ALCHESTER 1st XV started the new year with a comfortable 26-7 win against Aylesbury to move up to fifth in the Southern Counties North.
The home side started the stronger as they dominated the game and applied good pressure but Tom Miles couldn’t take advantage as he missed a fairly straightforward penalty attempt.
However, Alchester were soon on the scoreboard when a clearing kick by Aylesbury was charged down and Andy Harbottle crossed for the opening try, although Miles again failed with the kick.
The fly half did manage to make amends with a penalty five minutes later though, before Aylesbury began to dominate play by using their backs.
Their reward came on 20 minutes with a well-worked try that saw them close the deficit to one point.
Although the visitors continued to have the best of possession and territory, they were unable to breakthrough the home defence and their frustrations told when they lost three players to the sin bin in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Alchester were quick to exploit the numerical advantage with winger Andy Blacklock scoring two tries in quick succession. The first from a line-out before he went on a blistering run past several defenders to cross and leave a simple conversion for Miles – giving Alchester a 20-7 half time lead.
In the second half, both sides battled for control but neither could gain the upper hand with two more successful penalty kicks from Miles stretching the lead to 19 points and putting the game beyond Aylesbury.
The visitors were spirited until the end but Alchester’s defence stood firm to close out an impressive victory.
This weekend, Alchester travel to rivals Buckingham.