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MTV at Marlborough

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

January 29th, 2020 at 12:56 pm

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Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table

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Correct as of 28th January 2020

Written by Graham Cooke

January 28th, 2020 at 1:17 pm

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Minety lose out in basement battle

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Minety have found themselves sucked down into a relegation dog fight at the bottom end of Dorset and Wilts Division 1 after going down 26-15 at fellow strugglers Marlborough on Saturday.

On a cold and damp Saturday afternoon, with wreaths of fog swirling around the ground, Andrew Hibbard led his team out to face a fearsome looking squad from Marlborough who had well over 20 players kitted and readied during the match warmup.

Minety started at real pace.  From the kick off, scrum half Garin Garland collected and kicked back into open space.  Good pressure from the Minety backs forced an error and fly half Sam Hughes’ penalty kick pushed Marlborough back to their own 5 metre line. Jay Thompson’s throw was excellently caught by second row Matt Chisholm before Minety set up a rolling maul.  Flanker Del Murray and prop Andy Darrell controlled Minety’s march forward and captain Hibbard was on hand to take the ball and crash over out on the left.  Garland’s kick missed to the left but Minety were 5 -0 up with less than 2 minutes on the clock.

The lead lasted less than 4 minutes.  Marlborough’s use of their very large Fijian players at 6 and 8 to punch holes in the Minety centre, pushed the villagers back and from one of these moves the flanker burst through to score close to the posts.  The conversion was successful and Marlborough, who started the day behind Minety in 11th place, had the lead 7-5.

Marlborough moved futher ahead in the 25th minute with a try wide out on the right wing, converted superbly from range, to edge out a 14-5 lead.  While Minety matched Marlborough for swathes of the game, the powerful mid field running always caused them problems and the try came about when Minety were forced to over commit in midfield to stave off an assault there, and so left themselves vulnerable out wide.

Minety dominated the final minutes of the first half, maintaining possession and slowly pushing Marlborough back.  Chisholm, Del Murray, Jay Thompson and Hibbard all went close, the latter having an attempt deemed held up over the line.

Minety’s efforts did not go unrewarded.  After numerous attempts at the home line, the Thompson Chishol combination worked well at a 5 metre lineout and after two phases of attacking play, Murray was on hand to burst through and score in time added on at the end of the first half.

The visitors thought they had a third try early in the second half, Garland chipping through, Dave Cooke pressurising the full back into a mistake and young winger Jesse Daybell racing onto the loose ball to streak clear only for the linesman to flag for a foot in touch earlier in the move.

Only a desperate high tackle on Chris Rule, on for the injured Colin French, as Rule was about to score prevented Minety from adding to their half time score as they dominated possession and territory.  Rule’s powerful line running caused the Marlborough defence all manner of problems and it was from one of these in the 65th minute that a ruck was formed out on the left inside the Marlborough 22.  Garland found Hughes and the fly half deft kick across field found replacement winger Etai Scott, playing in only his second 1st XV match, waiting to collect and run in for Minety’s third try and a 15-14 lead.

The final 10 minutes was frantic, both teams chasing vital league points, 4th try bonus points and possible losing bonus points.  With the small Minety squad, crippled by the league rule that states that the top team at a club can only field 3 replacements while teams like Marlborough, who were fielding their 2nd team can use 8, the match moved more and more into the Minety half.

In the 71st minute the Minety defence was breached for a third time.  After a huge defensive effort the Marlborough scrum half was able to pick up at a base of the ruck near the posts and dive over a sprawl of players for the try, which was converted for a 21-15 lead.

Marlborough scored their 4th, bonus point winning try, in the 76th minute after a move started in midfield gained impetus down the left wing.  The kick was unsuccessful but the lead was now 26-15 with time running out for Minety.

Minety hit back and Cooke’s desperate lunge for the line was marginally short as Minety strove for a 4th try and a losing bonus point.

In the end, it was too much for Minety, who left the field empty handed in terms of league points despite their efforts.  The win and the bonus point for the 4th try now take Marlborough clear of Minety at the bottom of the table with only basement club Bradford below the village club.

