Aylesbury RFC v Gosford All Blacks
Ays keep the winning momentum despite missing a valuable try bonus point.
Aylesbury RFC 1st XV welcomed Oxfordshire based Gosford All Blacks RFC to Ostler’s Field on Saturday grinding out an important 19-10 win to keep pressure on the teams at the top of Southern Counties North.
Head coach Jon Lambden commented after the match “It was important to get the win today to keep the momentum going ahead of bigger challenges in the weeks and months to come.” He went on to say “The boys put in a strong performance which saw some of the best phases of play we’ve put together this season but execution under pressure let us down in parts.” He concluded saying “We will take the win and work on the development areas this week ahead of High Wycombe RUFC on Saturday.”
The afternoon got off to a cagey start with both teams challenging the other’s defence but there was no breakthrough after 15 minutes of play. The first points of the afternoon came from fullback Mark Kentish, scoring a well worked try out wide after impressive handling from centre Scott McKenzie. Kentish converted is own try making the score to 7-0 to the hosts.
Gosford were by no means thinking of giving up the chase and struck back immediately with a penalty from inside the Aylesbury half - 7-3. Gosford now had their confidence up while Ays tried to exit their own half a wayward pass was intercepted by the Gosford fly half who ran in under the posts for a converted trying giving the visitors a 7-10 lead.
The leaked try shocked Ays into action and after sustained pressure in the Gosford 22m the ball was worked one side to the other, stretching the Gosford defence to its limits, resulting in Kentish going over for his second of the afternoon. This time the conversion was wide but Ays still went into the half time break 12-10 up.
The second half saw both sides testing each other with very little given on either side. But Ays had the upper hand in the driving maul and capitalised on it with second row Cory Neighbour powering over almost untouched from close range. Kentish converted to take the score to 19-10.
Ays now held the upper hand going into the final periods of the game, which raised expectations of the bonus point try. And it looked like this was secured when Kentish went over to round off his hat trick only to have his try ruled out due to a foot straying beyond the dead ball line. Ays kept knocking at the Gosford defence until the 80th minute with no breakthrough so ended the day winners but ruing this missed bonus point try.
Ays travel to fellow Bucks club High Wycombe RUFC on Saturday looking to stretch the winning run to three consecutive games.