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Minety at Melksham: MTV

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Melksham is now available on this site.  It can be accessed via this link, clicking on the MTV icon or by choosing the Minety Player option from the side menu.




Written by Graham Cooke

March 27th, 2019 at 9:30 am

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Minety mauled at Melksham

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Minety’s chances of a top 6 place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 look remote after they were subjected to a 9 try mauling at the hands of a well organised Melksham team on Saturday.  The village team came into the match with a young and inexperienced team hoping to surprise 3rd placed Melksham, and for the first 14 minutes they looked as if they were in with a chance.

On a beautifully prepared pitch at Melksham it was the village team who dominated the early exchanges with new half back team Mark Glew and Dave Cooke spreading the ball out wide and debutant Will Seaton making darting runs on the wing.  Forwards Andrew Hibbard, Cameron Smith and captain Tom Claxton all made inroads into the Melksham 22 as Minety pushed for the opening score.

The illusive Jack Howse was hauled down close to the line but then Melksham were caught offside but Cooke’s penalty attempted crashed again the near post and bounced to safety.

Jack Howse before his leg injury

The let off spurred Melksham into the type of form that has seen them as the only team to really challenge Combe Down and Avonvale at the top of the table.  After a series of cross field moves a chip kick over the Minety defence saw the winger collect and touch down beneath the posts.

Melksham doubled their lead in the 20th minute, another fluent move across the pitch enabling the No. 8 to touch down under the posts.

With Howse proving a handful in mid field and strong running from his fellow centre Chris Rule and Mike Scott, making his first appearance of the season, Minety matched Melksham as the half wore on. Melksham extended their lead with a long range penalty in the 30th minute to take the score to 17-0.

Rule was almost through shortly after as Minety pressed forward, the backs moving the ball quickly along the line but the Melksham defence was well organised and the attack fizzled out. As the game entered stoppage time at the end of the half Minety chose not to kick a penalty and ran the ball at the Melksham line.  Winger Matt Stone looked to have broken through but a last gaps tackle dislodged the ball and the chance was lost. Matt Chisholm, Claxton and Colin French were all stopped near the line but it was Melksham who finished the half with a try after a break out against the run of play.

Centre Chris Rule puts in another crunching tackle

Coach Andy Grayson introduced Matt Roberts at the start of the second half after Mike Scott was injured but the experienced back could do nothing to prevent Melksham’s 4th try in the opening minute; a fine move across field from left to right ending with a touch down by the right hand flag.

Minety lost Howse shortly after, replaced by Sam Trinder. The sheer weight of the Melksham attacks were taking their toll on a hard pitch and under an unseasonably warm sunshine.  Rather than slowing the game down to try to catch their breath, Minety showed their inexperience by trying to up the tempo and all too often the ball was lost to a Melksham side growing in confidence.

Melksham kicked their second penalty of the match in the 53rd minute and from the kick off only a fine tackle from Roberts prevented another Melksham try.  A minute later it was Roberts on the attack, his kick and chase thwarted at the Melksham line but as Minety tried to re-organise the ball went out wide on the left for the Melksham winger to run in the 5th try from 60 metres out. The long range conversion was successful and Minety were down by 37 points.

Matt Stone runs in to score Minety’s only points

Matters went from bad to worse seconds later.  From the kick off Melksham burst through to run in their 6th try under the posts.

Shortly after, Howse, pressed back into action after Cooke was injured, was the recipient of a late tackle and had to be carried from the pitch, latest indications being that he may have fractured his leg in the incident.

Melksham’s 7th try came in the 68th minute, again after a back’s move that the visibly tiring Minety defence simply could not manage.

Andy Grayson’s side picked themselves up after this latest set back and Matt Stone was on the end of a good move set up by Rule and Colin French to touch down wide on the right for Minety’s first points.

Matt touches down for Minety’s try

Melksham ended the match with two further converted tries to leave the final score a rather flattering 65 -5.

Tom Claxton is helped from the pitch late on

Coach Grayson was disappointed at the end of the game.  “There’s not a lot of positives that we can take from that game although I thought Will Seaton had a good debut and Chris Rule put in a man of the match performance with his tackling in midfield.  I’d certainly like to thank all of the 2nd XV players who stepped up and hope that the injured players can rest and recover before our next match, at home to Pewsey in a fortnight’s time.”

