Ays left with sense of déjà vu after Milton Keynes loss

It was Groundhog Day for the Ays as they came up short against Milton Keynes once again in 13-2 defeat at Ostlers Field on Saturday.

In the reverse fixture in November Aylesbury staged a late fightback but lost out 28-22 and it was similar this time round with a tale of two halves.

Head coach Dave Larham said: “While we are obviously disappointed with the loss, we have to take the positives from a spirited second half fightback and league bonus-point.

“The first half was a pretty even affair with Milton Keynes slightly ahead through their domination of the breakdown and desire to win the game.”

The trusty boot of Phil Powell kept MK ticking along in the first half as the Ays struggled to break free from their own 22.

MK played a perfect set piece to create a driving maul and crash over for a 13-point lead.

It was a lead that would prove just enough as the Ays began their comeback.

MK got frustrated as they began to be called for penalties and their number eight eventually saw yellow for foul play.

Ays were now in the ascendancy and a dogged scrum led to them being awarded a penalty try after MK’s front row stood up.

With the conversion sealed the Ays descended on MK’s line again and the forwards rumbled over for another try out wide. But crucially James Woodfall skewed the conversion wide this time to leave the Ays a point short.

Larham added: “We lost the game, but proved that this young group of players are no pushover when it comes to playing at Ostlers Field.

“Once we gain the mental hardness to be up for every minute of every game, I think we could be a serious force in this league”

The Ays host Buckingham RFC at Ostlers Field on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm).