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08
MAR

After being plucky losers over the last few weeks, Minch were keen to make amends on Saturday afternoon. All guns blazing from the off they barraged their way through and were rewarded with a penalty calmly slotted by Nick Dill. At the restart, Dan Wood was on the charge and from the resultant ruck the ball went wide, and it was Simon Abendanon who collected the ball and sprinted down the left touchline from the 22 to score in the corner. Minch were on rampant form, the pack were having a field day both in the tight and in the loose, tearing their way through the Dowty defence and centres Jake Osborne and Tony Richmond were blasting their way through the midfield. When Dowty did get some ball, they were closed down by the Minch rush defence stifling any attempts they made. After another Dill penalty Minch were rising in confidence, no more so than within the pack and with a series of scrums deep in the Dowty 22 there was little the visitors could do. Minch steamrolled the opposition over their own line and Bertie Fisher dived over to score to put Minch into a 16-0 half time lead.

Dowty lifted their game in the second half but Minch were letting them have nothing. Bertie Fisher and Ian Thorn were towering in the lineout and starved Dowty of any ball, and with the Minch pack piling enormous pressure in the scrum there was little Dowty could do as they struggled to make any inroad. Minchís penalty kicks were drifting wide, but when they ran with the ball they did so with ferocity. Abendanon ran half the length of the pitch, zig zagging his way through the defence only to be pulled down a few yards short. With the Dowty players wilting under the pressure re-enforcements were brought on, but there was to be no respite. The Minch pack had supreme confidence and were trying their best to drive Dowty over from the 22, and with resultant quick ball Nick Dill calmly dived over to increase the lead. There were some breakouts from Dowty but fierce Minch defence tore them down in their tracks, and eventually the ref blew up on the visitorsí torrid afternoon and gave Minch a very well deserved victory. On Saturday Minch 1st XV entertain the Chairmanís XV in an interclub friendly at Painswick RFC, all members of the club welcome.

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