Minety RFC

Crisis Point

Yesterday, Tuesday, we received official notification from the Dorset and Wilts League that Melksham had joined Supermarine in withdrawing from league division 3 North.  Both clubs had exceeded the limit placed on clubs for conceding matches.

In addition to losing the clubs from an already small league, their points and results have also been expunged (yes, that it the correct word) from the table.

That means that Minety 2nd XV are now bottom of Dorset and Wilts Division 3 with -8 points (points are deducted each time a team fails to fulfil a fixture). 

We have also been informed by the league that Minety 2nd XV are just one match away from joining Melksham and Supermarine; if we concede one of the two remaining fixtures this season we will also be removed from the league.  This is a catastrophic situation for a club with the rich traditions of Minety.  The 2nd XV has always been vital for bringing on new players, allowing others to enjoy a recreational game of rugby on a Saturday without the league and performance pressures that the 1st XV players are exposed to and a great place for those reaching the end of their 1st XV days to wind down slowly (remember, you’re a long time retired from a game like rugby; just ask the poor old sap who’s writing this now) and pass on their gained wisdom to the next generation of Minety players. 

The long and the short of the matter is that teams that disappear don’t tend to rise, phoenix like, from the ashes the following season.  

This is a call out to all Minety players – we need a full (18 players) 1st XV to travel to Melksham this Saturday to try and continue our push for a top 6 place in Division 1 and we desperately need a full (18 players) 2nd XV to take on Bradford on Avon at Minety Fields this Saturday and Chippenham at Minety Fields on 30th March (the fixture was brought forward by a week at Chippenham’s request).

If you can help out, please contact your captains, Tom Claxton and Steve Wilson.  Contact details are on the Contacts page of this site.  And if you are unsure, just take a look at the table below, and Minety’s perilous position at present … and then think what it would be like if the name of Minety were not to be there at all!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 20th, 2019 at 9:20 am

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Come On! Get behind your man

Rob Hinwood

Earlier this week we posted about Rob Hinwood, a Minety stalwart, who is running a half marathon in Bath tomorrow in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  It’s a brilliant cause and it would be great if members of Minety, supporters of Minety and the players from Minety could get behind and support Rob, if only by pledging the cost of a pint of beer.  Come on!  Let’s support this tremendous effort. 

All you have to do is click on the link below and pledge an amount and then  add on the Gift Aid and the money can be put to great use and Rob will know that you’re supporting his cause.

Still not convinced?  Read Rob’s short story and then click that link and make that pledge.  Go on; you know it makes sense!

“Every year my wonderful mum takes part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which helps support thousands of people suffering with cancer – which Mum herself fought off over 10 years ago. This year I’ve decided to get involved…but I make terrible cakes and average coffee. However I’m quite good at putting one foot in front of the other fairly quickly for a long (ish) time. So I’m running the Bath Half on March 17th!

Please give whatever you can – I will be incredibly grateful no matter the amount!”

Click on the link below to go through to the Just Giving page for Rob and make a donation, make a change!  Go on, you know you want to!

Click Here


Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2019 at 10:39 am

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It’s not summer until it’s the Minety 7’s

Written by Graham Cooke

March 15th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack

Benny, our tame statistician, is often asked about the number of appearances that players have made this season.  As we welcomed Tom Waldron to the list, after his appearance against Combe Down last Saturday, we can now confirm that 45 different players have represented the 1st XV this season – enough for three whole teams!  Benny has ploughed through the stats and has produced this table showing appearances thus far, including the Vase competition but not including pre season friendlies.  Mark Glew and Chris Rule top the list, having been on the team sheet and playing in 20 of our 21 matches (appearance percentages of 95.24%) included in these statistics.  Here is the full list (errors and ommisions not accepted!!)

