AYLESBURY RFC at WYCOMBE RFC PREVIEW: ‘They will relish getting one over us’

Dave Larham is pressing home the importance of the Wycombe match    PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Dave Larham is pressing home the importance of the Wycombe match PHOTO: Mark Bannister
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Aylesbury travel to fierce rivals Wycombe today (Saturday) if the weather behaves itself for what boss Dave Larham is billing a crucial match for their play-off hopes.

The club’s game against Wallingford was called off for the third time last weekend. The first team currently sit third in the Southern Counties North and are pushing second place Thatcham for the league promotion play-off spot.

When Wycombe visited Ostler’s Field back in October, they finished very much in second place to a strong Ay’s side, but in the intervening months they have steadily moved up the league table and now lay only two places behind the Ducks.

And Larham says the result at Wycombe could impact on their chances of securing promotion.

“The weather has affected the consistency of our preparations ahead of a tough visit to High Wycombe,” Larham said.

“It is difficult to gauge where we are as a team because we have only played four games since the start of December.

“We do know that they have improved since we last met, and I’m sure they will relish the chance to put one over us.

“This game could ultimately determine who will challenge Thatcham for second place and the play-offs.

“While we may not have played much, training has been going well and there’s a great spirit in the squad.

“Hopefully we will be able to select 18 players who are fit, fresh and up for the challenge.”