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Despite a Bank Holiday Monday programme slightly reduced by FA Cup replays, there were still seven matches played in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central.
With previous league leaders Northwood going down to a 2-0 defeat at Kings Langley, Aylesbury FC now sit top of the table after their 1-0 win in the derby at Aylesbury United, where Brian Haule scored the 25th minute winner.
Along with Northwood and Diamonds, Chalfont St. Peter are also on 12 points, as they took their third away win of the campaign, 3-1 at Ware with Victor Osobu hitting his fifth Saints goal in five games, against the side he started the season with.
At the bottom of the table, Arlesey Town built on their weekend FA Cup win by taking their first point of the season, but they threw away a commanding lead at Potters Bar Town after first half goals from Lewis Wilson and Luke Abraham put them 2-0 up at the break, only to be pegged back to 2-2 in the second period.
In Hampshire, Petersfield Town came from behind to claim their first win of the season, against Uxbridge. The Reds had taken a seventh minute lead through Matt Woods, but equalised just a minute later through Alex Przespolewski before a late winner from Jordan Neal.
Aylesbury's penalty jinx returned again to cost them the chance of a draw in the sixth meeting between United and Aylesbury FC, the Ducks going down to a 1-0 defeat.
Eoin Casey saw a spot kick saved three days earlier, but this time Steve Hatch, playing in his last match before going away travelling, put his second half penalty wide.
FC lead on 25 minutes when Brian Haule confidently swept home Jamie Rudd's pull back, but it was a scrappy game of fine margins and no surprise that a solitary goal settled matters.
The penalty aside, United also went close when Taylor Collins had an effort beaten away.
It was the visitors who produced the better moments of quality though, sporadic as they were, and overall deserved a win that leaves the Ducks still seeking their first win at The ASM Stadium.
It was a largely successful weekend in the FA Cup Preliminary Round for Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central clubs, with 12 clubs making it through to the 1st Qualifying Round, and another 5 still in the competition pending replays (prior to Beaconsfield SYCOB's tie on Sunday).
Aylesbury United may have ended league leaders Northwood's perfect start to the season a week earlier, but the Woods enjoyed revenge over the Ducks as they came from behind to win 2-1 at The ASM Stadium. Michael Murray netted his sixth goal in six games four minutes from the end to leave Aylesbury still searching for their first win at their new 'home'.
The biggest shock was to be found at Second Meadow, where Chalfont St. Peter became one of four Division One Central sides eliminated, as they suffered defeat against Spartan South Midlands League side Biggleswade United after an eight goal thriller.
2-0 up after 15 minutes, Saints appeared to be cruising, but the hosts came back to take a 3-2 lead by half time, and although Chalfont levelled again after the break two further Biggleswade goals sent them crashing out.
Ware and Kings Langley were the other sides knocked out, Ware sent tumbling to a 4-0 defeat Ryman League Division One North side AFC Sudbury, whilst Dan Quigley's goal for AFC Rushden & Diamonds was enough to send their league counterparts Kings Langley out 1-0.
Three sides claimed their first wins of the season: Fleet Town and Hanwell Town in similar fashion, as both overcame local derbies against Combined Countes League opponents with away wins at Badshot Lea, 4-2, and Bedfont Sports 2-1 respectively. Arlesey Town, meanwhile, saw off Tring Athletic 2-0, also away from home.
Also winning away from home were Potters Bar Town, whose Garry Jones scored a brace of penalties in a 3-1 win at rumoured big spenders London Colney of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, and Leighton Town who secured a comfortable 3-0 win at Northampton Sileby Rangers.
Newly promoted Petersfield Town also enjoyed an away win, claiming a 2-1 victory at former Wessex League adversaries Moneyfields.
Aylesbury FC took on the lowest ranked side of all the Division One Central opponents in Risborough Rangers, taking part in the FA Cup for the first time in their history and playing their first ever home tie, with the Moles coming away with a 3-0 win as Brian Haule scored twice.
The remaining three sides make safe passage did so with home wins of varying degrees of comfort: Barton Rovers, Bedford Town and Uxbridge.
Ex-Ducks striker Jason Blackett was on the mark as he scored his third goal in five games for new side Barton Rovers, netting the third goal as they came from behind to win 3-1 against Spartan South Midlands League side Berkhamsted at Sharpenhoe Road having fallen to a third minute opener.
Just down the road, two goals from Joel Norris took his tally to 5 in 5 and helped Bedford see off Thrapston Town 2-1, whilst Uxbridge had to wait until the 86th minute to finally see off Northampton Spencer with Luke Henegan scoring the late winner.
A penalty twelve minutes from time denied Egham Town a win, and they will be one of five sides requiring a replay having been held to a 2-2 draw by newly promoted Division One South & West side Slimbridge.
Having finally taken a first league win of the season last weekend, and followed that up with another in midweek, much-fancied Royston Town were twice pegged back at Ryman League Division One North outfit Thurrock in a 2-2 draw.
Godalming Town shared a 1-1 draw at Marlow, as did North Greenford United at Spartan South Midlands League Wembley, whilst St Ives Town completed a trio of 1-1 draws as they were held at home by Norwich United, who scored a 93rd minute equaliser in a tie played on Friday night.
Aylesbury exited the FA Cup at the first stage for the second year in a row, as Northwood came from behind to win 2-1 at The ASM Stadium and leave United still searching for their first win at their new ‘home’.
Having ended the Woods 100% start to the league campaign a week earlier, the Ducks had reason to be confident going into the game, but their performance lacked spark.
Despite wasting the gift of a second half penalty kick (saved), Aylesbury still took the lead late in the game through Billy Adcock, but then contrived to throw it away.
Their advantage lasted less than a minute when George Nicholas bundled home from close range, and the turnaround was complete just before the end as Michael Murray scored to send the Woods through to a local derby against Harrow Borough in the next round.
Aylesbury United have confirmed that there will be a special bucket collection in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice at Bank Holiday Monday's derby against Aylesbury FC, kicking off at 3.00pm at Thame’s ASM Stadium.
In what promises to be a gripping affair, the teams will go head-to-head on match day, with pre and post-match pink bucket collections for the Hospice Charity, which needs to raise over £650,000 this year to ensure the continued funding of local palliative care services across Aylesbury Vale and beyond.
For information about the work of the Charity simply click here or call 01296 429975.