The Evo-Stik League South
Match Report



This match with Bedford Town was a different affair completely to the season's earlier meeting between the two sides, and heralded the start of a promising Ducks career for young Chris Bangura. It was the striker's sixth appearance in the green and white, and to put it politely, he hadn't done too much to impress. All too often he'd lose possession in a promising position or would fall over the ball when trying to shoot. But United boss Cliff Hercules obviously saw something he liked and stuck by his bealeaguered front man. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, they say, and Chris certainly repaid his manager's faith in him with a sterling performance capped by a wondrous goal.

Bedford went into the match in third place, having led the table for some time. A run of five draws in six games had allowed the chasing pack to close in, but the Eagles still boasted the best defensive record in the division. United's own form was poor, having won only once in five outings, and they'd dropped precariously close to the relegation zone.

The difference in league positions was not evident however as Aylesbury tore into their visitors from the off. After three minutes some good work by Nathan Meade found man of the match Dwain Clarke out wide. The tricky winger made room for himself and his inch-perfect cross was met by Stuart Maynard at the far post.

Clarke and Bangura were shaping into a useful striking partnership and this paid dividends ten minutes from the break when Bangura crossed for Clarke who made no mistake from inside the area.

Then deep into injury time the moment that transformed Chris Bangura from zero to hero. The gangly striker picked up a pass from skipper Phil Mason out near the touchline on the stand side of the pitch. He cut inside and weaved his way past two defenders before curling an unstoppable effort into the top corner of the net. A truly sublime piece of skill.

3-0 down at the break the league's pace setters had no answer to the Ducks fast flowing football and it was no surprise when Bangura again caused problems at the heart of their defence and earned his side a penalty. Sadly Phil Mason's spot-kick was saved by Heeps in the Bedford goal, but the points were already in the bag.

There was still time for Cliff Hercules to make a rare appearance, and despite his efforts to secure his 300th goal for the club (that would have to wait a few days) there was nothing to eclipse the arrival of a new Aylesbury hero.