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Warminster concede

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The 2018/9 season has come to an end at Minety with a bit of a whimper with the news that the much anticipated clash between Minety and Warminster has been called off after we recieved notification earlier this morning that Warminster were unable to fulfil the fixture due to a lack of available players.

The result, or lack of it, means that Minety finish the season with an 11 win, 11 loss record and presently sit in 6th place in the league. Mathematically, Trowbridge can overtake us if they take all of the points from their match at Calne.

The loss of the match is sad because we were hoping to recall some players who have not featured recently in the squad, and all chances of being able to introduce the 49th and 50th players into the 1st team this season have disappeared (Benny is so frustrated; he’s been polishing his boots all morning and was so looking forward to playing this afternoon – his last game was in the early 1830’s).

On a personal note, I’m also sad that the match is off this way because, after 4 years of writing match reports on Minety, this was to be my last one – someone else can have a go next season.  After over 100 matches and well over 90,000 words (a lot of it drivel, as you know if you read them on this site), the pleasure of the Sunday morning write up and distribution will be someone elses.

If there are any budding journalists out there, please let me know.  The Job Description for the Press post will be posted on this site next week with the election of a new press officer as part of the club’s elections at the end of May / start of June.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 13th, 2019 at 11:29 am

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Stat Attack!

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Benny Disraeli, our Stat guru

Someone suggested to me at the weekend that the only thing worth reading on the site was “Stat Attack”.  Hurt beyond belief, I mentioned this to resident statistics guru Benny, and lo and behold, a new Stat Attack has just been couriered to me.

When Dan Wilson came on as a replacement on Saturday he became the 48th player to wear a Minety 1st XV shirt this season.

Here is the full list showing names, number of appeareances out of 23 games played and percentage of appearances.

Glew, Mark 22 95.65%
Rule, Chris 22 95.65%
Hibbard, Andrew 20 86.96%
Howse, Jack 20 86.96%
Scott, Ben 20 86.96%
French, Colin 19 82.61%
Claxton, Tom 18 78.26%
Stone, Matt 18 78.26%
Collins, Ben 15 65.22%
Cooke, Dave 15 65.22%
Darrell, Andy 14 60.87%
Langridge, Ben 13 56.52%
Tillotsen, Kieran 13 56.52%
Garland, Garin 12 52.17%
Hughes, Sam 12 52.17%
Thompson, Jay 12 52.17%
Hinwood, Rob 11 47.83%
Simpson, Duncan 10 43.48%
Murray, Del 9 39.13%
Aubrey, Morgan 8 34.78%
Peirce, Gareth 8 34.78%
Smith, Cameron 8 34.78%
Windle, Ash 8 34.78%
Ward, Jack 7 30.43%
Chisholm, Matt 5 21.74%
Coleman, Bram 5 21.74%
McAllister, Tom 5 21.74%
Park, Matt 5 21.74%
Sellick, Ben 5 21.74%
Nicksen, James 4 17.39%
Ward, Phil 4 17.39%
White, Steve 4 17.39%
Roberts, Matt 3 13.04%
Stuart, James 3 13.04%
Church, Dave 2 8.70%
Crisp, Will 2 8.70%
Mason, Will 2 8.70%
Scott, Mike 2 8.70%
Trinder, Sam 2 8.70%
Waldron, Tom 2 8.70%
Wilson, Steve 2 8.70%
Cross, Matt 1 4.35%
Leong, Jonathan 1 4.35%
Lockwood, Ned 1 4.35%
Seaton, Will 1 4.35%
Thomas, Gareth 1 4.35%
Wilson, Dan 1 4.35%
Wright, Ken 1 4.35%

 

In all matches, including cup ties, Minety have scored 560 points.  Top points scorer, despite being injured for some time, is still Garin Garland with 129 (23%) with Sam Hughes in 2nd place with 79 (14%) and Jack Ward 3rd with 51 (9.1%).

Andrew Hibbard and Jack Howse top the try scoring lists with 10 each of the 76 tries scored.  Garin Garland has 9 while Sam Hughes has 8.

18 different players have scored a try for the 1st XV this season.

71% of the tries have been successfully converted.  Garin tops the conversion charts with 24 while Sam Hughes and jack Ward have 12 apiece.

23 penalties have been successfully kicked with Garin again at the top with 12 followed by Jack Ward with 4.

On the “naughty step” we presently have 10 players who have picked up a total of 11 yellow cards and 1 red this season.

