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Minety claw back for win

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On an afternoon ideal for rugby, bright, windless and dry Minety welcomed Chippenham to Minety Fields for an eagerly awaited Division 1 clash writes Peter McAllister

Chippenham started the game playing down the hill with the sun behind them but it was the home side who started strongly, driving into the Chippenham 22 with Number 8 Andrew Hibbard carrying the ball into contact. The Minety scrum set the tone for the match by completely dominating the set piece, immoveable on their own put in and driving Chippenham backwards on theirs.

The villagers put together a series of fine passages of play following a smart pick up by winger Ben Langridge out wide but the chance of an opening score was thwarted when Chippenham were awarded a penalty.

Nevertheless Minety’s persistence was rewarded in the 10th minute with a penalty from just outside the Chippenham 22 which scrum half Garin Garland converted to give Minety a 3-0 lead.

Chippenham came back strongly but the Minety defence stayed resolute and forced Chippenham to kick the ball away.

The visitors continued to press and after 20 minutes Minety lost their own line-out 5 metres from their try line and Chippenham took full advantage, cutting through to score a try. The conversion was missed but Chippenham led 5-3.

The game was evenly balanced, Minety defending fiercely, winger Langridge in particular putting in some decisive tackles on the very dangerous Chippenham backs whilst the Minety forwards held the upper hand against their opponents. Even though Minety began to dominate and gained good field position they contrived to knock the ball on or lose possession. A penalty kick went wide of the posts and Minety found themselves 5-3 down at half time despite their overall superiority.

The second half saw Minety attacking downhill and early pressure led to a penalty opportunity but again the kick drifted wide.

Chippenham always looked dangerous with a quick back line and a large pack so it was no surprise that the game see-sawed back and forth. Minety’s excellent tackling and dominance in the scrum was counter balanced by Chippenham’s lineout superiority and all round pace.

A kick and catch by fly half Will Mason, making his first appearance of the season, pushed the home side into the Chippenham 22 again and the subsequent pressure resulted in a penalty in front of the posts which Garland coolly slotted to edge Minety  into a 6-5 lead.

The Minety scrum was so effective against the large Chippenham pack that it consistently drove the opposition back and it was surprising that the advantage didn’t convert into points for Minety.  The match took an unexpected turn in the 61st minute when Chippenham cleared the ball quickly from a retreating scrum and then fashioned a fine try with a set piece backs move to score under the posts. The successful conversion moved Chippenham into a 6-12 lead.

With time against them Minety had to respond but their desperation to force the play often led to handling errors which allowed Chippenham to reset and gain possession. However, the home team’s determination and superiority told; a great break by Mason was ended by a high tackle but Garland responded quickest and scurried over to score under the post. The try was converted and Minety moved back into a slender 13-12 lead.

The game continued to be competitive as both teams took advantage of each other’s errors – Minety winning the scrums and Chippenham taking the lineouts.

In the end the game was decided following sustained defensive pressure from Minety on the Chippenham 22. The ball went loose and 2nd row Matt Stone pounced to pick it up in midfield and race through unopposed under the posts to score the decisive try. Garland’s conversion was successful taking the score to 20 – 12 with just moments remaining.

Minety were deserved winners but the fact that Ben Langridge was named Man of the Match for his tackling and defensive duties were a measure of how competitive the game was. Special praise was also reserved to the pack and, in particular the Minety front row of Mark Glew, captain Tom Claxton and Andy Darrall.

(Match photographs to follow, care of Terry Parker and Wilts Glos Standard)

 

Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Minety Select brave an Amesbury onslaught

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Unable to field a full team to play their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 fixture at runaway league leaders Amesbury, Minety fielded a team made up of a core of their own players augmented by players loaned from Salisbury teams and Amesbury.

On a bright sunny November afternoon at the picturesque Amesbury ground, the Minety select soon found out why Amesbury are unbeaten this season.  The home side, well organised and very powerful, soon made their advantage felt, running in three tries in the first 10 minutes and sewing up their four try bonus point in the 23rd minute.

The Minety select team, to their credit, refused to lie down, and fought for possession and territory and although the first half ended with the home team comfortably 48-0 up, the contest was much more even.

A chance to re-group at half time game the visitors the opportunity to switch some players around and this tactic paid off in the opening exchanges of the second half when they scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes and then battled against the home side for the rest of the game, eventually losing 82-22 in a game where the big winners were sportsmanship and rugby.

Amesbury are clearly going to be a force to be reckoned with in Division 3 and if they do realise their ambition of a first season promotion to Division 2, there are a number of teams there who will find them more than a match!

Minety Select 2nd XV

Congratulations must go out to both sets of players for their commitment, sense of fair play and desire to play open and attacking rugby.

Thanks must also go to the members and supporters of Amesbury who made the small Minety party so welcome and cheered both teams on with equal enthusiasm.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2018 at 11:34 am

Minety march into final

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Minety defeated their fellow Dorset and Wilts Division 1 team Warminster on Saturday to qualify for the final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase, a competition they last won in 2015.

The village team swapped from their normal pitch in the days leading up to the match, opting for one of the newly drained club pitches after several days of heavy rain in the area.

The two squads observed a minute’s silence before the game.  The visitors kicked off, playing down the slope at Minety Fields against perhaps the strongest line-up that Minety has been able to assemble this season.

After soaking up some early Warminster pressure, the home side started to dominate, their scrum pushing the Warminster pack back and giving scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Tom McAllister lots of time to set up waves of attacking moves.

The villagers took the lead in the 10th minute when Garland stroked home a penalty and should have extended their lead given the territorial advantage that they enjoyed.

Their attacking impetus was disrupted somewhat when the powerful Ben Sellick was forced off with a nasty head injury in the 15th minute, Del Murray replacing him at flanker.

Man of the Match, Tom McAllister

Garland doubled the lead in the 18th minute with another penalty and straight from the restart Murray burst brilliantly through the Warminster defence to set up a try out wide for McAllister after some fine work from No. 8 Andrew Hibbard and centre Jack Howse.  Garland’s excellent 30 metre conversion put Minety firmly in the driving seat, 13 points to the good.

