Ducks thrash lowly Alchester

Try scorer and joint Man of the Match Mike Durose breaks through the Alchester defence. Picture: Mark Bannister Photography
Try scorer and joint Man of the Match Mike Durose breaks through the Alchester defence. Picture: Mark Bannister Photography

Aylesbury RFC head coach Dave Larham says his side can challenge for a top four spot after ending 2014 with a 55-0 thrashing away at Alchester.

The Ducks have experienced a mixed first half of the season but victory at Alchester brings them to within three points of second place in the Southern Counties North.

Larham said afterwards: “The result and performance was a great finale for 2014 and testament to the progress we have made as a squad.

“Despite losing our last two visits to Alchester, we knew that they were under-strength and used that to our advantage. Gareth Collings (assistant coach) and I were pleased with the attitude of the players and the level of intensity that we created. This resulted in nine tries and our second clean sheet in two games.

“At the halfway point in the season we have raised our game and found some form. Our goal now is to win our remaining seven home games and be as competitive as possible in our three away games.

“If we get near our goal, we could have a massive impact on deciding the top four league positions in April.”

Although Alchester are propping up the Southern Counties North table, Aylesbury were prepared for a tough game, especially having lost on their last two visits to Fritwell Playing Fields.

However, the Ducks were soon in the ascendency and took an early 7-0 lead when wing Andy Blacklock went over for the first try and James Woodfall slotted the touch-line conversion.

Within five minutes Blaclock crossed the try line for a second time with Woodfall again adding the extras as Aylesbury took command.

Next to score was Liam d’Almeida, who broke through some weak tackling to touch down, before centre Mike Durose notched the bonus-point try to put Ay’s into a comfortable 26-0 half-time lead.

The second period followed a similar pattern as Aylesbury built on their first half performance with Blacklock completing his hat-trick before Cory Neighbour, George Wheble and Gary Horne all crossed to give the visitors a 48-0 lead with still 20 minutes remaining.

Alchester fought until the final whistle and managed to restrict Aylesbury to just one further try from Woodfall.

Back at Ostler’s Field, the 2nd and 3rd XVs were also both in league action. The IIs lost 24-19 to Thatcham IIs, while Aylesbury IIIs recorded a comfortable 34-0 win over Thatcham IIIs.

Aylesbury now have a three-week break before returning to action with a home game against Thatcham on January 10.