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Aylesbury became the first team to take points at Broadwater this season with a tremendous 3-0 win at Berkhamsted which would have looked good on paper anyway, but to do so with 5 players out – Baines unavailable due to the birth of his son joining the injured foursome of Mulholland, Edgeworth, Gordon and Simpson – as well as just three days after a gruelling extra-time period - made it even more impressive.

Berko will point to their own list of absentees, which totalled four, as a contributory factor. Perhaps had they had two of their leading scorers in Lawrence Bunker or Aaron Usmani they might have fared better, as they certainly had their share of chances, especially in the first half.

An even start saw little in the way of goalmouth action inside the first ten minutes. A couple of dangerous balls into the box from the home side had to be cleared away, whilst at the other end Field threatened when he raced on to Barnett’s long clearance but was pushed too wide having got past the keeper and couldn’t screw the ball back.

The Comrades gained the upper hand in terms of efforts at goal when a vicious inswinging corner, the first of a number, was hacked off the line when it looked to be heading in, before a great cross from the right by Welling was headed over by Gallagher seconds later.

Another chance came and went as an awful clearance from Aylesbury presented Welling with a free shot on the edge of the box, but he skied his effort.

Despite Berko having the best of the openings, United still looked lively in attack, particularly on the counter attack, and from one such move they won their first corner kick of the game.

It was from the set play which Aylesbury took the lead, albeit against the general run of play. There was an element of good fortune about the goal, the ball ricocheting off referee Mr Panconi’s chest in the build up, but Berkhamsted also played a big part in their own downfall by failing to clear the ball at least twice. Acheampong’s neat footwork eventually resulted in it dropping to Silvestri who struck home from inside the box. 1-0 Aylesbury

The match continued in similar direction to before without the home side making the most of their attacking positions. One break did see a good ball into the box find Matt Wardle unattended whose shot on the turn drifted wide across the goalmouth.

Another corner kick was scrambled off the line which resulted in a quick Aylesbury counter, Field’s cross at the other end being cleared behind, and from the corner kick Acheampong’s header was tipped wide by Farmer.

Four minutes later and it was Berko’s turn to counter an Aylesbury corner as the action became fast and frantic, the ball being swept behind by the dominant King, who had a great game filling in at centre back.

Yet again, another killer corner kick delivery was cleared away near the goal line en route to an equaliser. There were then nervy moments in first half stoppage time when Tyler Hatherly lined up a free-kick right on the edge of the box, his effort going through the wall but Sillitoe did just enough to keep it out, and the Ducks held on to their slim advantage.

Half-time: Berkhamsted 0-1 Aylesbury

If there was a best possible scenario to United’s second half start then it would have been scoring a quick goal, and that’s exactly what they got with a second less than five minutes in. Acheampong raced onto a long ball forward before teeing up Field to produce a measured finish that rolled past Farmer into the net. 2-0 Aylesbury

Berkhamsted hit back with two good chances to score as firstly former United man O’Farrell headed a good crossfield pass wide. Then, a hanging free-kick was just begging to be put away, but once more the home side lacked the cutting edge in front of goal with no-one there to net.

On 52 minutes came the game’s big talking point. Defender Jim Carmichael slid in for a hard looking challenge on Jack Wood, which the referee viewed to be over the top and had no hesitation showing a straight red card.

The home bench were incredulous and unpleasant scenes followed as the management team, substitutes and dismissed player all joined in aggressively disputing the issue with anyone who didn’t share their viewpoint.

Once the dust had settled the home side had another great chance when Hatherly was released with ball over the defence, but Sillitoe was out smartly to make a good save and divert the ball wide of goal.

Aylesbury made the game safe in the 62nd minute with a third goal. Acheampong was the catalyst again with a surging run down the left before playing the ball infield for Garcia. His effort was blocked but came out to Hallford and from an impossible looking position on the byeline he managed to squeeze home a shot. 3-0 Aylesbury

Farmer made an unbelievably good save to keep the score down to three when Hallford drifted inside and curled an effort towards the top corner, only for Farmer to get across and superbly tip the ball onto the post.

Berko were dead and buried by this point as the Ducks played keep ball amongst themselves, but the home side’s nightmare evening took another turn for the worse when the second Carmichael brother – Jim – was stretchered from the field with a back injury leaving his team reduced to 9 men having made all of their substitutions.

Credit is due to the hosts for continuing to play right up until the final whistle though, and a good break down the left from Chamberlain saw him pick out fellow sub Clark in the area but he could only fire wide.

Late on, there was even time for manager Tony Joyce to come on for his first cameo of the season, and in the closing stages it became his show as he had a corner kick cleared off the line, a free-kick well tipped over the bar by Farmer, and another corner headed over from close range by Acheampong – who did everything on the night but score.

Sillitoe himself made a good save in stoppage time to deny Burnett’s deflected shot, before Rodrigoe ended the game by shooting over the bar with a free-kick.

