RUGBY: Minety 24 Trowbridge 2nd 12

Minety's Tom Windle runs in for the first of his two tries

Minety's Tom Windle runs in for the first of his two tries

First published in Sport

MINETY put in a barnstorming second-half performance to turn a 12-point deficit into an emphatic win over their visitors and reclaim top spot in Dorset & Wilts One North.

Weeks of rain produced a slippery playing surface but with a superior lineout and scrum and excellent driving play, Trowbridge dominated much of the first half.

Attacking downhill, they put together a string of mauls that forced their hosts back into their own 22 and set up a try after 10 minutes.

A penalty to touch on the half hour mark set up Trowbridge’s next score, as their pack secured clean lineout ball and drove confidently over the line for a converted score.

The second half was a different story.

Taking advantage of Trowbridge having a man in the sin-bin, Minety moved the ball left down the threequarter line and inside centre Dave Church piled over.

A magnificent try by Tom Windle, who bundled through four attempted tackles on his way to the line, allowed Jack Ward to kick the conversion to level the score.

Scrum-half Max Sparrow then caught Trowbridge napping by squeezing down the narrowest of blind sides before sprinting 60 metres down the touchline for a try in the corner.

Another unstoppable run from Windle secured the bonus and Tom Fitzcharles’ conversion wrapped up the triumph.


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