Ducks dish out a rugby lesson to basement Old Boys

Jordan Stanmore scoring Ay's second try     PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Jordan Stanmore scoring Ay's second try PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Aylesbury maintain fourth place in the Southern Counties North League – just three points off leaders Milton Keynes – with a 29-3 win at Swindon College Old Boys.

Ay’s made the long trip to bottom of the table Swindon looking to continue their recent impressive run in the league.

However games like this can sometimes turnout to be potential banana skins and Ay’s needed to avoid complacency so as not to become the victims of a major league upset.

Throughout the game the weather ranged from bright sunshine to heavy rain but the one constant was the strong wind which did its best to disrupt the fluidity of the passing as both sides suffered from miss passes and dropped balls.

The Ducks took the early lead after Swindon gave away a penalty in front of their posts which allowed Ay’s captain Gary Horne the opportunity to kick the 3 points. The first try of the game followed shortly after as Ay’s Matt Birch crossed the line near the corner flag.

Horne added the two points with a perfectly judged kick in the strong wind. Swindon then got themselves onto the scoreboard when Ay’s gave away a kick able penalty in their half. On the stroke of halftime Ay’s added another converted try as flanker Jordan Stanmore crossed the white wash with Horne once again slotting the conversion to make it 3-17 at the break.

The second half saw Ay’s move further ahead as wing John Tovey forced his way over in the corner for the third try, Horne was just wide with his conversion. Score 3-22. The target for Ay’s now was to get a fourth try and to come away with the bonus point. Although Ay’s powerful forwards were dominant in the scrum and giving the backs plenty of chances to run at the Swindon defence, hopes of a bonus point try were beginning to slip away as the clock started to run down.

But then in the final play of the game, Ay’s replacement scrum half Dave Payne found a route through to the Swindon try line and touched down near the corner flag. Horne once again guided the ball between the posts in the swirling wind to give Ay’s a 29-3 victory over Swindon College Old Boys and the five league points to keep them in fourth place and within striking distance of leaders MK.