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Aylesbury United face an important league fixture against fellow midtable side Uxbridge this weekend, in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central.
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Two games in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central on Tuesday evening both went the way of the home side.
Daventry Town put their off-field problems to one side as they came from behind to inflict a third straight league defeat on Aylesbury FC. Sonny French had given the Moles a 20th minute lead, only for Barry Deacon to level just before the interval, and recent signing Ricky Hill scoring in the second half to complete a 2-1 win.
A Lee Barney double took his tally to five in the last five games to give Marlow a 3-1 win over Bedworth United, themselves now having lost three in a row in all competitions, and move the Blues up to 11th in the table.
The FA Trophy Preliminary Round replays saw four Division One Central sides - Chalfont St. Peter, Leighton Town, Royston Town and Uxbridge - make it through to the First Qualifying Round.
Daniel Ailey's 71st minute goal was enough to decide Chalfont's clash at Division One Central rivals AFC Hayes 1-0, whilst Royston thrashed Potters Bar Town 4-1 at Garden Walk in the other meeting of sides from the same division, with Kaan Fehmi scoring twice.
A poor start saw Leighton Town trailling to a 15th minute own goal at Corinthian-Casuals, but the Reds staged a fightback to win 3-1 courtesy of a stunning Philip Draycott strike and two second half goals from leading scorer Danny Watson and earn a trip to Ryman Premier Division side Leiston in the next round.
Uxbridge also knocked out Ryman League counterparts, drawing 2-2 with Romford after extra time before advancing 4-3 on penalties.
It was a largely disappointing FA Trophy campaign for the majority of Southern League Division One Central sides this weekend, with only five sides reaching the first qualiying round, eleven sides exiting the competition at the first hurdle, and a further six requiring replays to determine their fate.
The two all-Division One Central clashes ended level, with Chalfont St. Peter drawing 1-1 against AFC Hayes for the second time in four days following their midweek Red Insure Cup tie, whilst Potters Bar Town threw away a two-goal advantage at home to Royston Town, eventually drawing 2-2.
Also requiring midweek replays will be Uxbridge, who drew 1-1 at Ryman League Division One North outfit Romford, and Leighton Town, whose 90th minute Gary Ridgeway goal earned them a 3-3 draw against Corinthian Casuals at Bell Close.
A thriller at The Eyrie saw Bedford Town win by the odd goal in seven, as they edged out Chipstead of the Ryman League Division One South. A Tom Liversedge hat-trick had helped the Eagles to a 4-0 lead after fifty minutes, but a three-goal fightback from the visitors made for a tense end to the game, eventually going Bedford's way 4-3.
Northwood enjoyed a victory of more comfortable margin, as they picked up a first win in three games by beating Waltham Abbey 3-1 at home and they join Egham Town and Kettering Town, who both won by 2-1 scorelines at home against Bridgwater Town (Southern League Division One South & West) and Lincoln United (Evo-Stik Northern Division One South) respectively.
The only side winning away from home were Aylesbury FC, the Moles securing an impressive 2-1 win at Tooting & Mitcham United - going well in Ryman League Division One South - with goals coming from Aston Goss and Brian Haule.
Going out of the competition on Saturday were: Barton Rovers, Beaconsfield SYCOB, Bedworth United, Daventry Town, Godalming Town, Hanwell Town, Marlow, North Greenford United, Rugby Town and St Ives Town.
Barton's trip overseas to the Channel Islands ended in disappointment and a 4-0 defeat, whilst Bedworth were also left with a similarly poor away result as they were beaten 5-2 at Leek Town of the Evo-Stik Northern Division One South.
Bottom of the table Beaconsfield were thrased 4-0 at home by Faversham Town, whilst fellow strugglers North Greenford were also defeated at home by Ryman League opponents in Chatham Town, 1-0.
St Ives Town, Godalming Town and Marlow all lost out to Southern League Division One South & West counterparts, St Ives beaten 1-0 at home to South & West leaders Stratford Town, whose 170-mile round trip wasn't in vain, Godalming downed by an 85th minute goal in a 3-2 defeat in Dorset at Wimborne Town, whilst Marlow's rather shorter trip to Didcot Town brought about a 3-1 loss.
Elsewhere, even another Lewis Putman goal - his 14th of the season - couldn't prevent a 2-1 loss for Hanwell Town after a long journey to Dereham Town.
Daventry and Rugby both fruitlessly took on Northern League sides, with the former, reportedly struggling off the pitch of late, beaten 2-0 at Romulus, and the latter losing 1-0 at home to Stafford Rangers.
Finally, on Sunday, Aylesbury United became the eleventh eliminated team when they lost an entertaining encounter 3-2 at home to Thamesmead Town.
Following their exit from the Red Insure Cup in midweek at the hands of local rivals Chesham, Aylesbury United were looking to bounce back to form in this afternoon’s FA Trophy tie at home to Ryman League Thamesmead Town. On paper this looked to be an evenly matched contest, with our opponents having had a similar start to their season following their relegation from the Ryman Premier League last season. Over the course of 90 minutes it was indeed an even contest, with both sides holding the upper hand at different times as the match progressed. It was to be the visitors that left with the win though, as the Ducks bowed out of the Trophy at the first hurdle.
The visitors started the match well and took the lead in the 21st minute, but the Ducks hit back strongly and took a 2-1 lead into half time thanks to goals from skipper Jack Wood and Jason Blackett.
In the second half, the Ducks made most of the running, but were undone by 2 goals in 2 minutes in the last 15 minutes. Despite a late rally when Shaun Owens had a shot saved at point blank range by the visiting goalkeeper, and home keeper Jack Sillitoe made an appearance in the opposite penalty area as the Ducks pressed for the equaliser, it wasn’t to be and The Ducks exited the FA Trophy at the first hurdle.
Aylesbury United kick off their FA Trophy campaign this SUNDAY, with a first ever meeting with Thamesmead Town.
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