Minety will travel to Dorchester to play in the 2nd round of the Dorset and Wilts Vase on Saturday 14th October.
The Dorset team on their first round match away at Pewsey Vale by 23 – 5 in a match that, by all accounts, wont live long in the memory. Dorchester’s website reports that:
“the match was however notable in that it was the first cup tie that Dorchester had won at first-team level since 2010.
Dorchester kicked off and having won the ball back from the hosts immediately opened the scoring.
Scrum-half Jake Bosher spoted the hole behind the ruck and sprinted in by the posts, James Baker’s conversion completed the perfect start.
However, this was to be the high point of the first period. Dorchester created and squandered several try-scoring opportunities – the hosts created very little but competed and tackled bravely.
The county town coaches attempted to install some urgency in their players during the half-time break but, as the second half got underway, very little appeared to have changed.
Dorchester struggled, Pewsey Vale continued to frustrate their opponents with some solid defending until the inevitable happened and the hosts got their one chance, a kick into the corner was chased down by the home centre who narrowly beat the Dorchester winger to the touchdown.
The conversion was missed but the game now appeared to be in the balance.
The score however, was just the wake-up call that Dorchester needed, they went back to basics and playing a much simpler game forcing the hosts into conceding a string of penalties.
Baker took full advantage by converting all three of the ones within his range to effectively close out the game.
The same player then completed the scoring, skipping past several defenders down the left wing before touching down in the corner and successfully converting from wide out.
Post match, coach Ben Parker reflected on the game. He said: “This was a good start to our Vase campaign, and a win is a win, however, it wasn’t very convincing.
“At times we failed to do the basics and silly errors allowed Pewsey Vale to stay in the game. This is something we must address if we are to move forward.”
The Dorset team, who ply their trade at Coburg Road, DORCHESTER, DT1 2HX, currently play in the Dorset & Wilts South 1 League where, after two matches, they sit equal top with two wins. Having narrowly edged out Bournemouth III in the first round of matches, they defeated North Dorset 34-26 in the second.
We will bring more reaction to the Cup / Vase challenge after this weekend’s round of Wadworth 6X D&W1N and 3N action.