Centre Jack Ward and prop Mark Glew were both halted by last ditch tackles metres from the Warminster line as Minety piled on the pressure.  Opportunities to increase the lead were squandered as Minety were guilty of overplaying attacking situations but it came as no surprise when they registered their second try in the 38th minute.  Complete domination at the scrum pushed the visitors back to their own line and they were helpless to prevent Garland picking up and darting over the line.  With the conversion successful, Minety led 20-0 at the interval.

Playing downhill in the second half, Minety looked to continue their domination but injuries to second row Ben Scott and Ward disrupted their flow and an injury to a Warminster prop meant that all subsequent scrummages were uncontested, with Minety losing their domination of the set piece.

With Warminster enjoying more possession from the scrum, Minety had to defend but strong tackling in midfield and aggressive rucking kept the visitors pinned back.

A fine break from McAllister, from in front of his own posts, was taken on by replacement centre Chris Rule and then by Garland before winger Ben Langridge was brought down inches from the line.  From the ensuing ruck second row stalwart Ben Collins crashed over for his first try of the season and Minety’s third of the match.

Warminster struck back in the 63rd minute with a converted try near the posts in one of their very few incursions into the Minety 22 but the village team sealed their place in the Vase final after a period of sustained pressure on the Warminster line when Hibbard picked up and drove through for a try after Garland, Collins and Murray had all been held up agonisingly close to the line.

Garland’s conversion ended the scoring with Minety running out 32-7 winners.

Coach Andy Grayson was more than pleased with the result.  “It was a great all round performance and had the scrummages not been uncontested in the second half, I am sure we would have won far more convincingly.”

In the Vase final Minety will face the Dorset Dockers from Christchurch at a neutral venue yet to be decided.

Man of the match went to fly half Tom McAllister whose tactical kicking and game management was exemplary.

Minety players celebrate their victory

Written by Graham Cooke

November 10th, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Five try Minety back to winning ways

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Man of the Match: Ben Collins

Minety halted their unfortunate run of 2 straight defeats on Saturday with a convincing 41-19 win at Calne in a bruising Dorset and Wilts Division 1 match.

Under leaden skies and with a bitterly cold wind driving across the pitch to contend with, Coach Andy Grayson was able to field a much more balanced team than the one which lost to Avonvale last week.

In club captain Tom Claxton’s extended absence through injury, Andrew Hibbard led the side, opting to use the wind at their backs in the first half against a Calne team, significantly bigger and heavier than the village team.

The early exchanges were dominated by the home team with Minety’s scrum being put under extreme pressure at the set piece.  Front rowers Steve Wilson, Mark Glew and the returning Matt Park found themselves in a real battle while second rowers Ben Scott and Ben Collins tackled and rucked aggressively to keep the Calne forwards at bay.

Against the run of play, Minety took the lead when fly half Jack Ward kicked a 30 metre penalty after a Calne offence at a ruck.

Minety were reduced to 14 men soon after when Ward was yellow carded for a high tackle, Grayson moving winger Dave Cooke into fly half as cover.

Calne used their numerical and size advantage to good effect and pressurised the Minety line but full back Duncan Simpson and his defence kept wave after wave of attacks out.

Minety extended their lead in the 23rd minute.  A break down the middle by Hibbard was taken on by Glew and flanker Kieran Tillotsen.  From the ruck Cooke broke the line, fed Glew and his beautifully timed off load allowed pacy centre Jack Howse through.  A side step around the covering full back allowed Howse to touch beneath the posts.  Scrum half Sam Hughes kicked the conversion and Minety led 10-0.

Howse breaks free to score

When Calne’s hooker was yellow carded for an offence in the ruck, Ward struck a beautiful 40 metre penalty to push the village team’s lead to 13-0.

Minety always looked dangerous when the ball was played along the back line and they were only denied a second try when a Calne player deliberately knocked the ball on with the line beckoning.

After Hughes and Hibbard had been held up agonisingly close to the line, Ward finished a move in the 37th minute, adding the conversion and putting Minety into a comfortable 20-0 lead with half time close.

Ward cuts back for try No. 2

Deep in first half stoppage time Calne struck back.  After an extended period of forward domination their first try was scored after a jinking run by their fly half close to the posts.

Minety’s 14 point advantage was halved in the first move of the second half.  Calne manoeuvred the ball down field straight from the kick off and one of the forwards touched down for a try near the corner flag.  In the blustery conditions, the successful conversion kick from the touch line was outstanding, and Calne were back in the game, trailing by just 6 points.

Minety re-grouped and Simpson’s incursions into the line continued to cause problems for the home defence.  The villagers pushed forward and Hughes and Ward were both stopped close to the line but the home defence could do nothing to prevent Tillotsen from scoring his first try for Minety in the 49th minute.  Ward’s conversion was successful and Minety led 27-14.

Tillotsen shrugs off defender for No. 3

Calne struck back in the 63rd minute after a throw in to the front of the line set up a maul and then a ruck on the Minety line.

In the gathering gloom Minety set about securing the game and scoring a 4th, bonus point winning try.

After soaking up more Calne pressure, a superb Hibbard catch and run up field was taken on by Hughes and Howse.  From the ruck Hughes passed to Cooke who off loaded to Glew who ran in for the 4th try beneath the posts. 

Glew bursts through for try No. 4

Hughes’ conversion secured the victory for Minety but there was still time in added time for a richly deserved try for Hibbard after a tap penalty near the line by Hughes.

Hibbard ends the scoring with try No. 5

The 41-19 win secured the win and bonus points for Minety and keeps them in 6th place in the division.

Coach Grayson was pleased with the result.  “It wasn’t a great match to watch but I felt we coped well with their size and aggression.”

Man of the Match: Ben Collins

Next week attention turns to the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase semi final when Minety host high flying Warminster.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 4th, 2018 at 11:53 am

Minety taught a harsh lesson

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Man of the Match: Mark Glew

Avonvale, second highest point scorers in Dorset and Wilts Division 1, overcame a patched up Minety side by 57 points to 8 at Minety Fields on Saturday as the home side struggled to put out a team after a recent spate of injuries had decimated the squad.

Coach Andy Grayson was forced to field a team made up almost entirely of forwards from the 1st and 2nd XV’s.  Stand in captain Andrew Hibbard led a team with a prop forward, Mark Glew, playing at scrum half, two second rowers in the centres and a pair of flank forwards on the wings.

Avonvale used their pacey backs to great advantage and within the first 18 minutes of play had scored three tries and opened up  a 17-0 lead.

