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MTV: Minety 2nd XV v Royal Wootton Bassett III

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

October 8th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

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Results from the weekend

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Wadworth Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Avonvale 78 : 0 Chippenham
Bradford on Avon 19 : 20 Calne
Frome 57 : 14 Marlborough
Melksham 20 : 5 Minety
Royal Wootton Bassett 42 : 24 Warminster
Trowbridge 28 : 7 Sutton Benger
 

 

Wadworth Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North
Bradford on Avon 45 : 5 Warminster
Melksham 51 : 0 Swindon
Minety 25 : 21 Royal Wootton Bassett
Trowbridge 15 : 75 Cricklade
Chippenham 39 : 12 Bath Saracens
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Written by Graham Cooke

October 7th, 2019 at 6:00 am

Posted in Home Page,News

1st XV Report: Minety go down fighting

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On Saturday Minety travelled to Melksham, injures forcing coach James Irving to don his boots as part of makeshift Minety back line. However, Minety stepped up and looked the more likely to score in opening exchanges. On 25 mins Minety took advantage of a Melksham yellow card to take a scrum against the head allowing number eight Andrew Hibbard to power over, stand in kicker Dave Cooke falling fractionally short with the long-range conversation.

Melksham hit back immediately with a freak score. A Minety knock on from the restart hitting the head of the Melksham winger, bouncing behind the Minety defence and sitting up nicely for a score in the corner.

A further score from Melksham on the stroke of half time gave them a 12-5 lead at the interval.

The second half was evenly contested throughout but a half peppered with injuries. Minety losing Ben Scott and Mark Glew.

On 60 minutes Melksham stretched their lead to 17-5 breaking out from their own 22m to score in the corner. A further penalty took it to 20-5 in the last minutes of normal time.

Minety held on through some 15 minutes of added time to deny Melksham a try bonus and keep the final score at Melksham 20 Minety 5.

Team: Colin French, Tom Claxton, Andy Darrall, Ben Scott, Matt Stone, Kieran Tillotson, Jay Thompson, Andrew Hibbard, Mark Glew, Ben Langridge, James Irving, Duncan Simpson, Dave Cooke, Rob Hinwood, Chris Rule. Replacements: Ben Collins, James Stuart, Matt Chisholm.

 

Match report: Cliff Garland

Written by Graham Cooke

October 6th, 2019 at 5:34 pm

2nd XV Match report: Five Try Minety seal the deal

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Minety 2nd XV met up with Royal Wootton Bassett IV’s on Saturday 5th October in a Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North fixture at Minety Fields.

Minety chose to play uphill in the 1st half on a well grassed pitch against strong opposition and with a number of players making their debuts for the village side. In the opening exchanges Minety took the game to Bassett but were pushed back in the scrums but countered with some strong defending tackles and a willingness to run the ball from deep in their own half.

Bassett settled early and were soon pressurising the Minety line but fine smothering tackles from fly half Will Mason and his defence repelled all attacks.

When Bassett were awarded a scrum 5 metres from the Minety line in the 10th minute the ball was won against the head with Mason picking up the ball in his own goal area.  Instead of touching down for a drop out the young fly half chose to run the ball, beating two defenders and racing 50 metres down field before off loading to William Cook, the winger running in the try to put the home side 5 – 0 up.

Impressive scrum half Jamie Jamieson-Black began to dominate in mid field as the Minety pack, featuring father and son Phil and Ben Ward, kept the game tight.

As the half developed so play moved into Bassett territory, Jonnie Leong taking good ball at the lineout and Jamieson-Black and Mason stretching the Bassett defence. When Bassett did launch an attack, the Minety defence was resolute and well organised.

Minety should have doubled their lead in the 30th minute when a clear over lap developed but they over elaborated and the chance was lost.

With half time approaching, Bassett were penalised for a high tackle 5 metres out wide on the left wing. Mason audaciously lofted the ball the width of the pitch straight into the arms of Jack Cook who touched down for MInety and a 10-0 lead.

With the last play of the half Jamieson-Black picked up a lose ball and burst through the Bassett defence to score a fine solo try and extend the lead to 15-0.

The second half was 6 minutes old when Bassett scored from a tap penalty close to the Minety posts to bring the score back to 15-7.

Both teams threw caution to the wind as they sought the next score.  The Jamieson-Black and Mason combination initiated a number of attacking moves while the pack more than held their own.

Bassett squandered a great opportunity in the 65th minute when the ball went to ground with the try line beckoning and were made to pay when Jack Cook scored his second try of the game, ending a fine backs’ move to brush aside two defenders and run in to register Minety’s 4th try.

Minety sealed the victory with another impressive try, this time from Henry Skipton-Carter.  A Bassett kick ahead was charged down and Skipton-Carter collected the ball 40 metres out to run in and score Minety’s 5th try and extend the lead to 25-7.

Two late converted tries from Bassett bought the visitors a losing bonus point as Minety ran out of steam in then final minutes of the game but it was the villagers who hung on to bag the points by 25-21. 

