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Aylesbury Reserves 2 Berkhamsted Reserves 0

Monday 29 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Ducks Reserve side recorded their second succesive win with a 2-0 victory over local rivals Berkhamsted Town. The win sees the team ease their relegation fears, and jump up to 13th in the league table.

Both goals were scored in the first half. The first an excellent goal from Dean Powles, playing in midfield, with the second scored by Colin Baker from the penalty spot.

Ducks Sign Two

Monday 29 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

As promised, Paul Curtis has added to his squad ahead of today's transfer deadline with the signing of two new player. Erkan Okay is a right or left-sided full-back or wing-back, who was formerly on the books of Ipswich Town, and midfielder Leigh Meddows joins from Cambridge City, although he was a Youth Team player at Cambride United.

Both featured in last night's Reserve Team win, and go straight into the squad for Saturday's bottom of the table clash with Braintree Town.

Ladies Team Reach Cup Semi-Final

Sunday 28 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United Ladies won through to the League Cup Semi-Final with a superb 2-1 win over Caversham on Sunday afternoon. Their patched up side kept their hosts at bay, and two goals from Carly Newman sealed the result.

The Semi-Final will be played on Easter Sunday, although the opponents are as yet unknown.

For the full report, click the link below.

Click here: Ladies Report

Paul Curtis' Thoughts

Sunday 28 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Alistair MacLaren caught up with Paul Curtis to get his thoughts on Saturday's 1-1 draw at Hendon:

"I thought that the quality of our football was not quite as good as it has been recently. We could have done better with the bal, although the commitment was still there. Things improved after half time, but the team gave a battling performace throughout the game, and they didn't wilt in the latter stages of the game.

The way that things have been going recently, and the determination shown at Hendon, we should have a chance of our first victory of the year on Saturday against Braintree Town. Having performed well agains the top three teams in the last three games, we should impose ourselves more on the lesser teams in our league.

On the playing front John Winter was unavailable on Saturday with illness, and Dean Powles picked up an injury in the warm-up, which ruled him out.

Donovan Reed made his full debut, and scored early on. I consider him to be very pacey and full of power, but still a bit raw. We need to work on his game, and this is something we'll do over the coming weeks.

I think the team is becoming more stabilised, especially in defence, following the return of Danny Gordon, and the arrival of Adam Garner. They join other players to compete for places which all improves the quality of the squad.

With the transfer deadline (31st March) fast approaching it's possible there will be new signings before then. I've spoken to a number of players, although one target has now joined Stevenage Borough.

The players are currently playing for their places next season, they have to prove their worth to me. I want to make new signings for next season, as new faces will increase competition for places, and the squad will become better balanced"

Hendon 1 Aylesbury 1

Friday 26 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United rode their luck and held on for their second away point of the month, with a 1-1 draw at second placed Hendon.

The Ducks shocked their hosts, as Donovan Reed gave them an early lead, converting Alvin Bubb's cross after just seven minutes of his full debut. Hendon proceeded to spurn numerous chances, but eventually levelled ten-minutes before half-time.

The second half was much the same - as Hendon continued to fashion, and waste, chance after chance. Aylesbury also had chances to re-take the lead, but it seemed inevitible the home side would score. It didn't happen - thanks to some fantastic defending, and some good luck at times, and United recorded the point.

The result will hopefully give the team the confidence they need to go out and beat Braintree, for Paul Curtis' first win as manager.

Meanwhile the Reserve Team picked up a valuable three points with a home win against Oxford City. The side won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Colin Baker.

Full report of the Hendon match now online.

Click here: Hendon Report

Paul Curtis' Thoughts On Canvey

Sunday 21 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | 265 comments |

Once again our reporter Alistair MacLaren has been talking with Ducks boss Paul Curtis, and getting his thoughts after Saturday's defeat to Canvey:

"I was very pleased with the application that the players showed in Saturday's game. The extremely windy conditions spoiled the match, both from our perspective on the dugout, and from a spectating point. I felt Canvey Island coped better with the wind behind them than we did in the first half. I put this down to the fact that they saw how we'd got on in the first half.

