It seems that this is becoming quite popular with players and supporters alike (can’t think why!) Anyway, here the latest set of facts, figures and sheer guess work, made to appear as statistics.
Saturday’s 1st XV game against Avonvale was the first match this season where a new player to the squad has not been introduced.
Tom Claxton is now the only ever present player at the start of the game.
By half time, with Tom’s withdrawal through injury, no Minety player could lay claim to having played every minute of each 1st XV league match.
Tom McAllister opened his scoring account with two penalties and a conversion.
The try scored by Matt Roberts was the fastest try scored by Minety in terms of time on the clock.
That try keeps up Minety’s record of having scored at least one try in each of the 7 league matches played.
The absent Garin Garland is still the club’s top scorer this season with 79 points. Dave Cooke (somewhere in Thailand at present) and Matt Roberts are equal 2nd with 15 points apiece.
14 different players have scored for Minety in D&W1N action this season.
Of those 14, 10 having been playing in the back line at the time of their scoring, 4 from the forwards.
The match against Avonvale was the first one this season where Minety have prevented the opposition from scoring at least one try.
The Garland brothers are still the only Minety players to have scored more than 10 points in a single game – Garin 3 times, Elis once.
After 7 matches this season, Minety are 12 points behind the league leaders and 21 points above the bottom team.
Minety have played against all four teams above them in the table, with a record of 1 win and 3 narrow losses. In those matches Minety have scored 63 points and conceded 81.
In the matches up to the Christmas break Minety (5th in the table) will face: Trowbridge (8th); Chippenham (7th); Swindon (11th); and Melksham (8th).
Minety are the 6th top scorers in the league of 12 teams.
Minety are still one of only 5 teams to show a positive “points for / points against” record.
Of no real interest to Minety, but at the top of the table Combe Down and Bradford have each scored a total of 334 points while 3rd placed Warminster have scored one point fewer.
The 2nd XV are 5th in D&W3N but have the 3rd best record in the “points for / points against” column (+115).
The 2nd XV have accrued more try bonus points than anyone other than the unbeaten and table topping Corsham.
But remember Disraeli’s wise words. “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”.
(Worth adding that Disraeli never played for Minety in a long and illustrious career.)