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Merry Christmas

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Minety RFC would like to wish all of its players, supporters and club officials a very Merry Christmas and a Points filled, and Prosperous, New Year.

We had hoped to end a difficult year for the club with some news of success in the Dorset and Wilts Vase Final but the weather took care of that last Saturday, making all of Warminster’s pitches unfit for the final against Dorchester.  At the time of writing, no new date has been set by Dorset and Wilts as far as we know.

This is how Minety’s 1st and 2nd XV find themselves at the half way point of the league season.

Minety’s “-5” adjustment came as a consequence of our inability to raise a full squad for the match at Avonvale.


Written by Graham Cooke

December 24th, 2019 at 12:21 pm

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Vase Final Postponed

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We heard last night that today’s Dorset and Wilts Vase Final between Minety and Dorchester has been postponed after the pitches at Warminster were found to be waterlogged after all of the recent rain.

No new date has been announced as yet.

As soon as we have information we will pass it on here.

In the meantime, Minety RFC would like to wish all of its supporters and followers a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!


Written by Graham Cooke

December 21st, 2019 at 10:23 am

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MTV of Chippenham match

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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

December 18th, 2019 at 10:16 am

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Dorset and Wilts Vase Final

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Morgan Aubrey writes:

This Saturday, Minety 1sts are playing Dorchester in the Vase Cup Final at WARMINSTER.

Ben Collins has kindly arranged a bus for us which will leave from the club at 10:30am.  The price will be £5 for players and £10 for supporters.

Please can you spread the word, message here, message Ben or Jack Ward (wardyjnr8@hotmail.com)  to secure your space.

Yet another final for the club and we had a great turnout last year so let’s try and beat it, cheer the lads on and bring that cup home this time!


Written by Graham Cooke

December 17th, 2019 at 2:54 pm

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MTV delay

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The MTV of last Saturday’s D&W1N match against Chippenham will now be posted on Wednesday – technical problems have caused a significant delay in the production of the film.


Written by Graham Cooke

December 17th, 2019 at 2:51 pm

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Second half tries secure the points

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Three second half tries secured an invaluable 4 league points as Minety fought to get away from the nether regions of Division 1 and deny fellow strugglers Chippenham any points.

On a cold and blustery afternoon Chippenham started the match playing downhill on a very wet and boggy playing surface and immediately used the advantage to push Minety back deep into their own half.

A much changed Minety team from the one that went down at Calne last weekend fought hard to deny the visitors any advantage and used Sam Hughes, back to his natural starting position at fly half, to kick clear and relieve pressure.

As the half progressed the home team more than matched their local rivals and good line out and scrum ball gave half backs Garin Garland and Hughes plenty of scope to launch attacks through the backs and  Minety captain Andrew Hibbard and his forwards.

Hibbard was a constant threat at the base of the scrum while new recruit Hugo Beanland showed plenty of fight up front alongside hooker Mark Glew and fellow prop Colin French.

Minety held out until the 37th minute before Chippenham opened the scoring with a converted try from a forward move after massive pressure in the Minety line.

It took the home side just three minutes to even up the score in the second half.  Hibbard spotted a gap and drove through the Chippenham line to crash over for the first try, converted by Garland.

Eight minutes later it was the turn of Minety returnee Tom McAllister to put the home side ahead.  Back from university and on as a half time replacement for Kieran James, McAllister burst through the Chippenham defence to register Minety’s second try.

Despite territorial advantage, as both teams tired in the challenging conditions, Minety were unable to push home for a four try win, which would have garnered them an additional league point in a season where already a number of teams are scrapping to avoid the two relegation spots that threaten at the end of the campaign.

A wonderful chance went begging when, after a fluent backs move when winger Dave Cooke was unable to hang on to a pass 40 metres out but with the Chippenham defence at sixes and sevens.

The points were secured late in the 82nd minute when full back Duncan Simpson seized upon a chance to dive through for the last score of the game, leaving Minety 17 to 7 victors and denying Chippenham a losing bonus point.

The win lifts Minety into 10th place, eight points clear of bottom club Bradford on Avon and three clear of Marlborough and just 3 points  behind 7th placed Calne.

In the weekend’s other Minety match the second XV went down to a late Cricklade try to lose 17 – 7 leaving them in 6th place in Division 3.

Next Saturday all roads lead to Warminster for the final of the Dorset and Wilts Vase where Minety will need to be at their very best when they take on Dorchester, runaway leaders of Dorset and Wilts Division 1 South, unbeaten in 11 league matches this season. 

