Minety RFC

Vase Semi Final winning lineup

Minety marched into the final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase with a fine 32-7 victory over their division 1 compatriots Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday. The win sets up a mouthwatering final with Christchurch’s “Dorset Dockers” at a ground yet to be determined on Saturday 24th November. Wherever that match is to be staged, Minety will be taking a coach so keep an eye out on this site for details of the arrangements – those who came on the coach to the last final that Minety made in 2015 still talk about the experience with pride.

Casting our minds back to that heady day, Coach Andy Ward led his side out onto the field at Warminster to take on Lychett Minster from Dorset.  In an incredibly tight match Garin Garland put Minety ahead with a first half penalty before Lychett Minster grabbed the lead with just 20 minutes left with a try.  7 – 3 down, and with the clock ticking, Minety launched wave after wave of attacks on the Minster line and it was captain Andrew Hibbard who sealed the win, and the Senior Vase, charging down an attemtped  clearance kick and touching down for the winning try.  Heady days. 

1. Mark Glew

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Cameron Smith

4. Ben Collins

5. Ben Scott

6. Kieran Tillotsen

7. Ben Sellick

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Tom McAllister

11. Ben Langridge

12. Jack Ward

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Andy Darrell

17. Matt Stone

18. Jay Thompson

19. Del Murray

20. Gareth Peirce

21. Chris Rule

21. James Stuart

Written by Graham Cooke

November 12th, 2018 at 9:38 am

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Minety march into final

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

D&W Senior Vase Semi Final

Just one fixture for Minety this weekend, but it could be one of the most significant on the fixture list for the North Wiltshire club.  With a 2pm kick off (to cater for any extra time that may be required) Minety entertain Warminster in the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase competition, a competition that MInety famously won at Warminster against Lytchett Minster on Saturday 29th November 2015.

Victory for the village team would mean a final against either Puddletown or Dorset Dockers.

Tom Claxton, Andy Grayson and the team will not be taking anything for granted against a powerful Warminster side who defeated Minety on the opening day of the seasonj and who now lie in 4th place in the league table, 6 poinmts clear of Minety having won 5 or their 7 league matches this season.

The game will be played on one of the “top” pitches at Minety and not on the main one; the recent heavy rain has washed away some of the sand in the drainage system and this is to be replensihed in the next few days, but not in time for such an important fixture.

If you can get down to Minety Fields to support the lads, your support would be most appreciated. 

A full match report will appear on this website on Sunday.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 9th, 2018 at 9:47 am

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MTV Calne

The Minety Player film of the match at Calne, played on 3rd November 2018 is now up on the Minety PLayer page of the website.  It can be accessed here, by clicking on the MTV icon or by using the Minety Player option on the side menu.

Decisions, decisions!


Written by Graham Cooke

November 7th, 2018 at 9:59 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s win over Calne on Saturday may not have been all that pleasing on the eye but it has halted a two game losing streak that had threatened to cast us away from the top half of the table.

As it is, Combe Down appear to be running away with the league already although few would have predicted the onslaught that they inflicted on Pewsey Vale on Saturday.  A source close to the home team said that the writing was on the wall at half time with Combe Down already 55 points up.  Thus far the Bath based team have dropped just one point, when they failed to get a “4 try” bonus point in their victory over Avonvale.

Elsewhere, Melksham continue their impressive run up the table after a comfortable looking win over struggling Chippenham while Avonvale were pushed hard by Warminster in a clash that saw the home team leapfrog Warminster and close in on 2nd place in the league.

Bassett’s heavy loss at Trowbridge was another surprise, considering that they had lost only one match (to Minety) up until that point.  The win keeps Trowbridge tied for points with Minety as the division appears to be dividing between the top 7 and the others.

Supermarine still find themselves rooted at the bottom of the table, beaten at Sutton Benger, who climb above Chippenham into 8th place. 

