Aylesbury up to second after thrashing Reading Abbey

Two Abbey players try to stop Ay's Jim Dodds     PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Two Abbey players try to stop Ay's Jim Dodds PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Dave Larham’s Ducks are just two points off the top of the league after a bonus point 36-0 win over Reading Abbey.

Aylesbury were back at Ostler’s Field on Saturday where they overcame visitors Reading Abbey, running in five unanswered tries, to push themselves up into second place in the league and only two points behind new leaders Bletchley.

It didn’t take long for Ay’s to get into their stride as within the first minute of the game they took control of the opening scrum, pushing Abbey back fifteen metres and forcing them to concede a penalty.

James Woodfall sent the ball between the posts to get the first points on the board and give Ay’s the early lead.

Fifteen minutes later Ay’s were rewarded with their first try when Gary Horne made a powerful run into the Abbey half, offloading to James Woodfall who then ran in under the posts. Woodfall slotted the easy conversion to put Ay’s 10 nil ahead.

Not long after Ay’s centre Mike Durose took advantage of a turnover to run the ball out of his own twenty-two, passing the ball to the supporting Jordan Stanmore who then sprinted in under the Abbey posts. Woodfall once added the two points with the conversion to give Ay’s a 17-0 lead.

Ay’s third try came shortly before the break courtesy of captain Gary Horne who broke through the Abbey defence to touch down near the posts. Woodfall was once again on target with the conversion and so Aylesbury went into halftime with a 24-0 lead.

The second half saw Horne once again breach the Abbey defence with a powerful run to cross the line and add the fourth and bonus point try. Woodfall was just wide with his conversion attempt but Ay’s now had a 29 point lead.

Aylesbury’s final points of the day came fifteen minutes before the final whistle when fly-half Jonny Burgess finished off a good backs move to slide over under the posts with Woodfall then slotting the conversion.