Aylesbury are on the up as nifty 50 confirms club has turned a corner

Aylesbury vs Slough (Picture: Mark Bannister)
Aylesbury vs Slough (Picture: Mark Bannister)

Aylesbury chairman Dean Gray says a fast start was the key to their bonus point win over Slough and aims to make it three in three when Tadley visit on Saturday.

Aylesbury have been struggling for consistency and points as injuries have taken their toll on Dave Larham’s side this season. But the Magenta and Blacks have turned things around with brilliant back-to-back wins, first over previously unbeaten Reading Abbey and now bottom club Slough.

And Gray is confident if they can make it three in three this Saturday it will be onwards and upwards in 2013.

“A fast start enabled us to gain the much needed bonus point in the first 20 minutes,” enthused Gray.

“We then took our foot of the pedal a bit, but a good performance means we go into next weeks game at home to Tadley with confidence high.

“If we can get another bonus point win, it will be three from three and we can look forward to 2013, where we will try to push up the table.”

After beating leaders Abbey, a trip to basement side Slough seemed a formality on paper.

And that’s exactly what it was as Ays stormed to 14-0 up after 10 minutes through James Woodfall converting two of his own tries.

The next score came from broken play when Woodfall causing all sorts of difficulties for Slough’s defence offloaded the ball in the tackle to put winger Jaimie Brown away for the third try. Woodfall slotted the conversion to make it 21-0.

From a ruck captain Harry Jackman stole the ball from the back and ran in Ays’ fourth try to clinch the bonus point – Woodfall converted (28-0) points. Number eight Kriss Hardman got on the score board as he crashed the ball wide out over Slough’s try line which went unconverted (33-0).

It took 20 minutes of the second half for Ays to extend their lead to 38 when Jamie Brown ran in unconverted. James Woodfall clinched his man of the match award when he ran in his hat-trick try and conversion for 45-0. Slough crashed over for their only score after a scrum under the posts (45-7) but posts. From the

The Ducks’ Hugh Flanagan was sin binned for an ill disciplined remark to the referee but it mattered little as Jonny Burgess capped a fine performance with the final score to make it a very nifty 50 for coach Dave Larham.

He said: “It shows how well this side are developing as a team.

“The goal at the start of the day was to get five league points and this young team delivered.”