RUGBY: Minety weather the storm against Lewis Moody's Bradford
2:56pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Dorset & Wilts Div 1 North
ON A blustery afternoon, Minety weathered a tough challenge from Bradford-on-Avon to wind up winners in a game where the lead changed several times.
Quick hands, an outside break, a touchline run and a string of hand-offs saw Matt Roberts open the scoring for Minety with a try inside five minutes.
The two teams then exchanged penalty goals before Minety conceded a penalty under their own posts. Bradford responded quickly and went over for an unconverted try.
Back in their opponents’ 22, Minety set up a driving maul which took them within touching distance of the line. Out came the ball to Tom Fitzcharles, who dotted down for a try in the corner.
Bradford came storming back from the restart and although the visitors had ample opportunity to clear their line, they foolishly kept the ball in hand. Bradford took possession and a prolonged passage of play led to a fine score under the posts. The conversion gave the home side a 15-13 lead at half-time.
With the wind at their backs after the break, Bradford soon kicked a penalty goal to extend their lead.
Running into a stiff breeze, Minety countered by attacking from deep. A string of passes between forwards and backs moved play the length of the field and set up Steve Brown to go over for the first of his two tries.
Fitzcharles kicked the conversion to put Minety ahead again, but slack defence and non-existent tackling allowed Bradford to regain the lead with a converted try.
Three minutes later, the hosts extended their lead with a penalty goal to make it 28-20.
The final 20 minutes was a thrilling affair. Under the watchful eye of England legend Lewis Moody, who has been coaching Bradford, it was Minety who finished the stronger. Brown’s try after a burst down the length of the field set up a conversion for Fitzcharles which took them within a single point of the hosts.
Minety then repeated the feat, with Roberts’ second try finally regaining the lead.
Bradford threw everything they had at the visitors in the final ten minutes, but Minety hung on for a rare away win over their arch rivals.
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