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Your News Minchinhampton 20 - Gloucester Civil Service 17

Before Saturdays match Civil Service had only lost to one other team in the league, but Minch were keen to continue their recent good form. From the kick off Hampton were attacking with ferocity and there was little the visitors could do as they burst through the line at will. With quick ball going through the Minch back division it went out to Rich Humberstone who sped through the narrowest of gaps to score in the corner, with an exemplary conversion from Tom Horrell. Horrells kicking form continued as he booted a penalty to put Minch into a 10 point lead. With strong running from the likes of Tony Richmond and Jim Oatley, Minch were always threatening in the backs, and the forwards, not to be outdone, were burrowing their way through with good support close at hand. Civil Service were trying their best but Minch defence held firm. As the intensity grew, Minch began to panic a little under pressure, and with that the visitors leapt on their chance and scored a try of their own to close the gap 10-5 at half-time.

Come the second half Minch sensed that victory was theirs for the taking. An early penalty extended their lead, but Civil Service came back with a vengeance and, despite good Minch defence, gaps eventually came and Civil Service went in for their second but the conversion crucially missed. Although holding a 13-10 lead, the margin was extremely fragile as it seemed the visitors spritely backs would find another gap sooner rather than later. Minch had to find something and from a penalty, Horrell put in an enormous kick to put Minch deep in the visitors 22. Bertie Fisher, towering in the lineout, took the ball and Dan Wood burst through before setting the maul, and Pete Varley blasted through the defenders to score the try. With the conversion Minch were now 10 points clear. Despite fantastic tackling in defence, Civil Service did eventually break through to score to close the gap back to 3 points, but Minch knew there was only a minute of the game to go. In the final lineout Fisher stole the ball and with that Civil Services last chance, and when the ball was booted into touch the spoils of victory went to Minchinhampton. On Wednesday night Minch defend the Ian Weager Cup against local rivals Cainscross at Painswick RFC, Kick Off 1930.

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