Minety kicked off the first half playing uphill into a bitingly cold wind on an overcast and windswept day but were soon on the back foot as the Avonvale backs moved the ball wide on the left with their winger crossing by the corner flag.

Minety dominated the next phases of play led by Hibbard and Glew, keeping the ball close in the pack.

Debutant Del Murray, playing in an unaccustomed fly half role, broke into the Avonvale 22 and in the following phases of play Glew, prop Colin French and 2nd row Phil Ward all went close.

The home side were unable to maintain the pressure and Avonvale broke away to score their second try in the 10th minute, the scrum half picking up at the base of a ruck and chipping over for the fly half to run in and score.

Avonvale’s third try came on 18 minutes.  Once again, Minety’s lack of lateral speed allowed the opposition to move the ball wide quickly and they overran the defence for another try out wide.

Captain Andrew Hibbard

To their credit, Grayson’s Minety didn’t allow their heads to drop.  With Glew growing more confident by the minute and strong tackling from all the forwards, they fought back to stem the tide.  When stand in hooker Jay Thompson found Ben Scott at a lineout, Minety launched an impressive rolling maul that took them well into the Avonvale 22.  Props French and Cameron Smith linked up well to drive the ball forwards in midfield but the Avonvale defence was resolute and well organised and the village side came away empty handed.

Against the run of the play, Avonvale picked up their 4th try, and a valuable league bonus point, in the 32nd minute.  Breaking down the centre from their own half, the ball first went right and then across the pitch where their flanker neatly side stepped the stretched defence to score.

Minety got on the scoresheet in the 37th minute, centre Ash Windle kicking a penalty after Avonvale were off side at a ruck.

Any hopes the home side had of a recovery disappeared in first half added time.  Centre Bram Coleman injured his leg and was replaced and then winger Matt Stone was forced off with an ankle injury.  Moments later centre Windle was red carded for a tip tackle.

The 14 players of Minety were unable to keep out the prolific and pacey right winger from Avonvale in the 42nd minute as he danced his way through the defence to score near the posts and the visitors soon had their 6th and 7th tries of the game, driving through an exhausted Minety defensive line and exploiting their one man advantage and superior pace.

43-3 down after 49 minutes, the village side could easily have capitulated but led by Glew and Hibbard, they fought back. With the bitter wind and driving rain, Minety matched Avonvale as the game entered its final stages.

Mark Glew scores

Late on Minety lost replacement prop Andy Darrell to a head injury and the remaining players on the pitch were unable to prevent Avonvale scoring their 8th and 9th tries in the last 4 minutes.

As the rain intensified and the game entered stoppage time, Hibbard, playing a true captain’s role, drove forward into the Avonvale 22.  Glew set up Scott before the ball went to Murray.  From the ensuing ruck, Man of the Match Glew picked up, spotted a gap and crashed over for a well-deserved consolation try to leave the final score Minety 8 Avonvale 57.

Coach Andy Grayson was not despondent at the end of the game.  “We knew that we were up against it even before the match started, and injuries and the loss of players made the job even harder, but everyone out there gave 100% and we never gave up.  We must now look to next Saturday and try to get as many of the injured fit and try to put out the type of team that we know we can produce here.”

The 2nd XV match was conceded by Supermarine.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 28th, 2018 at 11:10 am

Double Delight for Minety

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Playing at home for the first time this season, both Minety teams registered confident wins, the 1st XV against local rivals Sutton Benger, the 2nd XV versus Melksham.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV took to the newly refurbished pitch at Minety knowing that Sutton Benger would be a major hurdle to overcome.  Beaten only once in 22 outings last season to win promotion to the top tier, Benger had enjoyed an opening day win against Chippenham and put in a spirited display before succumbing to a slightly under par Minety by 27 – 10.

Consistent drizzle in the previous 12 hours had left the surface greasy and a blustery wind provided challenging conditions for good rugby.

Minety kicked off into the wind and were soon using the pace they possess in the backs to push the visitors back with runs from centre Chris Rule, scrum half Sam Hughes and full back Duncan Simpson.

Benger found it impossible to get out of their half in the first 10 minutes as Minety launched attack after attack but the visitors’ quick defensive line speed and tackling kept the home team from scoring.

Against the run of play, Benger opened the scoring in the 13th minute with their first serious incursion into the Minety half.  A clearance kick and a series of forwards’ moves pushed them to the Minety 22 and a clever break from their fly half released the winger to score near the corner flag.

Minety thought they had an equaliser 2 minutes later.  Hughes fired a long pass out to fly half Jack Ward, who burst the line before off-loading to Simpson to touch down beneath the posts but a Benger hand prevented the grounding and Minety were denied.

The home side didn’t have to wait long.  Simpson caught a clearance kick 40 metres out and flung a long pass to Hughes.  His huge “up and under” was allowed to bounce and winger Ben Langridge was quickest to react and seized the opportunity to score. Ward drilled the conversion between the posts and Minety led 7-5.

As Sutton Benger grew in confidence so they began to dominate possession, rucking efficiently and keeping the ball tight in mid field, denying the fast paced Minety attack from doing too much damage.  However the home team were always dangerous when the ball went loose and a beautiful move involving Hughes, Ward, number 8 Ben Sellick and outside centre Jack Howse was only stopped by some desperate Benger defensive work.

As the half came to an end Minety pushed forward again and pressed the Benger line.  The pressure told when the prolific Sellick picked up at the base of a scrum 5 metres out and crashed through the defence to score and put the home side 12-5 up.

Coach Andy Grayson made three changes at half time, giving a season’s debut to 2nd row Ash Windle, bringing on Colin French to replace Cameron Smith at prop and substituting Dave Cooke for the returning Steve White.

The home side dominated the early exchanges in the 2nd half with Simpson secure under the high ball and Ward putting in crunching tackles in midfield.

Ward stroked home a penalty  in the 45th minute after another huge kick from Hughes had caused panic in the Benger defence.

To their credit, the visitors stormed back once again, using their forward power and keeping the ball in tight.  A tap penalty set up their 2nd try, the forwards rucking aggressively before the ball went out wide on the right for a try.

Man of the Match: Duncan Simpson

Minety struck back immediately from the restart.  Simpson launched a kick up field and was first on hand to pick up after a defensive drop, off-loading to Sellick, who ran in under the posts to score to extend Minety’s lead to 20-10.

