Aylesbury prove title credentials with ninth straight win

Adam Moore scoring Ay's third try    PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER
Adam Moore scoring Ay's third try PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER
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Aylesbury went into this game having won their last eight games and sitting second in the Southern Counties North League, so as the game kicked off there was a hint of expectation from the Aylesbury supporters.

Stow were the first to get points on the board as Ay’s gave away a kickable penalty early on.

But almost immediately from the restart, it was Stow’s turn to concede a penalty and James Woodfall obligingly kicked the 3 points for Aylesbury. (3-3)

Ay’s dominant forwards were putting Stow under tremendous pressure at scrum time and it wasn’t long before they were forced to concede a penalty, which Woodfall slotted to give Ay’s the lead. (6-3)

As Ay’s continued to drive Stow backwards at the scrum another penalty was awarded, this time the referee brought out the yellow card and the Stow number 8 was forced to take a ten minute rest.

With Ay’s having the put in to the scrum close to the Stow try line, the outcome was almost inevitable. The powerful Ay’s scrum drove over the line and it was Gary Horne who touched down for the score. Woodfall added the conversion and Ay’s led 13-3.

As half time approached, centre James Woodfall broke clear of the Stow defence and ran in a try under the posts. He kicked the easy conversion to send Ay’s into the break with a 20-3 lead.

The second half saw Ay’s scrum half Adam Moore run in another try which Woodfall converted to push Ay’s further ahead to 27-3.

Ay’s wing John Tovey was then stopped just short of the try line after a strong run down the wing, but the supporting James Woodfall was able to drive on and muscle his way over for the try. This time Woodfall was slightly off target with the conversion attempt from the touch line but Ay’s were now 32-3 ahead and crucially had the try bonus point.

As the game moved into the final quarter Ay’s captain Gary Horne was sin binned for an infringement at the ruck.

Stow took advantage of the extra man to run in a try but the touch line conversion was wide.

So as the final whistle went Ay’s recorded a 32-8 victory at Ostler’s Field and their ninth consecutive league win to maintain their second place in the league.