Over confidence meant that the early season match against Bourneville hung on a knife edge until the last couple of minutes, when Aston managed to pull themselves together for a narrow victory.
There was therefore no room for complacency this time, and every effort was made to ensure that, despite injuries, a strong team turned out.
From the kick off Aston therefore ensured that they quickly controlled the game, and it was not long before pressure was put on the Bourneville line. Strong tackling initially stopped the progress, but prolonged pressure led to Shari breaking through to score a try which Rachel converted.
Bourneville’s kick off was well fielded by Aston, who exerted continued pressure with pick and rush tactics up to the opposing line for Shari to drive over for an unconverted try.
From the kick off the high ball was well fielded by Sam who drove forward 30 yards before releasing to the threequarters, whose quick accurate passing moved the ball out for Caiomhe to break through to score from 40 metres.
Pressure was unremitting, and from the kick off a strong run by Liv took play up to the 20 metre line. Further quick handling resulted in another try for Caiomhe which Rachel, converted.
The kick off was again well fielded and quickly moved along the line to Caiomhe who ran it in from a distance for her hat trick try.
Handling was special today and the next threequarter move gave the injured Bex the opportunity to break the line to score under the posts; Rachel converted.
Half time 36-0.
The second half started as the first half had ended: Aston kicked off and immediately robbed Bourneville of possession. The ensuing passing move enabled Rachel to touch down in the corner for an unconverted try.
The next try resulted from an excellent handling move which started near the Aston line and ended with a try by Shari to complete her hat trick.
Aston started to put the Bournville scrum under pressure and a steal against the head, followed by an excellent handling move gave Caiomhe her 4th try.
Bourneville appeared to gain some confidence and started to exert some sustained pressure on the Aston line. However, Aston defended well and Caiomhe managed to clear the danger with a kick downfield to the Bourneville 22. At this stage Bourneville managed to stop Aston’s progress, but only temporarily, as Jenny eventually regained possession to score a try.
From the Bourneville kick off Liv ran the length of the field to score under the posts: Leah converted in the absence of Rachel who had left the field injured. Beth, her replacement, made an immediate impact on the game when, after a 50 metre threequarter movement was halted on the opposition 22, she cleared out the ruck to release the ball for Jenny to score under the posts: Leah converted.
The final score of the game resulted from another excellent handling movement which was halted just short of the Bourneville line, only for Taylor to follow up to touch down: Leah converted.
The whole game was played in excellent spirit, as were the post-match presentations.