Jack Rashid did well again, but I was disappointed that we didn't get a draw out of the game. Their first goal was down to a defensive error, and Alvin was very unlucky not to score for us before half-time. He probably had too much time to think what he was going to do - had he been under more pressure he probably would have scored!

Generally the shape of the squad is looking better now than a few weeks ago. This was highlighted by the omission of John Winter from Saturday's team. We have plenty of options in that department now, and this was the only reason he didn't start - I think he'll be an important player next season.

I don't think we picked up any injuries from the Canvey match, but as I've said before, reactions take a couple of days to show.

Nadim Akhtar was due to play for the Reserve Team against Dulwich on Saturday. He has been awaiting International Clearance from the FA, a problem which relates to his career before joining us. Again, once he returns there will be further options for the team.

Kevin Davies is still at least three weeks away from returning to action. There has been a lot of talk recently as to who will wear the number 1 jersey, but it will be down to who is playing best at that time. I do think though that Kevin will need a few reserve games to recover fully.

Alex Giscombe has a slight groin strain, but was more or less fit for Saturday. Danny Gray is two-weeks away from fitness - when he returns we'll have another option up front. Unfortunately Rory Hunter's season is probably over as he has suffered medial ligament damage.

Byron Bubb's return from Grenada for the Canvey game was a welcome one. He adds more competition, but he certainly felt the cold sitting on the bench! Donovan Reed's debut was reasonably succesful. He was only on the pitch for a short time, but did show his pace and strength. It's possible he may start with Ryan Wiffin up front in the next game."

Aylesbury 0 Canvey 2

Friday 19 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Another good display from Aylesbury United saw them lose 2-0 to runaway Premier Division leaders Canvey Island. The result certainly wasn't the whitewashing many had predicted beforehand, the home side matched their visitors at times.

Both sides struggled in blustery conditions, with the ball swirling wildly around the ground. After few early openings, Canvey took the lead with their opening attack, predictably through Lee Boylan.

Alvin Bubb missed an absolute sitter to level the match, before the second half. Aylesbury couldn't get out of their half for much of the second period, mostly becuase of the wind, but Canvey still struggled to create chances. Their second goal didn't come until the last minute of the game, through Jeff Minton.

As ever, full report now online.

Click here: Canvey Report

Weekend Round-up

Friday 19 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

The Reserve Team were beaten 3-1 in their Saturday trip to Dulwich Hamlet. The afternoon quickly turned into a nightmare, as owing to demonstrations and bad road conditions, the team arrived at 3.05. Kicking off twenty minutes late, Dulwich ran out winners.

The Sunday Youth Team earned a 1-1 draw with Chalfont Wasps in their final game of the season. Matt Prince scored the goal, but the Ducks couldn't win the match which would have seen them clinch third place.

Meanwhile the Ladies Team were beaten 4-3 in a close encounter with Launton. Two more Davis goals, and a strike from Sally Green for the Ducks still weren't enough to clinch the result.

Ducks Sign New Striker

Thursday 18 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Manager Paul Curtis has added to his options up front with the signing of striker Donovan Reed. Donovan is a strong and pacey forward who has played for Buckingham Town (where he played with Paul) and Brackley Town, and has scored 17 goals in 13 games for Thorplands United this season.

Donovan will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game against Canvey.

Squad News Ahead of Canvey Game

Thursday 18 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Paul Curtis has shared the latest news ahead of tomorrow's top vs bottom clash at Buckingham Road.

Matt Hayward trained last night and seemed to be ok. It's expected he'll play against Canvey, but will be assessed before kick-off before a final decision is made.

Byron Bubb is back, having scored for Grenada last weekend, and will also be in the squad for the match. With Byron and new signing Donovan Reed, we should have a few more options going forward.

Alex Giscombe is carrying a groin injury and is doubtful for Saturday's game.

Definitely out though are Jay Gould (holiday), Rory Hunter (injury) and Kevin Davies (injury).

