Minety’s last gasp loss to Melksham was a real hammer blow for the village team. In 2015, at roughly the same time in the season, Melksham landed an injury time penalty to win a match against Minety. As the teams approach the half way point in the league, Minety find themsleves in 7th place and now 6 points behind Trowbridge and Warminster and 22 behind league leaders Combe Down. This coming Saturday the team travel to the unpredictable Pewsey Vale knowing that only a win will suffice.
Elsewhere in the league, Warminster pushed league leaders Combe Down hard but the league leaders came away with a win, although they dropped only their second bonus point of the season. Second placed Avonvale were also made to fight by a spirited Sutton Benger team who appear to be settling down well into life in the top division after their hugely successful promotion winning year last season.
Royal Wootton Bassett kept up the pressure at the top with a close run win over Chippenham, the latter now finding themselves languishing in 10th place in the league. At the start of the day the bottom two teams were pitched against each other and it was Calne who came out with a win at Supermarine by just two points. The win lifts Calne above Pewsey Vale and Chippenham.
The “HWO” for Trowbridge against Pewsey set the alarm bells ringing at Minety, who travel to Pewsey next week. We knew that they had struggled with a crippling injury situation this season but to all intents and purposes it looked as if next week’s fixture might be in doubt. After an email exchange with Pewsey Chairman Steve Park it now seems that they actually travelled to Trowbridge but were forced to play the game as a friendly, with a Home Walkover awarded, because they had been unable to register new players in time to make them eligible to play. And they won! It does make us wonder about all of the “Nr”s that appeared on the Chippenham team sheet when they visited Minety earlier in the season – does “NR” mean not registered and if so, could Pewsey not have claimed the same rights? We will see!