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Your News Minchinhampton 28 - Cainscross 27

Minch were keen to start the game strongly and got off to a flyer with some good attacking before finding Chris Trim out wide who sped in for the opening try. Cainscross barely had time to draw breath before Minch were on the offensive again, this time it was Alan Halling burrowing his way through at close range and Minch were 10-0 up. Cainscross then got into their stride, their fast rucking play was more than Minch could cope with and before long they had levelled the score with a converted try and penalty. Minch’s desperation to get back into the game led to panic and mistakes, which Cainscross took full advantage of with a brace of deserved tries in quick succession to lead 24-10 at half time.

In the second half Minch upped their game, attacking with gusto, Chris Brookman setting the tempo almost scoring from the halfway, running through a number of defenders. With veteran Fly Half Clive Eagles providing good movement for the back division, the centre partnership of Jake Osborne and Stu Campbell could burst through with vigour. When Cainscross tried to clear their lines, full back Nick Dill would collect the ball and unleash the next attack. Minch had to get the ball wide, and when they did so out to the pacy Tony Richmond, he broke a number of tackles to score in the corner. Momentum was increasing and Minch were now taking their chances, and this time it went left out to Rich Humberstone who got his try in the left hand corner. Minch had cut the lead to 4 points and there was still a chance. Still on the offensive, Dan Wood and Bertie Fisher were running in excellent support charging up the middle and confidence amongst the Hampton ranks rose, but Cainscross fought back and were rewarded with penalty duly converted, from which it looked like they might have sealed the game 27-20. Minch clawed 3 points back with a Tom Horrell penalty, but with 7 minutes to go they had to score a try to win, but hard as they tried, there was no way through the Cainscross defence. With the clock ticking down the intensity reached fever pitch, although the Minch pack were outmuscling the visitors on the Cainscross tryline, there was still no way through. Minch were awarded a penalty on the last play of the game. Dave Maller barraged his way into the heart of the defence before the forwards rucked Cainscross off the ball setting the ball up for Eagles to float a perfect pass to Richmond who powered his way through to score the winning try. Utter devastation for Cainscross, jubilation for Minchinhampton and as captain Pete Varley lifted the cup, it was a fitting finale to Minch’s season that will live long in the memory.

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