Glew, Mark 20 95.24%
Rule, Chris 20 95.24%
Howse, Jack 19 90.48%
Hibbard, Andrew 18 85.71%
Scott, Ben 18 85.71%
French, Colin 17 80.95%
Stone, Matt 17 80.95%
Claxton, Tom 16 76.19%
Collins, Ben 14 66.67%
Cooke, Dave 14 66.67%
Darrell, Andy 13 61.90%
Langridge, Ben 13 61.90%
Tillotsen, Kieran 13 61.90%
Thompson, Jay 12 57.14%
Garland, Garin 11 52.38%
Hughes, Sam 11 52.38%
Hinwood, Rob 10 47.62%
Simpson, Duncan 9 42.86%
Murray, Del 8 38.10%
Peirce, Gareth 8 38.10%
Windle, Ash 8 38.10%
Aubrey, Morgan 7 33.33%
Smith, Cameron 7 33.33%
Ward, Jack 7 33.33%
McAllister, Tom 5 23.81%
Sellick, Ben 5 23.81%
Coleman, Bram 4 19.05%
Nicksen, James 4 19.05%
Ward, Phil 4 19.05%
White, Steve 4 19.05%
Chisholm, Matt 3 14.29%
Park, Matt 3 14.29%
Stuart, James 3 14.29%
Church, Dave 2 9.52%
Crisp, Will 2 9.52%
Mason, Will 2 9.52%
Roberts, Matt 2 9.52%
Wilson, Steve 2 9.52%
Cross, Matt 1 4.76%
Leong, Jonathan 1 4.76%
Lockwood, Ned 1 4.76%
Thomas, Gareth 1 4.76%
Trinder, Sam 1 4.76%
Waldron, Tom 1 4.76%
Wright, Ken 1 4.76%

Written by Graham Cooke

March 14th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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MTV: Minety V Combe Down

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

March 13th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Review of Dorset and Wilts Division 3

In truth, Minety did themselves no favours over the weekend with an administrative mix up meaning that the tie with Bath Saracens was called off, through lack of avaiability, much later than we, and they, would have liked.

A quick glance at the result(s) shows the uncomfortable state that the division has lapsed into, with just one match being contested and all the others conceded.

The authorities must do something about this state of affairs because not only are playing squads apparently smaller, but availability and getting into the habit of playing on a Saturday are also suffering.  A glance at the fixture list for the 2nd XV shows that they have only played 6 matches this season, three of those in the first three rounds of the season and have not completed a match since 19th January.  Of more concern is that there have been 7 conceded matches involving Minety this season.

A proposal for re-structuring the league was tabled at the last Minety RFC Committee meeting and will be published on this site in the next week or so.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 12th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Support Rob running the Bath Half for Macmillan

It’s time to get the credit cards out and make a donation to a brilliant cause and supporting a Minety player on a mission.

Rob Hinwood

Rob Hinwood is running the Bath Half Marathon on March 17th to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rob writes:

Every year my wonderful mum takes part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which helps support thousands of people suffering with cancer – which Mum herself fought off over 10 years ago. This year I’ve decided to get involved…but I make terrible cakes and average coffee. However I’m quite good at putting one foot in front of the other fairly quickly for a long (ish) time. So I’m running the Bath Half on March 17th!

Please give whatever you can – I will be incredibly grateful no matter the amount!

Click on the link below to go through to the Just Giving page for Rob and make a donation, make a change!  Go on, you know you want to!

Click Here

Written by Graham Cooke

March 11th, 2019 at 9:33 pm

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Dorset & Wilts Division 1 Review

This week we’re dividing up the reviews of the weekend’s action, dealing with Division 1 today (Monday) and Division 3 tomorrow.  Wednesday’s post will be the MTV feature and we’re hoping to prise Benny away from his bottle of gin long enough to get him to do some stats for Thursday or Friday.

Minety’s loss to Combe Down was disappointing but not unexpected.  The Bath side have run away with the league this season, despite the valiant efforts of second place Avonvale.  19 wins and 16 bonus points from 19 matches is a record to be proud of and there was no doubt that their settled squad is brimming full of confidence.  The 7-43 defeat may seem like a big defeat but actually Minety matched their illustrious opposition for large phases of the match.  Conceding two converted tries in the first 6 minutes didn’t help the home cause and three more in the 3  or so minutes either side of half time killed off the match but Minety, with a young and inexperienced team, did themselves proud.

The fixture that we were all watching was, of course, the one that matched the sides on either side of us in the table.  In the end 8th placed Sutton Benger picked up all of the points against 6th placed Trowbridge.  The result keeps Trowbridge within range for Minety as we enter the last phase of the season with just three matches to come.

Royal Wootton Bassett’s win against 11th placed Calne gave them a bonus point and makes it well nigh impossible for Minety to catch them whilst Supermarine’s loss to Avonvale makes relegation look likely.   Avonvale maintained their 12 point deficit to Combe Down at the top but also benefited from Warminster, who started the day in 3rd place, losing heavily at home to 9th placed Chippenham. Minety play Warminster in the last match of the season at Minety Fields and will hope that they can secure points from that game.

Elsewhere, Melksham climbed into 3rd place with a win over Pewsey Vale, who drop below Chippenham into 10th place.  Melksham are Minety’s next opponents, a week on Saturday, over at Melksham.  They will certainly be a tough test for the village team, Melksham being the top placed Wiltshire team in the league.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 11th, 2019 at 9:41 am

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Battling Minety downed by league leaders

Minety lost their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 encounter with runaway league leaders Combe Down, going down by 43-7 at Minety Fields on Saturday.