Not for the faint hearted – Jack’s fracture!

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nd XV were defeated by 43 – 19 by Warminster.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 24th, 2019 at 10:51 am

This weekend’s fixtures

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This weekend both Minety teams will be in action, the 1sts travelling to Melksham while the 2nd team host Bradford on Avon, both with 3pm kick offs.

The two matches are vitally important for both teams as we rapidly approach the end of the season.

The 1st XV travel to high flying Melksham hoping that they can pull a surprise out the bag and thus enhance their chances of finishing in 6th place in the table.  The fight for 6th is squarely between Trowbridge and Minety and every point gained will be invaluable.

The 2nd XV host Bradford on Avon in the knowledge, as has been reported on this site earlier in the week, that the match is one for survival.  The 2nd XV are just one concession away from having their record in the league expunged (yes, it is still a real word), like Supermarine and Melksham.  The loss of those two teams from the league means that the 2nd XV now lie at the foot of the table.  Whilst the result is important, just being on the pitch and playing a competitive match is vital for the 2nd XV if they are to guarantee themselves a place in the league next season.

Reports from both match will be available on this site on Sunday but it would be great if both teams could have some real support on the touchlines.  The weather is set fair; come on, come and join us.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 22nd, 2019 at 9:51 am

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Crisis Point

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Yesterday, Tuesday, we received official notification from the Dorset and Wilts League that Melksham had joined Supermarine in withdrawing from league division 3 North.  Both clubs had exceeded the limit placed on clubs for conceding matches.

In addition to losing the clubs from an already small league, their points and results have also been expunged (yes, that it the correct word) from the table.

That means that Minety 2nd XV are now bottom of Dorset and Wilts Division 3 with -8 points (points are deducted each time a team fails to fulfil a fixture). 

We have also been informed by the league that Minety 2nd XV are just one match away from joining Melksham and Supermarine; if we concede one of the two remaining fixtures this season we will also be removed from the league.  This is a catastrophic situation for a club with the rich traditions of Minety.  The 2nd XV has always been vital for bringing on new players, allowing others to enjoy a recreational game of rugby on a Saturday without the league and performance pressures that the 1st XV players are exposed to and a great place for those reaching the end of their 1st XV days to wind down slowly (remember, you’re a long time retired from a game like rugby; just ask the poor old sap who’s writing this now) and pass on their gained wisdom to the next generation of Minety players. 

The long and the short of the matter is that teams that disappear don’t tend to rise, phoenix like, from the ashes the following season.  

This is a call out to all Minety players – we need a full (18 players) 1st XV to travel to Melksham this Saturday to try and continue our push for a top 6 place in Division 1 and we desperately need a full (18 players) 2nd XV to take on Bradford on Avon at Minety Fields this Saturday and Chippenham at Minety Fields on 30th March (the fixture was brought forward by a week at Chippenham’s request).

If you can help out, please contact your captains, Tom Claxton and Steve Wilson.  Contact details are on the Contacts page of this site.  And if you are unsure, just take a look at the table below, and Minety’s perilous position at present … and then think what it would be like if the name of Minety were not to be there at all!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 20th, 2019 at 9:20 am

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Come On! Get behind your man

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Rob Hinwood

Earlier this week we posted about Rob Hinwood, a Minety stalwart, who is running a half marathon in Bath tomorrow in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  It’s a brilliant cause and it would be great if members of Minety, supporters of Minety and the players from Minety could get behind and support Rob, if only by pledging the cost of a pint of beer.  Come on!  Let’s support this tremendous effort. 

All you have to do is click on the link below and pledge an amount and then  add on the Gift Aid and the money can be put to great use and Rob will know that you’re supporting his cause.

Still not convinced?  Read Rob’s short story and then click that link and make that pledge.  Go on; you know it makes sense!

“Every year my wonderful mum takes part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which helps support thousands of people suffering with cancer – which Mum herself fought off over 10 years ago. This year I’ve decided to get involved…but I make terrible cakes and average coffee. However I’m quite good at putting one foot in front of the other fairly quickly for a long (ish) time. So I’m running the Bath Half on March 17th!

