MINETY maintained their unbeaten run stretching back to early November with a dogged if unspectacular 20-3 win over Supermarine.

The home side dominated the early exchanges and opened the scoring in the seventh minute as strong running from centres Jack Howse and Chris Rule and number eight Andrew Hibbard pushed the visitors back and a fine move saw flanker Ben Sellick stopped on the line before a quick pass to scrum-half Garin Garland allowed Josh Bull to grab his third try of the season wide.

Supermarine struck back but determined tackling from the Minety pack held them at bay until the 26th minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. The ensuing points for Supermarine were the first to be scored against Minety since mid-December.

A second Minety try arrived five minutes later as Garland picked up at the base of a ruck, beating two defenders to score before landing the long-range conversion.

Garland booted a further penalty and the scoring was completed when Jack Ward barrelled his way over wide on the right as Minety went fourth in the table.

Coach Andy Grayson said: “We defended well in truly awful conditions but we made hard work of attacking. We have a team that likes to play quick running rugby and we just got bogged down in the second half.”

Pewsey Vale have signed a new 30-year lease on the parish-owned Angela Yeates Memorial Ground.

Councillors Curley Haskell and Diana Hughes and Pewsey club president Steve Park and vice-chairman Pete Curle signed the new agreement last week.

Progress on the new-build clubhouse will continue over the coming months, more than £250,000 of support received from local businesses and the community in Pewsey as well as the parish council having seen the ground developed in the past decade to include two full-sized pitches, a floodlit training area, a netball court, parking for 60 cars and a grounds maintenance garage.

The final development will be the clubhouse for which the club is proactively fund-raising on several fronts.

Any businesses or individuals seeking to be involved with the community-based project can contact Pete Curle on 07932789757 or petercurle@btinternet.com.