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Aylesbury United returned to action this afternoon facing Egham Town at Bell Close. The visitors arrived on a 6 match winning run in league and cup, having scored 20 goals and conceded only one in that time - perhaps not the ideal opposition following Wednesday evening’s disappointing result against Daventry. Changes were made to the starting line up, as Tony Joyce chose to rotate the squad again. The 5 subs from Wednesday were restored to the starting line up; Keith Williams returned at left back in place of Zack Reynolds, who was rested after reporting a slight knee strain, Liam Smyth returned to partner Greg Williams in the centre of midfield with Lee Grace on the left and Paul Edgeworth on the right. Top scorer Stacey Field replaced Dom Petrucci up front.
The game soon settled down into a midfield battle, with scoring opportunities scarce in the opening exchanges, although the visitors had the best of the play. The nearest either side came to scoring in the first half was when Egham centre back Ryan Lake had the ball in the net, but saw the goal chalked off because he had put it in with his hand - and rightly earned himself a yellow card. The second half followed the same pattern, both sides cancelling each other out in the midfield battle, with neither side having the ability to get the ball in the net when chances were created. Despite making positive substitutions, and playing more cohesively than the first half, the Ducks were unable to force the issue, although Stacey Field had a great opportunity 2 minutes from time. A great move down the right saw Jason Blackett cross to him unmarked in the 6 yard box. His firm header was superbly saved by visiting keeper Norris at point blank range.
The game ended goal-less, which considering Egham’s recent form should perhaps go down as a point gained rather than 2 points dropped. Worryingly with the return match at Daventry on Tuesday evening, Steve Hatch limped out with a leg injury in the first half, and both Jack Wood and Richard Armstrong picked up knocks in the second half, although both completed the match. The Ducks will want as many fit players as possible available on Tuesday evening, for what promises to be another testing evening against a team in top form.
Full report to follow.
Our U12 and U16 Disabled/Special Needs teams took part in their first ever tournament at the weekend. Opposition for both teams was provided by Marlow and they both played 2 entertaining games
The Under 16s went first, the squad was made up of Mobeen, Sam, Abdul, Joshua, Adhil, Asim, Mushqat, Lee and Jamie. The match was a real end-to-end affair with both teams having chances to score and some excellent passing football displayed by both teams. Whilst this game was going on the Under 12s went outside for a training session with the coach from the B&B FA.
The Under 12s were next up to play, the squad was made up of Ciaran, Cameron, Brad, Emma, Mohamed and Harry. This was the first time most of them had ever played in a match before and they all did really to work hard as a team and create a few good chances to score. Whilst this game was going on the U16s went outside for a training session with the coach from the B&B FA.
Both teams then had a second match against the respective Marlow teams. The Under 16s again won a very close match whilst the Under 12s pushed Marlow a lot harder second time around and even scored their first ever goal when Emma forced the ball over the line following a corner.
We would like to thank Jon Wood from the B&B FA for organising the event, Marlow for providing such friendly opposition, Dave Miller for bringing the U16s over on the minibus and to the parents for their constant support. Most of all though we want to thank the girls and boys who represented the club on the day, you all did yourselves proud and we hope that this is the first match of many for you all
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The U12 and U16 Disabled/Special Needs teams are both on the lookout for additional players. We are also in need of someone to manage the U16 team at BOBi league games. Anyone interested can either show up to training, which is every Saturday from 9-10am at Ashmead Combined School or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a bruising encounter at Marlow last Saturday, Tony Joyce rested a number of players as he rotated his squad for the visit of in-form Daventry Town. The midfield was completely changed, with Ben Baines, Greg Williams, Richard Armstrong returning to the starting line up, joining Jack Wood who started the game in an unfamiliar left sided role. Zack Reynolds replaced Keith Williams at left back, with Dom Petrucci and Jason Blackett starting up front in place of Stacey Field and Paul Edgeworth.
Daventry have a number of games in hand on the teams at the top of the league, thanks to a number of postponements due to an extended FA Cup run and bad weather. With only 4 defeats so far in the league, this always promised to be a hard match for the Ducks, and so it proved. The visitors passed the ball around well, and at times their running off the ball was joy to watch. It was the visitor’s Luke Keen who had the first opportunity of the match, seeing his shot from the edge of the box rebound down from the underside of the bar and away to safety. The Ducks were forced to reshuffle the team when Shane Wood was forced off injured after 25 minutes, brother Jack moving back to play alongside Bill Morgan, with Keith Williams coming on at left back and Reynolds moving forward to the left side of midfield. Chances came for both sides during the half, but it was in added on time that the visitors took the lead, through striker Keen, with a fine shot from the edge of the box.