Please give whatever you can – I will be incredibly grateful no matter the amount!”

Click on the link below to go through to the Just Giving page for Rob and make a donation, make a change!  Go on, you know you want to!

Click Here


Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2019 at 10:39 am

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It’s not summer until it’s the Minety 7’s

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Written by Graham Cooke

March 15th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack

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Benny, our tame statistician, is often asked about the number of appearances that players have made this season.  As we welcomed Tom Waldron to the list, after his appearance against Combe Down last Saturday, we can now confirm that 45 different players have represented the 1st XV this season – enough for three whole teams!  Benny has ploughed through the stats and has produced this table showing appearances thus far, including the Vase competition but not including pre season friendlies.  Mark Glew and Chris Rule top the list, having been on the team sheet and playing in 20 of our 21 matches (appearance percentages of 95.24%) included in these statistics.  Here is the full list (errors and ommisions not accepted!!)

Glew, Mark 20 95.24%
Rule, Chris 20 95.24%
Howse, Jack 19 90.48%
Hibbard, Andrew 18 85.71%
Scott, Ben 18 85.71%
French, Colin 17 80.95%
Stone, Matt 17 80.95%
Claxton, Tom 16 76.19%
Collins, Ben 14 66.67%
Cooke, Dave 14 66.67%
Darrell, Andy 13 61.90%
Langridge, Ben 13 61.90%
Tillotsen, Kieran 13 61.90%
Thompson, Jay 12 57.14%
Garland, Garin 11 52.38%
Hughes, Sam 11 52.38%
Hinwood, Rob 10 47.62%
Simpson, Duncan 9 42.86%
Murray, Del 8 38.10%
Peirce, Gareth 8 38.10%
Windle, Ash 8 38.10%
Aubrey, Morgan 7 33.33%
Smith, Cameron 7 33.33%
Ward, Jack 7 33.33%
McAllister, Tom 5 23.81%
Sellick, Ben 5 23.81%
Coleman, Bram 4 19.05%
Nicksen, James 4 19.05%
Ward, Phil 4 19.05%
White, Steve 4 19.05%
Chisholm, Matt 3 14.29%
Park, Matt 3 14.29%
Stuart, James 3 14.29%
Church, Dave 2 9.52%
Crisp, Will 2 9.52%
Mason, Will 2 9.52%
Roberts, Matt 2 9.52%
Wilson, Steve 2 9.52%
Cross, Matt 1 4.76%
Leong, Jonathan 1 4.76%
Lockwood, Ned 1 4.76%
Thomas, Gareth 1 4.76%
Trinder, Sam 1 4.76%
Waldron, Tom 1 4.76%
Wright, Ken 1 4.76%

Written by Graham Cooke

March 14th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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MTV: Minety V Combe Down

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Combe Down is now available on this site.  It can be accessed via this link, clicking on the MTV icon or by choosing the Minety Player option from the side menu.




Written by Graham Cooke

March 13th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Review of Dorset and Wilts Division 3

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In truth, Minety did themselves no favours over the weekend with an administrative mix up meaning that the tie with Bath Saracens was called off, through lack of avaiability, much later than we, and they, would have liked.

A quick glance at the result(s) shows the uncomfortable state that the division has lapsed into, with just one match being contested and all the others conceded.

The authorities must do something about this state of affairs because not only are playing squads apparently smaller, but availability and getting into the habit of playing on a Saturday are also suffering.  A glance at the fixture list for the 2nd XV shows that they have only played 6 matches this season, three of those in the first three rounds of the season and have not completed a match since 19th January.  Of more concern is that there have been 7 conceded matches involving Minety this season.

A proposal for re-structuring the league was tabled at the last Minety RFC Committee meeting and will be published on this site in the next week or so.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 12th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Support Rob running the Bath Half for Macmillan

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It’s time to get the credit cards out and make a donation to a brilliant cause and supporting a Minety player on a mission.

