1st XV - Report
Aylesbury battle hard but lose match
Aylesbury took on a Windsor side that are well in contention for winning the league this season and so Ays knew they were going to be in a tough battle.
Windsor won the toss and elected to kick and gain a territorial advantage. Ays fielded the ball well and attempted to run the ball back at Windsor but could not make any headway. Ays eventually tried to relieve the pressure by kicking for touch unfortunately the kick fell short and Windsor ran the ball back to Ays keeping them penned in. After 13 minutes Windsor got the opening try near the posts when a missed tackle allowed Windsor to penetrate the defence. The conversion was good taking Windsor into a 7 point lead.
Ays bounced back immediately when from the kick off Ays regained the ball in the loose and moved the ball wide through several pairs of hands. The ball ended up in Liam D’Almeida’s hands on the ten metre line and he pinned his ears back and flew down the wing. D’Almeida rounded the Windsor winger and outpaced the covering defence to score a superb individualistic try under the posts. Horne converted to bring the scores level at 7 apiece.
The next ten minutes saw both sides wrestle for the ascendancy. Ays pack were delivering good ball. The tight five were providing a solid platform for scrum half Moore to feed the backs and the lineout especially worked well stealing quite a few Windsor balls when Windsor were in good positions. The back row too were working well.
Kriss Hardman was making good yards when he picked up from the base of the scrum whilst Horne and Styles were putting in good hits in defence. The deadlock was broken when the nippy Windsor backs rounded the defence to score a try. The conversion was good to restore Windsor’s 7 point lead.
Ays worked hard to restore parity. Both sides were looking for weaknesses in defence. Ays defence was put to the test several times but poor handling let Windsor down. Great tackling from Empson and Durose stopped many of Windsor’s moves. The next significant action saw Windsor awarded a scrum some ten metres from Ays try line won the ball as the scrum collapsed and in the confusion the Windsor number 8 picked up from the base and ran the ball in unopposed under Ays posts. The conversion was good to take the score to 7 – 21 at half time. This score did not reflect the way the game was being played.
The half time talk focused on Ays getting back into this game and getting some early points on the board. Confidence was high going into the second half. Club Captain Gary Horne was forced to retire due to injury and Paul Ballard came on into the front row. Ays kicked off to Windsor and Ays immediately took the game to Windsor. Windsor’s defence although under pressure held firm and Ays were unable to turn field and possession advantage into points. Both teams were cancelling each other out as both sides were evenly matched and defences were getting on top.
Ays were still getting plenty of ball but some poor decision making seemed to blunt some of Ays moves. In some circumstances instead of taking the ball out wide Ays took the ball into contact or kicked for territory when a handling move would have been a better option.
Things took a nasty turn after half an hour, as Empson, a hard tackler himself was double tackled when at full speed and as a result of this tackle, Empson had to leave the field with a confirmed broken collar bone. Few came on to replace Empson. The game continued to gather pace and Ays were chasing the game to try and decrease the deficit. Windsor were desperate to try and get a fourth try to secure a bonus point that would be a real bonus in terms of the league. With 38 minutes of the second half gone Windsor were ruing lost opportunities but Ays were pressing and an impressive backs move proved to be Windsor’s salvation.
As the ball was moved wide and the full back in the line, the ball was dropped and the Windsor winger intercepted the ball had a clear run to the line to score Windsor’s fourth and bonus winning try. The try was converted to take the final score to Ays 7 – Windsor 28.
So again Ays were plucky losers again having contributed a lot to the game but not getting anything from it.