A youthful Stockwood side were put to the sword by a experienced and well drilled Aylesbury side on Saturday (24 Saturday)
With Captain Seamus Griffin sidelined through injury the armband was passed on to scrum half Frank Daly, who proved a worthy successor with a strong personal performance.
From the off the visitors looked to use their big backs to punch holes in the home sides defensive line, but regularly hit the brick wall of centre Will Rowan-Standing, who formed a strong partnership with Leandro Carvalho.
The first quarter saw the visiting side show the flare and attacking prowess which saw them beat a Stockwood senior select in a pre season friendly at the beginning of the month.
One of Stockwood’s power plays was their scrum, which held firm and provided a great platform for scrum half Daly and experienced playmaker Jason Carr to launch attacks from anywhere on the paddock. Unfortunately, be it through poor passing or strong defence from Aylesbury, Stockwood were not able to get the ball out wide often enough to danger men ‘Chenz’ and last seasons top try scorer Aaron Colbert.
With the half time whistle the visitors went in 38-0 up, despite some stellar defensive displays across the XV.
The second half, similar to that of the first XV, saw the visiting side continue to pile on the pressure and used their powerful back row to hammer away at Stockwood’s defensive line and managed to get over the try line five more times to complete the near perfect performance.
Stockwood did manage to get over the try line late in the game after some great build up play starting deep in the home sides half. Wrecking ball centre Standring hit a superb line and made good headway towards Aylesbury’s half. Converted back rower Alex Linney sent a scrambling defender backwards 5 metres with a powerful handoff, which seemed to ignite the march forward even more and saw ill discipline from the visitors saw a pin point penalty kick go into the corner.
A pin point throw from hooker Gary Duffy saw the agile Park pack drive towards the try line, they protected the ball and guided well by number 9 Daly saw them drive to five metres from the try line.
After great ball retention the ball was shipped wide and was finished by Leandro Carvalho, who cooly dotted the ball down before being bundled into touch by covering defenders.
Team Captain Seamus Griffin said after the game: “Aylesbury were a well tuned outfit, but I don’t feel the score doesn’t give our young lads the credit they deserve.
“They faced up and although we leaked tries relatively quickly in either half, we were dominant for portions of each half too. Frank (Daly) had a great game and I believe Jason Carr was pivotal at fly half leading a young yet energetic back line.
“Although we lost, there are positives to take from the game. These lads will be pushing for first team honours I am sure of it, and Sonny (Monahan) getting his call up and putting in a superb performance is testament to that.”
Final score: Stockwood Park RFC 5 vs. 52 Aylesbury RFC
Scorers: L Carvalho 1T