The wet weather and waterlogged pitches forced the postponement of all but one of Aylesbury Rugby Club’s fixtures at the weekend.
But the game that did go ahead was arguably the most important of the season for the Ducks.
There were no trophies or titles at stake in this match, which took place on a very soft and muddy first team pitch.
Instead the importance lay in the players who took to the field, as this was a contest between the Ay’s second string senior side and an its Academy Colts that was made up made of 17 to 18 year old players who were getting their first taste of senior rugby at the club.
These young talented players are the future of senior rugby for Aylesbury and the game gave them the opportunity to test their skills and begin the move from youth to senior disciplines.
The match was closely contested with the Colts side being narrowly beaten by the seconds 15-14. But the real winner on the day was the club itself who now have a new pool of young talent to draw upon and to add strength to their senior teams.
Club head coach Dave Larham said: “This game demonstrated our desire to continue the pathway from youth rugby to seniors.
“The game itself was played in an excellent spirit with young and old enjoying the experience.
“While we were pleased with our Colts stepping up to the physicality of adult rugby, the seconds must be congratulated for showing match intelligence in the second half to change and win the game.”