Saturday 31 October 2009
Southern Counties South
Half way there
Dorchester 1st XV 44 pts – Minety 1st XV 11 pts
Though their fitness and discipline let them down towards the end, a resolute Minety take many positives from this tough away fixture against league leaders Dorchester.
Still struggling with injuries, Minety were grateful for the willing services of several draftees from the fixtureless 2nd XV. This included their complete second row who, as well as ably carrying out their regulation duties of shoving and heavy lifting, executed 12 tackles between them and ran the ball whenever given the chance.
Dorchester were first on the scoreboard thanks to a try from lock Lee King. Though they followed up with another from winger Tom Gower, Minety’s robust tackling made its mark and prevented any further scores before half-time.
Minety centres Dave Church and Max Sparrow were on top form, clocking up 30 tackles between them and consistently making good yards on the break.
The visitors began their response with a penalty goal from flyhalf Jack Ward and followed up with a beautifully worked try from winger Martin Coe, exploiting an overlap after his team had successfully moved the ball through several phases.
With the score standing at 10-8 at the interval, the game looked a close thing but as the second half progressed, Minety began to tire and their discipline began to fray. Dorchester flyhalf Adam Jones ran in a try, and though Ward slotted another penalty goal for Minety, it was not long before Rob Hodges ran in a try to increase the home team’s lead.
When Ward was sin-binned for back chat to the referee, Dorchester took full advantage of the automatic overlap