Always a popular stat: amazingly we have a three way tie for the most players with surnames beginning with a particular letters.  8 players whose surname begins with C are now tied with 8 with surnames starting with S and 8 more starting with W.

The longest continuous run of appearances foes to Chris Rule, who has been an ever present since the 3rd game of the season, a total of 21 games in a row.  Mark Glew has appeared in the last 18 lineups.

We need just two more players to make their season debuts on Saturday and we’ll have a half century!  Benny is dusting off his boots as we speak!

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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MTV v. Pewsey Vale

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Pewsey Vale 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

April 10th, 2019 at 9:29 am

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Weekend Round up

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As we enter the final week of the 2018-2019 season here’s a chance to study the penulitmate round of matches in Divsion 1 (Division 3, where the 2nd XV play, will be covered later in the week).

Minety’s fine 29-22 win over Pewsey Vale has taken the club above Trowbridge into 6th place in the league although it’s not clear how the league table has been managed since both teams have 52 points yet Trowbridge have a better Points For / Points Against record.  No matter – it’s there in black and white.  Next week Minety take on 4th placed Warminster at home while Trowbridge travel to 11th placed Calne, so Minety will need to pull out all the stops if we are to cling on to that 6th place.

Elsewhere, the shock of the weekend came at Royal Wootton Bassett where the home team inflicted Combe Down’s first defeat of the season by 32-10.  Combe Down are already champions but a loss will have hit them hard so close to the end of the season.

Avonvale did Minety favours by defeating Trowbridge and denying them a losing bonus point and a four try bonus point.

In the battle for 3rd place Warminster inflicted a real beating on Melksham, coming through 45-10 against a team who had inflicted a heavy defeat of Minety just two weeks ago.

Supermarine’s quest for a league win failed again as they were heavily beaten at home by 9th placed Chippenham while Sutton Benger secured 8th place in the league come what may with a 30-10 win over Calne, who stay 2 points behind Pewsey.

In the final round of Fixtures, MInety (6th) play Warminster (4th); Avonvale (2nd) play Pewsey (10th); Calne 11th) play Trowbridge (7th); Combe Down (1st) play Supermarine (12th); and Melksham (3rd) play Royal Wootton Bassett (5th).

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Butler’s Bar: an MTV special

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Here is the film of the naming ceremony:

Enjoy!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 8th, 2019 at 11:37 am

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Butler’s Bar

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On Saturday 6th April Minety RFC celebrated the huge contribution that John Butler (JB) has made to the club.  Some people even claim that without JB there would no club now.  Whatever the case, JB’s contribution to Minety RFC has been monumental, whether it be as a gritty forward “back in the day”; as the person who laid the bricks for the club house; as the man who maintains all the equipment; the man who marks out the pitches; the man who cuts and maintains the pitches; the “go to” man in the event of a minor problem or a major catastrophe.

Every club needs a JB; we are so lucky we have the orginal here at Minety.

The Bar at Minety is now known as “Butler’s Bar”.

A proud man!

Dave Peirce was the driving force behind the naming of the bar and hosted the naming ceremony, carried out officially by John’s lovely wife.  Film of the event, for those unlucky enough not to be at the club house on Saturday, will be posted on here later in the week.

For now, we leave you with a little competition:  which one of the two photographs is grammatically correct and which one was fixed to the wall on Saturday.  Answers on a post card to Dave Peirce, Chairman of the Minety Branch of the Apostrophe Association!

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 8th, 2019 at 9:06 am

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Hughes and Hibbard shine in Minety win

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Fly half Sam Hughes and Number 8 Andrew Hibbard were the undoubted stars as Minety completed a deserved 39 – 22 win over Pewsey Vale on Saturday, and in so doing moved above Trowbridge into 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 with just match left in the season.

Both teams played with a ferocity that left a number of players injured and many more nursing knocks that will take some days to recover.

Pewsey started the match kicking down the slope but soon found the home team making incursions into their territory thanks to some quick bursts from scrum half Garin Garland, returning to action after 5 weeks out through injury.

Minety opened the scoring in the 5th minute. When Hughes picked up the ball 30 metres out there seemed little chance of a try but the fly half danced his way past 5 defenders to score beneath the posts.

Sam Hughes scores Minety’s first try in the 5th minute

With Garland orchestrating the moves and speedy flankers Mark Glew and Morgan Aubrey pressing forward, Minety began to play the sort of free flowing rugby that had been their hallmark earlier in the season before injuries deprived them of so many players.

