Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Minety 1st XV 7pts – Chippenham 2nd XV 43pts
Minety started brightly but their hopes of causing an upset faded in the second half as league leaders Chippenham pulled ahead with a slew of late tries.
Awarded a penalty after three minutes, Minety kicked for touch deep into the visitors’ 22 and then secured clean ball from the lineout. Off it went to outside centre Dale Langdown, whose explosive pace took him clattering across the line for an early try.
A solid conversion gave Minety a seven point lead, but a subsequent penalty goal attempt flew wide.
This time the kick was good and the scores were level.
The visitors squandered two further scoring opportunities, missing a penalty and then dropping the ball on the line, before they eventually ran in their second try, this one scored in the corner by their left winger after swift hands had moved the ball across the width of the pitch.
The critical moment for Minety came with the score at 7-12. A fine break by Elis Garland and a determined finish by Ashley Windle saw them apparently get back on level terms. But the referee was too far away to see the touch down and awarded a five metre scrum instead.
The nimble Chippenham scrumhalf ran through a series of ineffectual tackles to score from the 22. Then a series of swift passes set up a try from a lineout 30 metres out.
Visibly tiring, Minety missed further tackles as their opponents ran in two more tries, the last of these being landed by the right-hand corner flag in the closing minutes of the game after a characteristic Chippenham sprint down the touchline.