Aylesbury IIIs serve up try fest

Liam d'Almeida passes the ball to Jordan Richardson. Picture: Mark Bannister Photography
Liam d'Almeida passes the ball to Jordan Richardson. Picture: Mark Bannister Photography

Aylesbury IIIs put on a show for their travelling supporters when they racked up 10 tries in a highly-entertaining encounter at High Wycombe that saw over 100 points scored.

The third team were the only Aylesbury side in action over the weekend as they visited Wycombe IVs for a Thames Valley Invitation League clash.

And in ideal rugby conditions, the two sides served up a try fest which started in the opening minutes when Aylesbury stunned their hosts with three quick tries, first from Sam Page and then Pete Gorley and Jordan Richardson.

David Stow added two conversions to give the visitors a 19-0 lead before Wycombe regained their composure and ran in two tries of their own.

However, Page added his second of the day to put Aylesbury 26-14 ahead at half-time and that was a sign of things to come as a frenetic second half saw the visitors run riot.

Liam d’Almeida, playing his first game following a long injury lay-off, was next to cross before Tom McWilliams added Aylesbury’s sixth try.

Wycombe continued to play some excellent rugby and were rewarded with another try, but a fine break from D’Almeida resulted in young Jordan Richardson going over for another Aylesbury score and that was followed by more tries for McWilliams and Page, who completed his hat-trick, before a penalty try was awarded when Nile Weir was illegally denied a certain score as he chased down his own kick.

The final play saw Wycombe run in the game’s 15th and final try as Aylesbury ran out winners by 69 points to 33.

The club’s head coach Dave Larham said afterwards: “It was a high-scoring game that was entertaining to watch. Our IIIs put in a very strong performance with several players making notable contributions.

“Props Marc Butcher and Dan Waite created a fantastic platform, with Pete Gorley impressing with strong running. Half-backs Liam D’Almeida and Sam Page, both playing out of position, were sublime in attack and resolute in defence.

“All in all, it was a good outing for our third team and a great opportunity to check on the development of several young players.”

This weekend sees Aylesbury’s first team back in action for their final game of the regular season. The Ducks entertain Wallingford at Ostler’s Field needing just a single point to guarantee a place in the promotion play-off game away at Salisbury on April 25.