Looking ahead to the weekend
Both Minety teams return to league action after a week’s break this weekend, the 1st XV travelling to Swindon whilst the 2nd team are at Corsham.
Tom Claxton’s 1st XV find themselves in 5th place approaching the Christmas break. With 26 points in the bag, they are 8 points behind 4th placed Warminster and 10 above 6th placed Melksham, who they meet in the final game before Christmas.
With 5 wins from their 9 games, Minety have scored tries in every match played this season and the losses have been close ones at top of the table Bradford on Avon, 2nd placed Combe Down and 4th placed Warminster. The blip was certainly the disappointing loss at Trowbridge.
A close look at the table reveals that of the top 8 teams, Minety have scored the fewest points, and they will certainly be looking to address this issue on Saturday when they travel to bottom club Swindon.
Swindon have won just one match this season from the 9 played. In the 9 games they’ve scored 97 points (at an average of 10 per game) but they have conceded a whopping 556 (average 62). The two biggest winning margins this season have both featured Swindon, a huge 111 shut out at the hands of Chippenham and a recent 95-3 defeat at Pewsey Vale.
However, Minety will do well not to take their opponents too lightly; Swindon’s one win this season was against Trowbridge, the last team to beat Minety!
The 2nd XV travel to top of the table Corsham. Cordham have won all 8 games played and have added a try bonus point on 5 occasions. 4 points clear of Warminster and Trowbridge, they are 18 above 6th placed Minety 2nd XV.
Corsham’s record has been very impressive this season including a 60-10 win over Bradford on Avon and a 75-5 defeat of Chippenham.
Minety go into the match with confidence boosted after their recent 29-15 defeat of Supermarine.