Minchinhampton 25

Arietians 13

MINCH returned to winning ways with a comfortable win over Bristol-based Arietians.

The away team came with a big physical pack and imposed themselves from the start, their ball carriers making early ground.

Unable to breach a stout Minch defence they settled for a drop goal on three minutes and they grabbed an 8-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Minch responded. A step and show of strength to shrug off a wannabe tackler allowed wing Terry Roseblade to crash over in the corner.

Now very much established in the game Minch threw everything at the away side, a series of attacks coming to nothing with some good scramble defence from Arietians.

A rare attack for the away team looked promising until an outstanding defensive turnover let Minch attack from their own 22, the ball being moved quickly up to half way were wing Ben Jones showed great pace to out strip the defence and score what was an outstanding team try.

Starting as they finished the first, Minch swarmed the kick-off, a knock on and an offside allowed Jake Muskett the extend the lead, 15-8.

Minch were on top and Brad Gardiner scored his first of the season.

Minch let Arietians back in the game. Wave after wave of attacks were repelled by resolute home defending.

However, big carries from the Minch pack gave central field position, and birthday boy Oscar Adamson cut a lovely line against the grain, rounded two and scored the bonus point try outwide.

The final 12 minutes belonged to the away team. Again Minch defending brilliantly, a knock on in the tackle presenting Arietians an easy run in for a late consolation score, the game ending 25-13 to Minch.