Minety squad against Chippenham: Hugo Beanland, Mark Glew, Colin French, Matt Chisholm, Matt Stone, Jay Thompson, Kieran Tillotson, Andrew Hibbard (c), Garin Garland, Sam Hughes, Dave Cooke, Kieran James, Ben Langridge, Chris Rule & Duncan Simpson. Replacements: Del Murray, Tom McAllister & Ben Kingston


Written by Graham Cooke

December 15th, 2019 at 2:21 pm

MTV at Calne

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

December 9th, 2019 at 2:19 pm

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Three tries but no points for Minety

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Minety, struggling in 11th place in the league, travelled to fellow strugglers Calne on Saturday, but despite registering three second half tries, came away with nothing and remain just one place off the bottom of Division1.

Fielding another changed lineup, player coach James Irving and club captain Andrew Hibbard, knew that they would be in for a battle against a Calne team bristling with aggression and ambition.

Minety slipped behind in the 4th minute when Calne scored the first of their four tries and then were 10 points down after 24 minutes from a penalty.

Calne increased their lead to 17 unanswered points at half time with another converted try as Minety found it difficult to compete physically with the large Calne squad on a bleak and windswept pitch.

Giving a season debut to James Stuart, who had travelled all the way from London to play on the wing, and shuffling the backs, moving Dave Cooke to inside centre alongside Irving at fly half and Chris Rule at outside centre, whatever was said at half time certainly galvanised the Minety team.

After a fine forwards move Matt Chisholm reduced the arrears in the 49th minute with a try.  Calne hit back 9 minutes later with their third try before Chisholm was again on the spot to crash over for his second try in the 63rd minute.

Calne gathered their fourth, and bonus point winning, try in the 73rd minute to extend the lead to 27-10.

The final minutes saw Minety push forward for the two tries that would salvage at least one bonus point but despite Matt Stone’s 75th minute try, converted by scrum half Sam Hughes, they were denied a point.

Scott Glew made only his second appearance for the 1st XV, playing alongside son Mark, coming on late when flanker Morgan Aubrey picked up a nasty looking ankle injury.  Scott last played two seasons ago in a fixture at Avonvale.

Final score: Calne 27 Minety 17

Squad: Mark Glew, Jay Thompson, Hugo Beanland, Ben Scott, Matt Stone, Matt Chisholm, Morgan Aubrey, Andrew Hibbard (c), Sam Hughes, James Irving, James Stuart, Dave Cooke, Chris Rule, Sam Thomspon and Del Murray.  Replacement Scott Glew.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Minety 2nd XV travelled to top of the table Chippenham in Division 3 but were beaten 37 – 5.


Written by Graham Cooke

December 8th, 2019 at 12:46 pm

D&W Vase Semi Final match now on MTV

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s Dorset and Wilts Vase Semi Final at Lytchett Minster 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

December 2nd, 2019 at 8:08 am

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Mighty Minety march into Vase Final

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Minety travelled to Lytchett Minster, not far from Poole, in Southern Dorset on a blustery and cold Saturday to take on the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 South team in the final of the Dorset and Wilts Vase, a repeat of the 2015 Final which Minety famously won after a classic encounter at Warminster’s ground.

With the wind whipping across the field captain Andrew Hibbard lost the toss but was more than happy when the home side opted to play with the wind at their backs in the first half.

Fielding a greatly changed side from the one who defeated Warminster in the last round, Minety kicked off and immediately pressurised the home defence, new half back combination Sam Hughes and Andrew Irving making in roads and using the power of Chris Rule at centre and the pace of Duncan Simpson and Dave Cooke to spread play across the field and deep into the Lytchett Minster 22.

The home side’s aggressive and powerful rucking provided them with plenty of ball but Minety’s fast paced passing game kept them on top in the opening exchanges.

With Ben Scott dominant at the line out and the scrum holding firm despite huge pressure from the larger Minster pack, Sam Hughes was able to clear any dangers although only a last gasp tackle from Simpson and a timely intervention from captain Hibbard prevented Minster from opening the scoring as the wind buffeted the Minety team backwards.

Minety opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Flanker Kieran Tillotson took a lineout catch and Hughes released Simpson in midfield who moved it on to Irving. A complex dummy move involving Rule and Cooke saw the Minster defence disrupted and Sam Thompson and Matt Chisholm combined to drive Minety to the half way line.  When the ball was recycled a long pass across field saw hooker Jay Thompson burst through, off loading to prop Colin French who put Hibbard away.  When the captain was felled on the Minster 22 metre line Hughes picked up, cut through the defence and released Irving to run in and touch down near the posts.  Hughes converted the try and Minety were 7 – 0 up.

