Saturday 27 September 2014
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Minety’s first win on the road
Cricklade RFC 25pts – Minety 1st XV 37pts
Minety manage to see off Cricklade.
With Minety’s 2nd XV fixture with Trowbridge cancelled all eyes turned to the 1st XV’s visit to Cricklade. The local derby didn’t disappoint with eight tries and a nail biting finishing.It was the home side that flew out of the blocks and scored a try with only two minutes on the clock. Minety responded with an Ashley Windle penalty three minutes later. The Minety no 6 was again on hand to score and convert his own effort after 7 minutes. Minety extended their lead when a well work Robin Greenway try and Windle conversion making the score line 5 -17 after 16 minutes.
However Cricklade weren’t done. A combination of Minety’s trademark in-discipline and concerted effort from Cricklade led to an unconverted Cricklade try after 23 minutes. [10-17
Minety responded immediately from the re-start. A good kick off chase put the Cricklade backs under pressure. Unable to keep the ball in hand Robin Greenway gathered to race in for a try, Windle adding the extras. [10-24]. Three minutes before half time Windle kicked another penalty for Minety before Cricklade hit back on the stroke of half time. A pick up from the base of an attacking scrum saw the Minety back row just watch as the home no 8 raced away to score their third unconverted try. [15 – 24].
A Minety penalty after 53 minutes made it 15 – 27 but Cricklade were not done. A penalty goal after 61 minutes and a converted try after 73 made it 25 -30.
Cricklade piled on the pressure again and again but couldn’t breach the Minety defence. With time almost up the hosts lost the ball in the Minety 22. The visitors sprang into life. Quick passing out of the tackle saw Minety get all the way to the Cricklade 22 before the ball was passed to Ashley Windle to race to the line to round off a memorable afternoon for him. Too tired to take the conversion, the honour was passed to Luke Radcliffe to add the two points at the end. Final score 25 – 37.