Almost all of the last 10 minutes was played in the Sutton Benger half as Minety sought their bonus point winning 4th try but they had to wait until the 77th minute for that to come. The impressive 2nd row Ben Scott caught a lineout ball on the Benger 22.  Hughes slipped a pass to Rule and then carried the ball on again to break the line.  Simpson took the ball on almost to the line before passing to Howse to score beneath the posts.  Ward converted and Minety were home by 27-10.

The win keeps Minety in 4th place in Division 1, just one point behind 2nd placed Avonvale.

Man of the Match was Duncan Simpson.

In the other match, Steve Wilson’s Minety 2nds defeated Melksham by 39-7 in a free flowing game.  Dave White put in a match winning performance, running in 3 tries for the home team, who move up to 5th in Division 3.

There are no matches for Minety teams next week with the 1st XV being seeded directly through to the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase competition.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 7th, 2018 at 11:23 am

Sellick shines as Minety hammer Supermarine

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Man of the Match: Ben Sellick

Andy Grayson’s Minety 1st XV travelled to local rivals Supermarine on Saturday determined to build on the fine win at Royal Wootton Bassett.

Without regular half back pairing Garland, injured, and McAllister, university bound, coach Grayson paired Sam Hughes with the hugely experienced Jack Ward at scrum and fly half.

Already down to just 16 fit players, Minety suffered the loss of 2nd row Ben Collins to a back injury in the opening exchanges and promoted Gareth Peirce into the team for his first outing of the season and it was the debutant who opened the scoring in the 5th minute, ending a fluent move involving Hughes and forwards Andrew Hibbard and Mark Glew.

Flanker Ben Sellick scored his first try 3 minutes later, bursting through the home defence to touch down near the posts after Ward and Hibbard had made ground in midfield.  Ward’s conversion was successful and Minety led 12-0.

After a period of pressure from the home side, Minety broke free and when Supermarine were caught off side, Ward slotted the penalty to extend the lead to 15 points.

Supermarine opened their account in the 26th minute with a marvellously opportunistic try.  When Ward kicked to the half way line to relieve pressure on the Minety line, the Supermarine full back collected the ball and kicked it high back into the Minety half.  The ball bounced perfectly and he was able to bat it over the advancing defence, catch it and then race away under the posts.  The conversion was successful.

Minety struck back immediately, Hughes breaking through before off-loading to Sellick for the flanker’s second try.  Ward kicked the conversion and Minety led 22-7.

The bonus point winning 4th try came in the 30th minute.  Full back Duncan Simpson broke the line before passing to Ward, whose perfectly timed off load to centre Chris Rule saw the latter over the line.  The conversion extended Minety’s lead to 29-7 with half time looming.

Minety continued to play at pace as the half ran down.  Solid in the scrum against a heavier pack and dominant on their own lineouts, the village team were quick and confident in attack and resolute in defence.

The second half was a minute old when Sellick scored his third try.  Ben Scott took the lineout and Hughes rifled a long pass to Ward.  The fly half’s quick pass to Sellick saw the flanker through the defensive line at pace and then it was a question of whether he could outpace the stretched defence.  Ward’s conversion extended the lead to 41-12.

Supermarine’s third try came in the 55th minute after more forward based incursions into Minety’s 22.

Minety’s speed and all round fitness told in the closing quarter as they ran in 5 tries.  In the 60th minute outside centre Jack Howse burst the line to touch down beneath the posts.

Three minutes later the quick thinking Hughes spotted a gap, raced through and released Sellick for the flanker’s 4th try of the match.

Minety’s 8th try came when flanker Matt Stone seized on a loose ball before passing to Howse.  The centre drew the defence before passing to winger Ben Langridge who scored wide on the left.

Minety’s 9th came after a move that started back in their own 22.  Stone took a high ball and then a move involving prop Colin French, Hibbard, Ward, captain Tom Claxton and Hughes ended with full back Duncan Simpson racing away to score beneath the uprights.

Ward completed the scoring in the 79th minute, shrugging off defenders to register Minety’s 11th try.  His conversion ended the scoring with the village team emerging 74-17 winners.

Man of the Match, Ben Sellick for his 4 tries and dominant performance all around the pitch.

Minety’s win takes them to 4th in the table behind early season pace setters Avonvale, Combe Down and Warminster.

In the day’s other game, Minety 2nds went down 62-10 at top of the table Combe Down.

Next week both Minety teams will play at home for the first time this season on their newly drained pitches with the 1st entertaining newly promoted Sutton Benger and the 2nds up against Melksham.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 30th, 2018 at 10:00 am

Minety turn on the style at Bassett

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Minety turn on the style

Minety’s 1st XV travelled to Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday eager to kick start their D&W1 season into life after last week’s narrow loss at Warminster.

Fielding a team showing 4 changes, coach Andy Grayson set out his side ready for an open and expansive game and his team responded magnificently, comprehensively beating their local rivals by 47 points to 13.

On a bright and breezy afternoon, the villagers kicked off and immediately used their quick and incisive passing to push the home team back.

Minety took the lead in the 6th minute.  After a flowing backs’ move, hard hitting flanker Ben Sellick burst through the defensive line before centre Tom McAllister popped the ball to second row Matt Stone, the forward side stepping his way to the line to score.

After a period of home pressure Minety struck again. Bassett’s scrum was pushed back near their line and the quick thinking scrum half Garin Garland was the first to react to a loose ball, picking up and crashing over for a try which he then converted to put Minety 12-0 up.

The village team had certainly learned lessons from the opening day defeat at Warminster; tackling was crisp and the defensive line speed meant Bassett rarely had time on the ball to set up attacking moves properly.

One of Bassett’s rare breaks was foiled by a wonderful full length tackle from the hugely impressive Sellick.

Minety’s momentum was halted by an unusual incident in the 30th minute.  Winger Dave Cooke collided with the linesman whilst chasing a defensive kick.  Both went down, the linesman subsequently requiring 5 stitches in an ugly head wound, and the game was held up for 10 minutes while both received treatment.

The break broke Minety’s rhythm.  Bassett responded with an unconverted try and a penalty to reduce the arrears at half time to 12-8.

