RUGBY: Minety 2nd 22 Swindon 3rd 20

RUGBY: Minety 2nd 22 Swindon 3rd 20

RUGBY: Minety 2nd 22 Swindon 3rd 20

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DESPITE having few experienced three-quarters available, a makeshift Minety second string battled through for a narrow win over Swindon 3rd in Dorset & Wilts Three North.

Playing downhill in the first half, Swindon kicked two penalties to take an early lead.

Led by their pack, Minety drove back up the slope and, having spent a long time in their opponents' half, finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a powerhouse try from Morgan Lightbody.

Mike Scott's conversion put Minety one point ahead, but their lead was shortlived. The visitors soon scored a try of their own and the conversion made it 13-7 in Swindon's favour at the break.

Coming downhill in the second half, Minety's scratch three-quarter line still struggled to gain cohesion.

Their forwards knew what they were doing, however, and, having battled their way to the line, worked Matt Oliver over for a try.

Linking well with Lightbody, centre Simon Rowe then broke away and made a dash for the line from his own half.

Minety's final points came when skipper Milo Hartley put man of the match Ben Langridge away for a try on his debut.

Swindon came back with a converted try, but Minety fought hard to defend their narrow lead and managed to see out the game.

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