AN impressive 36-7 win over Old Pats saw Minchinhampton Colts reach the County Cup final, where they will play Clifton under floodlights on Friday night at the Lockleaze Sports Centre, Bristol, writes Chris Kite.

It's a fairytale ending for the players junior rugby careers at Minchinhampton with the majority of the side having been coached by Ken Dickenson and Chris Kite since they were six and it is hoped that this crop of talented players will filter into the senior side with several already having made senior appearances

The Old Pats fixture was however not as one sided as the score suggested as they had to come from 7 - 5 down at half-time, but an impressive second-half performance that saw half-back Jack Corry and Johnny Kite utilise the strong forwards platform to release the dynamic Arthur Mills for four tries and with further tries form Corry and Ben Richards and three conversions form Kite they remained unbeaten in their league and as winners of the Gloucestershire U/18 League North will play the Gloucestershire South League winners Clifton

Minchinhampton's unbeaten run is an impressive one as they have not lost at home for more than two years with a narrow defeat 14-17 to Minety in January 2017, the last time they failed to win at their Hollybush ground

To help them prepare for the final, they were joined at training by Gloucester captain Wille Heinz, who was impressed with the boys.

Minch would like to thank Willie and Richard Meredith for his kind gesture to sponsor the shirts for the final