Aylesbury played some fantastic rugby on their way to an emphatic 36-12 bonus point victory at Reading Abbey at the weekend – a win that puts them back in the play-off promotion place.
Aylesbury travelled to Reading with confidence having beaten the hosts 36-0 earlier in the season at Ostler’s Field.
The game kicked off in bright sunshine with Ay’s playing into the sun and towards the Abbey club house.
The club house end turned out to be the best place to view the action in the first half, with the majority of play taking place in the Abbey half. Ay’s once again asserting their dominance over Abbey as they had done in their previous encounter. With tries from James Woodfall, Mike Durose and Jonny Burgess and one conversion from Woodfall, Ay’s were 17 points in front within 20 minutes.
A superb kick and chase from Ay’s skipper Gary Horne saw him out sprint the covering defence and dive on the ball to bring up Ay’s fourth try and bonus point. With Woodfall off target with the conversion Ay’s moved to 0-22 ahead.
In the final minutes of the first period Abbey made a rare foray into the Ay’s half where James Woodfall infringed at the break down and was shown the yellow card.
Abbey were able to make the most of the one man advantage to score an unconverted try.
Half-time score 5-22.
The first quarter of the second half saw Abbey putting Ay’s under a great deal of pressure in their own half, but despite a further sin binning, this time for prop Sam Chappell, Ay’s defence held solid.
As the game moved into the final quarter Ay’s brought on two of their academy players who were both making their 1st team debuts, Alex Shearer and Luke Walmsley.
Minutes later and with only his second touch of the ball Alex Shearer ran in his first 1st XV try, with Woodfall adding the conversion Ay’s were 5-29 ahead.
Abbey then grabbed their second try of the game and with the touch line conversion on target narrowed the gap to 12-29.
Almost immediately Ay’s struck back as Woodfall ran in a try close to the corner flag. He then added the extra 2 points from the conversion to give Ay’s the 12-36 point victory.
Ay’s post match celebrations were given an extra boost with the news of Thatcham’s defeat to Stow-on-the-Wold.
Aylesbury now move above Thatcham and back into the second place play-off spot in the Southern Counties League.