Aylesbury III’s battled hard against a far heavier and physical Winslow team.
Winslow, who run only the one team, came up against a battling Aylesbury III’s. From the start it was thought that Winslow would have the upper hand in the scrimmage area, but they failed to dominate a much smaller and lightweight pack until the latter stages of the game. The Back row had a tough day with Jon Richards, Chris Beaujeux and Man of the Match, Ali McKenzie leading the way, putting in the tackles relentlessly.
The score was 0-0 for some time until some sloppy play from Aylesbury resulted in a gifted try for the visitors. Score at half time 0-5.
This was possibly the most physical game Aylesbury have faced this season and all the Aylesbury players stepped up. Winslow utilized their forwards well, with the large number 8 carrying the ball at any given opportunity. The visitors were relieved to get the victory, surprised they had come up against a determined Aylesbury effort when so many other teams had failed to match their physicality. Winslow did not tire and were relentless going forward.
The injury list reflects how physical a game this was, Mark Payne, Matt Deitz, Lewis Partridge, Kudi, David Stow, Jordan Richardson and David Hedley all substituted due to injury. Physio Tom Strainer having his work cut out covering both home matches.
Aylesbury competed well at the breakdowns and ball retention was much improved on previous weeks. The A's had their chances, but failed to capitalise on several clean line breaks. If these clear opportunities had been taken the result would have been different.
The referee Gordon Richardson did a very good job.
The Team: Stewart Pearce, Richard Jenkins, Joe Byrne, Mark Payne, Gerhard van de Merwe, Ali McKenzie, Chris Beaujeux, Jon Richards, Jack Wentworth, David Stow, Tom Devey, David Hedley, Matt Deitz, Ben Seagrave, Jordon Richardson, Tom Record, Martin Jackson, Roger Barnes, Kit Stuart, Lewis Partridge, Kudi, Carlton Mabbs,
MotM: Ali McKenzie
HotD: Too many to judge, ALL the team had to put in big hits.
There are no games this week, with the Easter break welcomed by most to aid recovery.
Aylesbury III's next face High Wycombe IV away in the League on Saturday 11th April.