After the disappointment of last week, where the 1st XV narrowly lost at Melksham and Warminster gained 5 league points with a walkover, this week’s results have gone some way to reversing the situation with the two Minety teams picking up 5 league points each.
In Division 1 Bradford confirmed their promotion and championship with a comprehensive win over a spirited Trowbridge team. Combe Down, already assured of a play off place for promotion, gave Chippenham a bit of a beating. Avonvale’s victory at Warminster denied the home team a losing bonus point and confirmed thrid place for league’s newest team. The loss of any points for Warminster and Minety’s 5 points for the walkover over Pewsey Vale mean that the village team sit just four points behind Warminster with two games in hand, on Wednesday night against Swindon (at Swindon because of the need for floodlights) and away at Avonvale next Saturday. A 4th place finish would be remarkable for a club the size of Minety, competing with much bigger clubs with amazing facilities. Captain Tom Claxton will hope that they will be able to get those 5 points on Wednesday against the league’s bottom club and so avoid the pressure of having to go to Avonvale next Saturday knowing that a win or, at very least, a losing bonus point was necessary.
In Division 3 North Minety’s bonus point, 6 try win at Bath Saracens moved them up to 7th place. It was good to see so many of the regular 1st XV players going across to Bath to cheer on their team mates. The performance of some of nthe youngsters, and no so youngsters, certainly caught the eye of club coach Andy Grayson. Minety now have one last fixture against the champions Corsham (full details on this site tomorrow).
We must thank everyone at Bath Saracens for a very friendly welcome and a good game, and wish them all the best in the future.
Elsewhere, Corsham maintained their excellent run of form withy a big bwin at local rivals Chippenham, Swindon enjoyed a similar success against their local rivals Supermarine whilst Bradford overcame bottom club Melksham with some ease.