Bubb Scores For Grenada

Monday 15 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

New Aylesbury United International Byron Bubb scored for Grenada in their World Cup Qualifiying match against Guyana at the weekend. The second leg finished 3-1 to Grenada, with Byron scoring the third in the 89th minute.

Grenada will now advance to the 2nd Round where they will face the USA where Byron can pit his witts against players such as Claudio Reyna, Brad Friedel and Landon Donovan.

For a brief match report of the game, and pictures, click the link below.

Click here: Byron Bubb for Grenada

From The Ladies Team

Monday 15 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Ladies Team drew 1-1 away at Bracknell Town on Sunday, in appalling conditions. Sarah Davis scored United's goal early on, her 12th consecutive strike!

To view the full report, click below.

Click here: Ladies Report

Paul Curtis' Thoughts

Saturday 13 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Once again Alistair MacLaren has been in touch with Paul Curtis to get his reaction to yesterday's narrow defeat at Grays:

"I felt the players put in a good effort in the game, they gave their best, considering the late changes to the line-up. Greg Williams withdrew from the line-up, as his knees are still causing him problems. Jay Gould withdrew with illness, but is now be on holiday anyway.

Adam Garner played for Oxford Reserves on Wednesday. He suffered what appeared to be a minor back injury in the warm-up at Grays, but had more trouble 20-minutes before kick-off. He had physio treatment, but was unable to play. Because of the lateness of the withdrawal, we had to bring on a substitute before kick-off, in Alvin Bubb.

Matt Hayward unfortunately suffered concussion after his collision with the Grays keeper. I believe this was totally accidental however - the keeper tried to punch the ball clear, but unfortunately he caught Matt. After the game he was in a bad state, but I spoke to him today and he sounded much better, but cannot remember a thing that happened on Saturday! I'm not entirely sure when he'll be back yet. We badly missed him after he went off, as our defence had looked solid up to that point.

Danny Gordon returned from injury, and I would have liked to take him off before the end of the match. With events as they were though, he played the whole game. He seemed to be fit after the game, but reactions to inuries normally take a couple of days to show, but hopefully he'll be fine.

Alvin Bubb is another player I didn't want to play the entire game. Having just arrived back from Grenada he was thrust into the action, but I had to take him off as he was suffering from cramp having worked hard throughout the match.

I think Jack Rashid, Danny Gordon and Ryan Wiffin all deserve special praise for their performances on Saturday. Jack made a number of good stops in goal, and commanded his area well again. Danny showed himself to be a key defender for the team, especially with Garner and then Hayward absent. Ryan is definitely showing an improvement in his play as his confidence grows, and scored a great goal for his efforts.

Back to injuries, and unfortunately Rory Hunter's injury is more serious than first though and he could be out for 6-8 weeks. Kevin Davies is still about three weeks away, when he's fit there will be some interesting competition for the number one shirt!

I'm still on the lookout for new players, but at this stage of the season it's very difficult. I'd love to add more strikers to the squad to support Ryan Wiffin, but it's likely to be of more benefit to use any available money for next season."

Two Leave

Friday 12 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Two players have left Aylesbury United this week. Midfielder John Marsh, who has been at the club for a number of years, has left to further his career interests in the non-playing world. Meanwhile midfielder Aidie Corcoran has left the club in search of first team football.

We extend our best wishes for the future to both players.

Grays 2 Aylesbury 1

Friday 12 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury were gunned down at Grays, but were massively unlucky to miss out on at least a point as they were largely the better team.

Grays rather arrogantly left their two top strikers out of their line-up, and after a fairly uneventful half, were made to pay as Aylesbury took the lead midway through the second period through Ryan Wiffin.

The introduction of hotshot Freddie Eastwood proved important, as Grays seemed to be transformed. They soon levelled, and then took the lead with three minutes remaining, to break the hearts of the Aylesbury faithful.

Full report now online.

Click here: Grays Report

News From The Ladies Team

Monday 08 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Ladies Team were unfortunate to lose 4-3 at home to Launton on Sunday, in a game where they were missing ten first team players. Goalscorers for Aylesbury were Carly Newman, Dani Busby and Sarah 'Twiggy' Davis.