The second half resembled last week’s match at Rugby, with the Ducks on the defensive for much of the time. Keen and his striking partner Robinson were lively all evening and 10 minutes from time combined to score the goal which sewed up the points. Keen had a header well saved by Jack Sillitoe; when the ball rebounded to him his second attempt was cleared off the line by Jack Wood but unfortunately the ball appeared to have gone in off the body of Robinson who was following up, although the goal has officially been awarded to Keen. In truth, this was a dominant display by the visitors who will surely be in the reckoning for promotion when they have played their games in hand. Certainly Aylesbury will need to up their game when they travel to play the return match next Tuesday. Before that though, on Saturday another home match against Egham Town, when the Ducks will be hoping to get back to winning ways.
Full report to follow.
Aylesbury Utd Ladies Section are holding a Quiz Night to raise funds
The event will take place at 7pm on Saturday 15th March at the Bierton Sports Centre, Burcott Lane Bierton HP22 5AS
Teams are to be of between 4 and 6 members and entry fee is £5 per person on the night
Everyone is very welcome and we would love to see as many teams as possible take part and help out the cause so thinking caps on and see you there
Please bring your own drinks
For further information or to reserve a table please contact Bethan Cameron on 07799 633543 or find us on Facebook - Aylesbury United Ladies FC
Under 7 - Aylesbury United v Wendover Juniors - Hard fought battles!
It just didn't come together as well as it did for the opposition.
The teams were again divided in two with a fair age split, team (A) consisted of Jonathan, Ryan T-T, Emmanuel, Hayden, Sam, Leo, Freddie & Christopher, and team (B) consisted of Ethan, Luca, Charlie, Owais, Jaden, Henry, Haydon & Rory.
Team A's report -
Todays match saw us up against a very good Wendover side. On a much dryer day I decided to change things around for our first match, playing a few players in unfamiliar positions to gain them experience in different roles around the pitch. Starting with the ever reliable Sam in goal, Emmanuel and Christopher in defence, Freddie in midfield and Leo as Striker.
We did struggle to keep hold of the ball early on, our tackling and passing was not as good as its been in past games and the pace of the game was very pedestrian. It seemed at times the players were still half asleep and all we had been working on in training seemed to have been forgotten! But we stayed in the game after conceding a sloppy goal and with a couple of minutes to go in the first half we finally managed to pass the ball down the wing, cross it, and have a shot.
After a few words at half time and some tweaks to the line up I brought on Ryan, Hayden and Jonathan. This did inject a bit more pace to our game which is one of our strengths, but we were still struggling to get going and we seemed to loose out in most of our tackling. Ryan and Hayden went close fizzing shots across the goal but we couldn't break through a good organised Wendover defence and conceded a couple of goals where we were caught napping at the back.
So to summarise the first match I would have to say more talking, passing and a bit more bite in our tackles would have improved our all-round game.
Again we had a chat between games to encourage the boys, saying that although the first game was poor we still had the chance to improve in the second. Unfortunately we started the second game very sloppy giving the ball away and seemed to be chasing after the ball in packs instead of keeping our positions. We were a bit all over the place, getting caught ball watching and without good saves from Christopher who had taken the gloves for this match we would of been a few goals down within minutes. As the half drew to a close we again were very sloppy and found ourselves two down, so I had some sorting out to do in the half time break.
In the three halves we had played so far we had failed to score and only had about three shots. But after a good team chat they seemed more up for the fight in the second half, with better passing and much more strength in the tackles. But for all that we got caught with a counter attack, something we ourselves had been working on in training these past few weeks.
So at three down with five minutes to go it seemed the comeback was over, but I was wrong and I'm pleased to say it! From the restart I pushed the players forward and they started to believe again and with shots at goal from Ryan and Sam we finally pushed Wendover back. A good passing move involving the whole team saw Sam strike a goal to get us our first of the day and a slim hope of a draw. I then made a quick sub something I don't normally do as I had made changes at half time but I could see Emmanuel was struggling, so on came Hayden and within a minute he passed and tricked his way through and scored across the keeper to bring us within one goal. The team now had that smile back and belief was in their game. As soon as Wendover kicked off we were pressing them into a mistake and after good tackles and passing our pressure paid off with another great run from Hayden, shooting again across the keeper to gain us a fantastic draw and a fine comeback!
It seems our team enjoy the thrill of a comeback and I hope now they can use these two very different matches to look at the positives, which were mainly in the final half of the second game and the errors which they were all guilty of during the rest of the match. But that is why we all put the hours in on Saturday mornings to improve and make ourselves better, for a team of 6 and 7 year olds they will learn from winning well, playing well, along with the fight backs to draw, as well as the lessons learnt in defeat. However much work is needed but the team is growing and these two matches will help them learn, as it has done for me too.
