High Wycombe RUFC v Aylesbury RFC
Ays take bragging rights in Bucks derby
Aylesbury stretched their winning streak to three consecutive matches with a solid win away from home against old rivals High Wycombe RUFC.
Head coach Jon Lambden spoke after the game, saying: “It was a gritty performance from the boys today. We always knew it would be tough against High Wycombe despite their uncharacteristically slow start to the season so I’m pleased to take the win and four points back to Ostler’s Field. The win keeps us in a good position ahead of Reading at home next weekend before a rest weekend and Beaconsfield.” He went on to say: “We’re improving week in week out and there will certainly be some selection headaches in the weeks to come. That’s where we want to be and it can only be a good thing for the playing squad.”
Aylesbury got the match off to a solid start dominating possession and territory in the early stages. The pressure on the Wycombe defence final told with an infringement resulting in a penalty slotted by young fly half Alex Shearer 0-3. The early score seemed to give Wycombe the impatous they needed as they fought to work their way back into the game putting lots of pressure on the Aylesbury defence. A penalty was conceded in the Aylesbury 22 and was taken quickly by the Wycombe scrum half. The speed of the ball caught Aylesbury off guard and with a slight gap in the otherwise resolute defence the Wycombe fly half glided through to score under the posts and converted his own try. 7-3.
Aylesbury showed lots of character after conceding and worked their way back into the Wycombe half. From a lineout the ball moved to the backs and fullback Andy Blacklock made a great break into the Wycombe 22. Blacklock linked with centre Adam Moore, creating a two on one out wide for young Charles Plowman to score his first 1st XV try. Shearer wasn’t phased by a wide conversion, slotting the extras to take the score to 7-10, which is how it stayed until half time.
The second half got underway with Wycombe throwing all they had at the Aylesbury defence but they weren’t able to break the wall of magenta and black. Early in the second half centre Moore had to leave the field following a head knock which saw Sam Richardson come on at scrum half and Will Travis move out to the centre berth. The reorganisation in the backline didn’t phase Aylesbury and it wasn’t long before they scored again with Plowman bagging his second of the afternoon, again out wide and again converted with ease by Shearer. 7-17.
Lambden then emptied the rest of his bench with Phillips and Horne coming on to add some more problems to the High Wycombe defensive efforts. The changes paid off with increased dominance in the scrum and a continued solid lineout. This ascendancy for the forwards created lots of pressure on the Wycombe defence and after a sustained amount of pressure Richardson darted and sniped his way over for Aylesbury’s third of the afternoon. Shearer kept his 100% kick success taking the score to 7-24.
Now the focus was on securing the bonus point and Aylesbury kept the pressure on Wycombe for most of the final phases. However the bonus point again escaped Aylesbury who had to settle for the four point win. Final score 7-24.