Third team take centre stage for Aylesbury RFC

Mike Evans goes over for his first half try. Picture by Mark Bannister
Mike Evans goes over for his first half try. Picture by Mark Bannister

With the 1st XV having a weekend off from league action and the IIs second seeing their game cancelled due to the opposition pulling out, it was left to the third team to represent Aylesbury Rugby club as they travelled to Farnham Royal 2nd XV in a Thames Valley Invitation League encounter.

The Aylesbury IIIs line-up was awash with young talent as, among the regular members of the squad, there was a strong contingent of 17 and 18-year-old Colts players, who were experiencing their first taste of senior rugby.

The first half saw Aylesbury having the lion’s share of possession and territory as Farnham struggled to get out their own half.

The visitors ran in four tries during their first half domination, with Ben Wright, Tim Castling, Ollie Sayer and Mike Evans all getting on the score sheet.

The second half was a much more scrappy affair with both sides having a player sent to the sin bin. Farnham, however, were now getting more possession and were rewarded with a try.

Then, from a line-out in the Aylesbury 22, the referee spotted a high tackle from an Ay’s player and signalled for a penalty but a Farnham player retaliated and decided to take matters into his own hands, which resulted in the penalty being reversed and a red card.

This led to one further try for Aylesbury as number 8 and Man of the Match Ben Wright went over for his second try in his first senior game.

This weekend, the first team return to their league campaign as they look to continue their recent good form when they travel to in-form Bicester.