Garin Garland before his injury

Pewsey used the slope well and some defensive kicking soon saw them camped on the Minety try, using their mobile pack and powerful backs to pin the village team back. Fine tackling by second row Matt Chisholm and winger Duncan Simpson frustrated Pewsey’s attempts and kept the home side ahead until a pivotal moment in the match on 20 minutes when Garland had to be helped from the pitch after sustaining what looked to be a concussion. Minety coach Andy Grayson brought on young Sam Waldron and moved Glew to scrum half as cover.

Pewsey scored their first try shortly after, a forwards’ move seeing them push over the line to touch down in the 23rd minute. The conversion was missed so Minety still lead by 7 – 5.

With Glew and Hughes now working well at half back and Hibbard always a threat in the loose, Minety pressed for a score before half time, centre Chris Rule hauled down metres from the line after a fine burst through the defence, prop Colin French on hand to take up the charge.

Pewsey were denied a try in the 36th minute when the final pass of a fluent cross field move went forward as the physicality of the encounter took its toll, French forced off after a heavy tackle and Dan Wilson entering the fray, the 48th player to wear the Minety 1st XV shirt this season. With Glew moving to prop as cover, centre Del Murray took up the scrum half role as the half entered no less than 13 minutes of stoppage time.

A 60 metre, lung busting run up the slope from Hibbard released the Pewsey pressure and after attempts by captain Tom Claxton and prop Andy Darrall, Hughes kicked a penalty to end the half with Minety leading 10 -5.

Sam Hughes kicks Minety into a 12-5 lead before half time

The second half was just seconds old when Hibbard picked up a loose ball in a ruck and ran in 30 metres to score beneath the posts, Hughes adding the conversion to send Minety 17-5 up.

Andrew Hibbard scores Minety’s second try in the 41st minute

Murray’s break shortly after almost set up Wilson on the wing but when the ball came back in field it went to ground and the chance was lost.

Hughes extended the lead in the 51st minute with a penalty and then scored his second try when a loose ball popped up into his hands at the end of a lovely move involving centre Bram Coleman, Hibbard and full back Mike Scott.

Sam Hughes scores his 2nd and Minety’s third try in the 53rd minute

In the 56th minute Hughes was denied a try controversially after another brilliant solo run when it was claimed he had not grounded the ball properly and then moments later he burst passed  5 defenders before off loading to Claxton but the ball went to ground when a try seemed the only outcome possible. 

Sam is denied a hat trick after apparently not grounding this attempt.

In the 62nd minute Claxton was prevented from grounding the ball over the line but from the ensuing scrum Minety pushed over and Hibbard touched down for his second try and Minety’s bonus point winning 4th try.

Andrew Hibbard registers his second and Minety’s 4th try in the 64th minute

Minety’s 5th try came straight from the kick off.  Glew burst forward before offloading to winger Simpson.  He evaded the first line of defence before passing to Hibbard who ran in to score his second half hat trick try beneath the posts.  Hughes slotted home the conversion and Minety led 39-5.

Andrew Hibbard’s hat trick try and Minety’s 5th in the 64th minute

The game became much more open as it entered the last 10 minutes and only a brilliant tackle from Murray prevented Pewsey after a breath taking 80 metre move almost saw the visitors score a break away try. Pewsey’s enterprise was rewarded with a third try shortly after and they added a 4th, and bonus point winning try in the 80th minute, a point which may prove vital at the end of the season.

Del Murray’s brilliant try saving tackle late on

Coach Andy Grayson was rightly proud of his team.  “There were moments of individual brilliance that caught the eye but the team played well as a whole.  Andy Darrall had a great game at prop and Morgan Aubrey caught, carried and tackled well throughout the game. If I had to name a man of the match I’d have to give it to Andrew Hibbard for his ball carrying and his hat trick of tries although it’s hard to overlook a stunning individual performance from Sam Hughes.”

Whoops! Someone drops the ball with the try line beckoning.

The win takes Minety above Trowbridge into 6th place in the league with just one fixture remaining of the season, against 4th placed Warminster at Minety Fields next Saturday.

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 7th, 2019 at 10:48 am

Match Day

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With the season now drawing to an end, just two more matches, including the home match today against Pewsey Vale (kick off 3pm, all welcome), it’s time for one last massive effort from Andy Grayson’s squad to haul themselves back into 6th place (and the top half of the league).

At present Minety find themselves in 7th place with 47 points from the 20 completed matches, just 5 points behind Trowbridge, who have to entertain 2nd placed Avonvale today and then travel to Calne for their last game of the season.

