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Saturday 20th September 2014

Southern League Division One Central

Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard Attendance: 149

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Aylesbury United

3 2

Bedford Town

  Half-time: (2-1)  
Jack SILLITOEPlayer Image1
Ryan FRESHWATERPlayer Image2
Lee GRACEPlayer Image3
(c) Jack WOODPlayer Image4
Shane WOODPlayer Image5
Steve HATCHPlayer Image6
15 74m Shaun OWENSPlayer Image7
16 74m Jesse WAITESPlayer Image8
12 91m Joey ACHEAMPONGPlayer Image9
Stacey FIELDPlayer Image10
7Paul EDGEWORTHPlayer Image11
9 91m Greg WILLIAMSPlayer Image12
Lewis OSBORNEPlayer Image14
7 74m Liam SMYTHPlayer Image15
8 74m Jake BEWLEYPlayer Image16
Tony JOYCEPlayer Image17
  Tony JOYCEManager ImageM
1Player ImageLee CROCKETT
2Player ImageTodd SAWKO16 72m 
3Player ImageJoe HOPEWELL
4Player ImageNeil KING
5Player ImageJeff WOODWARD
6Player ImageDaniel BURKE
7Player ImageTom GLASSCOE14 60m 
8Player ImageAaron KING
9Player ImageTom LIVERSEDGE
10Player ImageScott CROSS12 82m 
11Player ImageRobbie PARKER
12Player ImageWill SUMMERFIELD10 82m 
14Player ImageJosh WINTERS7 60m 
15Player ImageTom RAWLINGS
16Player ImagePaul COOPER2 72m 
17Player ImageJosh MCGOLDRICK
MManager ImageCraig ADAMS
Match Report



A Steve Hatch double gave Aylesbury a first win over Bedford Town since 2001 sent the lowly Eagles, relegated from the Premier Division last season, spiralling to third from bottom whilst the Ducks firmly established themselves in the top half.

United were made to work hard for the win, twice letting their visitors equalise before Shaun Owens marked his first start for the club with the decisive goal midway through the second half.

Owens appearance was one of several changes to the side that had thrashed Marlow 5-1 in their last competitive game, with Bill Morgan and Lea Coulter unavailable, Jake Bewley not fully recovered from the injury that had seen him limp out of that match, and Zack Reynolds having joined Hemel Hempstead Town earlier in the week, so also coming into the team were Ryan Freshwater, Jesse Waites and Joey Acheampong.

The first thirty minutes of a largely scrappy game were uneventful; particularly from an Aylesbury point of view as they could barely muster a shot at goal.

It was Bedford who threatened first when Aaron King strode forward in the first minute but could only produce a terrible long shot that went out for a throw in.

The King brothers were at the centre of most of the visitors’ good work, and it was Neil King – the former Ducks youth teamer – who had a twelfth minute free kick which was driven into the box and flicked just wide by a Bedford head.

A clever flick from Aaron King then released Rob Parker, whose shot outside the block was charged down by Jack Wood.

Bedford should have been ahead on 23 minutes when Aaron King’s low free kick went straight through the wall, and cannoned back off Jack Sillitoe who then somehow kept out Scott Cross’s point blank follow up header with a superb reflex save to tip the ball wide.

Some passing football allowed Parker another attempt at goal on the half hour mark, but his rising drive was always going over.

So it was very much against the run of play that Aylesbury took the lead, with their first shot of the game. Paul Edgeworth produced a sublime piece of control to bring down a long ball, and it rolled neatly into the path of Hatch who fired a first time drive that arrowed straight into the corner with Lee Crockett a spectator. 1-0 Aylesbury

The shortlived lead lasted just seven minutes, as the Eagles brought themselves level from the penalty spot after Lee Grace was rather harshly penalised despite appearing to win the ball with his tackle. Cross made no mistake, sending Sillitoe the wrong way to restore parity. 1-1

Suddenly the game had come to life, and Hatch was teed up for another effort that Crockett had to beat away.

Heading into stoppage time, and it was Aylesbury who restored their advantage with the best move of the half. Waites threaded the ball through to Stacey Field who in turn passed low and hard into the six yard box where Hatch had timed his run perfectly to side foot it into the net. 2-1 Aylesbury

Half-time: Aylesbury 2-1 Bedford

Again, the lead lasted no time at all, as the Eagles were on level terms just three minutes after the restart. Daniel Burke was allowed to bring the ball all the way out of defence before sliding in Tom Liversedge who fired home from a tight angle through Sillitoe and into the net. 2-2

Aylesbury were making more of an attacking impact in the second half than they had for most of the first, and a speculative effort from the confident Hatch was just about held by the shaky looking Crockett, before Hatch again went close when he turned a shot wide after Crockett could only punch Shane Wood’s long throw down to him.

