Another Successful Away Trip
A test of our squad depth, giving good game time to a number of the less experienced players.
No one was quite sure what to expect when we rocked up on a wet morning in Harpenden but rumour that the opposition were missing nine key players seemed to put us back to life.
Fielding a much stronger side than that of Harpenden, we scored at regular intervals in the first quarter, despite some hard tackling from the opposition. First was Kit who added to his ever-growing tally of tries. And then Luke - seemingly out of nowhere - somehow managed to score a solo try from the 22, and he duly converted his own score. Despite terrible ball from the ruck, some more fantastic hands saw Harvey over in the corner, and Luke added an outstanding conversion from the touchline. This left the score 19-0 at the break.
We rolled the changes and went back out again. In the second quarter it was a much more contested affair, as Harpenden started coming into their own and putting us under lots of pressure. But some solid defence saw us keep them out and we cleared our lines well. We were rewarded again with Kit’s 2nd try of the morning - our handling again proving too much for them. Luke slotted the conversion. The game again seemed to slip back into the opposition’s favour but we were again let off the hook and to rub salt into the wound we added another try through Archie, which was once again converted by Luke. Half-time: 33-0
Again, we went back out but our magic touch seemed to have gone missing and we were poor throughout the quarter and sometimes made to look stupid by the opposition. However, credit must be given to Harpenden as they were rewarded late on, in a frantic and messy quarter, with their first try of the game. Score 40-7.
We played slightly better in the next quarter but still struggled to gain any parity up front. We did produce a final try of the day, with the ball worked back and forth across the pitch allowing Archie to score, although he is never kicking a conversion again. The game seemed to roll out into nothingness, as ill-discipline and a lack of core values saw two cards in what was, up to that point, a well contested game. It all ended with a very anti-climactic finish with the ball knocked on and the final whistle blown. Full time Aylesbury 45 – 7 Harpenden.
We will need to improve if we are to get anywhere in the upcoming fixtures, against Chesham and then a very tough game against favourites Marlow in the Cup.
MoM: Halfbacks Ollie and Archie played well in challenging conditions.
Match Report by Ollie McKenna ARFC U15s