Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Minety take charge
Minety 1st XV 29pts – Pewsey Vale 1st XV 3pts
Forced to draw deeply on their reserve of players, a much-changed Minety still proved too much for Pewsey Vale.
With several players declaring themselves unavailable, Minety were forced to recall former skipper Luke Huckin at flanker and veteran Will Howse at scrumhalf. Both had excellent games, as did second team winger Luke Radcliffe, who looked perfectly at home playing first team rugby.
Pewsey were first on the board, but their early penalty goal proved to be their only points. Settling into their game, Minety began to dominate and when they won ball in their opponents’ half, it was shipped smartly down the threequarter line. Radcliffe burst through his marker’s half tackle and stepped past the fullback to score in the corner.
The visitors pushed hard from the restart and a breakaway down the left flank seemed certain to end in a try. A wild final pass spoiled the effort, though, allowing Minety to gather loose ball and counter. Running from their own 22, they passed slickly among themselves until Will Dyer took the ball on half-way and sped off for a try to make it 17-3 at the break.
Minety spent all but a few minutes of the second half in their opponents’ territory, pressing hard and efficiently wrapping up their visitors’ attempts at breaking their stranglehold on the game. Retaining ball through successive phases, they pressed Pewsey back on their line until prop Matt Hooper finished the job by crashing over for a try from short range.