The Eagles had a good chance when the ball was worked inside to Cross but he shot straight at Sillitoe, and he was made to rue that waste as United took the lead for a third time four minutes later.

Field’s cross was the left was only half cleared to Edgeworth, who was able to outmuscle his opponent before finding Owens in the area who stabbed home his first Aylesbury goal. 3-2 Aylesbury

With twenty minutes remaining, plenty of Bedford attacks followed, with Sillitoe diving on a training ground free kick routine almost straight away.

The pressure was almost unrelenting in the final ten minutes, but the Ducks defence stood firm with Shane Wood and Jack Sillitoe both in particularly fine form to repel anything the visitors created.

A deep free kick was cleared back as far as Cross, who cut back onto his left foot but couldn’t beat Sillitoe, who saved. In stoppage time substitute Josh Winters was put through on goal but his shot from a narrow angle was also well saved by Sillitoe.

This lead to successive corners which amounted to nothing, and Aylesbury were able to celebrate the win. It may not have been entirely deserved on balance of play, but the Ducks won’t care about that as they continue their upturn in form.

Minute by Minute Updates
  • FT Aylesbury 3-2 Bedford Town - A very hard fought win for the Ducks, who came under plenty of pressure at the end
  • 90+2 2nd Bedford corner. Player penalised for foul
  • 90+2 Successive Bedford corners. First scrambled behind
  • 90+1 Winters put through on goal, shot from narrow angle saved by Sillitoe. Corner
  • 90+1 Williams for Acheampong
  • 88 Deep free kick half cleared to Liversedge, cut back onto left foot, shot saved by Sillitoe
  • 84 Constant Bedford pressure...
  • 83 Bedford corner. Headed out by Acheampong
  • 83 Drilled shot takes nick for corner kick
  • 82 Summerfield for Cross
  • 81 Bedford corner. Taken by Aaron King. Too high
  • 74 Double change: Smyth and Bewley for Owens and Waites
  • 72 Cooper for Sawku
  • 71 Acheampong long range curler easily held
  • 70 Bedford free kick, 30 yards out. Training ground routine dived on by Sillitoe
  • 67 3-2 Aylesbury. Owens poked home after Edgeworth held off man to play ball to him after Field's cross initially cleared
  • 65 Jack Wood very harshly booked
  • 63 Bedford corner. Curled straight out of play Hopewell. Sums the game up!
  • 63 Ball worked inside to Liversedge whose shot straight at Sillitoe
  • 60 Winters for Glasscoe
  • 59 Hatch drills just wide after Crockett punches out Shane Wood's long throw
  • 52 Hatch speculative effort just about held by Crockett
  • 51 Aylesbury free kick by the corner flag. Taken by Waites. Too high
  • 47 2-2. Burke brought the ball out of defence before finding Cross who managed to fire home across Sillitoe
  • Second half has kicked off...
  • 45 2-1 Aylesbury. Waites through to Fieldd who squared for Hatch to side foot home
  • 43 Ball teed up for Hatch drive, beaten away by Crockett
  • 40 1-1. Liversedge sends Sillitoe sends the wrong way from the spot
  • 39 Burke booked
  • 33 1-0 Aylesbury. Hatch low drive finds far corner after Edgeworth's superb touch
  • 31 Passing football allowed Parker to have a long shot, rising drive always going over
  • 28 Aaron King booked for persistent fouling
  • 23 Bedford free kick, 30-yards out. Aaron King's low effort comes back off Sillitoe. Fabulous save to deny Liversedge with the follow up
  • 22 Scrappy game!
  • 16 Another wayward shot from Aaron King who fires over
  • 15 Aaron King cleverly flicks Parker in, shot well charged down by Jack Wood
  • 12 Bedford free kick just outside the box. Neil King drives it in, skimming header sends it wide
  • 10 Aylesbury free kick. Well delivered by Waites. Headed out
  • 1 Aaron King strides forward, awful long shot goes out for a throw
  • Pre-Match Several changes today due to injuries, departures and unavailability
  • Pre-Match We're underway as Bedford kick us off...