This fixture promised a close game between two sides whose last four games had all been defeats and so it proved to be with Dixonians coming out 10 – 8 winners in a game strewn with handling errors from both sides in the cold and damp conditions.
Dixonians had the first opportunity to put points on the board when awarded a penalty for coming in from the side, but the kick was pushed wide from 15metres. 10 minutes later Dixonians went in front from a penalty 25metres out in front of the posts.
5 minutes later Aston took the lead when, following good handling from the backs, Matt O’Hare took the ball at pace and broke 2 tackles to score near the corner. The conversion from Barry Maksymczuk
going narrowly wide. The rest of the half saw Dixonians pressing for a score but sound defending from all 15 meant the game went to half time with Aston leading 5 – 3.
The start of the 2nd half saw Paul Horrocks in his first game back for Aston after his spell with Spartans, come on to replace John Gadd. 10 minutes in and Mick Tate received a Yellow Card for an infringement at a ruck, but Aston managed to hold off Dixes during the bin time. Ian Turner
replaced Adam Baldock
after 20 minutes.
30 minutes in and Aston playing an advantage came close to crossing the try line with Adam Ward
being held up near the corner. The penalty back in front of the posts was easily converted by Barry Maksymczuk
was replaced by Connor Davies with just over 10 minutes to go and he seemed harshly penalised 5 minutes later for holding on after being isolated. Dixonians forwards, with the try line only 5 metres away set up a series of rucks that were defended well by Aston but the ball was eventually spread wide for Dave Lee to run in under the posts for a try that was a formality to convert. A 2 point lead to Dixonians that they comfortably held onto for the remaining 5 minutes.