2nd XV team manager Steve Wilson was delighted with the performance.  “It was a fantastic effort from the whole team.  We really stuck at it and showed great determination.  There were some promising debuts and I look forward to the rest of the season, confident that we can put together a really competitive campaign.”

Squad: Matt Park, Dan Overend, Ethan Whitehurst, Phil Ward, Ben Ward, Angus Clifford, Tom Waldron, Jonnie Leong, Jamie Jamieson-Black, Will Mason, Scott Tomlins, Ryan Walker, Bram, Coleman, Ned Lockwood, Sam Thmpson, Henry Skipton-Carter, Jack Cook and William Cook

Man of the Match: Jamie Jamieson-Black

Written by Graham Cooke

October 6th, 2019 at 11:56 am

This weekend’s fixtures

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Written by Graham Cooke

October 5th, 2019 at 12:05 pm

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Fixture Alteration

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The 2nd XV match against Swindon on 19th October has been confirmed as an AWAY fixture with Swindon coming to Minety on 1st February.  The Fixture list on this site has now been amended accordingly.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 4th, 2019 at 1:54 pm

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Update from Mr Peirce

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“Thank you to all that have now paid in full for ladies night, much appreciated, just a few left to pay, so nearly there. Over 60, so great numbers, it’s going to be a good one.

Further note, Andrew O’Dell said he is happy to open the club for the England match on Saturday if enough are interested, so please let me if you would like to watch the match in the club.

Cheers peeps.”

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 2nd, 2019 at 9:34 am

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MTV at Warminster

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

October 2nd, 2019 at 9:12 am

Posted in Home Page,News

Results from Week 3

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Results from matches played on Saturday 28th September.

Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North

Bradford on Avon  12 : 52  Melksham

Calne  0 : 59  Avonvale

Chippenham  17 : 43  Sutton Benger

Marlborough  12 : 25  Royal Wootton Bassett

Trowbridge  22 : 27  Frome

Warminster  10 : 0  Minety

 
Team
P
W
D
L
Pts
3
3
0
0
15
3
3
0
0
15
3
3
0
0
14
3
2
0
1
10
3
3
0
0
9
3
2
0
1
9
3
1
0
2
7
3
1
0
2
5
3
0
0
3
4
3
0
0
3
1
3
0
0
3
1
3
0
0
3
1

 

Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North

Swindon  Away Walkover  Cricklade

 
Team
P
W
D
L
Pts
2
2
0
0
10
2
2
0
0
10
2
2
0
0
9
2
1
0
1
5
2
1
0
1
5
2
1
0
1
5
2
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
2
-10
2
0
0
2
-10
 
 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 30th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Home Page,News

Minety left to rue missed chances

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Huge domination of territory and possession usually ends with a comprehensive win, but that was not the case for Minety at Warminster on Saturday.  Two tries on either side of the half time whistle secured the points for hitherto unbeaten Warminster and condemned Minety to their second loss of the season.

The village team started the match strongly with both lineout and scrum working well but Warminster’s fast defensive line speed kept the village team at bay.  In blustery conditions and with the wind predominantly at their backs, it took nearly 10 minutes for the home wide to gain any sort of possession in Minety’s half.  Strong tackling in midfield from fly half Kieran James and prop Colin French pushed the home side back.

Minety should have opened the scoring on 22nd minutes but a penalty 22 metres out was run, unsuccessfully, when a kick would have been a more pragmatic and productive outcome.

Hard running back Luke Radcliffe was always a threat but Minety lost centre Del Murray to a head injury soon after, prop Andy Darrell replacing him as coach Andrew Irvine was forced to make major structural changes.

A chance wide on the left went begging when the ball broke free as flanker Kieran Tillotson and captain Andrew Hibbard both went close and Hibbard was held up over the line shortly after.

Warminster’s first real threat came after 25 minutes from a free-flowing backs’ move but the ball was spilled in a tackle.  Full back Chris Rule was resolute in defence, bringing off a try saving tackle in the 30th minute as the home side stepped up the pressure.  James and prop Mark Glew were called upon to hold up a Warminster attack over the line but missed tackles left Warminster’s scrum half through for their first try in the 1st minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half.  There was still time for Minety to mount another attack but the bounce of the ball was unkind and the chance lost.

The second half started disastrously for Minety.  Trying to run the ball out of their own 22 from the kick off, the ball was lost and after a number of attacks held up near the line, the ball found its way out left for the Warminster full back to touch down for their second try.

As Minety sought a score they were caught out by swift counter attacks and Garin Garland and the defensive line were called on to make some telling tackles.

Radcliffe’s break after 60 minutes was halted by a last-ditch tackle and from the ensuing plays Garland and French were halted inches from the line.

A fine backs’ move involving James, Ben Langridge, Glew and Dave Cooke saw the winger break deep into the Warminster half but the defence held steady and the attack broke down.

As the match entered the last 10 minutes Darrall was thwarted close to the line after a break from midfield and Matt Stone and Matt Chisholm both went close.

Even when Warminster were reduced to 13 men with two sent to the sin bin for high tackles, Minety could not break through and the match ended with Warminster taking the points to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and coach Irvine scratching his head, wondering how to fire Minety’s attack.