In Division 3 two more fixtures were “conceded” to add to a worrying trend.  Amesbury continued their unbeaten run with a comprehensive win away at Melksham while Combe Down beat the other Bath based team, the Saracens, to maintain pressure at the top.  Minety move up to 6th place, 19 points behind top of the table but 20 points clear of basaement club Supermarine.

Next weekend Minety will engaged in D&W Senior Vase semi final action when they host Warminster.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 6th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Lineup which played Calne on Saturday

1. Steve Wilson

2. Mark Glew

3. Matt Park

4. Ben Scott

5. Ben Collins

6. Rob Hinwood

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Andrew Hibbard (c)

9. Sam Hughes

10. Jack Ward

11. Ben Langridge

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Matt Stone

17. Del Murray

18. Gareth Peirce

Written by Graham Cooke

November 5th, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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Five try Minety back to winning ways

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

This weekend’s fixtures

Bad news, I’m afraid. Swindon have conceded tomorrow’s match Minety against the 2nds. All attention now focuses upon the 1st XV match at Calne, kick off 2.30pm. 

Tom Claxton and his team travel to Calne for the first time for some seasons on Saturday for a Dorset and Wilts Division 1 match kicking off at the new time of 2.30pm. 

Claxton and coach Andy Grayson will be anxious to halt a slide that has seen the village team lose its last two matches and drop down the league to 6th place.  After an early season reversal at Warminster, Minety won three matches on the trot but injuries and unavailability has wrought havoc with Grayson’s planning and two losses, at Trowbridge and then at home to Avonvale followed.

Last week’s “experiment” of using 14 forwards and one back, was forced on the club; let’s hope that this week’s team has a better balance of players with more playing in their accustomed roles.

Calne re-joined Division 1 at the start of this season after some time out of it.  They started their campaign with a loss at Trowbridge (we know how that feels) but were then soundly beaten by the in-form Avonvale at home and then the unpredictable Pewsey Vale away.  Calne finally got on the board with a convincing 64-23 win at Chippenham but have since experienced losses against Combe Down and away to Melksham.

The two teams were due to meet up earlier in October in the Senior Vase but Calne conceded that match.

The situation in Division 3 continues to cause concern.  For the third week running, Minety 2nds will be without a match.  On the 20th October Steve Wilson’s team was forced to concede a home fixture to Warminster and then a week later Supermarine conceded their home match against Minety.  Now we have heard that Swindon have conceded their match at Minety Fields tomorrow.  Whilst the league points awarded will do Minety some good (they move up to joint 5th temporarily), the fact is that Steve and his team have not played a competitive match since the 39-7 win over Melksham on the 5th October and are not due to play again until the 17th November, when they travel to top of the table Amesbury.

Match report on the 1st XV match at Calne will be on this website on Sunday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 2nd, 2018 at 10:34 am

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Weekend’s Fixtures


Written by Graham Cooke

November 1st, 2018 at 6:00 am

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MTV v Avonvale

The film of the match against Avonvale is now up on the MTV page of this website.  Click on this link, the MTV icon or use the Minety Player option on the side menubar to access the page and the match.




Written by Graham Cooke

October 31st, 2018 at 11:11 am

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Stat Attack!

Yes, the fortnightly drivel is back again, much to Anton’s delight (no doubt).  Benjamin has been delving into the statistics and has come up with this timeless list of rubbish!

