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Match report by Ian Pluck

Returning to league action for the first time in 18 days after enforced consecutive Saturdays off because of the early exit from the FA Cup and not being involved in the early round of the FA Trophy, the Ducks welcomed back skipper Jack Wood and Jordan Jenkins to the defence. Anthony Ball moved forward to the right of midfield replacing the unavailable Ollie Hogg, while David Manu made his first League start in attack alongside Melvy N’Somi, with Ken Feyi sitting the game out through injury. Sydney Ibie returned to take a place on the bench after recovering from the concussion he suffered at Bedford, alongside new signing Ty Deacon.

The Ducks started the game in fine style, opening the scoring in the second minute. A free kick was awarded on the left corner of the penalty area after a foul by Declan Peart on Manu. Ball stepped up to take the set piece, but his mis hit shot rebounded off the wall to Sonny French 20 yards from goal, who fired first time into the bottom corner to give the Ducks the perfect start. 1-0 Aylesbury

Given the team’s shortage of goals this season, it offered the perfect platform to go on and dominate the match. In the 10th minute, Ball picked up a loose pass by Peart and found Manu free on the left. The winger cut inside but saw his shot saved by the feet of visiting keeper Christian Lawrence.

Five minutes later and the lead was doubled. Great work on the left by Manu saw him beat his defender and drive a low ball across the box, where Ball met the ball perfectly 10 yards from goal to score his first goal for the club. 2-0 Aylesbury

It was to get even better for the Ducks just over half way through the first period. It was Manu again who provided the opportunity, beating Peart again on the left, skipping into the penalty area where he was unceremoniously taken down by Mark Flanagan for a stonewall penalty. Manu picked himself up and calmly sent Lawrence the wrong way to score his first goal in the Aylesbury shirt. 3-0 Aylesbury

On the half hour, a foul by Manu on Declan Benjamin saw a free kick awarded to the visitors. Ben Willoughby took the free kick, but saw his shot deflect off the defensive wall for a corner, which came to nothing. Five minutes later and another free kick was conceded, Benjamin stepped up this time, but his effort from 30 yards was headed over the cross bar by French.

The final chance of the half saw possibly the best move of the match so far; great interplay between Wood and Ball on the right flank saw the ball played in towards Lewis Osbourne on the edge of the penalty area. He sold a perfect dummy to Dan West and ran on to the ball to curl a left foot shot just wide of the far post.

Half-time: Aylesbury 3-0 Kidlington

To start the second half, the visitors chose to shake things up, making all 3 substitutions, while the Ducks also made a substitution, Derek Feyi replacing Dave O’Connor who had suffered a knock towards the end of the first half.

Six minutes in and N’Somi had a glorious chance to extend the lead; a ball forward from Wood found the striker bearing in on goal, but he could only fire his shot into the side netting from 15 yards.

On 57, Manu won the ball on the left and passed to Jake Bewley breaking down the flank. His cross fell to French, but he delayed his shot slightly and sent it over the bar. Two minutes later and Wood himself had a great chance to increase the lead; a Bewley corner was headed goalwards but the skipper could only volley over the bar from a yard out.

On the hour manager Ben Williams gave Ty Deacon his debut, replacing N’Somi. It was to be the visitors who threatened to score next, as a ball forward from Willoughby towards Anaclet Odhiambo, who dummied over the ball and allowed it to run through to substitute Kaylem Patterson. He advanced on goal but saw Jack Hopwood save at his near post. Two minutes later and a cross from Flanagan found Odhiambo, but the striker was stretching as he shot and couldn’t hit the target.

With twenty minutes left on the clock, some quick footwork by Osbourne saw hm pass to French, who in turn found Deacon on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was high and wide of the goal.

Five minutes later and a defensive header fell to Flanagan on the left side of the box, but again Hopwood was equal to his powerful shot from 20 yards.

With four minutes left on the clock, after a free kick from Bewley was headed back to him, his second cross was headed across goal by Wood towards Greg Williams, who, like the skipper earlier, was unable to convert from point blank range.

The final chance fell to Deacon, as he broke into the box on the right side, but saw his shot saved at the near post by Lawrence.

After so many low scoring matches this season, it was pleasing to see the goals scored this afternoon, but in truth both sides could have scored more. The win moves the Ducks up to 4th place in the league. Defensively, the Ducks were secure once again, but the confidence of scoring 3 this afternoon should set the side up well for a tricky FA Trophy match at home to Sevenoaks Town next Saturday, the visitors sitting second in the Isthmian League South East Division.