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Your News Minchinhampton 39 - Dowty 7

Minch Rams ran out comfortable winners in an engaging game that more closely contested than the score suggested. Exchanges were initially fairly even with each side controlling its own ball in the set pieces. A good contest developed around the fringes, with both back rows competing with vigour, and the backs testing each other with some cat and mouse kicking and a few attacking sallies. But the running from deep and at pace from Rich Humberstone was beginning to cause Dowty problems, and Minch drew first blood when he scythed over in the corner after good approach work from the Rams forwards. Not long afterwards Humberstone, a stand-out man of the match, appeared on Ollie Birchetts shoulder and the latters pass was as beautifully timed as the formers run through the middle and under the posts. Dowty came back strong and enjoyed a period of concerted pressure in the Minch half but despite camping on the Minch line were repelled by resolute defence. Now playing with their tails up, the Minch backs and forwards combined to score once more, courtesy of the excellent Patrick Robertson.

The second half continued in the same vein with Minch pressurising the Dowty line and within a few minutes a loose Dowty pass was chipped into the try area by Whittemore who subsequently missed a try-scoring opportunity - and Humbertsone pounced to score. Replacements French and Atkins were enjoying themselves as the Rams powered forward with increased purpose and strong following-up by Anderson enabled the marauding French to power over the line, a feat he repeated not long afterwards finishing off a backs raid led by the impressive Tom Cording. Dowty continued to battle resourcefully and as the game got scrappy, a loose pass enabled their winger to show good determination to kick through and reach over the line, for a converted try. Horrell, who converted two of the Rams tries, was launching some good spun passes for the centres to run on to as Minch sought one more score. It came with the last play as, fittingly, Humberstone swerved past the remaining defenders to complete a flowing move, and a satisfying day for Minch.

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