AYLESBURY RFC at MILTON KEYNES PREVIEW: ‘Be clinical to go for title’

James Woodall in action for Aylesbury RFC and boss Dave Larham (below)   PHOTOS: MARK BANNISTER
James Woodall in action for Aylesbury RFC and boss Dave Larham (below) PHOTOS: MARK BANNISTER

Dave Larham has challenged his Aylesbury players to be even more clinical if they are to go for the title, starting at rivals Milton Keynes today (Saturday).

It was billed as a ‘true test’ of their title credentials and Aylesbury Rugby Club passed it with flying colours when they won their ninth game in a row 32-8 over Stow on the Wold last time out.

The Ducks are second in the Southern Counties North, just three points off leaders Bletchley. And taskmaster Larham insists they must improve further still to mount a serious challenge when they take on their fellow title hopefuls and rivals MK.

Larham said: “Milton Keynes will be a good test of the progress that we have made in the last 16 months.”

“I thought (against Stow) that we controlled a large percentage of the possession and territory and was pleased with the four-try bonus point win,” Larham said.

“Prop Sam Chappell was outstanding, while half-back Adam Moore is maturing in to a very good player and leader.

“We know we should have scored more tries, but sometimes you just have to learn from mistakes and work harder to reduce your errors.

“We have talked a lot about being more clinical, and know that the more we practice the more accurate we become.”

The win put the icing on the cake of a memorable weekend for the club as more than 150 guests turned out for the match and Chairman’s Dinner.

Larham said it was a relief to come out on top with the added pressure of an expectant crowd.

“The players and staff knew that we had a responsibility to deliver a performance that would make the 150 guests at our Chairman’s Dinner proud,” he said.