The Evo-Stik League South
Match Report



Aylesbury's long wait for their first league points of the season was brought to an end as they came from behind to dramatically win at Beaconsfield SYCOB.

It was the perfect send off for outgoing manager Byron Walton, and the league table now makes better reading for new incumbent to the post Tony Joyce with the Ducks off the mark.

It had looked like more of the same for United though, as the home side raced into an early lead. A quick throw-in was sprayed forward to Victor Osobu who sprinted clear of the defence before slotting home across Sillitoe. 1-0 Beaconsfield

The goal came after only nine minutes and went with the run of play; the Rams having previously had an effort denied by Sillitoe who was off his line smartly to save at feet.

Ashley Harewood once again looked a genuine threat for the Ducks, and it was he who had a chance to level just taken away from him by Ross Ahir who nipped in ahead of the striker to clear.

All that Aylesbury could otherwise muster came from the boot of Harewood, but from range as he twice tried his luck. The first was held by James Harry, whilst the second zipped wide of the post.

With both sides struggling for league form this season, the first half looked every bit the relegation dogfight in a match failing to deliver much attacking excitement.

The Ducks did carve out a decent chance following a free-kick which was whipped in by Chris Dean which was only half cleared by the home defence. The return ball picked out Ryan Bernard who was only able to head wide from 5-yards out.

Sillitoe made a good block to keep the Rams at bay after the ball had twice been played all the way across the area, and Osobu went close again with a curling effort as the home side tried to increase their lead.

United themselves were then denied by a goalkeeping block, but it came about after a breakdown in communication between Harry and Chris Owens. The latter attempted to chest the ball back to his custodian only to see Yoki get there first and hammer a shot which hit Harry from point blank range.

Half-time: Beaconsfield 1-0 Aylesbury

Whatever words of wisdom were uttered at half-time certainly did the trick as the Ducks came out from the interval with new purpose to their play, and threw caution to the wind with an attacking looking 4-3-3 line-up.

With just two minutes gone Yoki's free-kick called upon Harry to palm the ball away, before Montgomery fired the rebound wide of the target.

Three minutes later the Ducks were on the attack again and Yoki's ball into the box was sliced in haphazard style by Charlie Hill, the ball flying across the goal when it could have gone anywhere.

As was to be expected, the match was now wide open and the hosts had a great chance when Owens was afforded a free header from a left sided corner kick but could only direct the ball over the bar.

They went closer still when a Trevor Charlery shot came back off the upright after the ball dropped to him.

United hung on though, and they grabbed an equaliser just past the hour mark. James Harry made a horrible mess in spilling Chris Dean's free-kick, and Harewood was on hand to slide home the rebound for his third goal in three games. 1-1

It was just what Aylesbury deserved and they looked to keep up the pressure as they threatened from another set piece, Joe Oxley nearly scoring a carbon copy of the goal he scored on the same ground days earlier but this time his flicked header from a corner kick just missed the target.

Midway through the half United were once again indebted to Jack Sillitoe as he produced a blinding save to keep out an Osobu shot after the striker had skinned the defence and gone for goal with a fierce shot.

Aylesbury then had a couple of chances of their own, Harewood pulled a shot wide of the near post having tried his luck from outside the box again, and Calvin Thomas saw a strong effort blocked in the area by a defender.

Some resolute defending was required from the Ducks to keep Beaconsfield at bay, and on more than one occasion the ball was scrambled away at the last moment but keep them at bay they did.

With the game entering the final minutes and looking set to end a draw, Daddy Moses bagged all three points for United. Harewood showed good skill and strength in bringing the ball into the box before picking out Moses, who managed to slip a shot into the bottom corner and send everyone connected with Aylesbury into euphoria! 2-1 Aylesbury

There were still a few minutes for the Ducks to see out as referee Mr Quelch added a decent chunk of stoppage time, but anything that came their way was well dealt with by Aylesbury.

At full time the large travelling Aylesbury contingent stayed on to celebrate with their team, as the players and Walton were all given a warm ovation.

Tony Joyce watching from the sidelines will still have plenty of work to do, but can't have failed to pick up on a lot of positives having been present at the last two matches and with plenty of the season remaining has every reason for optimism.