The Evo-Stik League South
Match Report



Aylesbury and Hadley, no strangers to high-scoring encounters, served up another thriller which saw the Ducks take the points with victory by the odd goal in seven.

When the teams had last met, Aylesbury produced a stunning comeback from 4-1 down to win 6-4, and this match was just as action packed, taking the goals tally to 32 in 6 games between the sides.

With just a minute played Paul Edgeworth, making his 200th club appearance, was clipped running into the area for an early penalty, only for Russell Garland to guess right and turn Stacey Field’s penalty behind for a corner.

Undeterred, Edgeworth’s wicked inswinging corner kick was met by skipper Jack Wood at the far post who headed home. 1-0 Aylesbury

Having lost their previous four matches, Hadley appeared lacking in confidence for much of the first half, as the Ducks made the better progress. Greg Williams lofted a long shot over the backpeddling Garland, whilst Austin, Acheampong and Field combined well in attack with the latter seeing an effort blocked from five-yards on 18 minutes.

More decent openings came and went as United were unable to extend their lead. Jack Wood was on the end of Edgeworth deliveries again twice in three minutes without success, the first hitting him and flying over the bar, the second guided straight at Garland.

Midway through the half Louis Austin beat Garland to a long clearance before cutting inside and firing over the bar, and Edgeworth really should have crowned his landmark game with a goal after being set up by Austin’s low ball across the box giving him time to control and shoot, but he placed the ball over the bar.

Aylesbury had further openings right up until the interval, but as the minutes ticked by Hadley began to grow in stature and were unlucky not to score when Dom Petrucci turned smartly and struck the crossbar with a close range shot. Ben Luck following up should have scored but there was nothing unlucky about his high and not very handsome blazed effort.

Some of Hadley’s customary passing football then ended with Alan Murray firing wide, but it was a warning of things to come from the visitors.

Half-time: Aylesbury 1-0 Hadley

The visitors came out reorganised for the second half with the introduction of Dan Bishop, and for a good twenty minutes the match was one-way traffic as Aylesbury found themselves under the cosh.

It didn’t take long for the equaliser to arrive; the ball spread from left across the edge of the penalty area to full back Selmet Karagozlu who had burst into the area and thumped home an unstoppable high shot. 1-1

Aylesbury’s struggles continued as Nick Chrysanthou fired in a shot straight at Sillitoe, and Ivan Machado’s effort, having drifted in from the left, looped off a defender and over the bar.

Hadley continued to press, and Luck was inches away from turning a low cross into the net, another flowing move ended with Petrucci slotting just wide across goal, whilst Luck flashed another cross shot just over after a through ball dissected the beleaguered United defence.

Football is a funny game though and, completely against the run of play and with their first meaningful effort of the half, the Ducks reinstated their lead. Austin released Field who had no hesitation in hitting a stunning curling effort that beat Garland at his near post where there looked no room to do so. 2-1 Aylesbury

The lead last just six minutes this time though, with Hadley quickly level when a fine flowing move ended with Ivan Machado tucking the ball away to level the match once more. 2-2

This time though, the balance of play had started to even out, and the introduction of Zac Reynolds on the right had given Aylesbury a new outlet which was a regular threat to their opponents.

Reynolds cut the ball back from the byeline looking for Field, who was only denied by a superb last-ditch intervention and from the subsequent corner Jack Wood headed wide. Field the produced an audacious lob that dropped just wide as United probed.

Their renewed impetus was rewarded with two goals in two minutes to finally give some breathing space, somewhat harshly on Hadley.

In the 84th minute Daniel Jones’s overlapping run and searching cross was smashed behind by Bishop, and from Jones’s corner delivery Jack Wood buried his second header of the night. 3-2 Aylesbury

Two minutes later and Hadley pressed self destruct as a weak backpass was returned to the defender who then lost the ball under pressure from Reynolds, and this time his square pass found the target of Field who tapped it home. 4-2 Aylesbury

Still there was time for further drama when Ben Luck ran through to net a stoppage time goal and leave Aylesbury facing a nervy end. 3-4

With only seconds to play, Hadley forced a late corner which keeper Garland went up to attack, but United defended the set piece well and the final whistle eventually sounded, to the relief of most inside Bell Close.

