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1st XV Squad - Match centre

J Thorogood, J Leadley, D Allan
J Leadley (3)
J Leadley (2)
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Thatcham let it slip

Aylesbury 37 Thatcham 27

Aylesbury’s all weather pitch certainly provided plenty of grip, but in spite of all that Thatcham let the game slip away in the final ten minutes, just as they looked about to increase their lead. With the best of the early passages of play, Thatcham were punished for failing to get points on the board after a big drive into the Ay’s 22 saw Tim Apperley pulled down a metre short. Moments later, Thorogood and Dixon combined well for the latter to be stopped only inches short of the whitewash.

Thatcham’s bright start seemed to bode well, but as the game approached the fifteen minute mark, and on their first real sortie, Aylesbury won a penalty to put first points on the board from the boot of full back, Shearer. Another penalty saw the home side take a line out from 25 metres. They moved the ball well and created space down the flanks to score out wide and take an 8 – 0 lead, missing the conversion. Thatcham responded with deep incursions from Marty Butler and Jack Harwood, but couldn’t breach the home defence. The visitors were looking menacing, but unforced errors had started to creep in and Aylesbury took advantage with another penalty conversion to build an eleven point lead.

As the first half drew to a close, Thatcham skipper Mark Smith led a break out from deep in their own half with Derek Allan in support. Aylesbury finally held their line five metres out, but the visitors recycled and James Thorogood, this week at tight head, went over for the score near the posts giving Leadley an easy conversion. Thatcham had the better of the final exchanges, with Smith continuing to prove a thorn in Aylesbury’s side, but the score remained 11 – 7 at the break.

Aylesbury came out of the blocks at pace as the match resumed and had gone further ahead within 3 minutes after frenetic rearguard action from the visitors failed to prevent Aylesbury tight head, Wilton, from going over and Shearer adding the extras to move them into an 18 – 7 lead. But Thatcham responded promptly to reduce the deficit from a line out on the Ay’s 22. Thatcham’s Newbury Building Society man of the match, Derek Allan, jinked into space to put Joe Leadley in the clear with the line beckoning under the posts. Leadley duly delivered the conversion and a couple of minutes later was back to plant a fine long range penalty to make it 18 – 17 with half an hour left.

What might have been the game changer came as the match entered the final quarter after another fine break from fly half, Derek Allan. Thatcham were held up over the line and awarded a 5 metre scrum. Once again the visitors drove forward, but the scrum collapsed on the Aylesbury side. At that moment the ball popped out of the scrum on the blind side, but rather than re-set the scrum the official allowed the game to proceed and Aylesbury ran the length of the pitch for a hardly earned seven pointer. Thatcham were rocked back by this for a while, but held on until good work from winger, Liam Rowland, put Derek Allan in for the try, converted by Leadley. With ten minutes left on the clock Thatcham retained the advantage and a Leadley penalty put them in front 25 – 27 for the first time in the game.

But it was to be Aylesbury who grasped the initiative in the final minutes as a well worked move found space wide to run round the Thatcham defence. Leadley tried to intercept, but added to his yellow card collection for a deliberate knock on. The Ay’s took a tap penalty from 10 metres out, which was hardly contested and the five points took them back into the lead. With only seconds left, Aylesbury worked another fine move down the left flank, taking good advantage of the extra man to create lots of space to run round and ground for another seven points and deny Thatcham a losing bonus point.

In the end, it was another story of the opposition taking their opportunities, and Aylesbury’s victory moves them above Thatcham in the table.

Thatcham complete their league programme next week with a home fixture against Buckingham, kick off 3pm.

Thatcham Team:
1. Lewis Davies; 2. Jamie Evans; 3. James Thorogood; 4. Jack Moore ; 5. Rich Browne (Russ Adamson); 6. Tim Apperley (Martyn Doolin); 7. Chris Dixon; 8. Mark Smith, Captain); 9. Danny Shaughnessy; 10. Derek Allan; 11. Liam Rowland; 12. Sam Smith; 13. Marty Butler; 14. Jack Harwood; 15. Joe Leadley

Replacement: Nick Rance

Thatcham Scorers

Tries: Thorogood; Leadley; Allan
Conversions: Leadley (3)
Penalty: Leadley (2)

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Derek Allan

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Try James Thorogood scores for Thatcham
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
Try Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
Penalty Joe Leadley kicks a penalty for Thatcham
Try Derek Allan scores for Thatcham
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
Penalty Joe Leadley kicks a penalty for Thatcham


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80:00 Player of the Match
Derek Allan is awarded player of the match for Thatcham
73:00 Penalty 0 - 27
Joe Leadley kicks a penalty for Thatcham
71:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
70:00 Try 0 - 22
Derek Allan scores for Thatcham
55:00 Penalty 0 - 17
Joe Leadley kicks a penalty for Thatcham
51:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
50:00 Try 0 - 12
Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham
35:00 Try 0 - 5
James Thorogood scores for Thatcham
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Aylesbury
  • Thatcham
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  • James Thorogood Try 35:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 36:00'
  • Joe Leadley Try 50:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 51:00'
  • Joe Leadley Penalty 55:00'
  • Derek Allan Try 70:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 71:00'
  • Joe Leadley Penalty 73:00'

Team selection

Leadley, Joe Leadley, Joe
Harwood, Jack Harwood, Jack
Butler, Marty Butler, Marty
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Rowland, Liam Rowland, Liam
Allan, Derek Allan, Derek
Shaughnessy, Danny Shaughnessy, Danny
Smith, Mark Smith, Mark
Dixon, Chris Dixon, Chris
Apperley, Tim Apperley, Tim
Moore, Jack Moore, Jack
Browne, Richard Browne, Richard
Thorogood, James Thorogood, James
Evans, Jamie Evans, Jamie
Davies, Lewis Davies, Lewis
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield 22 104
2. Windsor 22 90
3. Buckingham 22 88
4. Aylesbury 22 72
5. Thatcham 22 68
6. Wallingford 22 61
7. Reading 22 57

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