Minety travelled to top of the table Avonvale on Saturday but eventually lost by 45-12 against a team 11 points clear at the top of the table with just 5 matches of the season left.
Elsewhere bottom of the table Bradford on Avon lost by 66-5 at Warminster and remain on 8 points and are now certain to be relegated to D&W2N next season. The win keeps Warminster secure in 6th place.
Marlborough, in 11th place, did their chances no end of good with a heavy home win over fellow strugglers Calne, winning by 53-17 and picking up a four try bonus point to bring themselves level on league points with Minety on 31 points, Minety staying in 10th place by dint of their superior “Points For/ Against” total.
9th placed Chippenham lost 53-12 at home to Trowbridge and remain just one point ahead of Minety and two behind 8th placed Calne, with a match in hand.
In other matches 5th placed Frome defeated 2nd placed Melksham by 10-8 while third placed Royal Wootton Bassett defeated Sutton Benger 16-10.
The bottom of the table looks like this:
7th placed Trowbridge, played 18, 39 points
8th placed Calne, played 18, 34 points
9th placed Chippenham, played 17, 32 points
10th placed Minety, played 17, 31 points
11th placed Marlborough, played 17, 31 points
12th placed Bradford, played 17, 8 points