Lytchett Minster hit back in the 20th minute after a period of impressive attacking play.  An errant Minety hand disrupted play and the Minster captain and scrum half kicked the ensuing penalty to reduce their arrears to just 4 points.

Minety hit back with two tries in the space of four minutes soon after.  When a long pass out wide from the Lytchett fly half went to ground Hibbard picked up the loose ball and drove forward. With new second row Jack Gillet on hand to take the off load, Minety were into the Minster 22.  Another finer off load in tackle saw Jay Thompson burst through the line.  From a ruck Hughes fed Irving who pushed forward before Hughes found Jay Thompson again, who was stopped inches out. With the defence in some confusion, Hughes set up the next phase, dummy runners all over the place allowing Rule to punch his way over for a fine try. Huighes’ conversion caught in the wind and cannoned off the upright but Minety were 12 – 3 up.

From the kick off Minety passed the ball swiftly through forwards and back and forced themselves deep into Minster territory.  When Simpson threw a pass infield in the direction of Hughes with the try line beckoning the Minster scrum half deliberately knocked the ball forward and was shown a yellow card.

The Minety pack afforded Hughes good ball and he fed Irving. Quick passing involving Irving, Simpson and Cooke saw the latter stopped feet from the line but when the ball came back to full back Del Murray via Irving, the full back danced his way past two defenders before touching down for Minety’s third try.  Hughes converted the try and Minety were 19 -3 up.

Sensing that their first half advantage of the wind at thgeir backs was ebbing away, Minster began to dominate in the open, playing some of their most expansive rugby but the Minety defence was resolute and Hughes was able to clear the lines despite the gale in his face.

Minster were able to register their first try on the cusp of half time, the full back running around a tiring Minety defensive line to score out wide on the right.  The conversion was unsuccessful and Minety led as the teams turned around at half time by 19-8.

If the first half could be described as expansive, the second half was a battle as the wind, which had played such a significant part in the first half, died and both teams began to tire in the energy sapping conditions. Minety’s forwards used the driving maul to good effect while Minster tried to release their pacey backs but were thwarted by some very effective tackling from the Minety defence.

Minety had two scrums close to the Minster line but were unable to increase their lead despite excellent work from Colin French and Matt Chisholm.

Minster set up a tense last 12 minutes when their fly half scored their second try, later converted, under the posts in the 68th minute.  For once the Minety defence was caught out as the No. 10 was able to run around the defensive line and race in unopposed.

A break from Simpson and a sharp interchange of passes with the impressive Gillet saw the centre bundled into touch metres from the line while shortly afterwards a wildly ambitious pass across field from Irving almost saw Chisholm in at the corner.

Irving used his one available substitute, Ethan Whitehurst, to replace Sam Thompson late on as Minety penned Minster back in their own half.  When Simpson hauled down the Minster scrum half as he gathered speed and Minety took the ensuing throw in, Hughes ended the game and Minety were into their third Vase final in 5 years.

Afterwards coach James Irving said, “It was a great win.  We found a way to win the match and some of the play was beautiful to watch.  We all know that there is a lot of work to be done but the coaching staff will be meeting to devise the plan for the final.  But we need all of our squad, injured or not, at training from now on.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard echoed the coach’s sentiments.  “Excellent performance.  We started as we meant to carry on and fended like Tojans in the second half.  Special thanks must go to all the 2nd XV players who stepped up to play.”

Congratulations to both sets of players who provided a fine example of hard but fair play, and to the referee who allowed play to flow.

Onwards and upwards!

Team:  Colin French, Jay Thompson, Matt Park, Ben Scott, Matt Chisholm, Jack Gillet, Kiran Tillotson, Andrew Hibbard (c), Sam Hughes, James Irving, Sam Thompson, Duncan Simpson, Chris Rule, Dave Cooke, Delham Murray & Ethan Whitehurst.

Written by Graham Cooke

December 1st, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Cup Semi Final this weekend

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All roads (well most) and a convoy of cars (no coach, apparently) wil be heading south to Lychett Minster on the South Dorset for Minety’s Dorset and Wilts Vase Semi Final against the D&W1S team they defeated in the final of the Vase four years ago.

More details on team selection and transport arrangements to follow on Friday.

Captain Andrew Hibbard with the Vase Trophy after we last met Lychett Minster on 29th November 2015

Written by Graham Cooke

November 27th, 2019 at 11:39 am

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We would like to apologise for some “duff” information given to us about the result of the Minety 2nd XV game against Bradford on Avon on Saturday.

The match was actually postponed after agreement from both sides and was not a Home Walk Over as originally reported.  All references to this have been corrected on this site.




