Good Evans! Mike leads Ay’s to bonus point win

ARFC centre Mike Durose is tackled by a Wallingford player    PHOTO: Mark Bannister
ARFC centre Mike Durose is tackled by a Wallingford player PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Mike Evans was man of the match as Aylesbury RFC made it back-to-back wins when they beat Wallingford 29-10 at the weekend.

The Ducks have been enjoying a run of home games at the start of their league season and this was to be their third in a row.

From the start Ay’s were the stronger side dominating both territory and possession and gradually ground down a resolute Wallingford defence to secure a bonus point win.

Larham praised Evans for his man of the match performance and said the win was deserved.

“Gareth (Collings, assistant coach) and I were very pleased with the performance. Our pre-match team talk focused on our execution and out-working the opposition.

“We dominated the game and demonstrated improvements in our game management. Mike Evans ran the game at 10 with a man of the match display that launched an exciting back line.

“A four-try bonus point win was a fair result and gave us an indication of the potential of this squad.”

Gary Horne slotted a penalty to open the scoring but Wallingford, against the run of play, turned over the ball in their own half and a kick and chase resulted in a try under the Aylesbury posts (3-7).

New signing George Wheble, who ran the ball from deep inside the Ay’s half up to the Wallingford 22 metre line where it was taken on by flanker Rob Taylor who then off loaded to Ay’s flying winger Liam D’Almeida who sprinted in under the posts. Horne added the conversion to put Ay’s back ahead at 10-7.

On the stroke of half time Ay’s gave away a kickable penalty which Wallingford duly took advantage of to the level the scores going into the break.

The second half was all Ay’s though, as they ran in 3 unanswered tries.

The first was from Man of the Match Mike Evans, followed by a try in the corner from Jim Dodds and then Ay’s captain Gary Horne ran in under the posts for the bonus point try.

This five-point win takes Aylesbury up to third in the Southern Counties North League.