For a full report, click below.

Click here: Ladies Report

Paul Curtis on Hayes

Sunday 07 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Paul Curtis once again shares his thoughts with Alistair MacLaren:

"I was disappointed with the result against Hayes, I thought we did better in the second half closed the gap a bit, although we didn't really put Hayes under enough pressure.

The attitude's of the players have noticeably changed recently. A few weeks ago a player would be quite happy to come off if they suffered a minor injury - now the team are reluctant to leave the pitch. Also, a few weeks ago this would have been considered a reasonable result. We're slowly improving.

Obviously more strikers are needed. Another man up front would help Ryan Wiffin's game, although there has been an improvement from Ryan recently, especially after his two goals on Tuesday night.

Money is obviously tight - when I arrived here it would have been great to have gone out and brought in six Ryman standard players, but that just wasn't possible. There's no point using too much money now, before the end of the season, and hopefully I'll have more to work with for next year.

Alex Giscombe was captain on Saturday mainly on grounds of age. I do not like the thought of putting the younger players under extra strain at this stage of their careers. It's likely that Matt Hayward will resume his captaincy when recovered, with Danny Gordon as vice-captain.

Injury wise, we're still struggling, but things are getting better. Ryan Wiffin and Rory Hunter both suffered knocks against Hayes, and Jay Gould suffered sore ankles, but I'd expect all to feature against Grays this weekend. On the long-term front, Matt Hayward considered himself fit for last Saturday, so will probably be in Saturday's team, and Danny Gordon played 80 minutes for the Reserve Team, so is also likely to be in contention. I will have something of a selection problem for the Grays match now!"

Aylesbury 0 Hayes 1

Friday 05 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eight comments |

Aylesbury were beaten 1-0 by Hayes at Buckingham Road this afternoon, in a controversial game. Although they lost, there was noticeable improvement throughout the Ducks' play, but they once again lacked a cutting edge, with Ryan Wiffin the only striker available to Paul Curtis.

Peter Holsgrove scored the winner for Hayes in the first half, although whether he should have been on the pitch was a matter for debate. The striker was cautioned, and not red carded after grappling with and appearing to lash out at Adam Garner.

Still, the home side never posed a serious goal threat to their visitors, who huffed and puffed for the whole game without looking too sharp themselves.

Full report and The Panel ratings now online.

Meanwhile the Reserve Team were beaten 0-2 at Hayes in the Suburban League Premier Division.

Click here: Hayes Report

Paul Curtis on Stortford

Tuesday 02 March 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Alistair MacLaren once again has been in touch with Paul Curtis, and we have his thoughts on yesterdays extraodinary game.

"It was noticeable last night that the players are coming to terms with what's being asked of them. After the pre-match talk the team were much more focused on getting the ball into the Bishop's Stortford penalty area, which was my intention for them.

We changed shape slightly at half-time, which seemed to work well. I thought Rory Hunter and Ryan Wiffin both did very well in front of goal, but it was an excellent all round team performance.

I feel special mention must also go to Matt Brandish though, who gave a tremendous performance, equal to how Adam Garner played on Saturday.

I felt Stortford's penalty was dodgy to say the least, but they were dominant during this part of the game. To recover to 3-3 showed great character, and the lads were really fired up in the last 10-15 minutes of the game with something to play for. To go behind, but to then come back again says it all!

A number of people have said how Stortford should have won the game becuase they had more chances. However, this game is all about putting away your chances. I reckon they had 20 efforts on goal, yet we had 6 and scored 4 of them. It's how many go in that counts, and we had the rub of the green for a change.

On the squad front, Danny Mead missed last night's game with illness, and Ashley Hilton had a sore calf towards the end, but wanted to play on. Lewis Pritchard won't be available on Saturday.

It's likely that we'll keep with the same team for Saturday's game, as far as possible. I dont want to take anything for granted, but feel we could get the win on Saturday if the improvement continues."