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After two creditable draws against high-flying opposition, Aylesbury took a very welcome three points at bottom of the league Ashford Town (Mx) with a 2-1 win.

Never a comfortable afternoon against the improving Middlesex side, the Ducks survived a number of late attempts to spoil things with the ball cleared off the line and hitting the woodwork, whilst Alex Tokarczyk – playing the scheduled last game of his loan from Hemel Hempstead Town – making a number of saves.

With Ben Baines the latest injury victim, the returning Zack Reynolds took his place in the starting lineup, whilst Jack Wood – who made the goalline clearance – was back from suspension to replace the unavailable Dom Petrucci with Daniel Jones moving to the wing, as the Ducks lined up with two changes. New signing Dale Turney was an unused substitute.

The opening to the match belonged to Aylesbury, with Ashford looking devoid of confidence and guilty of too many basic mistakes all over the pitch. The hosts gradually grew into the game and by the end there was little to choose between the sides.

A Jason Blacket turn and shot from a tight angle called Tyler Tobin to claim the ball for the first time, whilst Stacey Field might have done better two minutes later when Steve Hatch’s bombarding run ended with the ball falling kindly for Field who slotted it wide from 12-yards.

After Russell Canderton tamely headed a deep free kick wide, a first bit of football by the Tangerines saw Cyril Ocansey cut in from the left flank and hit a decent effort over the bar.

Daniel Jones’s set piece deliveries were fantastic all afternoon, and from his corner Blackett met the ball cleanly but headed wide of the target with what was an excellent chance.

Town went on to have plenty of pressure with a succession of set pieces, but they were defended well by Aylesbury who cleared their lines on every occasion. The Ducks made more of their own opportunities and a deep free kick was guided straight to Tobin by Jack Wood’s deft header, and then Hatch had a free header as he soared to get on the end of another Jones corner, but put the ball over the bar.

Two quick bookings for Ashford paved the way for a busy afternoon for the referee, who, despite it not being a particularly physical contest, issued a total of five yellow cards and dismissed Town’s new manager Ben Murray from the dugout for one protest too many.

Aylesbury finally broke the deadlock ten minutes from the break, and predictably a set piece lead to the goal. Jones played in a free kick from deep, and after the ball had looped up in the air, Blackett’s weak looking header deceived Tobin and crossed the line. 1-0 Aylesbury

On the stroke of half time the Ducks had another great chance to score when Jones latched onto Blackett’s flick and squared the ball across the box where Reynolds eventually fired over.

Half-time: Ashford 0-1 Aylesbury

On balance of the chances, clear cut ones at least, United deserved their slender interval advantage, and it wasn’t long before Blackett had his second to set up what appeared to be heading for a comfortable Aylesbury win.

It was a cracking goal too, as the powerful striker linked up cleverly with Field to get in the area, hold off his marker and rifle home a thumping finish. 2-0 Aylesbury

Blackett very nearly had a hat-trick as he outmanoeuvred the defence to get to Tokarczyk’s long goal kick but fired just wide and into the side netting on this occasion.

To their great credit, Ashford refused to let their heads drop, and hauled themselves back into the game ten minutes after the Ducks’s goal. There appeared to be little danger, but Elliott Jones was given too much room and his long shot took a deflection to wrong foot Tokarczyk and find the net. 1-2

It was very much game on now and Reynolds looked odds-on to reinstate United’s two-goal cushion on the hour mark when Blackett set him free, but a superb last-ditch challenge denied him before he could get a shot away.

A feint Stacey Field header was caught by Tobin, as Aylesbury continued to have chances, and Tobin made a great save to block another Reynolds shot and Blackett and Field combined to slip the ball through.

At the other end Adam Turner nodded a free kick wide at the far post, before Wood’s miracle clearance in the 76th minute. Tokarczyk could only push a shot back out into a waiting striker’s path, and with the home fans and management already celebrating, Wood somehow got back and scraped the ball out of the empty net at the very last second to preserve United’s lead.

The last twenty minutes of the game were end to end, and Field teed up Liam Smyth for a shot which was charged down, whilst substitute Jayan Alexander’s snapshot flew wide for Ashford.

United had a well-placed free kick which Keith Williams hammered over the bar, but the remaining minutes were all about defence as Ashford pressed hard for a precious point.

In the last minute Ocansey strode forward and fired in a shot across Tokarczyk which rebounded off the post. The ball came straight back to Joe Bennett – playing his first game of the season having returned from university – but he slotted the rebound wide with the goal gaping.

