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Your News Sevenoaks A XV come unstuck in Aylesford

As predicted the AXV and Aylesford played out an enthralling match on Saturday, with the host just shading it, but not without allowing the visitors a losing Bonus point which could prove crucial as the season progresses.

Fielding a team whereby some players were forced to occupy unfamiliar positions Oaks soon found themselves under pressure from a hugely committed Aylesford unit, intent on inflicting damage on the Oaks title defence.

Hard straight running by the backs supplemented by some accurate touch kicking kept Oaks penned in their own 22 for much of the half. But as in previous encounters the resolute Oaks defence held firm for long periods. Against lesser opposition Oaks could of realistically expected to work their way up the field, but Aylesford managed to keep the squeeze on which eventually paid dividends following a break from their scrum half following a lineout 15 metres out. With a 5 point lead Aylesford tried to turn the screw further, but any pack containing the likes of Woolacott, Thurnell, Lynch, Browning, Nicholson along with Baldock, Bampton and Miles would not kow tow to the opposition. Eventually Aylesford were forced back thanks to some stunning tackling by the aforementioned. The back led by Hopkins did not take a back ward step, allowing Rosier and Wood playing in the centre to cause some second thoughts in the Aylesford midfield with some crunching tackles. Unfortunately, that pesky scrum half managed to sneak over following a loose kick 5 minutes from half time to put a gloss on the score line for the home side who went in 12 0.

After a rousing half time get together, Oaks came out full of determination, and with the aid of the breeze started to gain some field position and the opportunity to put the opposition under pressure revealed weaknesses which were soon to be exploited. Kavanagh fed the on rushing Brennan who made it from his partners bedside to make the kickoff, who in turn presented for Browning to take the initiative, 2 quick recycles and the ball was in the hands of Kloppers who purred through a gap in midfield to offload to Henley who was cruelly held up just short of the line. Another quick recycle had the ball through the backs into the hands of the pacy Cosh who burnt the defender to touch down under the posts, which was converted by Kavanagh. A period of pressure ensued for Oaks, unfortunately Kavanagh missed a kick from 35 out which would of narrowed the deficit. The game looked like it was going the Axv way until Aylesford managed to get quick ball off a ruck, the ball was fed to the onrushing fullback who was fortunate to step the defence and score, the kick was missed, but with 18 minutes to go Oaks still felt the game was there for the taking. The final period of the game involved Oaks pushing the Aylesford team all the way, on a few occasions a loose pass butchered scoring opportunities and the final scoring chance arrived for Kavanagh with 5 to go but he pushed the penalty wide. Another team could of left the game as it was and played time out, but Oaks continually pushed the Aylesford side back looking for another score.

Ultimately Oaks dropped 2 points as this was an eminently winnable game, but with so many changes from the previous week and so many guys playing out of position, the spirit and heart must be commended. And a big thank you goes out to all the guys who answered the SOS call which went out last week, along with the Guys who agreed to submit themselves to the horrors of playing in unfamiliar environs. A special mention for Lucy also for providing the final instructions to get Brennan to the ground. As per usual the Maeve Cowboys man of the match award was hotly contested, but the clear winner on this occasion was Jim Hopkins who accepted the accolade from Tim. We have next week off to nurse all the bumps and bruises accumulated recently and are back in action against Gillingham IIs at Knole Paddock on the 29th.

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