The Evo-Stik League South
Match Report


Aylesbury’s inexplicably poor home form again reared its ugly head as they were eliminated from their second cup competition in a week, going down 3-0 to a vastly improved St. Margaretsbury side over the one which the Ducks had beaten 5-2 at the start of the month.

Warren Garcia was welcomed back to the starting line up, with Ivaylo Dimitrov joining the injured list of United’s threadbare squad.

But he could do little to prevent the Ducks’ slide, Aylesbury now having won just one of their last five matches at Bell Close, as they were well beaten by their visitors.

St. Margaretsbury threatened early on, with their attacking pace a threat the Ducks never truly got to grips with. 18 year old Leigh Rose – a very talented looking prospect – flashed in a shot in the very first minute which Jack Sillitoe clawed away, and the visitors had a goal disallowed a minute later when an offside player fired in the rebound after another Sillitoe save.

The Ducks had plenty of set pieces throughout the match but weren’t able to make the most of them – no doubt missing Daniel Jones’ expert deliveries. Joey Acheampong headed a Lewis Hallford corner wide, though appearing to take the ball of John Mulholland’s head, before Mulholland himself powered a header wide at another corner.

Sillitoe was again called into action, in the sixth minute, turning wide Anthony Anstead’s shot after Rose had set him up, before a couple of shots from Adam Lawton threatened goal, the latter a whisker away from being turned into the net by two arriving players.

Aylesbury had their moments over the course of the game, but for every clinical pass made, another dreadful gift back to the opposition was waiting seconds later on an another evening of frustration in front of their home fans.

Rose had a great chance to open the scoring on 25 minutes when he broke clear of the defence, but lashed an early shot well wide of the target, before Ben Baines called upon Bert Greenwood to make his first save of the game with a flicked header that had to be turned away.

The visitors were forced to make a substitution on the half hour mark, Marcelino Diambaka coming on for the stricken Tom Scriven, stretchered off after apparently sustained ligament damage, although on first glance it appeared that he had collided with the advertising boards on the far side.

United’s best chance of the half and, perhaps, the night overall came three minutes from the interval. A ball out of defence from Jack Wood was brilliantly taken down by Baines, who fired for goal but saw his effort deflect off a defender which took all the sting out of the shot and made it comfortable for Greenwood.

A minute later St. Margaretsbury gave themselves a deserved half time lead. United were unable to clear properly, gifting the ball straight back to Brett O’Connor who cut in from the left and fired in a shot which Sillitoe got glove to but couldn’t keep out. 1-0 St. Margaretsbury

Half-time: Aylesbury 0-1 St. Margaretsbury

The second period started with the visitors still looking the most likely to score, but from an Aylesbury counter attack Acheampong was brought down by the keeper right on the edge of the box. Once again, United failed to make the most of a set piece as Justin Gordon blazed the dead ball way over the bar.

Dave Edmee’s pace continued to be a constant menace and after leaving Mulholland in his wake on 51 minutes his low shot was blocked by Sillitoe, before his dangerous cross in came to nothing after doing the same to Gordon.

The risky high line of Aylesbury’s defence was breached again on 57 minutes as Anstead was played through, running free and slotting clinically past Sillitoe for a second goal which had been coming. 2-0 St. Margaretsbury

Anstead and Rose linked up again, their attacking pace once more too much for Aylesbury to handle, with Anstead firing over the bar, and the visitors had a second goal disallowed when Edmee had the ball in the net again but was ruled offside.

There was then a rare attempt from the Ducks when Stacey Field curled an effort just wide from beyond the far post after he retrieved an overhit corner kick, whilst another free-kick was wasted when substitute Paul Edgeworth fired straight into the wall.

Yet another break down the right from Edmee this time saw the ball played inside for Dan Gillett but his shot rolled wide across goal.

In the closing stages Melford Simpson levered a header wide from Hallford’s this time excellent free-kick delivery, and the Ducks finally hit the target when the ball was worked inside to Garcia, but his shot lacked the power or direction to seriously test Greenwood.

St. Margaretsbury emphatically confirmed their passage to the quarter finals with a third goal in stoppage time. The goal was rough on Sillitoe, who made a brilliant save at point blank range, but could only watch as Adem Salih snapped up the rebound and fired home. 3-0 St. Margaretsbury

There was barely time to restart the game, leaving the dominant visitors to celebrate their win. Aylesbury will be looking to bounce back again quickly, as they return to their ‘bread and butter’ of league action and a tough trip to 2nd place Leverstock Green.

Minute by Minute Updates

Only one change to the Ducks team tonight as Warren Garcia returns in place of the injured Dimitrov

And we've kicked off at Bell Close...

1. Ball flashed in from wide by Rose, clawed away by Sillitoe
2. Ball fired in from left, Sillitoe saved. Rebound fired home but player ruled offside and goal disallowed
5. Hallford corner headed wide by Acheampong, seemed to take the ball off Mulholland's head
6. Rose played in Anstead, shot turned wide by Sillitoe
11. Mulholland powered a header at corner kick, deflected wide
14. Ball played inside to Lawton, ambitious shot pulled well wide
19. Acheampong booked
20. Lawton twisted and turned through edge of the box, low shot/cross just wide of arriving players
22. Anstead found by throw in. Turned on edge of the box, fired well over
25. Rose released clean through, took shot early but slashed effort well wide of the target
27. Cross into box flicked header from Baines turned away by keeper
30. St. Margaretsbury player gone flying into the far side barriers. Has barely moved since the impact
32. St. Margaretsbury sub: Diambaka on for the stricken Scriven
36. Lawton long range free kick, nowhere near the goal
42. Ball out of defence from Wood brilliantly taken down by Baines. Shot deflected into keeper's arms
43. GOAL! 1-0 St. Margaretsbury. O'Connor comes in from the left and fired shot in at the near post, despite Sillitoe getting glove to it
46. Barnett booked

HT: Aylesbury 0-1 St. Margaretsbury: The visitors have had the best of the chances, so just about deserve their lead

Second half is underway here...

St. Mags still looking most likely to score
4. Acheampong brought down on the box by the keeper. Yellow card, unfortunately no penalty
5. Gordon's magic left foot deserts him - free-kick miles over
6. Edmee beat Mulholland for pace. Well, left him for dead... Shot stopped by Sillitoe
7. Stickland booked for trip on Wood. Hallford's free-kick met with a skimming header from Field, narrowly wide
9. Edmee destroyed Gordon again on the flank, cross in comes to nothing
10. Lawford crashed long ranger over
11. GOAL! 2-0 St. Margaretsbury. Aylesbury offside trap breached as Anstead played through, outpaced the defence and finished well
13. Aylesbury sub: Edgeworth on for Acheampong
15. Anstead linked up with Rose, fired shot well over the bar, pace again is too much for us
18. Field curled effort just wide past the goal from beyond the far post as an overhit corner came his way
23. Aylesbury sub: Simpson on for Gordon
25. Edmee has the ball in the net, offside though
26. St. Margaretsbury sub: Hinds on for Rose
31. Edgeworth free-kick straight into the wall
33. Simpson levered a header wide from Hallford's free-kick
34. St. Margaretsbury sub: Gillett on for Stickland
35. Edmee broke down the right, played in Gillett, shot rolled wide across goal
40. Ball worked inside to Garcia. Shot outside the box, on target, but no trouble for the keeper
41. Low shot from Anstead flew wide, must have taken a nick as corner kick given. Came to nothing
45. 3-0 St. Margaretsbury. Salih scores from close range after a brilliant save by Sillitoe

FT. Aylesbury 0-3 St. Margaretsbury: Another very disappointing result, as our inexplicable home form continues