Ay’s to the power of 10 as winning run continues

James Woodfall is tackled while Gary Horne comes in to support     PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER
James Woodfall is tackled while Gary Horne comes in to support PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER

Aylesbury travelled to rivals Milton Keynes looking to take their winning run of nine games into double figures and did just that with a 21-12 victory.

The game kicked off in bright sunshine, with Ay’s playing into the sun. It was not long before Ay’s got on the scoreboard through a James Woodfall penalty kick.

The next score was not long in coming as Ay’s drove into the Milton Keynes half and flanker Rob Taylor broke through the defence to score.Woodfall was off target with the conversion attempt but Ay’s had 0-8 lead.

Ay’s then found themselves having to play for 10 minutes with 14 men as Matt Birch was shown a yellow card.

Milton Keynes were to get their first points through a try near the corner post, their kicker calmly slotting the tricky touch line conversion to bring the scores to 7-8.

Another Woodfall penalty kick nudged Ay’s further ahead and the teams went into the break at 7-11.

As MK kicked off the second half the game still looked like it could go either way, but the half time talk had clearly inspired the Aylesbury players and it soon became apparent that they had stepped up a gear.

Ay’s winger Chris Lidington beat his opposite number to dive over the try line in the corner. James Woodfall’s touch line conversion drifted just wide of the upright but Ay’s were now two scores ahead at 7-16.

But Ay’s were once again to find themselves down to 14 players as Dave Payne was given a 10 minute rest in the sin bin.

Milton Keynes took full advantage to score their second try and close the gap once again to 12-16.

But Ay’s continued to apply pressure and it was full back Andy Blacklock who ran in Ay’s third try.

Now leading 12-21 and with the clock running down, Ay’s pushed hard to get the fourth try and come away with a bonus point, but it was not to be and they had to be content with the four points from the win.

With the league leaders Bletchley also failing to get a bonus point from their win on Saturday, it meant Ay’s 10th straight league win is enough to keep them hard on Bletchley’s heels, with only three points separating them.

Aylesbury’s second XV were also in league action at the weekend, and despite slipping to a 29-12 defeat away at Henley RFC, they still top their league table.