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U7 - Aylesbury United v Thame Boys
U8 - Flackwell Heath Scorpions v Aylesbury United
U9 - Hughenden Valley v Aylesbury United
U10 - Aylesbury United v Risborough Rangers Blue
U11 - Aylesbury United v Westwood Park Colts
U14 - Aylesbury United 1-0 Chesham United Rangers
U14 Youth - Aylesbury United Youth 3-2 Chalfont Saints Colts
U16 - Aylesbury United 4-3 Beaconsfield Holtspur United
U18 - Bourne End Youth 0-4 Aylesbury United
U7 - Aylesbury United v Thame Boys
Again the teams were divided in two by age, the predominantly older team (A) consisted of Sam, Ethan, Hayden, Ryan, Owais, Charlie & Jaden, and the predominantly younger team (B) consisted of Henry, Jonathan, Leo, Haydon, Rory, Freddie & Luca.
Team A's report
Today's games were against a very strong Thame Boys side, in which we came away with a narrow defeat and a well deserved draw.
In the first match it was all about the midfield areas, with a very strong and best personal performance of the season for Ryan. His strong tackling, effort and overall passing was something that started to flow throughout the team, with some great forward play down the wings which we have been working on in training. The whole team really put a lot of effort and worked hard all over the pitch throughout the game.
Sam had a busy first half in goal pulling off a string of superb saves and both Ethan and Hayden were as reliable as ever at the back, but such was the strength of our opponents today they never really had too many chances to venture forward. Credit to them for being so disciplined at such a young age!
After coming from 2-0 down a strong second half matched the first half efforts, with shots raining in from Owais and Ryan. Persistence finally paid off late on in the second half when Charlie finished off a good move, which was developed from some good passing down the wing. But just as it looked like we might just get the equaliser we ran out of time, but a great fight back so well done lads.
The second match was equally tough, I changed things around giving Charlie a go in goal who has impressed in previous games. We were on the back foot early on, going behind 2-0 again and having to play on what was becoming a very muddy pitch especially in the centre. So after a few adjustments the team started to click and use the wings more and create some good chances, forcing some good saves from the Thame keeper and rushed defending from their defence which was a credit to the constant pressure we put them under.
We matched Thame all over the pitch and another set of strong tackles from Ryan and Jaden allowed Sam (who was now enjoying a run out on pitch after the first match in goal) a few good shots on goal and was unlucky not to score today.
Ryan got himself on the score sheet late on in the first half to bring us back into the game, after some very good attacking down the wings again from Jaden, Sam and Owais, which gave us a fighting chance in the second half where I changed things around again. Playing Hayden as a striker proved a good move which started off with a great set of tackles from Ethan who passed to Jaden, who skipped and bustled through the midfield before passing out wide on the left to Hayden, who fired home to earn the team a great draw and this time the comeback to 2-2 was complete. A very happy team celebrated, it is lovely to see such great team spirit and the will to keep going until the final whistle!
Well done lads today, I thought it was the best team performance of the season. I saw some very pleasing things along with a couple of areas we need to work on in training (like throw in's).
Shaun Teasdale U7 Assistant Coach
Team B's report
I had stated previously that Thame Boys would be a tough test for our young players and that certainly was the case, but the opposition's challenge was equally matched by team work built up by our lads over the previous three league matches.
To keep a good moral in the early stages we started with Rory in goal, who had previously impressed with his heroics between the posts. In front of him two eager defenders stood strong in Leo and Henry, our midfield maestro was Freddie and our head strong attacker Luca. Finally completing our line up were some secret weapons as substitutes, in Jonathan and Haydon (two previous man of the match winners for the B team).
The first half of the first game saw several waves of attack from Thame with counter attacks made by Aylesbury, but as we went into the break 2-0 down was the score line, only kept low by the whole team battling against the run of play.