The second half started in dramatic fashion with Minety’s Number 8 Andrew Hibbard breaking out of defence and running 60 metres before being hauled down.  Slick passing pushed the visitors forward and when Hibbard caught Garland’s chip through and passed it to Sam Hughes, the young fly half side stepped his way to the line.

Centre Jack Howse scored the bonus point winning 4th try with a marvellous individual effort.  Picking the ball up 40 metres out, the centre danced his way through the entire Bassett defence to score near the posts.  Garland kicked the conversion and Minety extended their lead to 26-8.

Minety’s 5th try came after a period of sustained pressure.  Hibbard, Cooke and McAllister were all held up close to the line but the defence could do nothing to prevent prop forward Mark Glew’s finely judged charge to the line.  Garland’s conversion extended the lead to 33-8.

Stone grabbed his second try in the 65th minute, ending a fluent attacking move down the left wing involving Garland, McAllister and Glew.  The scrum half was injured in the move but McAllister made no mistake with his conversion: 40 – 8.

Man of the Match: Matt Stone

Bassett scored a consolation try in the 70th minute as both sides tired but it was left to Minety centre Howse to complete the scoring with his second, and Minety’s 7th try of the match in the 72nd minute, intercepting a pass and running in under the posts from 20 metres out.  McAllister converted and Minety took maximum league points with a 47-13 victory.

Coach Andy Grayson was delighted with his team’s performance.  “That was a really good game with so many positives to come out of it.  Our defence was fine, we scored some lovely tries and our forwards dominated.  Special mention to Cameron Smith, coming back to play prop after a couple of years out, but Man of the Match, for his two tries and great all round work, must go to Matt Stone.”

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nds went down 33-24 in a hard fought and competitive match at Chippenham.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 16th, 2018 at 10:18 am

Minety beaten in 9 try thriller

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Man of Match Chris Rule

Minety travelled to Warminster for the opening match of their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 season with a new look team after coach Andy Grayson and captain Tom Claxton were forced into a raft of last minute changes.

Giving 1st team debuts to 18 year old James Nixon and veteran Phil Ward, with Club Chairman Ken Wright on the bench, the village team faced up to a large and very mobile Warminster team.

Minety pinned Warminster back in their own 22 with some fierce tackling and were rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts in the 2nd minute, scrum half Garin Garland calmly slotting home between the posts.

Minety’s tenacious start was further rewarded in the 12th minute when Garland kicked his second penalty after Warminster were adjudged off side at a ruck.

The villagers’ desire to run the ball on all occasions was admirable but it did leave them vulnerable to counter attacks from the mobile and well drilled Warminster backs and the home team opened their scoring in the 12th minute with a penalty.

Warminster snatched the lead in the 27th minute after a period of open play in the middle of the park.  A quick move in the home team back line and a pass, that most observers thought went forward, set up a try wide out on the left wing.

Minety rallied and some fine attacking running from centres Chris Rule and Jack Howse and front row Mark Glew, Claxton and Colin French held the hosts at bay as Warminster pushed for a second try before half time.

The home team were rewarded with a forwards’ try in the 32nd minute, the resultant conversion extending their lead to 15-6.

Garland reduced the arrears on the cusp of half time with another penalty after a rampaging run from Andrew Hibbard had cut through the home defensive line.

The second half was barely underway when Garland broke out of the Minety 22, sprinted 60 metres down field before offloading to fly half Tom McAllister, who ran in to touch down wide out on the left wing.  Garland’s long range conversion was successful and Minety lead 16-15.

The visitors lost prop Mark Glew to a head injury, with veteran Phil Ward replacing him as Grayson shuffled his pack.

Warminster struck back in the 44th minute, a kick ahead and a lucky bounce allowed their centre in for a score.  The conversion was successful and the home side re-took the lead 22-16.

Undaunted, Minety hit back.  After Howse and Garland were held up on the line, McAllister seized the ball, dummied the defence and crossed for his second try.  Garland kicked the conversion and Minety now led 23-22.

Minety pushed on but were punished for their endeavours when Warminster broke free deep in their own half and the winger ran in for a try beneath the posts from 40 metres out in the 55th minute.

As the players tired so the game opened up, both teams eschewing defence for attack.  Claxton was held up inches from the line before Howse sidestepped his way through the defence after a break from McAllister.  The conversion struck the post and bounced wide leaving Warminster clinging to a one point lead with 10 minutes to go.

Unfortunately Howse was injured in the process of scoring the try and was replaced by Matt Cross, making an all too rare appearance for Minety.  The influential McAllister was also forced off with an ankle injury, replaced by Club Chairman Ken Wright.

In the final minutes Warminster scored two tries to end the match with a rather flattering 41-28 scoreline.

Man of the Match for Minety: Chris Rule.

 

Full photograph gallery to follow.  MTV coverage of the match on this website on Wednesday.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 9th, 2018 at 11:48 am

Beaten but unbowed

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A patched up Minety team ended their fine season with a loss at 3rd placed Avonvale in a much closer match than the 31-13 score line suggested.

Scott & Mark Glew

With a number of players facing their 3rd game in 8 days and giving season debuts to Jay Thompson and 47 year old Scott Glew, the village team entered the match knowing that 4th place, in a very competitive league, was assured after the midweek win at Swindon.

Avonvale showed their intent early on with a fine crossfield move through their backs which stretched the Minety defence but the villagers clawed themselves back into the contest, keeping the ball in the forwards and using the pace and power of captain Andrew Hibbard and flanker Ben Sellick to relieve the pressure.

As the game opened up, Minety increasingly relied upon scrum half Garin Garland’s quick breaks and defensive line speed to break up Avonvale’s well organised attacks.

It was no surprise when Avonvale opened the scoring. A six phase move saw the ball out wide on the left and the 1st try was scored.  A fine conversion followed putting the home team 7-0 in the lead.

Minety came back strongly, centres Chris Rule and Jack Howse using their power and pace to push Avonvale back but the village team were unable to transform possession into points against a well organised and disciplined Avonvale defence.

A change in tactics saw a long penalty kick chased down by winger Del Murray near the Avonvale line. Minety chose to run the ensuing penalty and first Sellick and then Garland and Ben Langridge were held up inches from the line.

When Avonvale were penalised again, Garland stroked home the penalty to bring the scores back to 7-3.