Final score Marlborough 26 Minety 15

Squad: Andy Darrell, Jay Thompson, Hugo Beanland, Matt Chisholm, Colin French, Del Murray, Kieran Tillotson, Andrew Hibbard (c), Garin Garland, Sam Hughes, Jesse Daybell, Kieran James, Dave Cooke, Sam Thompson and Duncan Simpson.  Replacements: Mark Glew, Chris Rule and Etai Scott

Written by Graham Cooke

January 26th, 2020 at 12:31 pm

1st XV v Marlborough

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The 1st XV travel to Marlborough on Saturday 25th January for what should be a cracking D&W1N match.  The team lineup is as follows:

Written by Graham Cooke

January 24th, 2020 at 10:03 pm

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2nd XV at RWB

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s Division 3 match against Royal Wootton Bassett 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

January 22nd, 2020 at 9:55 am

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Minety 2nd XV win at RWB

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With the 1st XV game against Melksham postponed after all three pitches at Minety failed tests on Friday due to waterlogging, all eyes were turned to the 2nd XV’s match against Royal Wotton Bassett at Ballard’s Ash.

Steve Wilson’s team started the match playing up the slope in freezing cold but bright conditions.  After the initial set of exchanges yielded no points, Minety took the lead when captain Dave White crashed over for the opening try in the 19th minute.  Del Murray’s conversion kick was not helped by the lack of a kicking “t” and flew wide but Minety were into a 5 – 0 lead.

It took the home side just 5 minutes to strike back, their No. 8 seizing onto a chance to score.  The conversion was successful and Bassett lead 7 – 5.

Three minutes later Chris Rule, playing at full back, latched onto the end of a good backs’ move to race through to score from 20 metres out, Murray converting the try and putting Minety 12 – 7 up.

Murray scored Minety’s third try in the 37th minute to send the visitors further ahead, 17-7, with half time approaching but in added time Bassett hit back with an unconverted try.

Minety made a number of changes at half time and immediately extended their lead when hooker Dan Overend touched down for a bonus point winning 4th try.  Garin Garland’s conversion sailed narrowly wide but Minety were 22-12 up.

If the healthy crowd were expecting lots more points in the 2nd half, they were to be disappointed.  The only other score of the half was a Bassett drop goal on 52 minutes to reduce the lead to 22-15 for Minety, a lead that the village team comfortably held on to until the final whistle.

The win keeps Minety in 6th place with 0 points (they had been docked 15 points for conceding three matches previously).  The season started with 10 teams in the league but recently Melksham and Trowbridge have fallen foul of the league and have had their points, and results expunged from the league.


Full Minety squad: Gareth Thomas, Dan Overend, Scott Glew, Matt Chisholm, Hugo Beanland, Jake Turner, Rob Hinwood, Dave White (c), Del Murray, Kieran James, Jesse Daybell, John Blair, Bram Coleman, Sam Thompson and Chris Rule.  Subs: Garin Garland, Dave Cooke, Andrew Hibbard, Luke Radcliffe, Mark Glew, Andy Darrell and Ben Kingston.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 19th, 2020 at 12:14 pm

1st XV match off; 2nd’s go ahead

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Minety’s home D&W1N clash with in form Melksham has been postponed after all three Minety pitches failed inspections because of standing water.  The recent spell of torrential rain has left all three pitches unplayable and so a decision was taken on Friday afternoon to postpone the fixture against Melksham.

As this is being written, the 2nd XV match in D&W3N at Royal Wootton Bassett is still going ahead, so if you want your fix of local rugby, it’s off to Ballard’s Ash on Saturday for a 2pm kick off.

Match report on the 2nd XV match will be posted on Saturday evening / Sunday morning with MTV (weather conditions permitting) of the game on this site on Wednesday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 17th, 2020 at 9:10 pm

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MTV of Warminster game

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

January 15th, 2020 at 12:43 pm

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Results from the weekend

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Minety’s fine 32 – 15 win over Warminster has moved the village team up to 9th in the table, one point above Calne, 8 above Marlborough and 13 above bottom club Bradford on Avon.

