saturday in re-arranged fixtures after postponements earlier in the season. On a weekend which was originally free of fixtures in the Dorset and Wiltshire North Leagues 1 and 3, so as not to clash with 6 Nations Internationals, the 1st XV travel to Corsham for a 2pm kick off whilst the 2nd XV hope to entertain Warminster, kick off yet to be confirmed.
Andy Ward’s 1st XV desperately need to get their season back on track after a run of 3 consecutive defeats in Dorset and Wilts 1 North. Sitting in 5th place in the table, they are 8 points behind joint second placed Royal Wootton Bassett and Melksham and 4 points behind their opposition on Saturday. All four teams have a chance at the 2nd place promotion play off match but Corsham appear to be the form team in the league at the moment.
With only five league matches left of the season, Minety travel to Corsham, Supermarine and Colerne with home fixtures against Chippenham and run away league leaders Combe Down.
Last time Minety met Corsham back in September the villagers came out 46-20 victors but Andy Ward and captain Andrew Hibbard know that the Corsham team they’ll face on Saturday is a different proposition to the one they defeated at Minety Fields early on in the season. Corsham have rocketed up the table and have been undefeated since a loss to Combe Down back in November. Last week Corsham inflicted Combe Down’s only defeat of the season; it will be a tough challenge for Minety.
The 2nd XV face Warminster. At the time of writing, the kick off time has yet to be confirmed but is likely to be earlier than the 3pm originally reported. Minety 2nds find themselves in 7th place in the league, with 32 points, 9 behind Warminster, who are one place above them in the league. The home team haven’t completed a league fixture since 13th February and haven’t managed a whole home match since before Christmas. Having lost their last two matches at Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon, they will be hoping that the fresh band of rain will not render the Minety pitches unplayable again.
Warminster have had a mixed season but have shown how dangerous they can be by running up the biggest win of the season, against Swindon by 103-12 in December, a Swindon team who recently inflicted a painful defeat upon Minety.