The Bath based side came into the match with an unblemished record in the league this season, winning all 18 of their matches and averaging well over 50 points in each game so Minety coach Andy Grayson and captain Andrew Hibbard knew that they were in for a bruising encounter.

Still without club captain Tom Claxton and leading points scorer Garin Garland, Grayson brought in Matt Park at hooker and paired Mark Glew with James Nicksen at half back for the first time.

Minety got off to the worst possible start, conceding the opening try in the 4th minute and then a second just two minutes later.  The first came when the ball squirmed out of a scrummage and was picked up by the Combe Down flanker who crossed easily near the posts, the second at the end of a fluent move involving forwards and backs resulting in the left winger running the ball in near the corner flag and then touching down near the posts.

14-0 down after just 6 minutes and Minety looked in real trouble. However, Grayson’s sides this season have displayed resilience under pressure this season and they fought back against their illustrious opponents, Glew and Nicksen working well together and the usually reliable lineouts and scrums giving some quality ball for the backs.  From one set piece Hibbard almost broke through but was brought down metres from the line.

In the pack it became a real battle with front rowers Andy Darrall, Park and Colin French refusing to give an inch in exchanges, ably supported by second rowers Ben Scott and Ben Collins. Combe Down showed why they are unbeaten this season with some fine backs moves, switching play from one touchline to the other with confidence but the Minety cover broke up play time and time again.

Minety’s task was not helped when hard tackling flanker Jay Thompson was injured mid-way through the half, James Stuart coming on from the bench to replace him. The home side matched Combe Down until three minutes before the interval.  After another series of impressive phases of play Minety’s defences were breached for the third try and a fourth was added in stoppage time as both teams pressed forward and gaps appeared defensively.

Minety started the second half brightly with centre Jack Howse at last finding some room to run at the defence and Hibbard always a threat in the loose but it was Combe Down who scored first to increase their lead to 31-0 in the 43rd minute, a flanker breaking through two tackles to cross for their 5th try.  The conversion was successful and league leaders were 31-0 up. Minety introduced Tom Waldron to the side shortly after when Del Murray picked up an injury.  The youngster became the 45th player to wear a Minety shirt in this season full of injuries and unavailabilities for the village side.

Combe Down’s 6th try came from a rolling maul as Minety were pushed back.  Flanker Kieran Tillotson was injured in the lead up to the try and had to be replaced, Steve White making a rare appearance for the side replacing him.

36 points behind, Minety fought back with Howse and French stopped inches short of the line and then Scott held up over the line.  Shortly after winger Dave Cooke was held up on the line but when the ball came back captain Hibbard broke a tackle to register a well-deserved try for Minety, which Nicksen converted to bring the scoreline to 7-36.

Andrew Hibbard (bottom right) touches down for Minety’s try

Deep into injury time, and with the home team down to 13 players with Howse off the pitch and injured, Combe Down registered their 7th try near to the posts to leave them with a flattering 43-7 win.

Afterwards Andy Grayson said, “We worked very hard today.  They are a team who have scored over 100 points in some games and we made them work hard for every try. There were lots of positives to take from that match.  We didn’t take a backward step and stuck together as a unit, even when the injuries began to take their toll. Choosing a man of the match was very difficult because everyone put in so much effort, but I’m awarding it to James Nicksen who stood up under extreme pressure and was at the heart of all that we did.”

Man of the Match James Nicksen, with Colin French and Anton.

With three matches of the season Minety remain in 7th place, two points behind Trowbridge but 11 above 8th placed Sutton Benger.

Could well be a caption contest! A bloodied Ben Scott at the end of the match.

In a fortnight Grayson’s team travel to 3rd placed Melksham before ending the season with two home games, against Pewsey Vale and Warminster.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 10th, 2019 at 10:01 am

RFU Accreditation for Minety

We are delighted to be able to announce that representatives of the club met with our RFU Regional Development Officer, Chris Burton, to receive our club’s RFU Accreditation.

The club, led by Cliff Garland, has been working towards this prestigious award for some time now and had to put together a comprehensive development plan to match the RFU’s stringent criteria.  The plan, which highlights areas where the club is working at or exceeding the RFU’s expectations also identifies areas where we need to improve, and was endorsed by the Minety RFC Committee in January and sent to the RFU for their approval.

In addition to now being a fully RFU Accredited Club, MInety has also been awarded Sport England’s Clubmark Accreditation, valid for the next two years.