Minety entertain Pewsey Vale today, a team that has not enjoyed the best of luck this season with a small squad and almost as many unavailabilities as Minety.  Sitting in 10th place, they have a remote chance of catching 9th placed Chippenham but will be keeping an eye on 11th placed Calne who are just one point behind them in the table with 24 points.

When the two clubs met in December the weather conditions were so bad that MTV was unable to film the game and the fixture was brought to a swift end early when Minety dropped to just 11 fit players and our scrum half was in danger of suffering from hypothermia!  Needless to say, we hope that today’s conditions are more conducive to decent rugby.

Minety’s fraught season ends next week with another home fixsture, this time against 4th placed Warminster, who will want all the points they can get in order to fend off 5th placed Royal Wootton Bassett.

With just 2 games left, Combe Down are top of the table and 12 points clear of second placed Avonvale, and so are Champions and will presumably be promoted.  They travel to Royal Wootton Bassett for what should be a lively encounter before ending their season with a home match against bottom of the table Supermarine.

Match report on Minety’s game will appear on the site on Sunday.

If you can get along to the fixture to support the lads, please do.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 6th, 2019 at 10:06 am

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Minety IIs v Chippenham IIIs MTV

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match played in Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North between Minety II’s and Chippenham III’s 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

April 3rd, 2019 at 9:46 am

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Weekend Roundup

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Saturday’s match in D&W3 between Minety and Chippenham was the only match played in Divisions 1 and 3, the fixture originally penned in for next Saturday but moved, at the request of Chippenham to allow their players to attend the Clash between Bath and Bristol at Twickenham next Saturday.

The result, 35-27 in favour of Minety, had quite some significance, as can be seen from the table below:

The bonus point winning result for Steve Wilson’s team hauls them above Swindon III’s at the foot of the table.  Swindon’s game in hand is a difficult home match against the improving Bath Saracens team who will have noted that with Chippenham only taking a bonus point for four tries scored from Saturday’s defeat are now within touching distance of both themselves and Warminster in the race for 3rd place in the league.  Warminster have to overcome the hitherto unbeaten Amesbury to clinch that spot so the onus is on Bath Saracens to secure a victory, claim 3rd place for themselves and keep Minety off the foot of the table.

Saturday’s display by both teams showed just how vital 2nd and 3rd XV matches are.  Played in fine style, the match may have lacked the speed and physicality of Division 1 clashes but it was hugely entertaining and contained none of the “controversy” that has dogged matches in the higher division.  Veterans, players recovering from injury and a whole crop of promising youngsters contributed and if we can keep them playing and training over the summer then the prospects for 2019-2020 look a whole lot brighter.

Congratulations Minety II’s; you did the club proud.  In no particular order, and apologies if I have missed anyone: Steve Wilson (Captain), Mark Glew, Piers Ward, Colin French, Steve Reynolds, Angus Clifford, Johnny Leong, Dave White, Charles Grayson, Scott Tomlinson, James White, Del Murray, Morgan Aubrey, Henry Skipton-Carter, Nicolai De-Sousa, James Stuart, Jack Ward, Andrew Hibbard, Sam Thompson, Jay Thompson, Ned Lockwood, Adrian Fisher, Bram Coleman, Neil ?, Jordan Herbert and Andrew Bell.

The “Boiz” are back in town: Sam Thompson, Del Murray and Jay Thomspon

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 1st, 2019 at 9:25 am

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Minety II’s end season in style

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Minety’s 2nd XV ended their campaign in D&W3 with a well deserved 35 – 27 victory over Chippenham 3rds on a day when rugby was the winner.  Played in bright sunshine, the game was a fine advertisement for all that is good in recreational rugby, both teams employing large benches to swap players in and out as the energy sapping conditions took their toll.

Chippenham enjoyed the considerable slope in the first half on a ground baked hard. Kicking off, the visitors put Minety under real pressure in the opening exchanges but some fine tackling by the team made up of veterans, players returning to fitness and youngsters stood up well.

In the 5th minute Minety’s new French recruit Nicolai De-Sousa, playing full back, showed the team’s resolve stopping an attack single handedly with a superb tackle.  With young scrum half Charles Grayson moving the ball well from the ruck and props Piers Ward and captain Steve Wilson making good ground in midfield, Minety appeared to be holding their visitors until a ball broke free down the right and after a series of quick recycling phases a try was scored close to the posts.  The conversion was successful and Chippenham led 7-0.

