Aylesbury cut leaders Bletchley down to size

Aylesbury cut Bletchley down to size    PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Aylesbury cut Bletchley down to size PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Ducks come from 10-0 down to topple league leaders Bletchley with third straight win.

Aylesbury went into this game, the fourth at Ostler’s Field this season, on the back of two wins. However their opponents Bletchley RFC, were sitting unbeaten at the top of the Southern Counties North League.

The first half saw Bletchley take control of the game running in two unconverted tries.

Although their task was made easier due to some uncharacteristically poor tackling from the Ay’s backs.

The first half ended with Ay’s getting their first points on the board through a penalty kick from James Woodfall.

With Bletchley leading 3-10 at the break, Ay’s head coach Dave Larham had some stern words for his team and made it quite clear what he expected of them in the remaining 40 minutes.

Bletchley kicked off the second half but quickly found themselves pinned back in their own half by a now very determined Ay’s side, intent on making amends for their earlier lapses.

As the Ay’s forwards started to impose their dominance the pressure began to show and Bletchley found themselves being repeatedly penalised at the breakdown.

Ay’s James Woodfall kicked two out of the five penalties that Bletchley gave away in their own half. Then with Bletchley leading by only a single point at 9-10, the referee lost patience with the persistent infringements and sent the Bletchley number 8 to the sin bin.

Ay’s made the most of the one man advantage with wing Andy Blacklock sprinting over the try line to put Ay’s ahead. With James Woodfall adding the conversion, Ay’s now led 16-10 going into the final minutes of the game.

Despite Bletchley now being back to full strength with their number 8 returning from the sin bin, Ay’s held out to secure their third win in a row and end Bletchley’s unbeaten run at the top of the league.

The victory leaves Aylesbury fourth in the league, but just two points off top spot, which is occupied by Milton Keynes.

Boss Dave Larham said: “We showed Bletchley far too much respect in the first half, but controlled the second period through a huge team effort.

“Rob Taylor and Matt Birch were superb in the second half, and led a heroic display of forward power.”