Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Minety 1st XV 34pts – Sutton Benger 1st XV 8pts
Minety came back strongly in the second half to outplay a tiring Sutton Benger.
Fielding a new combination of forwards and yet another selection of threequarters, Minety took a long time to settle. Sutton Benger capitalised on their opponents’ disorder, intercepting a loose pass and running the length of the field for a try when the game was barely three minutes old.
Those things arrived when flanker Luke Huckin fielded loose ball in his own half and began an energetic counter for Minety. Flyhalf Ryan Dowling ran on to within 10 metres of the line before releasing the ball to 17 year old Academician Josh Bull, who sprinted over for a try to make it 5-8 at the interval.
Sutton Benger’s speed on the break threatened to pose problems after the restart but when one of their long clearance kicks failed to find touch, Minety seized the opportunity. Setting off on an angled run, scrumhalf Tom Fitzcharles outpaced all comers on his way to the try that gave his side the lead.
Reliving his glory days as a wing-threequarter, prop Martin Coe galloped a full 60 metres to score a try in the corner.
When excellent support play and some deft passing put the ball in Dowling’s hands, he rounded the defence and then cut back inside for a try by the posts and an easy conversion.
Sound tactical kicking and some great chasing kept the visitors on the rack. The home side swarmed forward until Bull could finish the job with his second try of the afternoon. A sweetly struck goal from Dowling made it 34-8 to Minety at the death.