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RUGBY: Melksham 41 Minety 17
1:27pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Sport
MELKSHAM reached the quarter finals of the Dorset & Wilts 1st XV Vase with a five-try success over the villagers.
The home side, giving debuts to Lee Hockings, Lee Heath, Lee Stokes and Ashley Law, got the upperhand early on and went 6-0 in front through two Joe Hargreaves penalties.
The home side’s probing eventually brought its rewards as Johnny Mills went under the posts with Hargreaves converting.
A driving maul from a lineout sent Jerry Flower over the line, Hargreaves again adding the extras and David Dyke concluded the first-half scoring, Hargreaves again kicking the conversion.
Minety hit back just before the interval and Melksham were reduced to 14 men when Mills was sin-binned, allowing the visitors to add a penalty.
The Minety revival continued with a second converted try after half time and, in a scrappy second half, it wasn’t until the 75th minute that Mills’ run ended with another try, converted by Callum Hurn.
Hurn rounded it off with a try and a conversion.
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