Rob Hinwood

Rob Hinwood is running the Bath Half Marathon on March 17th to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rob writes:

Every year my wonderful mum takes part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which helps support thousands of people suffering with cancer – which Mum herself fought off over 10 years ago. This year I’ve decided to get involved…but I make terrible cakes and average coffee. However I’m quite good at putting one foot in front of the other fairly quickly for a long (ish) time. So I’m running the Bath Half on March 17th!

Please give whatever you can – I will be incredibly grateful no matter the amount!

Click on the link below to go through to the Just Giving page for Rob and make a donation, make a change!  Go on, you know you want to!

Click Here

Written by Graham Cooke

March 11th, 2019 at 9:33 pm

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Dorset & Wilts Division 1 Review

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This week we’re dividing up the reviews of the weekend’s action, dealing with Division 1 today (Monday) and Division 3 tomorrow.  Wednesday’s post will be the MTV feature and we’re hoping to prise Benny away from his bottle of gin long enough to get him to do some stats for Thursday or Friday.

Minety’s loss to Combe Down was disappointing but not unexpected.  The Bath side have run away with the league this season, despite the valiant efforts of second place Avonvale.  19 wins and 16 bonus points from 19 matches is a record to be proud of and there was no doubt that their settled squad is brimming full of confidence.  The 7-43 defeat may seem like a big defeat but actually Minety matched their illustrious opposition for large phases of the match.  Conceding two converted tries in the first 6 minutes didn’t help the home cause and three more in the 3  or so minutes either side of half time killed off the match but Minety, with a young and inexperienced team, did themselves proud.

The fixture that we were all watching was, of course, the one that matched the sides on either side of us in the table.  In the end 8th placed Sutton Benger picked up all of the points against 6th placed Trowbridge.  The result keeps Trowbridge within range for Minety as we enter the last phase of the season with just three matches to come.

Royal Wootton Bassett’s win against 11th placed Calne gave them a bonus point and makes it well nigh impossible for Minety to catch them whilst Supermarine’s loss to Avonvale makes relegation look likely.   Avonvale maintained their 12 point deficit to Combe Down at the top but also benefited from Warminster, who started the day in 3rd place, losing heavily at home to 9th placed Chippenham. Minety play Warminster in the last match of the season at Minety Fields and will hope that they can secure points from that game.

Elsewhere, Melksham climbed into 3rd place with a win over Pewsey Vale, who drop below Chippenham into 10th place.  Melksham are Minety’s next opponents, a week on Saturday, over at Melksham.  They will certainly be a tough test for the village team, Melksham being the top placed Wiltshire team in the league.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 11th, 2019 at 9:41 am

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Battling Minety downed by league leaders

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Minety lost their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 encounter with runaway league leaders Combe Down, going down by 43-7 at Minety Fields on Saturday.

The Bath based side came into the match with an unblemished record in the league this season, winning all 18 of their matches and averaging well over 50 points in each game so Minety coach Andy Grayson and captain Andrew Hibbard knew that they were in for a bruising encounter.

Still without club captain Tom Claxton and leading points scorer Garin Garland, Grayson brought in Matt Park at hooker and paired Mark Glew with James Nicksen at half back for the first time.

Minety got off to the worst possible start, conceding the opening try in the 4th minute and then a second just two minutes later.  The first came when the ball squirmed out of a scrummage and was picked up by the Combe Down flanker who crossed easily near the posts, the second at the end of a fluent move involving forwards and backs resulting in the left winger running the ball in near the corner flag and then touching down near the posts.

14-0 down after just 6 minutes and Minety looked in real trouble. However, Grayson’s sides this season have displayed resilience under pressure this season and they fought back against their illustrious opponents, Glew and Nicksen working well together and the usually reliable lineouts and scrums giving some quality ball for the backs.  From one set piece Hibbard almost broke through but was brought down metres from the line.

In the pack it became a real battle with front rowers Andy Darrall, Park and Colin French refusing to give an inch in exchanges, ably supported by second rowers Ben Scott and Ben Collins. Combe Down showed why they are unbeaten this season with some fine backs moves, switching play from one touchline to the other with confidence but the Minety cover broke up play time and time again.

