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Aylesbury’s first Calor League match may have ended in defeat, but there was plenty of evidence to prove the promoted Ducks will be competitive in their new surroundings as they lost out to a quality Rugby Town side 2-0.

With four injured, two suspended and one unavailable, four debutants lined up for United – Dean Allen, Richard Armstrong, Dom Petrucci and Keith Williams – whilst their opponents had their major summer signings in goalkeeper Niall Cooper and midfielder Just Marsden on show.

Rugby looked to seize the early initiative dominated the early stages as an unsurprisingly nervy looking United took time to settle. Alex Gudger fired a near post corner over whilst two further corners came to nothing for ‘Valley’.

On sixteen minutes a neat passing move ended with Seb Lake-Gaskin pulling a shot wide from outside the box, and two minutes later Jack Sillitoe was called into action for the first time when full back Craig Kelly found himself slotted through inside the six yard box but completely miss hit his effort making it easy for the Ducks custodian to smother.

United had spent most of the game to that point working hard to contain Rugby, but they had a rare forward facing moment of their own when Williams’s free kick delivery was met by Allen but easy for Cooper to catch.

Back at the other end and former Aylesbury winger Lewis McBride hooked an attempt wide, and Lake-Gaskin struck another wayward effort. Sillitoe needed to be on top form with two saves in five minutes, firstly denying Kolodynski from point blank range with a sensational stop, and then beating away a Lake-Gaskin shot following a flowing counter attack and final ball from McBride.

Aylesbury’s best opening came on thirty four minutes as a result of great pressure by Ben Baines to win the ball back from Rugby’s defence, the backline then getting themselves in a horrible muddle briefly letting Allen in for a sight of goal, but the ball wouldn’t run for him and he could only produce a weak ‘half shot’.

The opener duly arrived, and it was no surprise that the visitor’s brightest spark Lake-Gaskin who scored it. Outstripping his marker en route to the box, he produced a finish which arrowed past Sillitoe into the far bottom corner of goal. 1-0 Rugby

Just before the interval and Aylesbury’s best chance went begging. Williams’s searching set piece found Jack Wood unmarked for a header, but his contact on the ball wasn’t clean and it bounced down and into the grateful arms of Cooper.

Half-time: Aylesbury 0-1 Rugby

Aylesbury started the second period brightly, determined to prove they were no pushovers as Reynolds played Baines in, but the ball stuck beneath his feet in similar manner to Allen earlier, and the chance was gone.

The Ducks did have the ball in the net when Cooper ‘dropped’ Williams’s swirling cross into the net under pressure, but Allen was unsurprisingly judged to have fouled the keeper in the process.

A couple of high, wide and not very handsome efforts from Reynolds and Petrucci then came about after Rugby looked to reinstate their earlier level of control, and should have extended their lead when the ball was cut back from the byeline for the waiting Richard Blythe who somehow slotted wide from close range.

Whether for tactical of injury reasons, Lake-Gaskin was then withdrawn and Aylesbury enjoyed some possession as their visitors adapted to a new system with his replacement Steve Palmer dropping into midfield.

The second goal subsequently came somewhat against the run of play, but was enough to put the result beyond question. Kolodynski was played in after a good passing move, and produced a finish so typical of the talented striker, dinking the ball over the advancing Sillitoe. 2-0 Rugby

With the three points safely in the bag, further chances were at a premium, although substitute Palmer fired well over after a shot had been charged down back into his path twelve minutes from the end.

Aylesbury had made a double substitution, introducing Joey Acheampong and Daniel Jones to the game and with a change of shape had Rugby under some pressure in the final ten minutes.

Their best opening came from Steve Hatch retrieving the ball, beating his man on the left and firing in a cross which was moving too fast for Baines to control.

Cooper’s goal wasn’t seriously tested any further and he was able to take a clean sheet from his first game in Rugby colours.

Two-nil the final scoreline, and certainly no disgrace from Aylesbury’s point of view in what was always to be a challenging fixture against a side said to be one of the best in the division. Next up Chalfont St. Peter.

Minute by Minute Updates
  • FT Aylesbury 0-2 Rugby - Well battled by Aylesbury, the Ducks were far from disgraced here
  • 89 Reynolds blazes a late shot over
  • 88 Marsden booked
  • 87 Aylesbury corner...
  • 86 Great last ten minutes by Aylesbury!
  • 78 Double Aylesbury sub: Jones and Acheampong on for Williams and Petrucci
  • 78 Rugby corner... Taken short, low drilled shot blocked.
    Ball played back to Palmer who shoots over
  • 74 Poor change from Morgan, yellow card
  • 73 Corner came to nothing
  • 72 Free-kick for Rugby, nobody made a run. Follow up shot deflected over by Hatch. Corner...
  • 68 Rugby shot comes in over after ball in from right
  • 66 Kolodynski lifts it over Sillitoe after good move
  • 64 Paul Edgeworth on for Allen
  • 62 Petrucci long shot high, wide and not very handsome
  • 60 Ball popped up for Reynolds on the edge of the box, slashed shot high and wide
  • 60 Ball popped up for Reynolds on the edge of the box, slashed shot high and wide
  • 60 Ball popped up for Reynolds on the edge of the box, slashed shot high and wide
  • 57 Rugby sub: Palmer on for Lake-Gaskin
  • 55 Should be 2-0. Ball cut back from byeline but slotted wide by Blythe
  • 52 Jack Wood booked
  • 50 Rugby free kick blazed over by Gudger
  • 48 Aylesbury goal disallowed, Allen pressured the keeper into dropping the ball over the line from Williams' cross
  • 46 Reynolds played Baines in, ball stuck between his feet meant a weak shot
  • No changes at the break here
  • Second half is underway...
  • HT Aylesbury 0-1 Rugby - Not a bad half at all, no reason to be too disspirited so far
  • 43 Aylesbury corner...

    Free header from Jack Wood from Williams delivery straight at the keeper. We won't get a better chance!
  • 38 1-0 Rugby. Lake-Gaskin gets past his man and finds the bottom corner
  • 36 Reynolds goes down in the box, nothing given
  • 34 Allen nearly scores after a horrible mess by Rugby and good pressure by Baines
  • 32 Flowing counter, McBride feeds Lake-Gaskin, shot beaten away by Sillitoe
  • 27 Unbelievable save from Sillitoe to deny Kolodynski after miss hit shot fell kindly for him
  • 25 Weak shot from Armstrong
  • 24 Another wayward shot from Lake-Gaskin
  • 20 Lewis McBride hooks wide from chipped pass
  • 19 Keith Williams free kick headed goalwards by Allen and caught
  • 18 Kelly slotted through, miss hit shot completely making it easy for Sillitoe
  • 16 Neat passing football by Rugby ends with Lake-Gaskin shooting wide from outside the box
  • 13 Myles comes forward, low shot turned wide for a corner.

    Swept away...
  • 4 Rugby corner...

    Comes to nothing
  • 2 Near post corner fired over by Gudger
  • 1 Three seconds in and Kolodynski is down receiving treatment
  • 1 Morgan gave the ball away, eventual deflected shot. Corner...
  • 0 Deep corner, Edgeworth can't direcct it. Hatch retrieves the ball and fires in a cross which Baines can't control due to the pace
  • Pre-Match In their maroon kit, Rugby have come disguised as Chesham United!
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  • Pre-Match We're underway here at Bell Close...