Written by Graham Cooke

November 25th, 2019 at 8:36 am

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Results from this weekend’s action

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It’s tight at both the top and bottom of the table after this weekend’s round of match in D&W1N.  Frome started the day top of the table but after a narrow home loss to in form Sutton Benger, the Somerset team dropped down to 5th place.  Avonvale now top the table, with 34 points, after a hard fought match against 7th placed Royal Wootton Bassett.  Benger move up to 2nd place, two points off the top, with Warminster, who started the season with a 5 point penalty from the previous season, now up to 3rd with 31 points after crushing Calne.

Melksham’s win over Trowbridge puts them 4th, also with 31 points.

At the the bottom end of the table, Minety’s bonus point win against Bradford lifts them to 11th place with 12 points, four clear of Bradford who now prop up the table with 8 points. Marlborough’s big win over Chippenham puts them 10th, one point clear of Minety, with 7th placed Chippenham, 8th placed Calne and 9th placed Trowbridge all losing.

Wadworth Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Frome 16 : 18 Sutton Benger
Marlborough 31 : 13 Chippenham
Minety 41 : 10 Bradford on Avon
Royal W Bassett 8 : 13 Avonvale
Trowbridge 0 : 24 Melksham
Warminster 52 : 5 Calne


In Division 3 North Bath Saracens kept up their impressive winning run with a huge win over 3rd placed Royal Wootton Bassett while 2nd placed Chippenham maintained their run with a good away win at 8th placed Melksham. Cricklade leap frogged Warminster in a match that pitched 4th against 5th while Minety’s Postponement against 7th placed Bradford sees them in 6th place with 15 points, 15 behind the leaders and 25 above basement clubs Swindon and Trowbridge, who have both been penalised heavily for conceding matches.

Wadworth Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North
Cricklade 17 : 10 Warminster
Melksham 7 : 33 Chippenham
Minety P : P Bradford on Avon
Royal W Bassett 5 : 60 Bath Saracens
Swindon HWO :   Trowbridge




Written by Graham Cooke

November 24th, 2019 at 10:46 am

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Minety in comfortable win

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Playing on Chippenham’s all weather pitch on Friday night, Minety built upon the confidence they gained on the all weather surface in their cup defeat of Warminster to comprehensively defeat Bradford on Avon on Friday night under the floodlights by 41 – 10.

Minety began strongly in a match played in blustery conditions.  Jack ward seized upon a drive by the Minety forwards to crash over for a try as early as the 3rd minute wide out on the right.

Garin Garland, playing at fly half, increased the lead in the 21st minute when Bradford forwards were caught offside and penalised.

Bradford struck back in the 27th minute when their inside centre burst throught the Minety defences to touch down on the right but Minety restored their advantage in the 36th minute when Chris Rule raced over from 30 metres out to touch down close to the posts, Garland converting the try and sending Minety in at half time 15-5 up.

The second half was just 2 minutes old when scrum half Sam Hughes spotted a gap in the Bradford defence to score Minety’s 3rd try and just 6 minutes later Rule was on hand after a fine move cross field involving forwards and backs to score his second try of the evening, Garland converting the try and pushing Minety into a 27-5 lead.

In the 55th minute Dave Cooke opeend his season’s scoring account, latching on to a pass from full back Duncan Simpson and running in from 35 yards to score under the posts, Garland again converting.

Minety’s 6th try came in the 60th minute when Jack Ward seized upon a ball in his own half, spotted a gap in the Bradford defence and raced over 50 metres to touch down beneath the posts.  Garland’s conversion saw Minety 45-5 up.

Bradford scored a consolation second try late on with a pushover from their large and heavy pack as Minety began to tire.

The win lifts Minety off the bottom of the table but they will be looking for wins against Calne and Chippenham before the mid season break if they are to make up for ground lost in the first half of the season.

Minety’s next match is a road trip to Lytchett Minster in Dorset in the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Vase.  A coach is being planned – look out here for details.  We hope to get as many supporters down to Lytchett on a day out as possible.

Team against Bradford:  Colin French, Jay Thompson, Mark Glew, Ben Scott, Matt Stone, Matt Chisholm, Kieran Tillotson, Andrew Hibbard (c), Sam Hughes, Garin Garland, Chris Rule, Jack Ward, Ben Langridge, Dave Cooke, Duncan Simpson, Morgan Aubrey, Jack Gillet

Minety 2nd XV’s match against Bradford on Avon, due to be played at Minety, was called off by Bradford, the points being awarded to Minety.




Written by Graham Cooke

November 24th, 2019 at 10:27 am

MTV of Bradford match now available

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Friday night’s match against Bradford on Avon, played at Chippenham 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

November 24th, 2019 at 10:10 am

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