The half time changes consisted of Luca going in goal (another player who had previously impressed with his shot stopping ability), swapping with Rory who went upfront to display his goal scoring talent. Leo and Freddie were rested, both after putting in tremendous effort that had helped to keep the goal difference small. Jonathan then came on to head up defence on his own pushing Henry into midfield to continue his commitment shown in the first half, and Haydon came on to work the other wing which he has done so well in the past.
The second half of the first game saw a change in the flow of play as Aylesbury pressed Thame in a more attacking approach to the game (going from two in defence to two in midfield). That pressure was rewarded with two fine goals from Rory to get a very deserved draw, which the building up momentum could have easily seen become a win. As the tide turned the moral grew stronger with our young players and they finished with exhausted but happy faces.
The second match started with Leo in goal willing to do a stint between the sticks, after a very impressive defensive display in the first match. And to keep with a more attacking formation we kept just Jonathan in defence who had helped press the opposition in the first game. Freddie and Haydon were our two midfielders to ensure we kept the right flow, both looking to make runs down the wing but also very aware of the need to defend should the opposition counter attack. Finally up front was Rory keen to start the second match with the same attacking prowess as the first.
Fast off the blocks Aylesbury went, high on the buzz the finish to the last game gave them. Soon the eager players were 2-0 up a reverse of the first match, with goals courtesy of Haydon and Jonathan both coming from a nice fluid attack (one wing, one sweeper). That exhausting first half display and perhaps used up adrenaline was to be tested for the second half as they tried to push for a third before the half time whistle then blew.
The second half saw Rory rested in place of Luca who was keen to help the team he had been watching work hard in the first half. Leo who had done brilliantly in goal to keep a clean sheet before the second half, handed the gloves to Haydon who also happily wanted to share the task of shot stopper. Jonathan remained as the sole defender and Freddie remained in midfield to accompany Leo in his new position.
The changes made kept positions with the same roles but tired Aylesbury legs against a fresh flow of players from Thame saw the score line clawed back by the opposition and although the players came close with a good effort from Luca towards the end, a draw was how it ended and both teams although tired were happy with their performances and so they should be.
Well done lads a tremendous team effort, very inspiring hence the long report (sorry). Keep up the good work and a proud coach you will continue to have (sounds a bit like Yoda).
Kris Butterworth U7 Team Coach
Thanks again to the parents/guardians for bringing their appreciated support, moral is always boosted by their attendance. I would also like to thank two important people who played a part in today's fixture, Justin (Freddie's Dad) and Stuart (Rory's Dad) who refereed a Team B match each, thank you Gents.
U8 - Flackwell Heath Scorpions v Aylesbury United
The team was once again spilt into two squads. Team one consisted of Kyle in goal, SJ, Oliver, Lee, Nico and Corey. Team 2 consisted of Toby in goal, John, Nathaniel, Jack, Braden and Will.
With both goal keepers giving excellent performances it is great to be in the position of being able to put strong goal keepers with each team.
Team one was missing SJ from the start so played Lee at the back alongside Oliver. They both did extremely well considering this was a new position to both of them. We started brightly taking an early lead from Corey's goal following a great link up with Nico. Unfortunately the boys back-slided in terms of defence leaving gaps for Flackwell to take advantage of which they did on a number of occasions. Kyle did his best in goal to keep their score to a minimum. At half time the boys had a rousing speech from their coach Stuart Clark asking them to forget the first half and play the second with their heads up. This led to an amazing second half with Corey scoring and no goals conceded.
Game 2 Stuart Clark asked the boys to forget the first game and step up a gear as he knew they could. This they did by putting the opposition under pressure from the very start of the game which ended with them scoring an own goal. The boys didn't look back following this and continued to push forcing some excellent saves from the Flackwell keeper, until a well worked corner saw SJ scoring for the first time this season. The boys were in control at half time and were well praised by their coach who asked the. To continue to step up the gears. They did this extremely well by holding a tight line. Unfortunately no more goals came even though they were deserved. Flackwell scored a consolation goal at the end of the match, but this didn't dampen the team's spirits who secured this victory against a well organised and disciplined side.
A huge thank you to all the parents who made the journey and supported the teams, especially with the unusually late kick off.
