High Wycombe RFC IV 33-69 Aylesbury RFC III
Aylesbury turn the Page at Wycombe
After some morning rain the sun was shining over the pitches at High Wycombe for the 3 o'clock kick off. A mixed squad of Aylesbury players, some returning from long term injuries, colts and veterans all keen to play with conditions ideal for some running rugby.
The home side were stunned in the first few minutes. The first scrum awarded to Wycombe, the ever competitive Hooker Richard Jenkins and the Aylesbury forwards winning the ball against the head. Quick distribution to Sam Page saw the Fly half step through the Wycombe defence like a hot knife through butter. Leaving three defenders in his wake to score under the posts. David Stow kicked the conversion with ease.
From the restart Aylesbury showed intent and pushed positively forwards following a great take from Ali McKenzie. Then it was that man again Sam Page breaking the gain line with some great footwork, a nice offload to Number 8, Pete Gorley in support and another try, the Captain leading by example. The conversion was good by Stow. Aylesbury lead 0-14 within ten minutes of play. Champagne rugby.
The front row of Marc Butcher, Richard Jenkins and Dan Waite continued to cause problems for Wycombe winning yet another scrum against the head, the quick thinking Liam D'Almeida playing at nine made a break from the scrum. Then prop Marc Butcher found himself running at defenders, his offload was perfect for Jordan Richardson to score his first senior try for Aylesbury.
Wycombe played some decent rugby, putting pressure on Aylesbury. Twenty five minutes in and the Home side managed a score with their bearded centre breaking two weak tackles to score. The conversion was good. High Wycombe reacted again to some poor defending and with the wind up their tails score again. Suddenly there is a game afoot.
Before Wycombe could settle down into any rhythm the young Sam Page slips a tackle and scores his third under the posts. Stows kick is good. The score at half time 14-26
Only one change and a reshuffle of the back line. Jack Wentworth on for Tom Record. Tom Devey, who had seen plenty of ball at outside centre, moved to Wing, Nile Weir to Fullback and Wentworth to outside centre.
The second half starts, with Aylesbury determined to begin in the same vein as the first. The Forwards are working hard shoving the Wycombe pack backwards. Liam D'Almeida again takes advantage of the space around the scrum and gets a clean run in under the posts.
The next score comes from a set play. Line out catch and drive, the forwards guided by Van de Merwe sees Tom McWilliams score. Text book stuff.
High Wycombe play some good rugby in this competitive local match. A box kick from the Wycombe scrum half is caught by the winger, without a bounce, for a score, the winger clearly in front of the kicker. Probably the only thing the referee missed.
D'Almeida was having fun at scrum half and continued to test the Home defence. Breaking a tackle he was able to set up another score for Jordan Richardson doubling his senior try tally.
Veteran Gordon Richardson the father of Jordan came on for Kiaren Hunter. Kiaren would later come back on as a injury replacement for Chris Beaujeux.
Ali McKenzie moved to No 8 after Gorley received a nasty cut above the eye, Physio Andy McCrea on hand to patch him up. Sam Morgan had also entered the fray. Tom Devey is replaced by James Walsh on the wing.
Aylesbury continued to play positively. A line out within the Wycombe five metre line saw the Home side steal the ball, only for a loose pass to be intercepted by the enthusiastic Tom McWilliams who just had to fall over to score.
Some more scores were to come. Sam Page scored again. A chip and chase was collected by the opposition only to be dislodged by Page in the tackle and picked up to score.
Nile Weir who had embarrassed his opposite number a couple of times, chased his own kick, outpacing the Wycombe winger, he was brought down denying a certain score. Penalty try awarded.
Final score 33-69
A great game for the spectator, the match was competitive from start to finish with the referee having a good game. The highest score for ARFC 3s this season. Everyone got some game time. Everyone played well and contributed to the win against a strong Wycombe side. Without a doubt the Man of the match was Sam Page, who is obviously enjoying his rugby. Liam D'Almeida played magnificently having not played for over three months and Jordan Richardson had his best game yet as a senior player.
Thanks to the spectators and management who came to watch the match. Thanks also to Stumpy Gardener for his assistance and who is relocating soon, all the best.
The Team: Marc Butcher, Richard Jenkins, Dan Waite, Tom McWilliams, Gerhard van der Merwe, Kiaren Hunter, Ali McKenzie, Pete Gorley (c) Liam D'Almeida, Sam Page, Jordan Richardson, David Stow, Tom Devey, Nile Weir, Tom Record, Sam Morgan, Gordon Richardson, Chris Beaujeux, Jack Wentworth, James Walsh
Scorers: Sam Page x4, Pete Gorley x1, Jordan Richardson x2, Liam D'Almeida x1, Tom McWilliams x2, Nile Weir penalty try
Conversions: David Stow 7 from 11
MotM: Sam Page
HotD: Sam Page
Next week is the last game of the season. Home league fixture against Egham Hallowegians.