High flying Aylesbury Rugby Club kick off the new year on the road to lowly Wallingford today (Saturday) – weather permitting.
Ducks boss Dave Larham said his side had over achieved so far this season – they are currently second in the 12-team Southern Counties North League – and has urged his players to be at their best if they are to continue their fine season.
“We expected to be in the top four at Christmas and have possibly over-achieved in terms of putting together the ten-game unbeaten run,” Larham said.
“We now have to enter the second half of the season with the knowledge that we can compete with the best teams in the league, both home and away, and produce winning performances.
“Unless Bletchley seriously slip up, I think it will be between ourselves, Thatcham, Milton Keynes and possibly High Wycombe for the second-place position.
“That said, I also rate several of the mid-table teams and think they could upset some of the top teams with strong home performances.
“Our defeat to Alchester in December demonstrated that we still have a long way to go with our game understanding, game intelligence and game management. “Quite simply, if you want to be the best you have to be at your best week in, week out.
“The teams below us will know what to expect and we must win the games that we are expected to win. There is no point putting in huge performances against the top teams if we then allow complacency to creep in against the lower teams.
“I have said nearly every week that we need to be more clinical in our execution, and ultimately I think that will be the difference between finishing second or fourth.
Wallingford are ninth in the 12-team league table.