Ducks win on the road to stop season Drift-ing off course

Captain and man of the match Gary Horne with the ball in Aylesbury's win over Drifters     PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Captain and man of the match Gary Horne with the ball in Aylesbury's win over Drifters PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Aylesbury put the disappointments of recent one-point league defeats behind them by producing a battling four-try bonus point win at Drifters in Farnham Common.

Despite a slow start, against a much-improved Drifters team, Aylesbury used their superior forward platform to aggressively challenge the Drifters defensive resolve and team spirit.

A brace of tries each from centre James Woodfall and second row Kriss Hardman was enough to reward the the Magenta and Blacks’ hard work and demonstrate that game management lessons have been learned following the recent defeats to Milton Keynes, Olney and Read Abbey.

Man of the match Gary Horne was back to his abrasive best and led his team from the front with strong running and fearless defending.

The Aylesbury captain has made a timely return to the team after a knee operation earlier in the season and has replaced another knee injury victim and key player Harry Jackman.

This weekend Aylesbury host Slough at Ostlers Field from 3pm in a league fixture.

Despite being bottom of the league, Slough have improved in recent weeks and Ducks head coach Dave Larham is fully aware not to allow complacency to creep into the team.

He warned: “Slough’s results have picked up in recent weeks and we must be careful not to expect a home win without ensuring our planning, preparation and performance are the best they can be.

“We made hard work of it against Drifters in the first half, and we have got to make sure that we earn the opposition’s respect through producing a high quality team performance throughout the 80 minutes.

“It’s been a hard six-week period for the squad, but we are learning all the time and want to win as many games as we can before the season ends.”