Good effort lads, we will go again next match.
Shaun Teasdale U7 Assistant Coach
Team B's report -
It was good to get back to some matches after a long break because of the bad weather, thankfully our home pitches are quite hardy and were relatively dry compared with others in the district. The lads seemed equally as happy to return to match football after the last two tough training sessions I put them through, done to blow off the cobwebs in advance of this fixture.
The starting line up for the first match saw Charlie begin in goal, Ethan the solitary defender, Haydon on the right wing, Luca controlling midfield and Rory the lone attacker.
The lads had been practising on their passing game ahead of the fixture but the excitement seemed to get the better of them and quite a few times players ran with the ball as opposed to taking the easier option of passing the ball around the opposition. Having said that Haydon had quite a few successful wing runs that ended with a crossed ball but unfortunately nothing was on the end of it. Luca tried a similar approach in midfield but the opposition reminded us why we had been learning possession play in training. Counter attacks seemed to be the theme for the day and a couple from the opposition punished us to take them into the half time break two goals up.
For the second half of the first match Owais replaced Charlie in goal, Henry replaced Ethan in defence (a change of role from his previous appearances), Jaden replaced Luca in midfield but as a winger, with Haydon staying in place on the other wing and Rory still upfront.
The fresh players brought about a change of approach play and the fortunes of the game did turn, with one of Haydon's runs paying off this time and Rory dispatching the ball into the net! Wendover continued counter attacking and despite some good stops and closing down attackers by Owais, a corner ball was finally what beat him bouncing off his legs into the net. It did seem like we could claw it back as Henry also deterred the opposition to keep the ball away from our goal but they had a shot from distance with a decent bounce to give them a fourth goal which took the wind out of our lads sails and ended the game with a three goal deficit.
The starting line up for the second match saw Luca begin between the posts, Henry on his own in defence, Ethan and Owais in midfield and Charlie the only attacker.
Perhaps the first match had helped but the second match saw us start like they had been listening at training, with some good passing moves adopted from the start. Ethan seemed to enjoy breaking free from his previous defensive duties and with knowledge that Henry had performed well there in the last match he moved up the pitch and several passes from the back resulted in Ethan slotting one through to Charlie, who without hesitation made sure this time we started in front. Unfortunately just like with the first Wendover team, the second team adopted some good counter attacking play and made us pay, levelling the score and then putting us a goal behind within a short space of time. That was disappointing because to me the score line did not reflect the game and I was very happy when Ethan took a shot that didn't quite make it into the goal (touching the post) but was finished off by a delighted Henry. My happiness was unfortunately deflated a little while later when yet another counter attack saw Wendover again go into the lead and finish the half perhaps wondering how they were one goal up.
For the second half of the second match Rory replaced Luca in goal who then went upfront, Ethan dropped back into defence, allowing for the two wingers Jaden and Haydon to come on in place of Henry and Owais.
The second half did not begin with as strong a morale as the other restarts and when Wendover netted another two goals I did wonder if it was going to be a rout. However as it turned out we did have quite a few attacks but it proved not to be Luca's day with a shot going either side of the goal and one getting caught up under him as he tried to get closer to the keeper. The lads perhaps slightly dejected finished three goals down which I do not feel fairly reflected the game but I guess that's football for you. We will pick ourselves up, dust down, practice in training and hope our better away form returns us to winning ways.
Kris Butterworth U7 Team Coach
Thanks to the parents/guardians, family and friends for their appreciated continued support and also to our two referee's in today's fixture, Justin (Freddie's Dad) and Stuart (Rory's Dad) both who were very professional with their duties.
Under 8 - Aylesbury United v Flackwell Heath - Another cracking week!
Green Team Goalkeeper Toby Defence Kyle & Jack (c) Midfield Will Up front Corey & Lee Sub - Rhys
Jack was given the captains armband this week.
Game one saw a strong start with Corey and Lee once again working well together up front, with Will supporting. The defence was solid with Jack and Kyle and of course Toby in goal. We had an added player this week in the form of Rhys making his debut for the club after only two training sessions. We took control of this first game early on by taking the lead within minutes of the kick off. It was a fine goal supplied from Corey with support from Lee. Lee again attempted another cross that ended up hitting the mark adding to his impressive goal record. I will certainly be encouraging him to cross the ball more often! The defence stood firm when ended making some important tackles keeping Toby out of danger. Will was running up and down the pitch providing excellent support. Corey added to the score shortly before half time taking an already impressive tally for the season one step higher. They boys didn't faltered in the second half, with Lee adding his second of the game. Toby was called on a couple of times towards the end of the game but proved solid making one good save and one terrific save a short time afterwards which had the opposing coach praising him to me.
