Aylesbury ran in the biggest win of the season as they battered Royal Wootton Bassett 87-8 in the Southern Counties North.
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine in front of support from the guests at the Presidents Lunch.
Within minutes Ay’s full back Liam d’Almeida got the first points on the board with a try in the corner, James Woodfall adding the conversion (7-0).
Less than 10 minutes later D’Almeida crossed the try line in the opposite corner with Woodfall once again slotting the touch line conversion (14-0).
With Ay’s now dominating every phase it was James Woodfall’s turn to add a brace of tries and the bonus point (24-0).
With the first half drawing to a close, Ay’s conceded a penalty near to their own posts and Bassett took the opportunity to kick for goal and get points on the board (24-3).
The second half kicked off with Ay’s maintaining their momentum and it was not long before James Woodfall added his third try and conversion (31-3).
This signalled the point for Ay’s to start making changes and bring on the bench, with number 10 Jonny Burgess being replaced by Aylesbury Academy player, 17 year old Alex Shearer.
Within minutes of coming on Shearer ran in a try under the posts, Woodfall added the easy conversion (38-3).
There then followed tries from wing Andy Blacklock and number 8 Gary Horne to bring Ay’s score over the half century (52-3).
Despite the score line Bassett were not giving up the fight and they were rewarded with an unconverted try in the corner (52-8).
Chris Lidington and Andy Blacklock ran in two more tries with James Woodfall’s reliable boot adding the conversions (66-8).
Academy player Luke Walmsley, who had replaced Adam Bown in the back row, was on hand to support a superb break from Gary Horne and score his first 1st team try (73-8).
Ay’s continued to dominate until the final whistle with 2 more tries, one from centre Mike Durose and yet another from Liam D’Almeida. James Woodfall’s 11th successful conversion kick signalled the end of the game with the final score Aylesbury 87 - 8 Royal Wootton Bassett.
This result keeps Ay’s in second place and the promotion play off spot behind Bletchley with 4 more games remaining.
Mwanhile, the Aylesbury 2nd XV were also running in the tries at Ostler’s Field and recorded an impressive 50-5 win over their league rivals Henley, a result which keeps them firmly at the top of their league and firm favourites for the title.
The Aylesbury 3rd XV made sure it was a clean sweep of 3 home wins with an excellent performance to overcome Leighton Buzzard 4th’s.