Larham hails players after Ducks stun leaders

Aylesbury captain Adam Moore. Pictures by Mark Bannister Photography
Aylesbury captain Adam Moore. Pictures by Mark Bannister Photography
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Aylesbury RFC returned to form in emphatic fashion on Saturday when they stunned league leaders Stow-on-the-Wold 36-0 in front of a packed house at Ostler’s Field.

After the Ducks’ recent inconsistent league form, this game had the potential of spoiling Aylesbury’s unbeaten home record this season but the hosts produced their best performance of the season according to head coach Dave Larham to ease to an impressive victory.

Larham said afterwards: “This was our best performance of the season and demonstrated to everyone at Ostler’s Field that there is character, spirit and confidence within this team.

“We knew that we would have to produce something special to beat the league leaders, and our boys put in a performance that made everyone very, very proud.

“Our season has been inconsistent, and this team performance proved that we are a good team and can be a force in this league. Much of the credit for the performance must go to the senior players who wanted to redefine certain areas of our game to give themselves the best chance to be competitive.

“The players have raised the standard and must back up this superb performance by performing away at Alchester this week.”

Following a pre-match lunch, representatives from club sponsors Rockwell Construction Ltd were presented with first team team playing shirts.

A team from the Aylesbury mini and juniors section then gave a demonstration of tag rugby to the spectators and guests prior to kick off before the youngsters acted as mascots for the Aylesbury team as they ran out with the players.

It quickly became apparent that the leaders were in for a tough day at Ostler’s Field as Aylesbury instantly took control to lead 12-0 after just 15 minutes following tries from Mal Deay, who finished off a good backs move to touch down in the corner, and Mike Durose.

Ay’s dominated the set piece with the forwards consistently driving the visitors’ scrum back before tries from Andy Blacklock and Liam d’Almeida, plus James Woodfall’s kicking, put the Ducks 24 ahead at half-time.

Woodfall was then sin-binned but that failed to prevent Aylesbury from adding to their lead with Cory Neighbour next to cross before Blacklock ran in his second and Aylesbury’s sixth to complete a resounding victory.

Aylesbury visit Alchester in the Southern Counties North this weekend.