Aylesbury RFC III 15 - 19 Tring RFC IV
Aylesbury disapointed with defeat
Aylesbury IIIs welcomed old rivals Tring IV to Ostlers field for a friendly run out, the match was unable to be played at Tring due to the waterlogged pitch.
On several occasions during the match Aylesbury loaned The opposition players to keep the side even. With a large squad of 25, giving every player a run out was the aim of the game and the second half saw plenty of substitutions. The local rivalry was evident from the start with some strong running and tacking from the off. The first half was mostly dominated by Aylesbury looking dangerous and playing positively going forward.
The first score came from the Captain Scott Farlam, receiving a good offload after a powerful run from David Hedley playing at Fly Half for the first time. The first half also saw a score from Sam Richardson with a chip and chase picking up a fortunate bounce off of a Tring player to run in a try from the halfway line. Scoring is becoming a habit for the young scrum half.
The second half saw a lot of changes to the As side. The Captaincy was handed to Jack Wentworth with Farlam replaced by Russell Hardman, keen to get his new boots dirty. Killin on for Pearce at hooker. Shawn Richards and Ben Seagrave replacing wingers Devey and Lee. Gareth Elford on for Jon Richards at flanker. Ten minutes into the half saw some further substitutions, Kit Stuart for Kiaren Hunter, Van de Merwe for McKenzie, Gurney for Payne and Jamie Gudge on for Ben Wright.
The second half started very disjointed. Tring upped their game and some poor tackling led to a score and let Tring back in the game. Then with Tring pressuring on the Aylesbury 5 metre line some very poor discipline led to Gareth Elford seeing Yellow, ten minutes in the sin bin. From that point the game became much harder. Refereeing decisions were not forthcoming much to the frustration of the Aylesbury players and spectators. Aylesbury continued to battle and the latter part of second half showed their determination and commitment. Jamie Gudge carrying well and Andy Muller putting in a shift.
Daniel Cottingham-Boss back after injury was able to charge down a Tring kick and score. Tring then replied with a score of their own with the Aylesbury players knowing the should have done better in defence. With Tring being more successful with the boot the score stood at 15-19.
Aylesbury continued to go forward with some good work from Gerhard van de Merwe slicing through the Tring defences. With minutes remaining Aylesbury break the Tring line to score only for the referee to disallow the score and blow the final whistle.
Final Score 15-19.
All in all an uncharacteristic display where discipline is concerned. However with so many players the continuity in the team suffered. Players were playing out of position at times. At one point the usual second row partnership of Dayle Collins and Daniel Cottingham-Boss was playing at 10 and 12. David Hedley usually playing at centre did well at fly half, his first game back in a while due to injury and righty deserved the Man of the Match award. Refereeing decisions definitely played a part although that is never an excuse.
The Team: Andy Muller, Stewart Pearce, Joe Byrne, Scott Farlam(c), Mark Payne, Ali McKenzie, Jon Richards, Ben Wright, Sam Richardson, David Hedley, Tom Devey, Dayle Collins, Kiaren Hunter, Chris Lee, Jack Wentworth, Brian Killin, Russell Hardman, Shawn Richards, Ben Seagrave, Kit Stuart, Jamie Gudge, Daniel Cottingham-Boss, Adam Gurney, Gerhard van de Merwe, Gareth Elford.
MotM: David Hedley
HotD: Jack Wentworth
Next week Aylesbury IIIs face Redingensians at Home.