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Aylesbury made it four wins in a row, but they laboured to the narrowest of victories at landlords Leighton Town in an uninspiring Bell Close derby.

Jason Blackett’s sixth goal of the season eventually proved decisive, as home side Town’s downfall was all of their own doing – reduced to ten men after just nine minutes and then gifting the Ducks the winner with a woeful backpass.

Tony Joyce kept faith with the same starting eleven from Tuesday’s excellent win at Potters Bar, but whether his team had overexerted themselves or for another reason, Aylesbury just couldn’t attain the same levels of performance.

Historically, Aylesbury/Leighton derbies have been fairly drab affairs with few goals and this was no exception, a match of low quality and few opportunities that both sides huffed and puffed their way through.

The main talking point of the opening quarter was the early dismissal of home keeper Matt Griggs. Aggrieved by Richard Armstrong’s late aerial challenge on him, Griggs approached the Aylesbury man before punching him in the face in an act of sheer stupidity, and was soon taking the long walk back to the changing rooms.

Leighton sacrificed striker Ben Gallant for deputy goalkeeper Sam Leggett, and despite the early setback the Reds were largely the better team as United struggled to establish themselves.

On 23 minutes a ball through the defence from Shane Bush released Ryan Plowright whose low shot was routinely gathered in by Jack Sillitoe on his near post.

Soon afterwards, and United were gifted the lead. Long serving Leighton stalwart Sam Chapman sold Leggett short with a backpass, and the ever alert Blackett got to the ball first to poke it past Leggett into the net. 1-0 Aylesbury

On another day the goal would have relaxed United and further goals might have followed, and although Keith Williams set up Zack Reynolds for a shot well over the bar, Aylesbury’s ineffective display continued.

Seven minutes from the interval and Keith Williams’s low free kick nearly provided a second goal, as Stacey Field flicked it goalwards, but straight at Leggett who could easily catch and, in stoppage time, a Ben Baines acrobatic shot was plucked out of the air by Leggett after his initial shot had been charged down.

Half-time: Leighton 0-1 Aylesbury

Spectators hoping for an improved second half were to find themselves disappointed as the battling Leighton team continued to keep Aylesbury at bay, although Blackett went close from a goalmouth scramble after Armstrong flicked on Shane Wood’s throw.

Blackett was having another strong game in attack and his good play on the right presented a shooting opportunity in the box for Reynolds, whose effort was blocked, as was another which came in follow up.

Daniel Jones had entered the fray as substitute for Keith Williams, and within four minutes of his introduction he was unfortunate to hit the upright with a typical curling free kick.

Aylesbury’s best self-made opening of the match was created by more hard work by Blackett, winning the ball back from Jack Downes and crossing for Reynolds who controlled a volley well but put the ball the wrong side of the post.

Liam Smyth fired a piledriver over the bar from distance, and Armstrong saw a shot blocked at close range, but as Leighton threw caution to the wind in the closing stages there were some nervy moments to endure at the other end.

Shane Bush should have at least hit the target when the ball was helped on to him, but he shot well over, before in the next minute his header from a free kick had to be clawed out by Sillitoe.

In stoppage time Chapman came close to redeeming his earlier goal-costing error with a well struck shot after a free kick came to him, but Sillitoe produced a flying save to tip the ball around the post.

It was a save which ensured an important three points went the way of Aylesbury, and with another clean sheet secured in the process. Not the best performance, but it’s the result that counts at the end of the day.

Minute by Minute Updates
  • FT FT: 1-0 Aylesbury - Far from a vintage performance but enough for 3 points and a clean sheet
  • 90+1 Flying save from Sillitoe to keep out Chapman's shot after a free kick
    Corner comes to nothing
  • 89 Acheampong on for Blackett
  • 88 Cunningham booked
  • 86 Sillitoe had to claw away Bush header from a free kick
  • 85 Ball helped on to Bush, who shot well over from well placed at the end of a counter for Leighton
  • 82 Leight corner...
    Delivered well by Doughty but well defended by Aylesbury
  • 80 Nasty looking injury for a Leighton player after Sillitoe catches him when punching the ball
  • 71 Armstrong shot from close range after corner blocked by Doughty
  • 70 Corner kick...
  • 69 Free kick from Leggett headed over by Bush
  • 68 Maisiri on for Downes
  • 67 Blackett wins ball back from Downes, crossed for Reynolds who volleyed wide from close range. Great chance!
  • 66 Liam Smyth with a piledriver just over the bar
  • 63 Corner scrambled away
  • 62 Reynolds wins a corner...
  • 61 Doughty on for McKee
  • 60 Aylesbury free kick on the edge of the box
    Jones hits the post!
  • 56 Shots from Reynolds and then another blocked after Blackett good play and cross
  • 56 Jones on for Keith Williams
  • 49 Free kick by McKee easily cleared by Aylesbury
  • 48 Keith Williams clips Bush when running through, booked for the foul
  • 46 Armstrong flicks on Shane Wood's throw, goalmouth scramble that Blackett can't quite turn in
  • Second half has kicked off...
  • HT Leighton 0-1 Aylesbury - Typically poor Leighton/Aylesbury derby, diabolical first half from both sides
  • 45+2 Baines acrobatic effort plucked out of the air after initial shot blocked
  • 38 Williams low free kick flicked goalwards by Field but held by Leggett
  • 37 Blackett wins a free-kick by the right corner
  • 32 Free kick swung in from wide but Leighton penalised for pushing
  • 31 Leighton free kick...
  • 29 Williams played to Reynolds who shot well over from range
  • 26 GOAL! 1-0 Aylesbury. Chapman with a woeful back header, Blackett gets there first to poke into the net
  • 23 Ball through the defence from Bush to Plowright, low early shot easily held by Sillitoe
  • 17 Nothing much to report, Aylesbury largely second best so far
  • 8 Armstrong booked
  • 7 Keeper sent off
  • 6 Keeper punches Armstrong after being challeneged!
  • 2 Aylesbury corner...
    Keeper completely flaps at it but nobody can get a touch
  • Pre-Match Aylesbury unchanged, although Greg Williams is back on the bench in place of Dom Petrucci
  • Pre-Match Aylesbury kick off towards the Buttles End...