I am very proud of the boys this week and I'm looking forward to building on this in training and in future games. Man of the match was Oliver this week
U9 - Hughenden Valley v Aylesbury United
Gk: Ted, Defence: Charlie, Zico, Kyle, Midfield: Oliver, Callum S, Ibrahim, Striker:Ben
Straight from the kick off Aylesbury were on the attack trying to force an opening. The ball broke to Kyle who had come up from the back to force the Hughenden keeper into an early save. Aylesbury continued to work hard in the final third with Ben creating an excellent cross that unfortunately no-one was able to convert. Hughenden were also starting to create chances and Ted was soon called into action. Some great passing from Charlie set up a chance for Oliver whose shot was well saved by their keeper. Further Aylesbury pressure saw Ben force their keeper into another fine save. With only a minute or two of the half left Zico started a move forwards from defence and provided an excellent cross which somehow evaded Ben but fell kindly to Callum who was well positioned at the far post. He controlled the ball and then took a well-aimed shot that hit the back of the net. A thoroughly deserved 1 nil lead to Aylesbury. The second half began badly with Aylesbury conceding an early goal. The score now 1-1. From the restart Callum found some space but his shot was deflected to safety. Further pressure saw a Zico corner and a shot from Ibrahim well saved by the Hughenden keeper. Another fine pass from Kyle found Oliver who ran towards the Hughenden goal and unleashed a powerful shot that hit the back of the net. Aylesbury now 2-1 up. Aylesbury were now well on top and a good interchange between Oliver and Zico allowed the latter to shoot and force another fine save from the Hughenden keeper. Hughenden then produced a fine catch from Ted in the Aylesbury goal. However their next attack produced an equaliser which Ted was unable to prevent. The score now 2-2. The game was now finely balanced but Aylesbury were looking for a winner. With only a minute or two left on the watch Zico brought the ball out of defence and unleased a looping shot from 20 yards which the Hughenden keeper was unable to hold and prevent from crossing the line. What a match winner certainly another candidate for goal of the season. The game ended 3-2 to Aylesbury. A hard fought but well deserved win.
Straight from the kick off Aylesbury were under pressure with Charlie and Kyle producing excellent blocks. Aylesbury were struggling to find their rhythm and create many chances. Ted was called into action and produced a fine save. Aylesbury forced a corner which Ben took well but were unable to capitalise on the opportunity. Another Aylesbury attack saw a great cross from Ben expertly cut out by the Hughenden keeper. Hughenden began to put Aylesbury under increasing pressure and a manic goal mouth scramble saw Ted produce a fine save and Kyle and Charlie produce last ditch tackles to prevent Aylesbury from going behind. However, the cracks were starting to appear and from the next attack Hughenden took the lead. The score 1-0 to Hughenden and that’s how the half ended. The second half started well with Aylesbury forcing a corner which unfortunately came to nothing. Hughenden then began to get on top and their striker produced a fierce shot which Ted expertly parried away but the ball dropped kindly and Hughenden were able to tap the ball in for their second goal. The score now 2-0. Aylesbury were looking tired but continued to search for a goal. Callum picked up the ball on the left wing and dribbled towards the Hughenden goal but was unable to find the right pass. A fine move which saw Ibrahim setting up a shot for Oliver but unfortunately he couldn’t find the net. There the game ended in a defeat 2-0 to Hughenden.
Ben’s Team - Match Report by Ceri Baker
Gk: Ieuan, Defence: Callum A, Charlie T, Alex Midfield: Ethan, Ryan, Tomas Striker: Tyno
Two solid performances by Ben's team against Hughenden on pitches which had a small amount of grass amongst the mud!
The first match kicked off with Ben's team kicking up the slope and missing 3 key players in Fin, Scott and Yannis.
The first part of the match was quite even, but after a quiet few weeks Ieuan was soon called into action on what turned out to be a busy day for him to tip a good Hughenden shot past the post. Hughenden continued to press and eventually they latched onto a slight mix up in the Aylesbury defence to slip the ball past Ieuan and lead 1-0 at half time despite Ethan's energetic attacking threat.
