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Saturday 22nd November 2014

Southern League Division One Central

Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard Attendance: 134

Aylesbury United

2 0

Daventry Town

  Half-time: (1-0)  
    7Jack SILLITOEPlayer Image1
    8Shane WOODPlayer Image2
    8Jake BEWLEYPlayer Image3
    7(c) Jack WOODPlayer Image4
    7John MULHOLLANDPlayer Image5
    712 76m Lea COULTERPlayer Image6
    7Steve HATCHPlayer Image7
    7Shaun OWENSPlayer Image8
    7Jason BLACKETTPlayer Image9
    714 87m Stacey FIELDPlayer Image10
    715 91m Paul EDGEWORTHPlayer Image11
    6 76m Greg WILLIAMSPlayer Image12
    10 87m Joey ACHEAMPONGPlayer Image14
    11 91m Jesse WAITESPlayer Image15
    Orlando JOAOPlayer Image16
    Ryan FRESHWATERPlayer Image17
      Tony JOYCEManager ImageM
    1Player ImageBen HEATH
    2Player ImageAshley DEENEY (c)
    3Player ImageJosh BLAKE
    4Player ImageRyan ZIDYANA
    5Player ImageJoe DEBAYO
    6Player ImageRicky HILL
    7Player ImageJack HOWARD15 87m 
    8Player ImageSam BELLO-BALOGUN
    9Player ImageTommy BERWICK
    10Player ImageJamie CALVIN17 89m 
    11Player ImageRyan POWELL12 55m 
    12Player ImageHoward FORINTON11 55m 
    14Player ImageFred AYEBARE
    15Player ImageHarry SOUTHERN7 87m 
    17Player ImageKafele MORGAN10 89m 
    MManager ImageAllan SMART
    Match Report



    Two out of form teams – Aylesbury with one win in seven and Daventry with one win in six – met at Bell Close, with a goal in each half giving the Ducks a two-nil win.

    The hosts made one change with Jason Blackett coming in up front in place of Orlando Joao, with Paul Edgeworth moving back to form the tip of a diamond shaped midfield.

    It was Aylesbury who threatened first when a defensive clearance ricocheted off a green-clad body straight to Stacey Field just inside the box who bent a first time effort narrowly over the bar, although he was flagged offside and the effort wouldn’t have counted.

    A minute later and the visitors came inches away from opening the scoring themselves when a thunderous shot from Tom Berwick came back off the underside of the crossbar, the rebound being collected by Sam Bello-Balogun but his shot was blocked.

    Daventry went on to fashion a number of decent openings during the match, but that was to be the closest they came, and Jack Sillitoe ultimately left the pitch at full time without having a serious save to make.

    An Aylesbury corner was flicked wide by Jack Wood, whilst Blackett should have done better shortly afterwards when Edgeworth helped the ball on for the number nine, who twisted his marker inside out but crashed his shot over the bar.

    Steve Hatch then did similar when the ball was intercepted and worked to Stacey Field who in turn laid it inside for Hatch, but he powered his attempt well over.

    The first half was generally an even, often scrappy, contest, and both sides had blocked shots through Tom Berwick, who had the ball fed to him after a throw but saw his shot on the turn blocked, and Shaun Owens whose shot was charged down before he put the rebound wide.

    As the first period wore on, Aylesbury gradually began to assert more control on proceedings, and a Jake Bewley free-kick effort hit the wall, before Blackett was played clean through only for his poked effort to be saved by the advancing Ben Heath with Edgeworth just unable to squeeze home the follow up.

    Three minutes later and Hatch was the next man to try his luck, sidestepping his marker but firing a low shot straight at Heath, but it wasn’t long before the deadlock was finally broken.

    A ball played up to Blackett found Daventry short on numbers, and the striker’s instant control and clever footwork bamboozled his defender before releasing Edgeworth who just beat the goalkeeper to the ball and directed it into the net, where it had just enough power to beat Ashley Deeney on the line. 1-0 Aylesbury

    It was a scantly deserved lead, but a very welcome one, and it could have got even better for the Ducks in stoppage time when Blackett played in Shane Wood on the right, but his cross was headed wide by Field.

    Half-time: Aylesbury 1-0 Daventry

    The start to the second half was fast and furious, Blackett having a chance but failing to get hold of his shot, whilst Jack Howard should have done better from a cleverly worked free kick routine that saw Berwick pick him out on the near post but he headed wide, then back at the other end Edgeworth’s long ranger was fumbled by Heath but nobody was on hand to profit.

    Daventry were soon enjoying their best spell of the game as a throw in found Howard who could only direct a shot all the way across goal, and ninety seconds later another throw was flicked on for Ryan Zidyana who headed just wide.

    Berwick had a chance when a ball down the side of the Aylesbury defence set him away, but he flashed his shot wide across goal, whilst yet another telling throw in was this time levered down to Howard whose volley was calmly plucked out of the air by Sillitoe.

    Looking to build on their momentum, the visitors then introduced veteran striker Howard Forinton, but his afternoon lasted just seven minutes when he was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident, reportedly kicking out. The sending off left most inside Bell Close mystified, but the referee was in no doubt, and Daventry were left to play the last half hour with ten men.