  1. On Saturday we gave season debuts to Steve Wilson, James Stuart and Del Murray.
  2. We have used 34 players in the 1st XV in 6 matches this season.
  3. 16 of the 18 players on the field for the Avonvale match are usually classed as forwards, based upon appearances earlier in the season.
  4. Mark Glew swapped from prop to scrum half; Rob Hinwood from flanker to wing; Del Murray season debut to fly half; Chris Rule centre to full back; Matt Stone 2nd row to winger; James Stuart season debut to flanker; and Ash Windle 2nd row to centre.
  5. Saturday’s was the heaviest defeat of the season – 8 57
  6. It was the only match weher Minety had scored less than 24 points.
  7. Minety have scored 208 points in 6 league matches this season at an average of 34.66
  8. They have conceded 164 at an average of 27.33
  9. Only three players, all forwards, have played in all 6 games: Colin French; Ben Scott; and KIeran Tillotsen.
  10. 9 players have played in just one game this season.
  11. Mark Glew’s try was his second of the season.
  12. Minety have scored 29 tries in 6 games, shared between 13 players.
  13. The top try scorer is Ben Sellick with 6.
  14. The top points scorer with 45 is Garin Garland.
  15. Ash Windle became the 3rd Minety player to kick a successful penalty this season
  16. Ash also became the first Minety player this season to be shown a red card and so joins Matt Stone (yellow against RWB) on the “naughty step”.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 31st, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Kick off times

With the clocks going back and the night’s strating to draw in, kick off times are changing.  To avoid the embarrassment of arriving at a ground late, players and supporters should note the following:

Matches in November will normally kick off at 2.30pm

Matches in December and January will kick off at 2.15pm.

Matches in February will kick off at 2.30pm

Matches from March to the end of the season will revert to 3pm.

These are the set times – clubs may come to an arrangement to vary them from time to time.  In this event, we will always inform followers of Minety as soon as we are informed.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 30th, 2018 at 9:43 am

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Team who faced Avonvale

This is the team that played Avonvale at Minety Fields on Saturday 27th October 2018.

1. Colin French

2. Jay Thompson

3. Cameron Smith

4. Ben Collins

5. Ben Scott

6. Phil Ward

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Andrew Hibbard (c)

9. Mark Glew

10. Del Murray

11. Rob Hinwood

12. Ash Windle

13. Bram Coleman

14. Matt Stone

15. Chris Rule

16. James Stuart

17. Andy Darrell

18. Steve Wilson


Written by Graham Cooke

October 30th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Weekend Round up

Given the horrendous nature of the injury and unavailability list, Saturday’s heavy reversal at home to one of the leagues most prolific points scorers was not altogether surprising; that Minety did not slip down the table was! 

The league seems to be splitting into three distinct sections: a top group made up of 5 teams; a middle group of two; and then a bottom group of 5.

League leaders Combe Down took maximum points at home to Chippenham, inflicting a huge 90 – 14 win.  This is the second time this season that Chippenham have conceded 90 or more points in a game, a cause for some concern, we would imagine.  Chasing Warminster defeated local rivals Trowbridge 50 – 22 while Royal Wootton Bassett kept up their impressive run of wins with a sound victory over Sutton Benger.  Bassett’s only reversal this season was at home against Minety!  4th placed Melksham defeated struggling Calne, who Minety face this coming weekend.  Struggling Pewsey, with players returning from injury, beat bottom club Supermarine, but at some cost – losing another set of players to injury.

The situation in Division 3 must be a cause of concern for the league.  There has been at least once concession in every week of this year’s league and last Saturday half the fixtures were conceded, showing just how hard it is for club’s to be able to field 2nd or even 3rd teams on a Saturday.  Given that Minety 1st XV used a number of 2nd XV players to bolster their numbers on Saturday, it seems likely that they would have struggled to put out a 2nd team.  Nevertheless, the 5 points awarded to Minety push them up one place in the table to 8th with Supermarine now well adrift at the bottom of the table.

Top of the table Amesbury didn’t play which meant that 2nd placed Warminster were able to close the gap at the top to just 5 points with a good win at home to 6th placed Bradford.  In the weekend’s other surviving fixture, Chippenham consolidated their hold on 4th place with a win in a high points scoring game at Bath Saracens.

Next week’s fixtures will kick off at the earlier time of 2.30pm with matches in December and January moving to 2.15pm kick offs.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 29th, 2018 at 10:13 am

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Minety taught a harsh lesson

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