Club stalwart John Butler was present to receive the Accreditation certificates and signs, which will be displayed soon in the club house.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 8th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

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The weekend’s fixtures

Well, it doesn’t get much tougher than this weekend’s fixtures in both Division 1 and Division 3.

In Division 1 Tom Claxton’s 1st XV host top of the table Combe Down at Minety Fields, with a 3pm kick off time.  Combe Down have topped the table since the first game of the season and are presently unbeaten in 18 league games, picking up the 4 try bonus point in 15 of those.  A win on Saturday would almost guarantee the Bath outfit a promotion at the end of the season.

Minety come into their toughest home match of the season buoyed by their fine win at Chippenham last week and will be after maximum points in their attempts to overhaul 6th placed Trowbridge in the league.

Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV travel to Bath Saracens in Division 3.  The Bath outfit, who ply their trade at Oldfield Park, have hit a rich vein of form recently and will be a challenge for the Minety 2nd XV.

Match reports will appear on this site on Sunday as usual.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 8th, 2019 at 9:17 am

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MTV: Chippenham v Minety

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

March 6th, 2019 at 10:30 am

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Our extra man

Unapologetically, we make much of the players who don the Minety shirt and, to a lesser extent, the coaches and backroom staff, but on Saturday, and on many other occasions during the season, we have had an extra man to help us – Jack Glew.

Jack, youngest of the famous Glew clan, has run the line for us at a number of matches recently, allowing Andy Grayson, the Jurgen Klopp of Minety, to concentrate on tactics and plays without having to run up and down the touchline with a flag.  It will be some time before Jack is old enough to play for the senior team but he shows his commitment to the cause by attending most, if not all, of the 1st XV matches and is becoming a confident and reliable assistant referee when called upon.

On Saturday, Jack ran the line at Chippenham in freezing conditions, did his job with the minimum of fuss and helped us enormously.

Jack, we thank you for your efforts and hope that we can count on you for the run in to the end of the season.  Well done!

Written by Graham Cooke

March 5th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Minety players in unexpected places

Tonight Movies@Malmesbury, your local cinema, will be screening the historical blockbuster “Mary Queen of Scots” at 8pm (repeated on Friday at 2pm).  Amongst the stars, Margot Robie and Saoirse (pronounced Sorcha) Ronan is a member of the Minety back line.

It’s a brief appearance, but given it’s been seen by millions around the world, it’s worth a mention here.

The bowing courtier on right of this screenshot from the film’s trailer was last seen wearing the Number 14 shirt on Saturday in Minety’s marvellous victory over Chippenham … Dave Cooke.  We’re not sure how much of the history he absorbed during his two days of filming but he did report that Ms Robbie, here playing Queen Elizabeth under layers of makeup, is very nice indeed!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 4th, 2019 at 10:59 am

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Results from around the league

Minety’s win at Chippenham on Saturday gained the club 4 points for winning and a further bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries (we scored 6).  The five points mean that we keep up with Trowbridge in the fight for a top 6 place come the end of the season and also know that Royal Wootton Bassett, in 5th place, are not out of range.

Elsewhere, next week’s visitors to Minety Fields, Combe Down, kept up their relentless march on the title with a convincing win over Melksham, who started the day in 3rd place but slipped to 4th by the end of proceedings.  Combe Down have won all of their matches and only failed to gain a 4 try bonus point in 3 of the 18 league matches they have played.

Avonvale kept up the appearance of pressure with a big win over 5th placed Wootton Bassett while Warminster, who started the day in 4th place moved above Melksham with a bonus point winning try away at 11th placed Calne.

In the other games, Trowbridge inflicted more pain on bottom club Supermarine, still without a win in 18 matches, the bonus point keeping the gap to Minety of just 2 points, while Pewsey hauled themselves above both Calne and Chippenham with a good win over Sutton Benger.

With just four more league matches to come this season the run in looks like this:

Minety:  Combe Down (h), Melksham (a), Pewsey Vale (h) and Warminster (h).  Three home matches might appear to give Minety an advantage but actually the village club has to face teams in 1st, 3rd and 4th place in the run in.

Trowbridge: Sutton Benger (a), Pewsey Vale (a), Avonvale (h) and Calne (a).  Of those four matches, only one, Avonvale, is against a team higher than Trowbridge in the existing league standings.

Royal Wootton Bassett: Calne (h), Chippenham (a), Combe Down (h) and Melksham (a).  Of the four, two are against teams above them.

Minety’s run for a top 6 or better finish will almost certainly come down to player availability; the squad, now number 44 who have played 1st XV this season, is strong enough but can we get our strongest 18 out in every match?

It’s down to the players!





Written by Graham Cooke

March 4th, 2019 at 8:24 am

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