A sunny day and hard ground awaited Aylesbury’s third team for the final game of the season.
This fixture having been rearranged three times Aylesbury were happy to welcome Egham Hollowegians. The kick off was delayed by 20 minutes awaiting the arrival of the opposition mini bus. Egham Firsts not having a game they came with a strong team.
This was evident from the off with Egham using their strong ball carriers around the rucks to gain momentum. Two scores for the visitors within ten minutes seemed like they were in for an easy day.
The Referee was having some difficulty getting to grips with the game. Egham’s aggressive playing style was on the edge of the laws. The referee was shy with his cards. This obviously led to some tension between the players. The younger players in the Ay’s side were goaded and provoked by Egham, but it only motivated Aylesbury further to rectify the poor start. The ever present Gerhard Van de Merwe had to go off with a rib injury. On came Russell Hardman into the second row and Steve Bloomer moved to Flanker. The Aylesbury pack continued to dominate the scrums against experienced opposition. The front row of Byrne, Jenkins and Brown were performing well.
Following some continued pressure, Ollie Bowles, playing at ten scored the first and only try of the half for Aylesbury. Conversion was missed.
Half time score, 5-12 to Egham Hollowegians.
Captain Scott Farlam Stressed that the game was far from over and that discipline would play a major part. The Defence had improved and Aylesbury had to take their chances.
Some changes at half time saw Chris Lee, Tom Devey and Jack Wentworth replaced by Ollie Reilly, Kit Stuart and Sam Richardson.
The second half saw Aylesbury continue to defend well and push forward at any opportunity. With good line out ball via Ali McKenzie and a solid scrum steadied by Ben Dukes, the Aylesbury backs got plenty of ball to test the Egham defence. Ollie Reilly made an immediate impact, breaking trough the Egham defence. David Stow was able to finish off a nice move through the backs to score. The conversion was missed leaving the score 10-12.
Aylesbury continued to battle. The opposition were finding it more and more frustrating to be on the back foot and unable to break the now strong Ay’s defence.
Daniel O’Donnell came on as flanker for Farlam. Adrian McKay replaced by Lewis Partridge at Full back. Shawn Richards later replaced Ben Seagrave.
Unexpectedly Aylesbury flanker Ali McKenzie received a straight red card for an alleged punch. Now down to fourteen players with 15 minutes to go Aylesbury were on the edge of a narrow defeat.
A clean break by the Egham backs would have led to a score, had it not been for great covering tackles from the Aylesbury wing Kit Stuart and fullback Lewis Partridge.
However with 10 minutes to go it was the home side taking the game to the visitors, Aylesbury were disallowed two scores Shawn Richards denied his first try, and another denied with the offload being ruled as forward.
Following this continued pressure from Aylesbury Ollie Bowles crossed the line after some good link up play between Partridge and Stuart. The Ay’s Colts linking well, answering the question ‘can you mix it with the big boys?’... We think they can.
The score now standing at 15-12, Aylesbury only had to hang on for the win. However with Egham looking the more tired team Sam Richardson was looking for quick ball. Aylesbury were able to run in another try, scored and converted by David Stow. The final score 22-12 for the Home side, much to the delight of the Aylesbury support.
A fantastic end to a great season. Thank you all.
The Team: Joe Byrne, Richard Jenkins, Timo Brown, Scott Farlam(c), Steve Bloomer, Ali McKenzie, Ben Dukes, Jack Wentworth, Ollie Bowles, Ben Seagrave, David Stow, Chris Lee, Tom Devey, Adrian McKay, Russell Hardman, Shawn Richards, Sam Richardson, Lewis Partridge, Kit Stuart, Daniel O’Donnell, Chris Beaujeux
MotM: Ollie Bowles
HotD: Lewis Partridge/Kit Stuart
Players Dinner is on Friday 8th May. See you there.