 Surprise wins for 8th placed Trowbridge at 6th placed Frome and for 7th placed Chippenham at 5th placed Sutton Benger has tightened up the middle of the table but wins for top of the table Avonvale (53pts), Melksham (49pts) and Royal Wootton Bassett (47) probably means that the winner of the league will come from one of these three teams, 4th placed Warminster gaining nothing from their defeat at Minety

Wadworth Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Avonvale 34 : 0 Calne
Frome 7 : 22 Trowbridge
Melksham 48 : 5 Bradford on Avon
Minety  32 : 15 Warminster
R W Bassett 54 : 12 Marlborough
Sutton Benger 7 : 28 Chippenham

In Division 3 Minety conceded their match at Warminster through lack of available players (I believe we had just 3 when the decision was made).  Only one match was played in Division 3, with 5th placed Cricklade defeating 9th placed Swindon.  Minety’s concession costs them another 5 point penalty and leaves the village side 7th on 0 points, 24 points behind 6th placed Cricklade and 21 points behind bottom club Melksham.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 13th, 2020 at 12:58 pm

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Bonus point win for Minety

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Minety, who endured a torrid first half of the season bounced back from their Dorset and Wilts Vase final defeat last week to secure a fine 32 – 15 win over in form Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday.

Welcoming back Andy Darrell at prop and giving a first team debut to Eti Scott on the wing, Minety skipper Andrew Hibbard lost the toss and the home team was forced to kick off down the slope in the first half in damp and over cast conditions on a pitch which was well grassed but boggy.

The home side made a fine start, pushing their opponents, who had only tasted defeat 3 times before this season, back into their own 22 metre area.  From a driving scrum captain Hibbard dived over to register the first of four tries in only the 2nd minute.  Scrum half Garin Garland’s fine conversion from out side on the left saw Minety 7 – 0 up.

That lead was extended with a long penalty kick from Garland in the 10th minute and then another, even longer, from the Number 9 in the 25th minute.

Minety went 18 points up in the 39th minute with full back Duncan Simpson latching on to a pass at the end of a fluent Minety to move to race in and score the second try and then flanker Del Murray burst through in the final move of the half, well into added time, to register the thrid try and a 25 – 0 half time advantage.

Scott was replaced by Ben Kingston at half time as Minety faced the slope and a blustery wind in the second half.

Warminster used the slope and their physical advantage to good measure early in the second half to push Minety back and then score the first of their three second half tries wide out on the left to reduce the arrears t0 25 – 5.  In the 62nd minute they repeated the feat, again scoring out wide after some thunderous attacking moves were repelled by excellent Minety defensive tackling.

Home nerves were jangling when Warminster scored their third try, again out wide, with just minutes to go to bring the score back to 25 – 15 but a very late Garland try not only secured the win but also garnered a vital bonus point as Minety strive to pull themselves away from the foot of the Dorset and Wilts table.

The win takes the village side up to 9th in the 12 team table, above Calne and 8 points clear of 11th placed Marlborough with a game in hand.

Team: Andy Darrell, Mark Glew, Hugo Beanland, Colin French, Matt Chisholm, Jay Thompson, Del Murray, Andrew Hibbard, Garin Garland, James Irvine, Eti Scott, Kieran James, Dave Cooke, Luke Radcliffe and Duncan Simpson.  Replacements: Gareth Thomas, Sam Thompson and Ben Kingston.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 11th, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Team for Warminster match today

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Big game today against Warminster Rugby Football Club at home.

A strong squad and full bench compliment named as we look to increase our position in Wiltshire and Dorset Division 1 North.

Big supporting turnout is expected so come down and enjoy the match.