Game 2 saw us swap Rhys for Shay giving another debut performance to the second of our new players. We came against so a strong and confident Flackwell side but the boys were more than up for the challenge of taking this side on. I knew this would be an uphill battle when Toby had to make four saves in a row, inside the opening minutes if the game. Kyle and Jack's defending meant that Flackwell were denied more than once supporting Toby well in goal. Shay made his debut at half time after Will was winded after making an excellent defensive block. Lee ran like the wind three quarters of the way down the pitch and was rewarded with the only Aylesbury goal in this match.
Well done boys, you should be proud of the performances this week.
Thank you to Adam for refereeing two of the games.
Written by Stuart Clark (come on, didn't you read last weeks!)
White Team Up front: Braden/Montana (C) Just sitting behind: Shay Defence: Nathaniel/Samual Goal keeper: John Sub: Oliver Game one was a slow start today against Flackwell heath. We kicked our game off with Flackwell heath scoring very quickly against us in the first half of the game. We had some good link up play and some good passing from all of the white team today. We had a very near miss today from Braden that see the ball just go over the cross bar but Flackwell heath seemed to have the luck on there side today. The second half of the game showed some good footballing going on up and down the pitch from the white team today with us having a few near misses with Flackwell heath scoring there second goal in the game. Game two see John swap with Samual in goal and shay swapped with Reece in midfield. The captain in the first game was Montana and then the captain in the second game was John. Game two started a lot better then game one with much better football coming from all of the white team with Nathaniel and John at the back making our defence very strong witch see Montana scoring us white team a goal witch lifted the spirits of them all. We had some fantastic running up and down the pitch from John and Nathaniel. When the second half of the game happened I brought Oliver on for Reece to come off then I put John in midfield to support Montana and Braden witch made Flackwell heath’s defence breakable witch see John Montana and Braden work together to give Braden a goal. Man of the Match was very close between the to strikers witch just see Montana edge in front to receive the Man of the Match Trophy. I would just like to thank all of my players for working hard today and thank you to all the parents for your support that you give us. Written by the Assistant Manager Sean. I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Thank you as always to the parents for their support both to the teams and to myself and Sean. Special thank you again to Jackie for keeping us warm with hot drinks.
See you all next weekend.
Under 9 - Aylesbury United v Chinnor - A match at last!
Following a month of fixtures called off we finally got a match on.
Match Report by Jon Foster
Gk: Ted, Defence: Zico, Charlie B, Kyle, Midfield: Oliver, Callum, Sam Striker: Ben
Match 1 Due to a shortage of numbers from the opposition the game kicked off as a 6 a side match and on a big pitch is was a very wide open affair from the off. We somehow found ourselves 2 nil down very quickly but we kept going and a number of mazy runs from Oliver and surging runs from Sam created chances which were well saved by the keeper. Ben then had his turn and twice raced clear only for the keeper to pull off 2 good saves. Finally just before half time Ben picked the ball up and ran through from the half way line striking the ball powerfully in to the corner from the edge of the area, 3rd time lucky. The second half saw the defence reinforced with the introduction of Charlie and Kyle. The game quickly picked up where the 1st half had left off with countless attacks coming from midfield. Not long into the half again Ben ran clear through from the half way line but the keeper pulled off a good save from the first effort but had no chance from the rebound. 2-2. We were now in the driving seat and it was only a matter of when we would score again. Another powerful run was finished by Sam, we were in the lead! It was now one way traffic and a rare adventure up field from Kyle saw the keeper pull off the best save of the match. From the resulting corner Sam unleashed an unstoppable volley, great technique! Not long after following yet another run Sam completed his first hat-trick for the club. Chinnor still had time to pull a goal back but the game was over. The match finished 5-3.
Match 2 The team for the second match saw Charlie pull on the gloves to replace the unwell Ted in goal and due to players dropping out from Chinnor our 2nd game was 5 aside match. Surprisingly the first half wasn’t as open as the first game with the match confined mainly to the middle of the pitch. The half ended 0-0. The second half was going the same way until the goalkeeper handled the ball outside the area and a free kick was awarded. The ball was placed on the angle of the area, perfect for a left footer. Without hesitation up stepped Ben to unleash an unstoppable free kick that curled in to the top corner of the net, the keeper and defender on the line had no chance 1-0. From there on the performance stepped up and as the boys confidence once again grew and they started to create chances as the game became more stretched. As the game opened up Zico started on one of his runs from the back and quickly found himself on the edge of the area, he steadied himself and stroked the ball in to the bottom corner 2-0. Finally following another attack Oliver found the ball at his feet just inside the box and placed the ball in to the net to pick up his customary goal. A clean sheet from Charlie in goal saw the match finished 3-0.
