Depleted Ays and returning coach suffer in final pre-season games

Dave Larham, Aylesbury Rugby Club coach
Dave Larham, Aylesbury Rugby Club coach
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Aylesbury Rugby Club and returning head coach Dave Larham have been gearing up for their first game of the new season at Thatcham this Saturday with a series of pre-season battles.

The first game was against Aylesbury Athletic – the prison side with the Ducks winning 62-36.

The second warm-up match was at Leighton Buzzard where an Aylesbury side weakened by player shortages rose to the challenge and only lost the game five tries to two.

The last pre-season tussle was held at RAF Halton against Luton-based Stockwood Park.

Again the Ducks had many players missing due to work commitments and the line-up saw forward players play in back line positions.

Ays trailed 19-14 going into the last few minutes and were looking likely to level things up only for a slack pass to allow a Stockwood Park winger to run the length of the field and score.

Ducks travel to newly-promoted Thatcham this Saturday.