The Evo-Stik League South

Saturday 20th March 1999

Ryman League Premier Division

Buckingham Road, Aylesbury Attendance: 865

Aylesbury United

3 2

Basingstoke Town

  Half-time: (1-1)  
Simon BROWNPlayer Image1
Lee HARVEYPlayer Image19
Cliff HERCULESPlayer Image5
Warren KELLYPlayer Image6
Kieran GALLAGHERPlayer Image2
11 Garry KIMBLEPlayer Image22
Ian KINGPlayer Image7
8 Steve BUTLERPlayer Image16
10 Phil MASONPlayer Image18
Gary CRAWSHAWPlayer Image9
Mike BIGNALLPlayer Image21
16 Corey BROWNEPlayer Image8
22 Ian RUTHERFORDPlayer Image11
18 Jason SOLOMANPlayer Image10
  John HARDINGManager ImageM
Match Report



Two goals in the last eight minutes gave United the points in a dramatic finish to this Ryman Premier Division game against Basingstoke. Jermaine Darlington (groin) failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Garry Kimble, whilst fit again Jason Soloman was on the substitutes bench.

Gary Crawshaw put United in front after 11 minutes when an Ian King free kick was headed downwards by Thorp and Crawshaw reacted quickly to fire past Matassa from 14 yards.

Chances were few and far between in a quiet first half. The nearest United came to adding to their lead was following a misdirected clearance by Huxford which fell into the path of Mike Bignall, but the ball's high bounce enabled Matassa to come out and collect. Deep into injury time Town levelled. A deep cross was driven in, Kieran Gallagher sliced his clearance to Mancey and his first time angled volley bounced over Simon Brown.

In the second half Gallagher and Crawshaw went close, but on 74 minutes Town went 2-1 up from a huge clearance by Matassa. The ball fell into the path of Xavier and he raced clear before slotting past Brown.

United three on all three substitutions and their pressure paid off on 82 minutes. King crossed, Gallagher's shot hit Richardson, and Bignall followed up to score his first goal in a United shirt.

In a frantic finish, United struck again two minutes from time after a nasty foul by Redwood on Gallagher out wide on the right. King put the free kick into the crowded box and Crawshaw made no mistake at the far post, his 29th goal of the season.