Minute by Minute Updates

Two changes for the Ducks as strikers Louis Austin and Stacey Field replace Ben Butler and Zac Reynolds

We've kicked off at Bell Close...

1. PENALTY! Edgeworth taken out in the box after Hadley make a mess of clearing their lines
PENALTY SAVED! Good save by Garland denies Field
2. GOAL! 1-0 Aylesbury. Edgeworth's corner headed in at the far post by Jack Wood
5. Williams lofts long shot over the backpeddling Garland's goal after he's spotted off his line
7. Fantastic deep free-kick from Jones, Edgeworth just fails to make proper contact arriving
12. Long Hadley shot had to be well watched by Sillitoe
16. Last ditch defending from Shane Wood and Greg Williams keep Hadley at bay
18. Austin, Acheampong and Field combine before the latter has a shot blocked five yards out
19. Free kick fizzed across goal where it hit Jack Wood and flew over
22. Aylesbury corner...
Jack Wood meets Edgeworth delivery but guided straight at Garland
24. Austin shoots over after beating keeper and last defender to the ball, cuts back in and shoots over
26. Austin skins his marker before firing across goal for Edgeworth who had time to control and shoot, but put it well over
27. Aylesbury corner...
Came to nothing
28. Austin brought down on the left corner...
Skimmed in low but hacked away before being played back in to Jack Wood whose shot was held
32. Great turn and shot from Petrucci comes back off the bar from six-yards, before Luck blazes over the rebound
33. Low shot from Edgeworth goes just wide after Baines slides it through
39. Great football from Hadley ends with Murray shooting just wide
40. Shane Wood heads ball out to Baines who turns and shoots, driven straight at the keeper though
44. Ball dropped to Field who slashes a volley high and wide

HT: Aylesbury 1-0 Hadley - Hadley once again proving to be a quality footballing outfit, Aylesbury having to work hard

Congratulations to Paul Edgeworth making his 200th Aylesbury appearance tonight!

Hadley half time sub: Bishop on for Panayiotou

Second half is underway...

7. GOAL! Ball spread out wide to Hadley man who hammered it home convincingly
8. Petrucci booked
9. Chrysanthou long shot straight at Sillitoe
11. Ball played into Machado, shot loops off defender and over
One-way traffic
Well defended
14. Acheampong booked
17. Hadley ball flashes in from the left, Luck inches away from turning it in
17. Aylesbury sub: Reynolds on for Acheampong
20. Flowing move from Hadley ends with Petrucci slotting just wide
21. Ball played inside Jones, Luck flashes cross shot over
23. GOAL! Field finishes with an unbelievable near post shot after being put through by Austin
26. Edgeworth volleys over after ball headed back to him
27. Karagozlu wins a corner for Hadley... eventually cleared!
29. GOAL! 2-2. Fine flowing goal from Hadley
29. Aylesbury sub: Smyth on for Edgeworth
30. Reynolds wins a corner...
Comes to nothing
Reynolds cuts the ball back from the byeline only for it to be turned being by a great last ditch challenge
32. Corner headed wide by Jack Wood
32. Hadley sub: Petrucci off
34. Field audacious lobbed effort from the right drops over
38. Jones on the overlap, searching cross put over his own bar by Bishop. Corner...
39. GOAL! 3-2 Aylesbury! Jack Wood nods home Jones's corner!
40. Murray booked
41. GOAL! 4-2 Aylesbury! Field taps home after Hadley press self destruct and gift ball to Reynolds
45. GOAL! 4-3. Luck scores for Hadley!
46. Corner for Hadley, keeper is up!

FT: Aylesbury 4-3 Hadley - Pulsating 90-minutes with drama to the end, finally finishes with 3 points for the Ducks!