Avonvale struck back with their second try in the 28th minute.  After a series of forward based attacks down the left, the play was switched across field for their right winger to touch down near the corner flag.  Another long range conversion was successful and Avonvale led 14-3.

A Garland penalty on the stroke of half time saw the teams change ends with Avonvale 14-6 up.

The opening phases of the 2nd half were evenly contested although Avonvale always looked dangerous when the ball went out wide.

The decisive moment came in the 55th minute.  The physically larger Avonvale team began to dominate a visibly tiring Minety side, many of whom were playing their second match in four days.  With the Avonvale pack pushing Minety back onto their own line, the referee spotted an errant hand on the ball and awarded a penalty try to Avonvale.

When centre Chris Rule picked up a leg injury, 47 year old Scott Glew, making his season debut, joined his son Mark in the Minety front row.

Avonvale’s 4th try came from another forward drive before the ball was moved back for the centre to break the line and touch down beneath the posts.  Yet another successful conversion saw Avonvale stretch their lead to 22 points.

Ben Sellick

A long range penalty in the 75th minute took Avonvale’s advantage to 31-6 but Minety’s grit and resolve was summed up in the last play of the match, and the season, when Sellick intercepted a pass and ran 60 metres to score Minety’s try wide out on the left.

Garland capped a fine individual performance with a conversion to leave the final score Avonvale 31 Minety 13.

Coach Andy Grayson had nothing but praise for his side.  “I thought it was a really great effort from the lads.  They never gave up and fully deserved that try at the end.  At the start of the season I thought we were capable of a 4th place finish and we’ve managed it.”

Written by Graham Cooke

April 29th, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Mission accomplished

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Minety secure 4th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North!

Minety were forced to travel to Swindon for their final “home” match of the season, the game being played midweek under lights, in the knowledge that a bonus point win would clinch 4th place in the league at the end of a bruising and injury ravaged season.

Fielding just 15 players and with several playing out of their usual positions, the Minety team rose to the challenge magnificently, winning 39-14 and gaining that necessary bonus point.

Swindon kicked off into a stiff breeze on a firm and well grassed pitch but it was the visitors who dominated the early exchanges, going ahead in the 3rd minute when scrum half Garin Garland slotted home a penalty after Swindon were penalised for a high tackle on the dangerous Minety full back, Matt Roberts.

Just minutes later, flanker Kieran Tillotson had a try ruled out after a pass to him was adjudged to have drifted forward but Minety maintained the pressure and only a fine interception prevented Roberts from scoring after fly half Dave Cooke had broken through the Swindon defence.

Garland extended the lead in the 9th minute with his second penalty.

The young scrum half tormented the Swindon defence with his darting runs and his quickly taken penalty almost saw centre Jack Howse through for the opening try but the ball went to ground.  Garland was on hand when the resulting Swindon scrum was turned by the powerful Minety pack and the ball broke free.  With his conversion successful, Minety led by 13-0.

Swindon fought back and were denied a try by some fine defensive tackling but Minety scored again when powerful centre Jack Howse seized on the ball in midfield, kicked ahead and then won the chase to touch down.  Garland’s conversion sailed between the posts and Minety were 20-0 up.

Fly half, Dave Cooke

From the kick-off Garland sliced through the Swindon line and ran 60 metres before being hauled down but the ball broke to Tillotson who off loaded for Cooke to score for Minety’s 3rd try and extend the lead to 25.

With the natural light fading, Swindon hit back, their outside  centre crashing through the Minety line to score close to the posts.

As the half reached its end, Number 8 Andrew Hibbard, captaining the team in Tom Claxton’s enforced absence, was held up on the line as Minety chased the 4th, and bonus point winning, try.

The all-important score came in the last play of the half.  Garland intercepted a pass on his own 22 and sprinted away before passing to outside centre Ben Kingston, making only his second 1st XV appearance of the season, who ran in from just inside his own half to touch down under the posts.  Garland’s 3rd successful conversion took the half time score to 32-7.

With the wind behind them and the floodlights taking effect, Swindon dominated the early stages of the second half and both Roberts and Tillotson put in bone jarring tackles to hold back the tide.

Hibbard and centre Chris Rule held up a Swindon forwards’ move as Minety’s defence held firm and it was only a last ditch tackle from prop Rob Hinwood beneath the posts that prevented a try.

Against the run of play, it was Minety who scored next.  Winger Ben Langridge intercepted a pass on his 10 metre line, drove forward before Howse fed Cooke, who ran in to touch down from 40 metres out.  Garland’s conversion stretched the lead to 39-7.

Swindon struck back with a try from one of their forwards, the successful conversion ending the scoring at 39-14 leaving Minety to manage the final 20 minutes of play.

The village team might have had a 6th try late on when a fine backs’ move deep in their own 22 released winger Steve White, who ran 50 metres before being hauled down by Swindon’s last line of defence.  The winger was subsequently forced off with a head injury and Minety had to play out the final 10 minutes with just 14 players.

Coach Andy Grayson was full of praise for his team after the win.  “It was a fine all round team performance.  We achieved what we set out to do, gain that win and the bonus point, and did it against a spirited and doughty Swindon side.  A number of performances caught the eye but Man of the Match must go to Dave Cooke, playing his first ever match at fly half, who took his two tries well and impressed throughout.”

Minety now travel to Avonvale on Saturday for their final match of the season, secure in the knowledge that 4th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 is theirs.

Earlier Minety 2nd XV ended their league campaign, beaten by league champions Corsham in a tight game by 26-10 at Minety Fields.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 27th, 2018 at 11:45 am

Minety turn on the style

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Minety turn on the style.

With the 1st XV match conceded by visitors Pewsey Vale, all eyes turned on the 2nd XV’s match away at Bath Saracens in Dorset and Wilts Division 3.

The match, played at Oldfields RFC very attractive venue, pitched 6th placed Bath Saracens against 8th placed Minety and gave visiting coach Andy Grayson a chance to look at some of the emerging talent in the 2nd XV.

Man of the Match, James Nickson

The visitors started the match pushing the Saracens back into their own 22 and dominating the open play, teenage scrum half James Nickson martialling his troops with an assurity which belied his youth and relative inexperience.

With hooker Mark Glew’s powerful running in midfield and the dangerous full back Ben Kingston always looking for counter attacking opportunities, Minety applied pressure across the pitch but were unable to find a way through Saracens’ well organised defence.

