Saturday 13 December 2014
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Impressive Minety pip Melksham
Minety 1st XV 16pts – Melksham 1st XV 12pts
Bright sunshine, clear skies and no wind meant near perfect rugby conditions for Melksham’s visit to Minety. A thoroughly entertaining encounter and despite the visitor’s flying start and strong finish it was Minety who hung on for a well deserved win.
Playing down the slope and with the low sun at their backs Melksham scored a converted try after only four minutes. Minety’s tackling too high and Melksham’s just too good.
Minety stung, sprang into action. Up the hill they pressured Melksham and were rewarded with a penalty, which Ash Windle turned into three points. On the 15 minutes mark Melksham scored their second try and looked like running away with it.
But Minety had other ideas. Galvanised into action they started increasing the intensity. The pressure told. Another Windle penalty on 32 minutes made the half time score 6 -12.
A 6 point cushion is rarely enough playing up the hill in the second half – and so it proved. Almost from the re-start Minety pressure was rewarded with another Windle penalty in front of the posts.
Two minutes later came the decisive score. Following a lineout on the Minety 10m line the ball was moved to outside half Elis Garland. A dummy, sidestep and long miss pass found the direct running JR Hartley. He straightened the line and fixed two before putting Fred Howe into a gap. As the gap close and Howe angled in field he popped off to Michael Cesar on the loop. The dynamic hooker raced down the touchline to eventually score under the posts untouched. Windle added the extras for Minety’s unassailable lead.
Minety threw everything at Melksham but couldn’t increase their cushion. With 5 minutes remaining Melksham manage to get a foothold near the Minety line. Despite the pressure the line held firm and Minety hung on for a well deserved win. Full time 16 – 12