Kicking down the slope and with the welcome introduction of Ryan who was a late arrival at half time, Aylesbury looked more threatening and Tyno who had a great game soon slotted in from close range to equalise. Aylesbury continued to put Hughenden under pressure, and after another good save by Ieuan, the hard-working Tomas slotted in another close range effort to give Aylesbury a 2-1 lead. It was looking like Aylesbury may hang on for a hard earned victory with Alex in defence performing solidly until Callum who had an otherwise fine match unluckily scoring an own goal which he could do nothing about, following a Hughenden corner. The match continued to ebb and flow, and finally finished in a hard earned 2-2 draw.
The second match was a real nail-biter. Aylesbury had the slight advantage of the slope in the first half and eventually they made this pay off when Callum scored to give Aylesbury the lead. Charlie, the smiling assassin gave Ieuan solid support at the back, he was on good form and when Hughenden finally got a good shot in, Ieuan made another good save to tip it past the post and Aylesbury led 1-0 at half-time.
The second half was a cracker. Ethan and Ryan were everywhere and always looked dangerous when Aylesbury attacked. Meanwhile Callum made 3 or 4 great runs from defence which Bobby Moore would have been proud of and appeared unlucky not to be given a goal following a cracking shot from the half-way line which thudded into the bar and appeared to have been very close to bouncing over the line. Hughenden were dangerous on the break though despite Alex's best endeavours and Ieuan made 3 or 4 great saves coming off his line when Hughenden strikers had 1 on 1s with him and handling well in difficult conditions.
Overall two great performances, one win and a draw, and encouraging signs for the future.
U10 - Aylesbury United v Risborough Rangers Blue
It was an early start for Aylesbury United Juniors U10s on Sunday morning as they faced Risborough Rangers Blue in a 9.30 kick off at Fairford Leys.
Rangers were the first team the boys faced upon their promotion to the Blue Division back in October so this match would hopefully give an indication of how far the boys have progressed since the first game some two months ago although the unavailability curse that has hit the team struck again with six players (1/3 of the squad) unable to take part in the match.
Stuart Clark was once again on hand to take one of the teams and his side consisted of Toby C (GK), Igor C, Harry G, Jacob O, Kaelin S and Nelson N.
Manager Lee took the other side which consisted of Oliver F (GK), Josh C, Ben P, Andrew C, Nathan B and Aqib Z. The first games saw Stuart's side record a brilliant four clear goal victory with goals in this game coming from Kaelin S (2), Harry G, a headed goal from Jacob O and a fine individual effort from Igor C.
Lee's side did not fair so well and despite going into the half time break level at 0-0 two second half Risborough goals saw a valiant AUJFC team defeated as they struggled to come to terms with the absence of some creative players. The game was however notable for another brilliant goalkeeping performance by Oliver F and a return to action for Nathan B who had missed the previous week's game through illness.
The second set of games saw a narrow defeat for Stuart's side (by the odd goal in three) although Nelson N's first goal for the club in this game meant that every outfield member of the team had managed to get on the score sheet throughout the morning! Lee's team suffered a defeat as once again they struggled to cope with the absence of creativity although the mood was lightened somewhat by a superb individual goal from Andrew C who showed what he can do when he takes a game by the scruff of the neck.
At the sparsely attended post match press conference Lee remarked "when you compare the last set of results against Risborough Rangers Blue with today's set of results you can see a definite improvement. I only wish we had one or two more players available this morning and I think at least two of the games would have been tighter. My team in particular had a real lesson in adaptability. You cannot play the same style that you play when certain players are playing when those players are not playing. I cannot fault the boys' effort but we need to be a bit more streetwise when we come up against better opposition like we did today. We will become more streetwise as we progress and I have no doubt that you need mornings like this as you make your way up the footballing ladder. Risborough Rangers Blue are at the top of that ladder as far as the Blue Division is concerned and I think over the last two months we have climbed a few rungs closer to them. Hopefully we will meet them again before the season ends and show yet even more improvement.