Veteran 2nd row Phil Ward was dominant at the back of the line out and Minety enjoyed quality ball so it was something of a surprise that they failed to open the scoring before the 27th minute.

A series of rucks near the Saracens line ended with the dangerous Glew taking the ball at pace and slicing through the defence for the first try.  NIckson’s long range conversion was a success and Minety led 7-0.

Minety doubled their lead 4 minutes later with one of the tries of the season.  From a scrum just outside of his own 22, Nicksen picked up the ball and dummied the Saracens’ defence before streaking clear, side stepping the full back and toughing down beneath the posts.  His conversion sailed between the uprights and Minety led 14-0.

Glew scored his 2nd, and Minety’s 3rd try from a forwards’ pushover just before half time as coach Grayson made a number of changes, experimenting with players playing in unaccustomed positions.

With both teams making full use of bench players in the very hot sunshine, Minety started the 2nd half 19-0 up.

They wrapped up the 4 try bonus point in the 48th minute.  Nickson fed replacement fly half Dave Cooke.  His long pass was caught by centre Bram Coleman, whose flicked pass set Garin Garland in for a try near the posts.  Coleman kicked the conversion to put the visitors 26 points clear.

In the energy sapping conditions, it was great credit to both teams for the high pace that the game was played at.

Despite the score line, Saracens continued to play open, attacking rugby and richly deserved their opening try in the 63rd minute.  After a fluent backs’ move along the line, play switched in field and a clever “grubber” kick through the Minety line allowed the home side’s inside centre to touch down under the posts.

Minety hit back with some forceful running from the powerful Gareth Thomas but it was the home side who scored next with a fine “length of the pitch” try involving 6 players before the scrum half touched down beneath the posts.  The successful conversion brought the scores back to 26-14.

All chances of an unlikely comeback were halted 2 minutes later when centre Del Murray cleverly picked his way through the home defence to score under the posts.

The 6th Minety try came in the 77th minute when the impressive Kingston broke through to touch down, Coleman converting to end the match 40-14 in Minety’s favour.

Coach Grayson was delighted with the performance of the whole squad but singled out James Nickson for particular praise after a Man of the Match performance.

Minety’s win lifts them into 7th place in the league with one fixture remaining of the season against champions Corsham.

In Division 1, Minety’s home walkover and Warminster’s defeat at home to Avonvale mean that the village side lie 4 points behind Warminster with two matches in hand in the fight for 4th place in the league.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 22nd, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Minety grab bonus point

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Ordinarily a 20-15 point defeat would not be viewed as a positive, but Minety coach Andy Grayson was both relieved, to have captured one league point, and surprised by the efforts of a very much patched up Minety team.

Seven of the 18 man squad had not played 1st team rugby this season and for three of them, it was their first taste of competitive rugby since last season.  To emerge from a close fought encounter with such a narrow defeat spoke volumes for both the commitment and spirit of the Minety team.

In a match played, unusually, under sunny skies and on a near perfect pitch at Melksham, Minety kicked off and more than matched their more organised opponents in the opening encounters, especially in the scrum and lineout play.

Minety took the lead in the 10th minute from a Garin Garland penalty after Melksham were caught off-side 20 metres from their line.

Garland extended the lead 3 minutes later with another well taken penalty.

Minety pressurised the Melksham defence with some fine forward work and in the 18th minute a rolling maul made 20 metres only to be halted right on the Melksham line while Garland was held up on the line just moments later.

Garland kicked his third penalty after centre Jack Howse had broken through and been brought to ground inches from the line.

The village side held out until the 34th minute when a fluent move along the line saw Melksham’s winger cross for the game’s first try wide out on the right.

Garland’s injury time penalty in front of the posts saw Minety enter the half time break 12-5 up.

Melksham started the 2nd half strongly and their efforts were rewarded with a try in the 42nd minute.  A cross field move and a deft cut back by their hooker opened up the visitors’ defence for the second try.

When flanker, Gareth Peirce, himself making his first appearance of the season, was injured, Club President Andy Ward, one of three veterans making up the Minety bench with a combined age of 164, was forced into action.

The Minety bench: Ken Wright, Phil Ward and Andy Ward

With Garland, prop Mark Glew and hard charging Andrew Hibbard making inroads down the middle, Minety re-grouped and more than matched the home side.

Fly half John Blair’s fine solo run was halted metres from the line and follow ups from full back Ben Kingston and winger Dave Cooke were thwarted by a hastily re-arranged Melksham defence.

In the 60th minute the Minety forwards pushed Melksham back and Garland’s solo effort was held up short as the village side strove for their first try.

Perhaps the turning point in the match came when Minety’s influential captain Tom Claxton was forced off with a nasty looking ankle injury and then Melksham were awarded a try after it appeared that the ball was knocked on over the line.

Melksham’s 4th try came in the 73rd minute and one might have expected the visibly tiring Minety side to cave in but instead they pushed Melksham back and when Garland slotted his 5th penalty of the match the result was still in the balance.

Minety threw caution to the wind in the last minutes of the game, Garland and the impressive flanker Ben Sellick taking play from beneath their posts into midfield to set up another wave of Minety attacks.

But it was not to be and the match ended with Melksham taking the points by 20-15 although Minety’s losing bonus point keeps them in with a slim chance of a top four position come the end of the season.

Coach Andy Grayson said after the match: “They ought to be proud of what they did over the course of 80 minutes; I know I am.  We had so many players new to the squad with others playing out of position but they gave their all and you can’t ask more than that.

The game plan worked well in the first half but we tired in the 2nd and allowed them to come back into the match.  Even so, with a couple of breaks going our way, we could have won it.

“We now have three matches to go and need wins in all of them.  Hopefully, some of our injury hit squad will be back for those matches as we chase 4th place in the league.”

nb  The combined age of the Minety bench was 164.  164 years ago, in 1854, Victoria was still on the throne, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen was Prime Minister, Britain declared war on Russia and so the Crimean War started, Florence Nightlingale prepared to leave for the Crimea, Franklin Pierce was the US president and the California Gold Rush was into its final year.  The American civil war was still 7 years away!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Minety dig deep for win

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Gareth Thomas

Minety overcame local rivals Chippenham 31-26 in a hard fought Dorset and Wilts Division 1 match on Saturday.

