Second string win gives Ducks boss a selection poser

Aylesbury seconds in action against their Buckingham counterparts     PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER
Aylesbury seconds in action against their Buckingham counterparts PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER

Aylesbury first team boss Dave Larham says some of the club’s second team players have given him a selection headache after superb performances in a win over Buckingham at the weekend.

The first team, who had a weekend off, are flying high in Southern Counties North and sit second – just two points off leaders Bletchley.

But Larham says such was the impressive nature of the seconds’ win over their Buckingham counterparts, it has given him plenty of food for thought.

“With no first XV fixture, this was a great opportunity to support our second XV against credible opposition,” Larham said.

“Despite a quiet build up to kick off, we were pleased with the overall performance and a worthy win against Buckingham.

“Several players put their hands up for first XV selection consideration; in particular Liam Moloney who gave an aggressive man of the match display.

“We know that our accuracy in attack needs to sharpen, alongside an increased desire for possession in defence and in the loose.

“This squad continues to improve and must develop more self-belief to provide the strength in depth that we desperately need for the first XV to maintain their impressive start to the season.”

It was a step up for the second team in terms of opposition, as Buckingham play two leagues above them.

Mal Deay gave Ay’s the lead but Buckingham hit back to go 10-5 up. But second row Mark Jeffers levelled the scores and James Woodfall converted (12-10).

Flanker Martin Rylands added another try to put the Ducks further ahead (17-10). The good work was undone when Buckingham converted a try just before the break (17-17).

The visitors actually took a 22-17 lead in the last quarter of the match. But fly-half Mike Evans and then number eight Darren Parker scored converted tries to secure a fantastic 31-22 victory.

The first team are at Royal Wootton Bassetton Saturday.