Match Report by Mark Webber
Gk: Ieuan, Defence: Callum A, Charlie T, Nathan Midfield: Ethan, Fin, Ryan, Tomas Striker: Yannis
Match 1 It is fair to say we were in control from start to finish and haven't had many easy Sunday mornings. Ieuan had nothing to do in the first match. And without an 11 year old keeper between their sticks, it could have been double figures for the ducks.
After several chances, Ethan unleashed a great shot which was saved well but Fin was first to react and thumped it home. More good work from ol'twinkle toes Yannis but their keeper was on good form and made some saves to keep it to 1-0 at the half.
After some half time subs, and a debut for little Weber jnr, Ryan picked the ball up from our area dribbled 3/4 of the pitch before trying to put Tomas in with a slide rule pass. Their defender may have blocked his effort but Ethan was there to complete the pass and Tomas walked the ball in with a cool finish.
Throughout the two matches, Callum and Charlie kept their excellent defensive partnership going. Little and large frustrating the opposition. With a couple of good runs from Callum to release pressure.
Half time super sub Ryan went on another run again with the ball, past one defender and whilst his first shot was blocked he slotted home the rebound for our third. Finished 3-0.
Match 2 Big pitch for 5 aside and we were undone by the space for the first goal. Caught on a counter attack. But we started to grow into the game. Big efforts by Tomas and Ryan kept the ball out and then Ryan turned defence into attack, He raced clear and smashes home the equaliser inside the near post.
After more pressure, a shot comes in which the keepers saves but it bobbles out and Tomas snatches his second of the day. Comeback complete
Change of players at half time and immediately Fin puts them under pressure. His stamina and work rate has been impressive all day. From a short corner, Ethan unleashes one of his trademark thunderbolts straight through the keeper. 3-1
Ethan gets a well-deserved rest, he must get his enviable speed from his mother’s side.
There was one sticky moment for us, but Ieuan (aka The Cat) saved the shot and scrabbled to jump on the ball first before their striker could react.
After breaking up the play again, Fin races clear, then slows as he approaches the keeper and tucks it calmly away. 4-1.
And to end the match, Fin has an audacious shot from just past the half way line which is whiskers wide.
Finishes 4-1 comfortable job done.
Under 10 - Preswood Colts v Aylesbury United - Improved Performances and Points on the Board
It was deja vu for the U10s as they took on their opponents from last weekend, Prestwood Colts, again, this time in the first group match of the end of season Blue Division Cup.
With 12 points on offer from the day's four games it was important that the team got off to a good start against potentially the strongest team in the group ahead of the next two group games against Aylesbury FC / Haddenham Youth and Wycombe Saints.
The boys managed to secure 4 points from the games which puts them on a good footing for the remainder of the group campaign.
What was most pleasing was that the boys improved on both their performances and results from last week's development fixture against Prestwood. This is what was asked of them before the games and once again both teams produced in this regard.
Men of the Match for the day were Ben P who played excellently in goal for his team and Jacob O who continues to impress with his determination and continued improvement.
Next up for the U10s is the group game against Aylesbury FC / Haddenham Youth next Sunday, 11.00 kick off at Fairford Leys
Under 11 - Widmer End United v Aylesbury United - Aylesbury kept there nerve and broke down a resolute defence by Widmer
U11 kept there 100% win record in tact and didn't let a stubborn defence put them off
At half time it was 0-0 and clearly a new fresh approach was required to break down the Widmer defence and man of the match keeper. Matt and Bradley who started at the back in the first half - switched to up front in the second half and this gave Widmer new problems. Jamie H and Josh L moved back to midfield and Luke and Nadine pushed back to defence also. The whole dynamics of the game shifted slightly and three goals to Aylesbury in the second half sealed the victory. Josh L scored well and Nadine stepped up to tap home a goal - Thus both demonstrating a player can score regardless of the position he is given in the team - you dont have to be a striker!
There are three key games coming up in March which should decide if Aylesbury qualify for a cup final.
Full Team Line Up: Dylan in goal, Matt, Bradley, Nadine, Luke, Jamie H, Josh L, Thomas, Jamie B and Aaron wing backs, Jonny centre midfield and Josh B up front in the second half