Larham remains focussed following Stow win

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Aylesbury RFC head coach Dave Larham has warned his side not to get carried away following their 32-18 victory over Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Ducks look certain to finish second and in the promotion play-off position place following Royal Wootton Bassett’s shock defeat at the weekend.

Aylesbury and Wootton have been entangled in a season-long battle to finish runners-up behind runaway leaders High Wycombe in the Southern Counties North, and the Wiltshire outfit looked favourites to pip the Ducks until Saturday’s turn of events.

While Wootton were being stunned at home to Beaconsfield, Aylesbury notched a comfortable bonus-point victory against Stow thanks to tries from Sam Page, Mal Deay, Gary Horne and Jim Dodds.

The Ducks now need just a solitary point from their final game at home to lowly Wallingford on April 18 to book themselves a trip to play Salisbury in the promotion play-off a week later.

But Larham is refusing to get carried away, saying: “We have given ourselves a great opportunity to finish as runners up and have another crack at the promotion play-off; however, we won’t get ahead of ourselves.

Sam Page off loads the ball to Alex Shearer during Saturday's win over Stow. Picture Mark Bannister Photography

Sam Page off loads the ball to Alex Shearer during Saturday's win over Stow. Picture Mark Bannister Photography

“Our final league game is Wallingford at home and Gareth (Collings) and I will expect to see the players build on the Stow performance and continue the winning run.

“Since the defeat to High Wycombe, the boys have had to work extremely hard to put themselves back into the promotion hunt by taking each game by its own merits to get the job done.

“With our 2nd XV recording a 94-0 win, and also being in the promotion hunt, there’s lots to train for and play for.”