Team: Colin French, Jay Thompson, Mark Glew, Matt Stone, Ben Scott, Matt Chisholm, Kieran Tillotson, Andrew Hibbard, Garin Garland, Kieran James, Dave Cooke, Rob Hinwood, Del Murray, Luke Radcliffe and Chris Rule.  Replacements: Andy Darrall and Ben Langridge.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 29th, 2019 at 3:10 pm

100,000 visits

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We have just been informed that the website was visited for the 100,000th time last week since we began collecting statistics in February 2016.  That represent an average of 74 visits per day.

Many thanks to everyone who supports the website and Minety RFC.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 28th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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This weekend’s fixture

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Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV travel to Warminster for their third match of the 2019 / 2020 season in Division 1.  Having enjoyed a close away win at Trowbridge and then suffered a narrow loss at home to Marlborough last weekend, new coach James Irvine’s team will be looking to get back on the winning track against a Warminster side who have scored 74 points and conceded just 20 in defeating Marlborough and Melksham so far. Carrying forward a points penalty, presumably picked up at the end of last season, Warminster now find themselves in 5th place in the fledgling table, one place below Minety.

There are no fixtures in Division 3 for the 2nd XV so all attention turns to the Warminster fixture and the 1st XV.

On an administrative note, Minety’s 2nd XV’s concession to Warminster last weekend now means that the return fixture on 11th January will now be at Warminster and not at Minety

Written by Graham Cooke

September 27th, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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Ladies’ Night

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Hi all,
Please can all those that have committed to ladies night make the full payment please. Many have paid the deposit only, and I now need to collect the remainder please.

It’s also not too late to join us, and there are a few spare places, so please let me know asap if interested, or make the full payment as detailed on our website, and in earlier posts on FB.

It’s going to be a great night.

Cheers all.

Dave Peirce

Written by Graham Cooke

September 24th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

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Results from Saturday 21st September

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Wadworth Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North

Avonvale 55 Bradford on Avon 7

Frome 43 Chippenham 5

Minety 29 Marlborough 36

Royal Wootton Bassett 48 Trowbridge 26

Sutton Benger 29 Calne 17

Warminster 39 Melksham 13

Wadworth Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North

Bath Saracens 35 Bradford on Avon 10

Royal Wootton Bassett HWO Melksham

Trowbridge 5 Chippenham 76

Warminster HWO Minety

 

In Division 1 Frome, back in the league this year, kept up their unbeaten record with a fine win over Chippenham, who have yet to register a victory thgis season.  Royal Wotton Bassett and Sutton Benger, the only other two unbeaten teams, recorded victories against Trowbridge and Calne respectively.

Minety picked up a couple of bonus points in their loss at home to Marlborough, one for scoring four tries and the other for losing by 7 or fewer points.  They presently sit in 4th place behind the unbeaten teams.

Elsewhere, Avonvale thumped Bradford while Warminster comfortably saw off Melksham.

4 points for a win, 2 for a draw with 1 bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries and anoth bonus point for losing by 7 points or fewer.

In Division 3 only two of the planned 4 fixtures went ahead with Bath Saracens winning 35 to 10 against Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge losing comprehensively at home to top of the table Chippenham by 76 – 5.

Thus far, from 2 rounds of fixtures, 5 of the 9 scheduled fixtures have resulted in Walk Overs with only 4 matches contested.  Melksham have conceded both of their fixtures. Minety have yet to play a 2nd XV fixture, their first game being conceded by Melksham and the second called off when Minety were unable to field a team at Warminster.

Chippenham, by dint of a Home Walk Over against Swindon in the first week and the win at Trwobridge in week 2 top the table, just ahead of Bath Saracens, who have won both of their games.  Melksham sit at the bottom of the table with -10 points, resulting form their two concessions.   

Written by Graham Cooke

September 24th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Minety lose out in high scoring encounter

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On Saturday a much changed Minety team took to the field against Marlborough II for their first home game of the season. Minety started strongly with Ben Collins scoring with a catch and drive from a line out. Luke Radcliffe’s fine long range conversation putting Minety 7-0 up. Missed tackles let Marlborough into the game with two quick scores turning the match on its head. Minety pulled back to 12-14 with Collins once again striking from a line out before Marlborough extended their lead with a penalty.

It was Minety who finished the half strongest. Colin French latching on to a pass from the strong running Dellam Murray, followed by a fine solo effort from Radcliffe who also added the extras. Half time came with Minety leading 24-17.

Playing up the slope Minety dominated the early encounters of the second half Jay Thompson unfortunate to have a try disallowed. Marlborough hit back strongly and missed tackles, a lapse in concentration and a soft intercept gifted Marlborough with three unanswered tries and saw them storm into a 24-36 lead. Loss of the influential Radcliffe compounding issues for Minety.

Minety rallied salvaging a losing point with a late try from Andrew Hibbard from the base of a scrum. However it was too little too late and Marlborough held out to win 29-36.

 

Thanks to Cliff Garland for providing this match report.

The 2nd XV match away at Warminster was conceded after Minety were unable to field a full team.

Results form around the leagues on this site tomorrow.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 23rd, 2019 at 10:17 am