I cannot praise Stuart's team enough, they always perform well when Stuart takes them and that is testament to his ability as a manager and a coach. All players got themselves on the score sheet today and they only conceded three goals in a hour of football which is fantastic. Kaelin S has become something of a goal machine this season whilst Harry G's influence on the side is priceless. Add to that Jacob O scoring with a header, Igor C having the confidence to take on virtually the whole of the opposition to score and Nelson N opening his Ducks account they can be pleased with their morning's work." The boys round off 2013 with a home game against Chalfont St Peter on Sunday and it is hoped that as many of the squad as possible will be available to celebrate a fine 2013 at McDonalds afterwards!
U14 - Aylesbury United 1-0 Chesham United Rangers
It was a solid, grafting performance with a few splashes of skill that saw Aylesbury run out 1-0 winners against Chesham.
On a lovely day for football, clear skies and wet surface, Aylesbury finally ended their run of poor form which has seen them defeated in their last 4 games. An all the more satisfying result as it was the first time in 4 attempts that we have actually managed to beat them.
In the first 5 minutes there was sustained pressure from the home team, probing down the left, then the right and through the middle. The vistors struggling to get the ball into the hosts half. No clear cut chances just a couple of raking shots from distance from man of the match Jonathon. An epic run from box to box with the ball by Jonathon resulted in the first of many corners for Aylesbury. The games started to get a bit congested in the middle with neither team making much headway until a corner in the 14 minute saw a Jonathon header cleared off the line.
Jonathon and Thomas were battling hard in the middle trying to make something happen and keeping their opponents pushed back. It was pleasing to see Joel surging forward on the overlap on 25 minutes taking a pass from Adam. After asking all season maybe the message it getting through to the full backs. Push on. With half time approaching Aylesbury were given a let off when a rare Chesham attack resulted in a cross from the right. The ball floated over to their striker who endeavoured to get under the ball and lift it over the bar from 3 yards out. Phew!
The breakthrough came right on half time. When the ball broke to Ryan W he managed to feed Connor who popped up in his more familiar right wing role. Despite the defender having a little nibble at his ankles he stayed on his feet, made it to the by line and pulled it back to Thomas who slotted home at the near post.
After a subdued first half the second started with a flurry of chances. Beginning with a throw in that for once didn’t go forward, the ball was moved around the defence, though the midfield, across from the right and found Sean Flower on the edge of the area. With a lovely turn he sent his man off in the wrong direction and squared to Ryan W. In the post match interview Ryan defended his attempt saying he doesn’t have a right foot. Poor effort.
A minute later Ryan found himself in space on the left wing and using the only foot he has drilled a fierce shot towards the top corner only to see it beaten around by the keeper for a corner. Jonathon had another header cleared off the line from the resulting corner. Two minutes later we were going forward again. Thomas fed Adam in the middle who looked up and weighted a lovely through ball to Connor. He burst through, teed up his shot . Wide. This was going to be the story of the second half. Aylesbury prolificacy was the order of the day. As the second half wore on and the Aylesbury chances came and went without troubling the scorer, the fans on the touchline became restless. Surely it was only a matter of time before we gifted Chesham a goal. As Aylesbury became anxious and Chesham became riled there were a few niggling tackles. Chesham pushed forward without ever really creating any chances. As they pushed men forward Aylesbury were catching them on the break. More corners won. More Jonathon headers in on goal. Dannie managed to get on the end of one corner after a darting run from the corner of the penalty area. The ball to the near post took a deflection, Dannie got his head/face to the ball and agonised as it went into the side netting.
Then in the 73rd minute came a moment of controversy and what we’d been dreading – Chesham had the ball in the back of our net from a corner. The ref signalled a goal and Aylesbury players finally showed some passion surrounding the referee. Tony the saviour flagged the ref, informing him the player had handled the ball into the net. Freekick.