The visitors needs a win after two heavy defeats at the hands of table topping Bradford on Avon and Combe Down and responded magnificently to captain Tom Claxton’s call for a return to the free flowing rugby that served them so well earlier in the season.

Fighting for a top four finish to the campaign, Minety knew that nothing short of a win would suffice against a resurgent Chippenham team just two places below them in the league table.

The village team, desperately struggling for match fit players, was forced to field just one substitute for the game as a very competitive and physical league campaign has stretched playing resources almost to breaking point.

Try 1: Garin Garland

Against a big Chippenham side, Minety dominated the early exchanges and took the lead with a fine try near to the posts in the 5th minute.  Full back Duncan Simpson’s tap penalty led to a move through the backs to fly half Tom MacAllister.  His surge to the line was halted but a miss move involving scrum half Garin Garland and Claxton saw the former crash over for the try.

Minety continued to enjoy the majority of possession but were often guilty of over playing situations and giving up the ball.

Chippenham equalised in the 20th minute.  A Minety defensive kick was blocked and from a throw in Chippenham gained possession, broke the line and touched down.  The conversion was successful and the teams locked at 7 all.

Chippenham exposed Minety’s defences in the 23rd minute when the Number 8 brushed aside 4 defenders to score wide on the right.

Try 2: Gareth

Aggressive running from the Minety forwards pushed the home team back into their own 22 but despite efforts from Andrew Hibbard, Del Murray and Ben Scott, the home side preserved their

lead until the 39th minute.  After a fine scrum, Number 8 Jack Ward, Garland and Ben Collins were all held up inches from the line but Garland’s swift pass out to prop Gareth Thomas saw the latter register his first try of the season and tie the scores at half time.

Chippenham started the second half strongly, pushing Minety back and the village team struggled to cope with the power of the home pack.  2nd row Ash Windle was shown a yellow card in the 45th minute for a ruck infringement close to the Minety line.

Try 3: Tom McAllister

The 14 men eventually succumbed to the pressure when a fluent Chippenham cross field move and a cut back from their No. 8 saw the latter cross for his second try of the match.  The conversion was successful and the home side led 19-12.

Minety hit back almost immediately with a fine solo effort from McAllister, slicing through the home defence to score from 30 metres out.

With both teams throwing caution to the wind, play moved from end to end at breakneck speed and it was Chippenham who edged further in front in the 57th minute with a close range try after Minety had held up a previous attack on the line.  The successful conversion took the score to 26-17 and Minety’s resistance seemed to be at an end.

However, Claxton’s team turned the match on its head in two dramatic minutes starting in the 63rd.

Try 4: Del Murray

Chippenham lost control of a lineout on the Minety 22 and flanker Murray picked up the loose ball and outpaced the defence to run in a brilliant solo try from 60 metres out.  Garland kicked the long range conversion and Minety were within two points.

From the kick off Minety gathered the ball, Garland fed McAllister who broke the defensive line, drew the full back before passing to centre Jack Howse, who ran in under the posts from 40 metres out.  Garland stroked home the conversion and Minety led 31-26.

In a desperate and breath-taking last 15 minutes, two players from each side were yellow carded and only brilliant tackling from the visitors prevented Chippenham from scoring.

Try 5: Jack Howse

Coach Andy Grayson was pleased and relieved at the end.  “Our defence, especially out wide, was brilliant and we showed the kind of commitment that was lacking in our recent defeats.  They were a tough side and we’re delighted to have completed a league double over them this season.”

The bonus point win takes Minety to 55 league points, one behind 4th placed Warminster, with a game in hand and a slightly easier run in.

In the weekend’s other match, a very patched up Minety 2nd XV lost by 30-10 away at Supermarine.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

March 25th, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Bradford batter sorry Minety

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Top of the table Bradford on Avon handed out an eight try beating to a struggling Minety team, forced to play their home game at Royal Wootton Bassett after all three Minety pitches failed inspections again.

On a bitterly cold day, with flurries of snow being blasted across the pitch by a biting easterly wind, Minety simply could not manage the pace and power of a Bradford team seeking promotion at the end of the season.

The visitors showed their intent from the kick off, moving the ball out to pacey winger Murray Dewar, who broke through the Minety line and was only stopped from scoring by a magnificent tackle by full back Duncan Simpson.

Simpson and fly half Tom McAllister were called on again to halt the next attack as Bradford threatened the Minety posts as the powerful Bradford pack launched yet another attack.

Bradford took the lead in the 12th minute when flanker Josh Felix stroked home a penalty in front of the posts after Minety were caught off side.  The home team had to wait until the 14th minute to break into the Bradford half when winger Steve White and the industrious Simpson forged an attack wide on the right.

Bradford’s first try came from a break within their own 22.  The ball was passed out to centre Dan Bright who broke the Minety line and sent winger Dewar in for a try in the corner.

The villagers were forced to make changes to their front row when prop Mark Glew picked up an injury but they held on almost until half time, White’s incursions on the right wing pushing Bradford back, but the visitors’ defensive line speed was impressive and gave Minety’s back line precious little space to work in.

Bradford scored their second try in the 36th minute with another break out try scored under the posts by Dewar.  Felix converted and the lead was now 15 points.

The visitors’ third try came almost from the kick off, this time Dewar feeding Bright who ran in from 35 metres to score, Felix converting to leave Minety 22 points down at half time.

Dewar’s hat trick try came in the 47th minute after a fluent backs move as Bradford made good use of the wind to peg Minety back in their own 22.

McAllister and captain Tom Claxton eased the pressure with some direct running, pushing Bradford back into their own half, but the visitors’ tackling and rucking ensured a steady supply of quality ball for their backs to work with.

Dewar’s 4th came in the 64th minute when he found himself on the end of another fine backs’ move to score in the corner.

Exhausted and dispirited, Minety shipped three more tries in the final ten minutes during which time flanker James Stuart was sent off.

Bradford ended the match winners by 51-0 to cement their place at the top of the table.

The only consolation for Minety was that the team immediately below them in the table, Pewsey Vale, were heavily beaten at Trowbridge.

The 2nd XV were awarded a Home Walk Over victory when Melksham conceded their match in D&W3N on Saturday morning.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

March 18th, 2018 at 12:35 pm