Wilson’s team, who have endured a difficult season, often being unable to field a full team due to unavailabilities, struck back and camped out in the Chippenham 22 for the next 15 minutes.  Hooker Mark Glew, fly half Scott Tomlinson and centre Del Murray all went close as Minety pressed for their opening score.  Only some fine tackling held out Morgan Aubrey and Dave White as Grayson and Tomlinson began to forge a very useful half back partnership.

Minety got their deserved equaliser after a break from Bram Coleman in midfield set up a neat passing move out on the left which saw open side flanker Johnny Leong run through to touch down beneath the posts.  Tomlinson’s conversion was successful and the side were tied 7-7.

Jonathan Leong scores Minety’s 1st try

Chippenham struck back in the 31st minute with their second try scored after a series of tap penalties had unsettled the home defence.  The conversion drifted narrowly wide but the visitors had the lead as half time approached.

Scrum half Charles Grayson

Minety should have gone in at half time in the lead but two clear cut chances went begging with the line open and players beginning to flag under the unseasonably warm sun.

Lineout action late in the first half

Chippenham extended their lead in the 43rd minute with a penalty after Minety were caught off their feet in a ruck.

Del Murray races in for try number 2

Three tries in the space of just 9 minutes set Minety on the road to victory.  First Murray took full advantage of confusion at the back of a Chippenham scrum to intercept the ball and run it in, then a fluent move through the backs saw winger Henry Skipton-Carter away on the left.  He off loaded in a tackle but Jack Ward, making a tentative return to competitive rugby after being out injured for most of the season, collected the pass to score under the posts.  Tomlinson maintained his 100% kicking record with the conversion and Minety led for the first time 21-15.

Jack Ward scores try Number 3

Minety’s 4th try came from after tap penalty, the fly half noticing a gap in the Chippenham defence and racing through to score under the posts. Once again Tomlinson slotted the conversion and the home side led 28-15.

As the game entered its final quarter Chippenham mounted a furious assault on the home line, denied once by a tackle on the line, before scoring their third try shortly after.  The successful conversion brought them back in range, 28-22.

The visitors set up a frantic final 10 minutes with probably the best try of the match out wide on the right in the 68th minute.  The ball moved through the backs and released the winger who touched down near the corner post.  The long range conversion crashed against the upright and bounced clear and Minety clung on to a slender 1 point lead.

The game was settled with just three minutes left on the clock.  Minety pressed forward and pinned Chippenham back in their 22.  Another quick tap penalty close to the line saw the Minety centre cut back and wrong foot the defence to score near the posts. De Sousa took the conversion, slotting the ball home before celebrating with a gymnastic back flick to the delight of his team mates.

Try number 5 in the 77th minute

Coach Andy Grayson thanked all of his players at the end of the game.  “It was a really good game played in the right spirit.  Big thanks to everyone who turned out and contributed to the match. Picking one player for Man of The Match was very difficult but I decided upon Scott Tomlinson, our fly half, who kicked 4 conversions and played really well throughout.”

“Dreamers!”

The record books will show a Minety win; what those books won’t necessarily show is what a good game of rugby it was – well refereed and played in the best spirits of rugby.

Minety 35 Chippenham 27.

Next week attention turns to the 1st XV as they entertain Pewsey Vale at Minety Fields.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 31st, 2019 at 11:34 am

Weekend’s fixture

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Just one match tomorrow, but a vitally important one nevertheless for the club.  

Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV will complete what has been a turbulent season with a home fixture against Chippenham at Minety Fields with a 3pm kick off.  The fixture was originally scheduled for 6th April but we were happy to accommodate Chippenham’s request for a change of date to allow a number of their players (and ours) to attend the big match at Twickenham between Bath and Bristol on the 6th.

Minety’s Division 3 campaign has been a difficult one this year.  Two teams have already had their results “expunged” (yes, it’s still a word) this season.  Both Supermarine and Melksham have dropped out of the league after conceding more matches through lack of playing resources than the league rules allow.

Minety are within one fixture of also breaching the 25% concession rule and find themselves adrift at the bottom of the table after points gained earlier in the season against the two dropped teams were removed.

Tomorrow the Minety 2nd XV players will take to the field for the last time.  Whatever the result (and we hope it’s a home win) the most important aspect will be that the two teams will enjoy a competitive rugby match to end their seasons, hopefully in front of a good crowd of supporters.

The full match report will be on the website on Sunday morning and the camera (singular) of MTV will be on hand to capture the action. 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2019 at 10:08 am

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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

Posted in Home Page,News