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1st XV - Match centre

Reading Abbey
Sat 13 Jan 14:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Dominant Ays too much for Reading Abbey

Aylesbury complete the double over Abbey

Aylesbury RFC got their season back on track with an emphatic win over Berkshire based Reading Abbey.

The win pleased Head Coach Jon Lambden who had this to say after the game ‘It was great to get back on the field after a long time off for the Christmas break. We managed to right a few wrongs from the tail end of 2017 and the tempo at which we played was very pleasing to see.’ He went on to praise man of the match Alex Shearer, saying ‘the finishing instinct we saw from Alex today was second-to-none and we were over the moon with his 37 point haul.

Reading Abbey put Aylesbury under pressure in the early stages of the game resulting in the visitors taking an early 0-3 lead. Aylesbury were the first to cross the whitewash after a break from Will Travis that put Aylesbury in a great scoring position. Quick distribution from centre Mercer put Alex Shearer in the corner for his first converted try - 7-3. Aylesbury were back on the attack from their own half putting Reading Abbey under pressure resulting in two kicked penalties from Shearer giving Aylesbury 13-3 lead.

Momentum was now fully with Aylesbury and just before half time quick hands from Gary Horne found Kazeem Olayinka in space to score on the wing. The try was unconverted but Shearer made up for that miss moments later with a penalty taking the score to 21-3. Reading Abbey did however strike back with a penalty before the half time whistle. 21-6

Ays kept in control of the game in the second half as the floodgates opened with Shearer (3) and Mark Jeffers the try scorers. Reading Abbey stayed in the fight till the end and had the final say with an unconverted try out wide. Final score 47-11.
Aylesbury travel to fellow high flyers Windsor next weekend while the 2nd XV welcome Reading Abbey 2nd XV to Ostler’s Field. The 3rd XV are on the road to Didcot RFC.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield 22 104
2. Windsor 22 90
3. Buckingham 22 88
4. Aylesbury 22 72
5. Thatcham 22 68
6. Wallingford 22 61
7. Reading 22 57

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