Popular Captain, Ben Buckland travelled to Aylesford with a severely weakened team , hit by injuries, unavailability and late withdrawals. The consequences were that Aylesford eased to a relatively easy win.The support from some players is not good, and belittles the guts of those who get drafted in to fill the gaps. The likes of youngsters like Lewis Pitchell, Harry Newby and Nathan Miles who should be learning their trade in the third team are being pitched into battle against some pretty battle hardened and gnarled old warriors.
Be that as it may, Vigo battled hard and showed great courage against a useful Aylesford outfit. They took some time to get their game heads on, Aylesford quickly moving into gear and running in early tries. Young prop Newby was injured early, necessitating a switch round, the old warhorse Dave Dunn coming on to add his unique and enduring skills to the team. With James Corridan more than holding his own in the front row, making life difficult for bigger opposition, Vigo actually enjoyed some good moments. The lines out, too, were a good source of revenue but , unfortunately, Vigo’s defence was not of the same standard. All too often, tackles were missed and Aylesford were allowed to progress a bit too serenely, although George Harrison was impressive in defiance and Oliver McSweeney-Atkins put himself about to good effect, albeit in the unfamiliar role of stand off.
At 26 – 0 at half time, Aylesford were in control of the match but had to work hard against a stubborn Vigo side. Vigo had indeed built up a steady head of steam, Dunn and Couchman driving forward but when Aylesford turned the ball over, they ran the length of the pitch to score, adding a penalty soon after. Again Vigo fought back, but when a try was controversially disallowed, Aylesford counterattacked with venom to score again to finish off their scoring. Skipper Buckland drove furiously, leading by example, but Aylesford were able to close out the match without too much more trouble.
Ben Buckland praised his players, could not fault their commitment, but was left rueing the fact that so many senior players were unavailable. The strength of a club is in their depth of strength and the Club cannot afford a lack of commitment down the sides.
Team: W.Millins; M.Griffiths, R.Lancaster, G.Harrison, L.Pitchell; O.Jarman (rep: N.Covill), O.McSweeney-Atkins; H.Newby (rep: D.Dunn), B.Buckland, J.Corridan; L.walker, Josh Miles; M.Gregory, Brooks; D.Couchman