It meant completion of an important win for Aylesbury after a difficult weekend, and whilst the home side debated long after the game the age old refereeing clichés of losing to ’13 men’ and the like, United were able to celebrate an excellent three points.

Minute by Minute Updates


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'Experimental' looking Aylesbury team tonight! Ben Baines missing after the birth of his child, joining the injury list of Mulholland, Gordon, Simpson and Edgeworth

Couple of familiar faces in the Berko lineup with recently departed from Aylesbury Micky O'Farrell starting up front, whilst Ashley Harewood-Williams is on their bench

Some debate amongst the refereeing party and home officials just taken place, one of the floodlight pylons is out of order, but game has been given the go ahead thankfully!

And we're underway at Broadwater

5. Free-kick loaded into the box by Mercer, our usual aerial threat isn't there tonight though. Silvestri got on the end of it but couldn't do anything with it under pressure
5. Swift break down the right ended with a low cross cleared away hurriedly by King
7. Good pace from Field to burst onto Barnett's long clearance, got the ball round the keeper but with the angle against him could only slice a cross-shot behind
8. Dominant start at the back by King
9. Barnett slide the ball behind from a dangerous looking Berko through ball
Vicious inswinging corner clawed off the line by Sillitoe's glove
10. Great cross from the right by Mark Welling headed over the bar by Joe Gallagher
13. Awful mis-hit clearance presented Welling a free shot on the edge of the box but he skied his effort
Berko have had the chances so far but we look lively up front
15. Aylesbury's first corner of the night, cheaply given away by Berko
17. GOAL! 1-0 Aylesbury. Silvestri fires home from inside the box after neat footwork from Acheampong to set him up
21. Mercer down with a knock, we don't need another injury!
22. Seems ok, back on the pitch again
25. Good ball into edge of box found Wardle unmarked, turn and shot drifted wide across goal
28. Rodrigoe worked himself into a good crossing position down the left but got it all wrong
32. Ball in from right towards O'Farrell smashed behind by King.
Resulting corner scrambled off the line.
Caused a quick Aylesbury break which saw Field's cross from the left cleared behind
33. Jones' corner kick tipped wide after Acheampong met it with a header
34. Far side linesman has an injury, half-time treatment on standby
37. Jones inswinging corner well claimed by Farmer, swift counter led to dangerous ball into the Aylesbury box cleared behind by King. It's end to end stuff
38. Second successive corner headed over by O'Farrell
39. Jones' corner came all the way through to King beyond the far post. Deflected shot claimed by Farmer
41. Ducks down to 10 as Garcia off the pitch with a blood injury
42. Another corner for the home side
Again it's a killer delivery cleared away near the goal line
44. Garcia cleaned up and back on the pitch
45. Hatherly warned for a poor challenge
46. Barnett brings down his man right on the edge of the box. Nervy times in first half stoppage time
Hatherley steps up, free-kick goes through the wall. Sillitoe just about keeps it out

HT: Berkhamsted 0-1 Aylesbury: Decent first half but this game is far from over, Berko have had plenty of chances to score

Second half is underway

2. GOAL! 2-0 Aylesbury. Acheampong raced on to long ball, teed up Field who rolled it home
3. O'Farrell placed a header well wide having been picked out by a crossfield pass
5. Hanging free-kick from Berko begging to be put away, somehow wasn't
5. Barnett booked
7. Major talking point here as Jim Carmichael sent off for challenge
It's all kicked off here - home bench going mad with us!
12. Hatherley played in over the top, shot well saved by Sillitoe which diverted it wide across goal
14. GOAL! 3-0 Aylesbury. Hallford finishes after Garcia shot blocked out
Joey Acheampong has set up all 3 goals tonight!
17. Unbelievable save from Farmer to deny Hallford who had drifted inside and curled a top-corner bound shot goalwards, tipped onto the post
18. Berko sub: Chamberlain for Hatherly
19. Ball spread to Welling who crashed it wide inside the area
21. Berko subs: Clark and Harewood-Williams for Welling and O'Farrell
24. Stretcher called for as a Berko player is down after challenging Acheampong. Looks like the home side will be reduced to 9 men
27. It appears to be the other Carmichael brother, so that's one stretchered off, one sent off
31. It's keep ball for Aylesbury as Berko can't get near
32. Then, in a flash, Hallford is away. Can't find Acheampong with his ball in though
34. Break down the left from Chamberlain set up Clark who fired wide
35. Aylesbury sub: Carrillo on for Barnett
37. Rodrigoe fired over following short corner routine
40. Aylesbury sub: Manager Tony Joyce on for his first appearance of the season, replacing Warren Garcia
42. Joyce corner scrambled off the line
43. Joyce direct free-kick had to tipped over by the keeper!
44. Joyce corner kick headed over from 5-yards by Acheampong
45. Deep into stoppage time, long range deflected shot from Burnett tipped wide by Sillitoe
45. Rodrigoe fired a free-kick over the bar

FT: Berkhamsted 0-3 Aylesbury. Tremendous performance and an excellent result