The 1st XV’s loss at Trowbridge did not alter their position in the league but the gap between Minety, in 5th, and Avonvale, in 4th, is widening and Tom Claxton’s outfit know that nothing less than 3 straight wins between now and the Christmas break will be necessary for them to bridge that gap and put pressure on the leading teams. Bradford on Avon maintained their position at the top of the table but have two massive away fixtures in the next three weeks, first at Combe Down and then at Warminster.
Minety host the unpredictable Chippenham next and then travel to 11th placed Swindon before ending the pre Christmas series with a home match against Melksham, who are uncharacteristcally towards the lower reaches of the table.
The 2nd XV’s loss at Bradford was more damaging; Chippenham’s huge away victory garnered them a bonus point win, enough to take them above Matt Stone’s team. In the next round of fixtures, Corsham travel to 2nd placed Warminster while Trowbridge face Bradford on Avon. Minety will be looking to overturn Supermarine at home to close the gap and then consolidate their position in a tough away fixture at Corsham the week after.