Both Minety teams are on the road this weekend, the 1st XV at Swindon while the 2nd team travel to Westbury.
Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV find themselves in 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North with 4 wins and 5 losses thus far. With an aggregate points total of +67, they have accrued 23 points, three more than their counterparts from Swindon.
Swindon have an identical 4 wins and 5 losses but their points aggregate stands at -56 and they have picked up three fewer bonus points than the village side. Swindon have won only 2 of their home matches this season including an opening day defeat of Frome and a recent comprehensive victory over Supermarine.
It’s been a mixed season for the Swindon side with heavy defeats at Chippenham, Corsham and Warminster set against a narrow loss to Bradford and impressive victories at Royal Wootton Bassett and Devizes and the 53-26 defeat of Supermarine.
Minety’s form has faltered since their big win at Devizes. The disappointing home loss to Corsham, the perplexing sudden loss of form in the second half at Supermarine that very nearly cost them valuable league points and the failure to overcome Royal Wootton Bassett at Minety Fields just over a week ago means that Andrew Hibbard’s side need maximum points from the match at Swindon to maintain contact with the top half of the league.
Matt Stone’s 2nd XV travel to Westbury, who have had a torrid season thus far. On no less than 4 occasions Westbury have failed to field a team and they are still without a win this season having conceded 86 points to Bradford, 83 to Devizes and 100 to top of the table Swindon College Old Boys.
Westbury sit at the bottom of Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North with -19 points, 39 behind a Minety team that sit in 6th place with 20 points from their 5 wins and 4 losses this season.
Minety’s recent 32-15 win over Swindon should give Stone and his team a much needed confidence boost ahead of this weekend’s clash