    After a brief lull in the game, Aylesbury went about in search of a killer second goal and a great run from deep by Hatch saw him retrieve the ball against the odds, but only find the arms of Heath with his cut back.

    Two minutes later a low ball into the box found Field, his first shot was blocked before he chipped wide at the second attempt.

    Fifteen minutes from time and the Ducks did find their second goal to finally put the game out of Daventry’s reach. A searching left wing cross from the excellent Bewley found Shaun Owens ghosting into the area and although his first effort came back off Heath’s legs he was able to convert the rebound. 2-0 Daventry

    The Purple Army weren’t quite spent and had a couple of decent set piece chances, Ricky Hill heading wide Howard’s corner, whilst Tom Berwick’s flag kick from the opposite flank was also headed wide, before the same man stepped up and curled wide a free kick.

    Berwick had his side’s best remaining chance when Jamie Calvin clipped a fine pass over the defence into his strike partner’s path, but Berwick could only guide his header into the waiting arms of Sillitoe.

    In the 92nd minute, Blackett somehow failed to extend Aylesbury’s lead when Bewley and substitute Joey Acheampong combined down the left, with the latter’s cross miss kicked by a defender, giving Blackett a clear chance from six-yards. His first shot struck the inside of the crossbar before coming straight back to him, but he snatched at the chance and shot wide.

    That missed chance was only a minor blot on an otherwise good all-round performance from the Ducks, who will now be looking to add to their points tally when they visit basement side Beaconsfield SYCOB next.

    Minute by Minute Updates
    • FT Aylesbury 2-0 Daventry - The Ducks earn a much needed three points
    • 90+2 Waites for Edgeworth
    • 90+1 Bewley run down the left, played in Acheampong whose cross was missed by the defender. Blackett shot hits post then he somehow slots the rebound wide!
    • 89 Moran for Calvin
    • 87 Southern for Howard
      Acheampong for Field
    • 85 Calvin clipped ball into Berwick's path but he could only guide the ball straight to Sillitoe
    • 85 Daventry free kick 20-yards out. Curled wide by Berwick
    • 82 Daventry corner. Delivered by Berwick. Headed wide
    • 76 Daventry corner. Howard delivers. Hill rose to meet but flicked it wide
    • 76 Williams for Coulter
    • 75 Owens converts at the second attempt from Bewley's searching cross
    • 74 Calvin dragged long shot wide
    • 72 Blackett fed ball down right, low ball into Field saw his effort blocked then shot on the turn chipped wide
    • 70 Great run from deep by Hatch to retrieve ball but his cut back is easily held by the keeper
    • 63 Aylesbury corner. Deep but goes behind
    • 62 Forinton sent off
    • 62 Aylesbury free kick. Delivered by Bewley. Headed behind
    • 59 Throw in levered down to Howard, volleyed effort plucked out of the air by Sillitoe
    • 55 Forinton for Powell
    • 53 Aylesbury corner. Fizzes across box without a touch
    • 51 Ball played in down the side of defence, Berwick lashes a shot wide across goal
    • 50 Throw in flicked on and headed just wide by Zidyana for Daventry
    • 48 Howard shot wide across goal after throw in
    • 46 Edgeworth lets fly from range, keeper lets it slip through his hands but no one to follow up
    • 46 Daventry free kick from wide. Berwick delivered for Howard who headed wide at the near post
    • 46 Good battling from Aylesbury gives Blackett a shooting chance but he can't get hold of it
    • The second half is underway...
    • HT Aylesbury 1-0 Daventry - A hard fought first half, Edgeworth's goal the difference
    • 45+1 Shane Wood played in by Blackett, cross flicked wide by Field
    • 44 Blackett great touch and pass to Edgeworth who slides it home past the covering defender
    • 39 Hatch sidestepped past man, low shot held by keeper
    • 36 Blackett put through, poked shot blocked by advancing keeper, Edgeworth can't squeeze the rebound home
    • 24 Aylesbury free kick. Taken by Bewley. Charged down by the wall
    • 23 Daventry corner. Taken by Howard, headed out by Coulter
    • 22 Daventry corner. Taken by Howard. Goes out off Shane Wood for another
    • 21 Owens shot charged down after long throw into the box half cleared to him, follow up effort put wide
    • 21 Throw into box finds Berwick, shot on turn blocked behind for a corner
    • 18 Ball intercepted, Field laid it square for Hatch who crashed shot over
    • 9 Ball helped on by Edgeworth, Blackett twisted marker inside out before crashing shot over
    • 7 Aylesbury corner. Taken by Edgeworth. Met by Jack Wood but headed wide/over
    • 3 Throw in met by poor defensive header, shot fired in cannoned off defender then hit the bar, rebound met by Bello-Balogun but shot blocked
    • 2 Clearance ricochets off Aylesbury man straight to Field who bands a shot over, offside anyway
    • Pre-Match One change for the Ducks today as Blackett comes in for Joao
    • Pre-Match We're underway as United kick off...