GFA Junior County Cup Quarter Final Minchinhampton FC 1 Cam Bulldogs Reserves 1 (1-3 on penalties) Minchinhampton bowed out of the quarter-finals of the County Cup on penalties for the second successive season, losing a penalty shootout after a hard-fought and feisty contest with Cam Bulldogs. The first half saw Minchinhampton in the ascendancy and despite fashioning a number of good chances they only had the one goal to show for their endeavours. The goal came after a driving run and long range shot from Ollie Portlock was latched on by Jack Hornsby and diverted across the keeper and into the net. The second period saw a lacklustre Minchinhampton performance and a strengthening Cam Bulldogs showing. Gradually the visitors began to take the game to their hosts and but without really troubling the Minchinhampton goal. A long throw into the box should have given the home side warning but soon after another long throw in was not dealt with and with keeper, James Crowest, … [Read more...] about FOOTBALL: Minchinhampton FC lose penalty shootout
Minchinhampton Rams..................... 22 Brockworth II................................ 19 MINCHINHAMPTON Rams started the new year with a hard-fought 22-19 victory over Brockworth. A largely makeshift Rams side took a while to adapt and it was the significantly more youthful Brockworth side who scored first. As the half went on Minch started to work some good attacking phases with forwards Bell, Maller, Rosser-Smith and the Huggins brothers carrying well. This allowed first Fraser Smith, playing in an unfamiliar centre position, and then Andrew Burfoot to power over, giving the Rams a 12-7 half-time lead. Minchinhampton dictated much of the second half with veteran Clive Eagles, versatile JJ Wood and replacement Jon Sparkhall as half-backs facilitating the powerful Rams forward pack to wear down the Brockworth defence. The visitors struck first however as some strong line breaks resulted in a converted Brockworth try. Minch hit back well and it was Sparkhall who … [Read more...] about RUGBY: Blythe-Haus wins it for Minchinhampton
Christian Comment with Graham Hobbs of Minchinhampton Baptist Church NOW the Christmas and New Year revels have passed, what do you remember? My nephew, a police inspector, doesn't always enjoy such things, especially when he has to head up policing them. There was one recent "celebration" he was particularly unhappy about. In previous years, it had involved a fun day for families but, come the evening, the families had gone home to be replaced by a crowd of mostly youngsters who would appear from towns and villages outside the area, get drunk, have fights and end up in the police cells. Naturally, my nephew wasn't looking forward to being responsible for policing this lot, especially as the local constabulary had run out of police cells the time before. Some public employees, such as teachers, MPs and many others including policemen, pray about their work. My nephew was one and, as he prayed, he got some inspiration. His mum is a Street Pastor. He contacted her to … [Read more...] about Christian Comment with Graham Hobbs of Minchinhampton Baptist Church
HOW is it that there is mobile phone reception in Box and a couple of miles up the road but none at all in Minchinhampton? Our Orange phone had good reception in Minchinhampton until Orange was taken over by EE and then it ceased. When I tried to find out the reason, I was told that either my mobile was faulty (it isn’t) and that the EE transmitters are the same as the Orange ones (then why don’t we get a signal?). I have tried to contact both Orange and EE online but both inform me that they will send a code to my mobile which I must use to get into their websites. Since I have no mobile signal, I seem to have reached an impasse. What price modern technology! H A KEMMETT … [Read more...] about READER’S LETTER: How is it that there is no mobile reception at all in Minchinhampton?
THREATENING another man has cost 32-year-old Jonathan Powell of Minchinhampton £500 in fines, compensation and costs. Powell, of Old Common, Minchinhampton, admitted threatening Peter Nelson in the town on May 25, when he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on December 13. He had originally denied the offence but changed his plea to guilty and was fined £200, ordered to pay £100 compensation and £200 prosecution costs. … [Read more...] about Minchinhampton man fined for threatening another man in town