There was still time for one last shot which Tokarczyk beat away, and this time there was no home player waiting to capitalise and Aylesbury had done enough to claim victory.

Although good in first and starts, it was far from a fluid performance by United, but on this occasion luck went the way of the Ducks who next travel to St Ives Town, smarting after a 5-1 defeat by Aylesbury FC.

Minute by Minute Updates
  • 90+4 FT: Ashford 1-2 Aylesbury - Several late scares for the Ducks but three points in the end
  • 90+2 Field half volley dived on by keeper
  • 90+1 Tokarczyk beats ball away, nobody to turn in
  • 90 Ocansey streams forward, shot across goal hits post. Bennett fires rebound wide
  • 87 Aylesbury free kick on the corner of the box. Hammered over by Keith Williams
  • 85 Ashford manager sent off!
  • 84 Alexander snapshot goes wide
  • 79 Grace on for Jones
  • 78 Field tees up Smyth, shot charged down
  • 76 Wood with a miraculous goalline clearance after Tokarczyk pushes the ball into a strikers path. Then Blackett runs clean through but keeper saves
  • 73 Fuller on for Fountain
  • 72 Great save from Tobin to deny Reynolds after Blackett/Field slips him through
  • 72 Alexander on for Turner
  • 64 Ashford free kick on the right flank. Turner nods wide at the far post
  • 63 Free kick to Aylesbury 35-yards out. Jones takes. Field feint header
  • 62 Aylesbury corner. Jones swings it in. Caught by Tobin
  • 61 Reynlds set free by Blackett, denied by superb saving challenge
  • 60 Reynolds for Aylesbury and Turner for Ashford booked
  • 59 1-2. Elliott Jones long shot takes deflection to wrong foot Tokarczyk
  • 54 Blackett unplayable at times today. Gets on the end of Tokarczyk's kick, beats the defence but fires wide
  • 51 2-0 Aylesbury. Blackett thumping finish after linking up with Field
  • 50 Ashford corner. Swung in by Jacobs. Headed out by Greg Williams. Eventually came back to Turner who fired wide from range
  • 49 Ocansey run and low ball turned behind by Wood
  • 46 Ashford free kick. Swung in deep to Turner. Ball in cleared
  • 46 Moody booked
  • We're underway for the second half...
  • HT HT: Ashford 0-1 Aylesbury - Fairly even half but Aylesbury deserve their lead on clear cut chances
  • 45+1 Ocansey puts well wide on the volley
  • 44 Reynolds puts over from eight yards after Jones latches onto Blackett flick and squares the ball
  • 40 Aylesbury deep free kick. Taken by Jones. Ball looped up in the air. Blackett got a feint header which somehow beat the keeper
  • 39 Jacobs booked
  • 35 Ocansey booked
  • 34 Aylesbury corner. Delivered by Jones. Free header for the towering Hatch put over
  • 33 Field shot blocked after deep Jones cross falls to him
  • 27 Ashford corner. Taken by Jacobs. Headed out by Hatch at near post
  • 26 Turner wins Ashford a corner. Taken by Jacobs. Cleared initially, but ball worked out and crossed in. Another corner
  • 24 Aylesbury deep free kick. Taken by Smyth. Met by Wood but straight at Tobin
  • 21 Ashford corner. Taken by Jacobs to Fountain whose cross is cleared away. Ball crossed in again and cleared again
  • 19 Ashford corner. Delivered by Fountain. Cleared away by defence
  • 18 Free kick to Ashford by the left corner flag. Jacobs delivers. Deflects behind for a corner
  • 18 Ashford corner. Fountain takes. Met by attacker, hits Keith Williams and flies behind
  • 16 Aylesbury corner. Jones delivers. Blackett met but headed wide. Should have scored
  • 14 First bit of football by Ashford, Ocansey cuts in from the left and fires a decent effort over
  • 13 Deep free kick tamely headed wide by Canderton
  • 11 Grest bombarding run by Hatch, ball comes through to Field slots wide
  • 11 Sitch down injured after colliding with Hatch
  • 9 Turn and shot from tight angle by Blackett held
  • 8 Greg Williams on a burst forward just overruns the ball behind for a goal kick
  • Pre-Match Two changes today, in come Jack Wood and Zack Reynolds. New signing Dale Turney is on the bench
  • Pre-Match We're underway...