AYLESBURY RFC at BLETCHLEY PREVIEW: Win or bust for title hopes

Dave Larham     PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Dave Larham PHOTO: Mark Bannister
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Aylesbury coach Dave Larham says it would be ‘unlikely’ that his side would win the league if they do not claim victory in today’s (Saturday) crunch title clash away to top of the table Bletchley.

Aylesbury are six points behind this weekend’s opponents in the Southern Counties North and coach Larham said he feels today’s key game could define their season.

He said: “We are desperate to get the chance to improve on our last performance at Alchester.

“We also want to increase the gap to the teams around us like Thatcham and High Wycombe.”

Larham said he was very pleased at how the first half of the campaign had gone.

Aylesbury have lost just two of their opening 12 games and Larham said he was hoping to continue the momentum.

He said: “There was a lot of frustration after our last match where we played poorly, and I feel that this match is even more significant after the postponement of the Wallingford game (on Saturday).

“We did give them the option of playing the game at our ground but they didn’t want to do that, which is frustrating in some ways, but also understandable at the same time.”

Aylesbury could move to within two points of Bletchley with a bonus point win but Larham said he was not getting carried away.

He said: “At the start of the season my aim was to try and finish in the top four.

“If we end up third or fourth I would not be disappointed. After our great start, we are in a position to challenge for the title but we will be relying on Bletchley to slip up at some stage.”