Ducks go top with three games left

Adam Moore runs in Ay's fifth try with Gary Horne in support    PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Adam Moore runs in Ay's fifth try with Gary Horne in support PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Aylesbury Rugby Club went top of the Southern Counties North League with a bonus point win over Wallingford after the seemingly unbeatable Bletchley lost to Alchester.

The Ducks ran out comfortable 34-5 winners in a game that had been postponed no less than three times.

Although the pitch was still heavy under foot the weather was near perfect on the day with bright sun shine throughout the afternoon.

Wallingford kicked off and almost immediately found themselves under pressure in their own half and conceding an early penalty.

James Woodfall kicked for touch and Ay’s attacked from the 5 metre line out. Wallingford once again conceded the penalty and this time Woodfall took the kick at posts to give Ay’s the early 3-0 lead.

It wasn’t long before Woodfall added the first try of the game although he was off target with the touch line conversion attempt Ay’s moved to 0-8 up.

Ay’s were soon on the score board again this time with a try from hooker Liam Moloney following a catch and drive from a line out on the Wallingford 5 metre line. This time Woodfall was on target with conversion and Ay’s moved 0-15 ahead.

Following a great piece of play from Ay’s young number 10 Alex Shearer, Chris Lidington ran in another Ay’s try in the corner. (0-20)

Just before the end of the half Andy Blacklock scored Ay’s fourth and bonus point try, with Woodfall adding the extras Aylesbury went into the break 0-27 ahead.

The second half saw Wallingford determined to halt the flow of tries going Aylesbury’s way.

Ay’s eventually managed to break down the much more resolute Wallingford defence as Adam Moore ran in Ay’s only try of the second half, with Woodfall adding the conversion to bring the score to 0-34.

Wallingford had the final word in the second half as they ran in an unconverted try in the corner to bring the full time score to 5-34.

After the game Ay’s found this result had moved them to the top of the Southern Counties North League following Bletchley’s defeat at Alchester.

Boss Dave Larham said the end of the season promises to be exciting.

“We were pleased with the bonus point win against spirited opposition,” he said.

“At the business end of the season, it is important to get the right result and strive to maintain a consistent level of performance.

“Our second half display was below par in comparison to our recent games, but much of this was down to Wallingford and their committed team effort.

“With results going our way over the weekend, its an exciting time at Ostlers Field.”

Meanwhile, back in Aylesbury, the club’s second XV demolished High Wycombe third XV 99-0 a result that gives them an unassailable lead in the BBO 3 North League and guarantees promotion for next season.