Saturday 6 October 2012
Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North
Fourteen good men and true
Supermarine 3rd XV 5pts – Minety 2nd XV 12pts
Travelling away to Supermarine with only 14 players, Minety seconds put on a gutsy display to hold onto a first-half lead against numerically superior opponents.
Late call-ups to the firsts left Minety’s second string short-handed on Saturday, but the 14-man squad got stuck in and, after 20 minutes of sustained pressure, finally broke down the Supermarine defence. Steve Murray broke from a ruck and popped the ball to flyhalf Andy Edwards, who in turn off-loaded to Ashley Windle. He crashed over for the opening score, which Edwards duly converted.
After a further period of pressure, the Minety pack set up a driving maul and attempted to propel prop Morgan Lightbody over for a score. When the maul collapsed just short of the line, Dellam Murray was swift to pick out the ball and dive over for a try, continuing his run of scoring in every game so far this season.
Twelve points ahead at the break, Minety knew that they had to hold on against strong Supermarine side with plenty of replacements on the bench.
Although the home side broke away to land a try that made it 5-12, Minety hung on, tackling hard and pinning Supermarine back in their own half with a series of long tactical kicks to prevent further scores.
After the match, Minety awarded their Man of the Match to prop Morgan Lightbody for his “progressive, powerful runs.”