Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North
Minety 2nd XV 31pts – Melksham 3rd XV 25pts
Bolstered by some excellent young Academy players, Minety seconds came from behind to win a lively encounter with Melksham thirds.
Playing down the hill in the first half, Melksham strode into an early lead with three straight tries while their hosts struggled to get their scrum in order.
Changes to the line-up and a vigorous talk from skipper Milo Hartley got Minety into still better shape for the second half. Coming down the slope and at last enjoying a reliable supply of ball, the threequarters broke the visitors’ defence and set up Academician Mark Glew for a try. Garland again converted, bringing his side to within one point of the opposition.
Garland kicked the conversion and added a penalty goal to make it 24-15.
Inside centre Dellam Murray then showed his pace, running in a try from his own 22 to set up an easy conversion for Garland, who duly kicked the goal.
With the home side tiring, Melksham made the most of their plentiful supply of replacements, bringing on fresh legs and adding two late tries, but it was not enough to catch their hosts.
Minety’s man of the match was Academy player Will Reynolds, making his senior debut for the club. Normally a centre, he had a fine afternoon at flanker and tackled magnificently.