Aylesbury’s first-half performance blows away Alchester to get club back to winning ways

Aylesbury Rugby Club vs Alchester
Aylesbury Rugby Club vs Alchester

Aylesbury Rugby Club got back to winning ways on Saturday as a stunning first-half performance blew Alchester out of the water.

Ay’s were rampant in the first half against their newly promoted opponents storming to a 26-0 lead at the break.

Alchester hit back in the second half, scoring 10 but Ay’s held on for what was in the end a straightforward win.

Aylesbury won the toss and kicked the game off playing with a strong wind behind them.

The home side pressed Alchester hard and it was not long before James Woodfall took the ball in the loose and broke through three tackles to run the ball in from the half-way line.

Aylesbury were on top in all departments. From a line-out scrum-half Adam Moore took the ball spotted a gap and slipped through the defensive hole to score without anyone laying a hand on him. Alchester were playing into a strong wind and were finding things difficult against a tough and resolute Aylesbury defence.

The next try came from Woodfall once again causing Alchester all sorts of problems with his direct running to make it 19-0.

Ays rounded off the half with a top draw team try. Stealing the ball deep in defence five metres from their own line and rather than taking the safe option of a clearing kick Aylesbury ran the ball out of defence.

The ball was moved at pace to Burgess in the centre who broke the defensive line and then passed the ball out wide for D’Almeida to score out wide, Woodfall converted his third of the afternoon to take the score to 26-0 at the break.

Alchester hit back in the second-half and scored two tries but the Aylesbury back row were having a great game with man of the match GaryHorne leading the way with his hard work and tackling.

Even after the home side were reduced to 14 men with Stanmore being judged to have gone into a tackle with a leading elbow they could not gain the ascendancy.

Chairman Dean Gray said: “We won it with a strong first half performance. Gary Horne and James Woodfall were excellent.

“They had the ball in our half too much in the second-half but we were never in any real danger.

“The wind was key and that helped them.”

Aylesbury now face league leaders Beaconsfield on Saturday.