Minety 2nd XV v Colerne
Saturday 23 January 2010
Colerne kick back
Minety 2nd XV 5 pts – Colerne 31 pts
A youthful Minety second team put in 80 minutes of hard graft but were unable to contain Colerne.
Minety were grateful for their contingent of able teenage players as they played host to Colerne.
Playing downhill in the first half and making good use of their burly pack, the visitors soon made their presence felt. Their forwards created two tries, and one successful conversion out of two attempts gave them a 12-point lead.
The bad news continued for the home side as an injury to prop Will Kendrick forced him to retire from the game, leaving the referee no choice but to call for uncontested scrums.
A spirited kick and chase by Minety winger Daniel Shepherd finally got his team back into the game late in the half. Backing himself for pace, he won the race for the corner flag, touching down to make it 5-12 at the break.
With the slope now in their favour, Minety started the second half confidently but their attempts to pin the visitors back with kicks deep into their territory backfired as Colerne repeatedly gathered the kicks and returned them with interest.
Injuries and two yellow cards took their toll and Minety ended the game with only 13 players. Colerne continued to dominate, running in two more tries and a penalty to end the game clear winners.
The Wootton Bassett third team’s withdrawal from the league leaves Minety seconds with no scheduled fixture this Saturday. Their next match is on Saturday 6 February, when they play a friendly against Faringdon.