Written by Graham Cooke

January 11th, 2020 at 11:31 am

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MTV: Vase Final now available

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s D&W Vase Final against Dorchester, played at Warminster RFC 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

January 8th, 2020 at 9:12 am

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Valiant Minety overwhelmed by Dorchester power

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Given less than a week to prepare for arguably their biggest match of the season did not bode well for Minety on Saturday.

After the original date for the Dorset and Wilts Vase Final was postponed due to waterlogging of the pitches at Warminster, Minety had just 4 days to garner a team together for the final but the 17 players who represented the team will be forever remembered for the huge effort they put in to provide a stiff test for a full strength, and hitherto unbeaten Dorchester team, riding high at the top of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 South table.

Whilst the final score of 58 – 14 may suggest a drubbing, this was anything but that.  Unfortunately, two key injuries, the first a head injury to influential fly half Sam Hughes which forced him off mid way through the first half, the second to second row Ben Scott in the second half, disrupted Minety’s game plan and left them struggling against a well organised and efficient Dorchester team.

On a pitch still showing signs of the recent waterlogging, an in overcast and cold conditions, Dorchester kicked off the match playing towards the club house end of Warminster’s main pitch.

Dorchester’s hard running backs and a very powerful pack had Minety on the back foot from the outset and the Dorset team’s opening try came in the 6th minute when their outside centre evaded a tackle wide out on the left wing to cross near the corner flag.

Minety struck back almost immediately.  After pushing Dorchester back with some fluent moves in midfield, fly half Hughes was on had to pick up an intercepted pass and run half the length of the pitch to score near the posts.  Hughes’s conversion pushed Minety into a 7-5 lead.

The lead was shortlived; straight from the kick off the ball went to ground and the Number 7 picked up and crashed over for Dorchester’s second try, this time wide out on the right.  Dorchester increased their lead in the 17th minute, the Minety scrum being pushed back over the line and the Number 8 touching down for a try, converted with an excellent kick from wide out on the right hand side.

Minety’s front rowers Hugo Beanland, Colin French and Mark Glew pushed Dorchester back into their 22 but Hughes picked up a nasty blow to the side of the head while making a tackle in mid field and Minety lost their play maker for the rest of the match.  Player coach James Irvine swapped to fly half to cover for the injured Hughes with Sam Thompson coming on to play on the wing, Matt Stone switching to centre duties with Dave Cooke.

Minety struck back through inspirational captain Andrew Hibbard in the 36th minute.  Having scored tries in both of Minety’s recent visits to the Vase final in 2015 and 2018, Hibbard was keen to complete his “hat trick”.  A rolling maul involving most of the Minety forwards pushed the towards the Dorchester 22 metre line and Hibbard emerged with the ball to race in and score.  Irvine’s conversion was successful and Minety had cut the lead to 19-14.

Dorchester restored and extended their lead to 29-14 in the dying moments of the half with two more tries, the second in the 8th minute of stoppage time as Minety visibly tired.

The early exchanges of the second half were dominated by Dorchester who pushed Minety back with wave after wave of attacks, each repelled by some fine defensive work from the village team.  James Stuart, who endured a two and a half hour drive to get to the match to support the team, entered the fray as coach Irvine tried to freshen up the attack.  The pressure told in the 47th minute when Dorchester’s No 21 was on the end of a move, crossing for a try wide out on the right wing.

With Hibbard, ably supported by Scott and the other forwards, Minety fought back and some pleasing moves in the backs saw Irvine and full back Chris Rule combine to press Dorchester back into their own half, scrum half Del Murray setting up the backs to attack down the left.  Minety were unlucky not to score when flanker Kieran Tillotson charged down a Dorchester clearance but the ball bounced awkwardly into touch with the try line beckoning.

The game was soured shortly after, in the 56th minute, when second row Ben Scott was left on the ground after a ruck and needed medical attention on the pitch and then a trip in an ambulance to Bath Hospital at the end of the game.  With some Minety players concerned about their stricken colleague and both referee and linesman following the ball as it was cleared from the ruck, play continued and ended when Dorchester scored their 7th try, the conversion, from long range, striking the cross bar on the way.

