‘Professional’ Ay’s on course for end of season target

Aylesbury in action vs Tadley PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Aylesbury in action vs Tadley PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Aylesbury boss Dave Larham hailed his players for a ‘professional performance’ in their demolition of Tadley, and revealed they are one win off their end of season target.

The Ducks scored six tries on their travels to record their third win on the bounce against an improving Tadley.

Despite some defensive lapses, Larham was delighted with the overall performance, with one game and one win left to tick off for a fine end to a transitional campaign.

“Despite a slow start, we managed to expose their defensive weaknesses and took control of the game,” Larham said.

“We were fortunate to capitalise on a number of Tadley errors and refereeing judgements to put the game out of reach; but then conceded two soft tries when we should have defended with more pride.

“We set a target of winning our last four games, and have won three with Thatcham to play at home on Saturday.

“This game not only provides a chance to achieve our end of season goal, but also reverse our opening day defeat against Thatcham.

“We have two training sessions to improve our work at the breakdown and midfield defence,” added the Magenta and Blacks taskmaster.

Tadley took the lead from a penalty before Ay’s captain Gary Horne drove the ball over directly under the posts for a try converted by James Woodfall (3-7). Another Tadley penalty made it 6-7 but the Ducks started to turn the screw and Sam Chappell went over for 6-12. A minute later fly half Jonny Burgess scored again and Woodfall converted for 6-19 at half-time.

Larham was not happy at the break and urged his team to ‘tighten up’.

That man Woodfall responded in some style, with a 60-yard sprint to score under the posts (6-24).

A minute later Adam Moore took a quick tap and ran at the Tadley defence for 80 plus metres to score under the posts and the conversion was good (6-31). Tadley did, with some luck, pull things back to 16-31 but Mike Durose went over to seal before the hosts added another score late on for the final score of 23-38.

Aylesbury play their final game of the season on Saturday afternoon at home against Thatcham (3pm kick-off).