Minchinhampton travelled to Aretians for this must-win game. Ultimately separated by a conversion from the boot of Luke Howorth, who had an assured game at 10 dispite his tender years and the Somme-like conditions. The pitch was virtually unplayable which stifled any enterprise from both sides alike. Minch's pack dominance failed to yield much return with the exception of a15M drive, leading to the first try by Niall Neil Beiber Kimber, converted by Howorth. The lead was subsequently pegged back by an Aretians penalty, to make it 3-7 at the break.
The second half brought more attritional play, with neither side able to gain any significant advantage. Some scintillating interplay down the left wing between Ryan Pollard and Terry Roseblade proved to be one of the highlights. A further 3 points from the boot of Howorth, afforded a little more breathing space, but an opportunist try from Aretians, following a charged clearance kick (name ommitted to protect the guilty), balanced the game on the proverbial knife edge. Minch managed to keep their collective nerve however to close the game out 8-10. It was a Susan Boyle moment; not pretty, but the music was sweet and may prove to be the difference between staying up in division 2 and the ignominious oblivion of division 3.
Updated 21:33 - 4 Apr 2016 by Pete Varley