With Scott still prone on the touchlines as an ambulance was called, an exhausted Minety team conceded three late tries to leave the final score a slightly flattering 58-14 in favour of Dorchester.

If, sometime in the future, someone writes about this game in a club history, I hope that the score will not be the only detail mentioned.  Credit goes to all 17 of the players who wore the Purple and Green – they gave everything and I, for one, was hugely proud of each and every one of them.


Team: Hugo Beanland, Mark Glew, Colin French, Ben Scott, Matt Chisholm, Kieran Tillotson, Jay Thompson, Andrew Hibbard, Del Murray, Sam Hughes, Rob Hinwood, James Irvine, Dave Cooke, Matt Stone, Chris Rule, Sam Thompson and James Stuart


Written by Graham Cooke

January 5th, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Happy New Year

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It’s the first Saturday of the new year and Minety RFC 1st XV return to action as all roads lead to ….?  Where?

As of early evening last night I thought I was going to be driving to Marlborough to cover the scheduled Dorset and Wilts Division 1 match between Minety and Marlborough, as the fixture list indicated.

That all changed last evening when this appeared on the Minety RFC Facebook page, a Private Page open to only those invited and, therefore, not to members of the general public:

I’m not sure when the club was informed of this sudden change, quite possibly made after a squad was selected for the Marlborough match, and the Dorset and Wilts RFU page has no information that I can find in its “News” or “Breaking News” pages.

So it’s all change and back to Warminster.  It does seem a shame that the efforts to win through the qualifying rounds and support the Cup competition, which a number of clubs don’t for various reasons, is rewarded with just a few days notice, a cancellation of a league match and an opportunity lost to prepare properly for what may be the club’s biggest game of the season.

Let me be clear, these are my thoughts and not those of the club.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 4th, 2020 at 9:16 am

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Minety makes National News

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Minety have been mentioned in an article published last week in The Times Newspaper.  The article, penned by Owen Slot, their Writer of the Year, was entitled “Humble rugby clubs are offering inspiration to all.”

Slot begins the piece:  “Some weeks ago, I wrote a column about the worst club in England.  And maybe, as was pointed out, that wasn’t the brightest or cheeriest of topics, So I asked openly, afterwards, for a kind of New Year filip: what then are the best clubs in trhe country?

“Not the clubs that you watch on TV and that win trophies, but those lower down, where rugby is played, where kids learn, where the rugby players get muddy …

“I would like to call this column ‘The Best Clubs in 2019’, but I can’t because that would suggest this is some kind of scientific test.  It isn’t.  It’s just four of the best, four stories that say something about this sport.”

The second of the clubs included in the article are our old friends Horus 7’s

“Four years ago, Rob Bugden, an RAF parachute instructor at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, was left paralysed by a parachuting accident.  His injury resulted in the birth of Horus 7.  He and his mate, Phil Thomas, had talked  about starting a rugby team with other parachute instructors and Rob’s injury was the trigger for Phil to put their dream into action – thus the birth of Horus, so named after the Egyptian god of the sky.  They started with a few sevens tournaments.  The first time that Bugden came out of hospital was to watch Horus playing against his home town club, Minety, near Cirencester in Wiltshire.  Yes, that was the start.”

The article continues about how Horus have become involved in a scheme to introduce rugby to prisoners in a local prison.

It concludes: ” There is a lot left in this story, but there are two decent endings for now.  At the National Rugby Awards at Twickenham, (Phil) Thomas was shortlisted for the lifetime achievement honours.  He didn’t win; being 32 yeras old seemed a but young for lifetime achievement honours.  And (Rob) Bugden?  He has made it into the GB team to go to the Invictus Games next year in rowing and wheelchair rugby.  The Horus 7s team will be there to support him.”

On behalf of everyone at Minety RFC, congratulations to Horus 7; congratulations to Phil Thomas; and special congratulations to our mate Robbie!  Well done; you are an inspiration to us all.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 2nd, 2020 at 9:27 am

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