Seconds step out of shadows to start the new year with a bang

Ay's second row Daniel Cottingham-Boss runs into the Ampthill defence    PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Ay's second row Daniel Cottingham-Boss runs into the Ampthill defence PHOTO: Mark Bannister
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With Aylesbury’s first team not in action, it was left to the club’s seconds and thirds to keep the flag flying high with two new year wins.

The seconds travelled to Ampthill where they were faced the hosts’ thirds who play at a much higher level than Aylesbury with their first XV competing in the semi-professional National 2 League.

From the off the game looked as if it was going to be a fairly even contest with neither side able to break through for the first score. A number of scoring chances were missed, though and the Ducks were made to pay when the deadlock was finally broken in the latter stages of the first half.

An Ampthill player intercepted a loose ball deep in his own half to then sprint down the pitch to score under the posts. The easy conversion was added to give Ampthill a 7- 0 lead.

Aylesbury finally got on the scoreboard early in the second half through a try from Jonny Burgess. Unfortunately the conversion attempt from the Ay’s young fly half David Stow was slightly wide of the posts so Ampthill retained a narrow advantage (7-5).

With full-time fast approaching Ay’s strong running centre George Wheble spotted a gap in the Ampthill defence and burst through to score.

The conversion from close to the touch line was off target but crucially Ay’s now had a 10-7 lead which they held onto until the final whistle.

Meanwhile, Aylesbury’s thirds recorded a 15-10 victory away against Rushden thirds.