Minety’s task was not helped when hard tackling flanker Jay Thompson was injured mid-way through the half, James Stuart coming on from the bench to replace him. The home side matched Combe Down until three minutes before the interval.  After another series of impressive phases of play Minety’s defences were breached for the third try and a fourth was added in stoppage time as both teams pressed forward and gaps appeared defensively.

Minety started the second half brightly with centre Jack Howse at last finding some room to run at the defence and Hibbard always a threat in the loose but it was Combe Down who scored first to increase their lead to 31-0 in the 43rd minute, a flanker breaking through two tackles to cross for their 5th try.  The conversion was successful and league leaders were 31-0 up. Minety introduced Tom Waldron to the side shortly after when Del Murray picked up an injury.  The youngster became the 45th player to wear a Minety shirt in this season full of injuries and unavailabilities for the village side.

Combe Down’s 6th try came from a rolling maul as Minety were pushed back.  Flanker Kieran Tillotson was injured in the lead up to the try and had to be replaced, Steve White making a rare appearance for the side replacing him.

36 points behind, Minety fought back with Howse and French stopped inches short of the line and then Scott held up over the line.  Shortly after winger Dave Cooke was held up on the line but when the ball came back captain Hibbard broke a tackle to register a well-deserved try for Minety, which Nicksen converted to bring the scoreline to 7-36.

Andrew Hibbard (bottom right) touches down for Minety’s try

Deep into injury time, and with the home team down to 13 players with Howse off the pitch and injured, Combe Down registered their 7th try near to the posts to leave them with a flattering 43-7 win.

Afterwards Andy Grayson said, “We worked very hard today.  They are a team who have scored over 100 points in some games and we made them work hard for every try. There were lots of positives to take from that match.  We didn’t take a backward step and stuck together as a unit, even when the injuries began to take their toll. Choosing a man of the match was very difficult because everyone put in so much effort, but I’m awarding it to James Nicksen who stood up under extreme pressure and was at the heart of all that we did.”

Man of the Match James Nicksen, with Colin French and Anton.

With three matches of the season Minety remain in 7th place, two points behind Trowbridge but 11 above 8th placed Sutton Benger.

Could well be a caption contest! A bloodied Ben Scott at the end of the match.

In a fortnight Grayson’s team travel to 3rd placed Melksham before ending the season with two home games, against Pewsey Vale and Warminster.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 10th, 2019 at 10:01 am

RFU Accreditation for Minety

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We are delighted to be able to announce that representatives of the club met with our RFU Regional Development Officer, Chris Burton, to receive our club’s RFU Accreditation.

The club, led by Cliff Garland, has been working towards this prestigious award for some time now and had to put together a comprehensive development plan to match the RFU’s stringent criteria.  The plan, which highlights areas where the club is working at or exceeding the RFU’s expectations also identifies areas where we need to improve, and was endorsed by the Minety RFC Committee in January and sent to the RFU for their approval.

In addition to now being a fully RFU Accredited Club, MInety has also been awarded Sport England’s Clubmark Accreditation, valid for the next two years.

Club stalwart John Butler was present to receive the Accreditation certificates and signs, which will be displayed soon in the club house.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 8th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

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The weekend’s fixtures

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Well, it doesn’t get much tougher than this weekend’s fixtures in both Division 1 and Division 3.

In Division 1 Tom Claxton’s 1st XV host top of the table Combe Down at Minety Fields, with a 3pm kick off time.  Combe Down have topped the table since the first game of the season and are presently unbeaten in 18 league games, picking up the 4 try bonus point in 15 of those.  A win on Saturday would almost guarantee the Bath outfit a promotion at the end of the season.

Minety come into their toughest home match of the season buoyed by their fine win at Chippenham last week and will be after maximum points in their attempts to overhaul 6th placed Trowbridge in the league.

Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV travel to Bath Saracens in Division 3.  The Bath outfit, who ply their trade at Oldfield Park, have hit a rich vein of form recently and will be a challenge for the Minety 2nd XV.

Match reports will appear on this site on Sunday as usual.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 8th, 2019 at 9:17 am

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MTV: Chippenham v Minety

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Chippenham is now available on this site.  It can be accessed via this link, clicking on the MTV icon or by choosing the Minety Player option from the side menu.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 6th, 2019 at 10:30 am

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