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Aylesbury recovered from their early FA Cup exit a week earlier by twice coming from a goal behind to earn a useful point at Barton Rovers.

At a subdued Sharpenhoe Road, Stacey Field continued his return to form with another two goals as the Ducks put in a good display that was a mile away from their last visit to Rovers when they were beaten 4-0.

In Shane Wood’s absence, Ryan Freshwater made a very good full debut at right-back, whilst Lea Coulter, Steve Hatch and Paul Edgeworth were all drafted back into the team as Tony Joyce opted for a 4-4-2 lineup.

Barton should have been ahead after just two minutes. A throw in found ex-Duck Bilal Hassan who cut the ball back to Nat Peacock, scorer of five FA Cup goals the previous Friday, but he skied his effort.

United had their first attempt five minutes later when Edgeworth headed the ball out wide to Jesse Waites, who cut inside and curled it just past the far post.

Hassan bicycle kicked over the bar following a corner kick, and with Aylesbury having to work hard to keep their hosts at bay, a long shot from Billy Lannon came back off Jack Sillitoe before the away keeper gathered at the second attempt.

Lannon had another chance when he was found by Louis Lee, scuffing a shot wide, and Peacock again should have done better when a long ball set him free but his weak shot was easily smothered by the advancing Sillitoe.

Decent openings for Field and Edgeworth came and went, as Aylesbury seemed to be ending the half the strongest, but were regularly found guilty of losing possession in the final third as final passes went astray.

And Barton took full advantage by opening the scoring in first half stoppage time. A typical long ball caught the United defence, and Jack Wood in particular who was struggling having twice received treatment, allowing Peacock to run through and he made no mistake in slotting past Sillitoe. 1-0 Barton

Half-time: Barton 1-0 Aylesbury

It was something of a flattering lead for the hosts, and one which lasted only six second half minutes as Field scored his first. Jake Bewley sent a free kick into the area where it was cleared only as far as Waites whose first time strike was skewing badly wide, only for the predatory Field to head it into the net from close range. 1-1

The goal marked the start of three goals in a seven minute spell, and just three minutes later the hosts were ahead again.

Louis Lee produced the pass of the game with a through ball dissecting the Aylesbury defence that youngster Lannon ran onto to mark his debut with a really well taken goal. 2-1 Barton

Hatch had a chance for an instant reply when he was found by Reynolds but shot wide, so the mantle fell to Aylesbury’s number ten to double his tally and bring the game level again.

A fine passing move from the Ducks ended in Reynolds making tracks into the box before teeing up Field with a square pass, and the striker couldn’t miss. 2-2

Aylesbury kept up the pressure on the home goal with Reynolds twisting and turning in the box, his shot eventually being held by Forster, and then Bewley’s free kick nodded just wide by Edgeworth, who was ruled offside in the end anyway.

The last fifteen minutes could have seen the game go either way, with Waites firing straight at Forster for United and Kevin Kilroy’s ball into the box being turned wide by Lannon for Rovers.

Four minutes from time, Barton had the best chance to snatch all three points when the ball was headed on for Louis Lee who ran through and chose to shoot, but slashed his fierce effort wide of the target.

In stoppage time Field snatched a left footed effort wide after a half clearance dropped to him on the edge of the box, with what was the last chance of the game, and both sides had to settle for a point.

Minute by Minute Updates
  • FT Barton 2-2 Aylesbury - Good performance from Aylesbury and a useful point
  • 90+3 Barton free kick on the corner of the box. Comes to nothing
  • 90+2 Ball into box half cleared to Field who snatches left foot shot wide
  • 89 Aylesbury corner. Taken by Waites. Comes to nothing
  • 89 Grace for Reynolds
  • 86 Ball headed on, Lee ran through but slashed wide
  • 85 Aylesbury corner. Taken by Waites. Caught by Forster
  • 85 Free kick loaded into the box, keeper flaps, Hatch hooks it goalwards, headed out for corner
  • 81 Acheampong on for Edgeworth
  • 79 Kilroy ball into the box, put wide by Lannon
  • 78 Good pass to Waits, came inside, weak shot
  • 75 Femiola on for Condon
  • 74 Reynolds wins Aylesbury free kick. Delivered by Bewley. Nodded wide at the near post by Edgeworth, offside anyway
  • 70 Reynolds for Hassan
  • 69 Reynolds twists and turns, shot eventually held by Forster
  • 64 Hassan down after being smashed by a Sillitoe clearance
  • 58 2-2. Brilliant move from Aylesbury ends with Reynolds sliding a low cross which is tapped into the net by Field
  • 55 Reynolds finds Hatch with a pass who fires wide
  • 54 2-1 Barton. Lee threads a fine ball through to Lannon who runs on and slots past Sillitoe
  • 51 1-1. Free kick into the box from Bewley headed out to Waites, his wayward shot headed in from close range by Field
  • 46 Barton corner. Kilroy delivers. Comes all the way across and behind for a goal kick
  • No changes at the break, and the second half gets underway...
  • HT Barton 1-0 Aylesbury - Fairly uneventful half from which the Ducks are slightly unfortunate to be losing
  • 45 1-0 Barton. Long ball catches out the United defence and Hall slots it home
  • 44 Bewley with an audacious 60-yard free kick kept out by Forster
  • 42 Waites squeezes cross to Field, put behind for corner
  • 42 Aylesbury corner. Taken by Waites. Cleared
  • 38 Barton free kick. Kilroy delivers into the box. Cleared
  • 33 Jack Wood has been in the wars, he's down injured for a second time
  • 28 Aylesbury corner. Taken by Waites. Poor delivery
  • 26 Reynolds released Field, cut back to Edgeworth whose shot was easily caught by Forster
  • 23 Field powers drive over the bar after a free kick was re worked to him
  • 19 Driven cross from Peacock well held by Sillitoe with Hassan pressuring
  • 16 Aylesbury corner. Taken by Waites. Cleared
  • 16 Reynolds storming run ended by Lannon who concedes a corner
  • 14 Long ball from Kilroy set Peacock away, weak shot smothered by the advancing Sillitoe
  • 13 Lee found Lannon, scuffed shot wide of target
  • 11 Zack Reynolds free kick well over the bar
  • 10 Bill Lannon shot from range comes back off Sillitoe who gathers at the second attempt
  • 8 Through ball nearly found Peacock, good intervention from Bewley. Corner
  • 8 Barton corner. Taken by Kilroy. After a spot of pinball it's bicycle kicked over by Hassan
  • 7 Edgeworth headed ball out wide to Waites, cut inside and shot curled just wide
  • 2 Hassan put in from throw, cuts back for Peacock who skies it. Should be 1-0
  • Pre-Match A few changes today as Freshwater makes his full debut, and Coulter, Hatch and Edgeworth all come in
  • Pre-Match Aylesuury kick us off, kicking down the slope...