Fulltime 1-0. Job done. A pleasing clean sheet having conceding so many this season, even when winning. Well done boys. Let’s see the same level of performance again next week.
U16 - Aylesbury United 4-3 Beaconsfield Holtspur United
What a delight it is to write a match report after we have won, it's been a long time coming and well deserved.
We started off playing the way we finished last week against Chalfont Saints Athletic, full of confidence, something that has been missing since the start of the season. The passing drills in training yesterday certainly paid off, we were zipping the ball all over the field, mostly to feet, and used the channels really well. Robin started off the scoring with a well taken goal, everything he hits at the moment seems to go in. We continued to dominate, with our well organised defence keeping Beaconsfield at arms length. We had further chances to score with Alessio going close then hitting the post, an Alex close range header which hit the keeper and Robin shooting just over. Alessio did take one of his chances to make it 2-0 before Beaconsfield made it 2-1 with 5 minutes to go to half time. Ryan then turned a shot round the post before Robin scored his second to make it 3-1 at half time. The half time talk was easy, just keep playing the way you are and think the score is 0-0.
Beaconsfield came out all guns blazing in the second half, scoring with a shot from outside the area, which we should have closed down, then from a well taken free kick which flew with the wind into the top corner. Beaconsfield were on top at this moment and we needed to quickly get our shape and composure back. If this had happened earlier in the season our heads would have dropped, but not today. We continued to press creating further chances before Joshua thundered in a shot from 25 yards to make it 4-3. This proved to be the winning goal, what a confidence booster for the whole team. This win has been a long time coming and I think we have now turned the corner with all the hard work in training paying off. The team now knows what it feels like to win, lets continue that feeling next week with our last match before the Christmas break.
A great performance, a very well done lads.
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Nathan Frater's late winner for Dunstable Town ensured the Blues maintained their three-point gap at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Chertsey Town. Daniel Alderton had given the second-bottom team a shock lead, but recently returned defender Danny Ryan levelled before the break and Frater won it eight minutes from time.
Rugby Town scored two second half goals to win 2-0 at Chalfont St. Peter and remain second in the table, with Barton Rovers, winnning by the same scoreline at home to bottom of the league Ashford Town (Mx), still in third.
Not far behind, Slough Town, Northwood and Daventry Town all lost ground.
After losing 3-2 at Dunstable on Tuesday, Slough suffered a second defeat of the week with a 2-1 home defeat by AFC Hayes where Ben Edwards had equalised Hayes's first half opener, only for the visitors to score the winner a minute later from the penalty spot.
Northwood were held to a 1-1 home draw by ten-man Aylesbury United, and Daventry Town also had to share the points in a 1-1 draw at St. Ives Town, though it took Luke Keen coming from the bench to level seven minutes from time.
Dubi Ogbonna's hat-trick for Kettering Town took his tally to six in three games since joining the Poppies, edging his side up to sixth in the league with a 3-1 win at Aylesbury FC, who remain without a league win since September.
Returning to winning ways were Royston Town, whose Kaan Fehmi scored twice in the first half on the way to a 2-1 win at Leighton Town, as were Egham Town who beat Marlow, themselves now without a league win in three games, 4-2 at Oak Tree Road courtesy of another brace from Ryan O'Toole.
Beaconsfield SYCOB came from behind to win at near neighbours Uxbridge, where an own goal had given Uxbridge a 25th minute lead, but the visitors scored goals from James McCluskey, Jon-Jo Bates and Kofi Lockhardt-Adams to win 3-1.
Lastly, North Greenford United's long wait for a league win goes on, but they took their second successive point with a 1-1 draw at Potters Bar Town.
Another battling display from Aylesbury gained them a successive 1-1 league draw, as the Ducks shared the points at Northwood.
The Woods went ahead after just eleven minutes when the in form Dave Lawrence fired home Nico Muir's cut back.
Jason Blackett scored early in the second half to level the game, but was later dismissed leaving United to play twenty minutes a man behind.
The depleted Ducks defended superbly though and even had chances to nick a win on the break, but a draw was a fair reflection of the game.