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2nd XV - Match centre

Marlow II
Aylesbury II
M Donkey, M Donkey
Tries
H Mason-Cook, N Mercer (2), D Parker, N Weir
M Donkey, M Donkey
Conversions
N Mercer (4), D Butcher
Sat 28 Feb 14:30 - South West Division - Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 Full time Attendance 23

Aylesbury stern themselves for a hard run in to the end of season

Not a Marlow Donkey in sight

Coach Andy Blake's pre match talk looked back at some key result for Marlow including wins over Thatcham and Oxford Quins - both currently above Aylesbury int he league. This set the tone for the warm up and the match to follow.

Ays were strengthened with Jonny Burgess returning from a hamstring injury, Mark Jeffers adding some serious bulk as well as leadership to the pack and with some serious speed merchants out on the wings in the form of youthful Ollie Sayer and the more experienced Johnny Evans.

Both teams started well with decent phases of play from forwards and backs alike. This game was going to be close - Marlow on home turf and Ays looking to keep up the chase at the top of the table.

Ays were first on the score sheet after a short spell of possession, with Harry Mason-Cook driving over near the posts. Nicky Mercer converted successfully to what would turn out to be a personal points tally of 18 for the game.

Both teams managed to get a try and conversion each before half time with Marlow in the ascendancy.

HT 7 -14

Marlow managed to continue with their momentum before half time and scored 8 minutes after the restart to make the score even at 14 all. Marlow continued to press hard for the next 12 minutes with a high percentage of possession, but Ays defence and fortune held out to keep the scoreline the same.

The deadlock was finally broken by the Ays pile-driver Darren Parker with a try, successfully drop-kicked over the sticks by an eager Dan Butcher. With the scrum dominating set piece, Ays back line started to get good quick ball outto the backs and Ays owned the ball for the remainder of the match.

Apart from a missed penalty just wide of the posts, Nicky Mercer either scored or played a part in all the remaining points with a try and two conversions and an assist in the final try by Nile Weir.

After the game, Andy Blake said of his players that they had shown "great character" to shut out Marlow when it looked like they were going to get a good grip of the game.

Man of the Match: Bradley White at loosehead, but ran close by Nicky Mercer

Next game: Oxford Harlequins at Home

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Key moments

6:00
Try Harry Mason-Cook scores for Aylesbury II
7:00
Conversion Nicky Mercer kicks a conversion for Aylesbury II
22:00
Try Nicky Mercer scores for Aylesbury II
23:00
Conversion Nicky Mercer kicks a conversion for Aylesbury II
29:00
Try Marlow Donkey scores for Marlow II
30:00
Conversion Marlow Donkey kicks a conversion for Marlow II
58:00
Try Marlow Donkey scores for Marlow II
59:00
Conversion Marlow Donkey kicks a conversion for Marlow II
65:00
Try Darren Parker scores for Aylesbury II
66:00
Conversion Daniel Butcher kicks a conversion for Aylesbury II
76:00
Try Nicky Mercer scores for Aylesbury II
77:00
Conversion Nicky Mercer kicks a conversion for Aylesbury II
78:00
Try Nile Weir scores for Aylesbury II
79:00
Conversion Nicky Mercer kicks a conversion for Aylesbury II

Highlights

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59:00 Conversion 14 - 14
Marlow Donkey kicks a conversion for Marlow II
58:00 Try 12 - 14
Marlow Donkey scores for Marlow II
End of period 1
30:00 Conversion 7 - 14
Marlow Donkey kicks a conversion for Marlow II
29:00 Try 5 - 14
Marlow Donkey scores for Marlow II
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Marlow II
  • Aylesbury II
  • 0
  • Harry Mason-Cook Try 6:00'
  • Nicky Mercer Conversion 7:00'
  • Nicky Mercer Try 22:00'
  • Nicky Mercer Conversion 23:00'
  • Marlow Donkey Try 29:00'
  • Marlow Donkey Conversion 30:00'
  • Marlow Donkey Try 58:00'
  • Marlow Donkey Conversion 59:00'
  • Darren Parker Try 65:00'
  • Daniel Butcher Conversion 66:00'
  • Nicky Mercer Try 76:00'
  • Nicky Mercer Conversion 77:00'
  • Nile Weir Try 78:00'
  • Nicky Mercer Conversion 79:00'

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Oxford Harlequins III
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Thatcham II 21 89
2. Aylesbury II 22 79
3. Oxford Harlequins III 22 77
4. Reading Abbey II 22 71
5. Beaconsfield II 22 55
6. Witney III 22 55
7. Newbury II 22 50

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