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Aylesbury Youth 3 Heybridge Swifts 0

Tuesday 28 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Aylesbury United Youth Team progressed to the next round of the FA Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over Essex outfit Heybridge Swifts.

The young Ducks went into the break 1-0 up thanks to a goal from Joe Wright, and never looked back. An early second half strike from Matt Robinson and a superb late solo goal from Matt Prince sealed the win.

The team now go on to the 2nd Qualifying Round where they will face Diss or Braintree Town at home, in two weeks time.

Report from tonight's game is now online.

Click here: Youth Team Report
 

Youth Team in FA Cup Action

Tuesday 28 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Youth Team are in action at Buckingham Road tonight, as they aim to progress in the FA Youth Cup.

Standing in their way are our old Ryman League adversaries Heybridge Swifts, in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

The match kicks-off at 7.45pm, and the team would be hugely grateful for any support. Admission is ?3 for adults and ?1.50 for concessions.
 

Two Leave Ducks

Monday 27 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Two players have left Aylesbury United - Ryan Wiffin and John Winter. Both made their names in the successful Reserve Team of 2002/03 and broke into the First Team with varying degress of success.

Ryan Wiffin has moved onto Winslow United, having identified the need to be playing First Team football, having made just one substitute appearance for Aylesbury this season.

John Winter meanwhile, who has also just the one substitute appearance to his name this season, is going to University in Loughborough.

We obviously wish both players all the best for their future careers, and thank them for their efforts in Green & White.
 

Weekend Round-up

Monday 27 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Three Aylesbury United teams were in action on Sunday, here's a round-up of how each fared.

The Sunday Youth Team kicked off their campaign in the South Bucks Youth League Division One with a hard-fought 6-5 win over Flackwell Heath Minors. On the scoresheet for United were Stephen Lane (2), Richar Melo Lucero (2), Kieron Schmidt and Ben Mott.

The Ladies Team miserable run of defeats continued, as they were dumped out of the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round for the second season in a row. Thatcham Heath were their conquerers, losing 1-2, with Susie Cole netting for the first time in her three-year Aylesbury career.

Better news came from the Ladies Reserve side, who recorded their first ever win, a convincing 7-1 rout over Stony Stratford. Goals from Lucy Ilic (2) and Kerry Naisbitt (5) rounded off a polished performance from the team.

We have match reports from the two Ladies games, with pictures from the Reserve Team game to follow - check back later in the day for those.

Click here: Ladies First Team Report
Ladies Reserve Team Report
 

Aylesbury 0 Bath 1

Saturday 25 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Bath City produced the ultimate smash-and-grab raid to leave Buckingham Road with all three points this afternoon, scoring in the 84th minute and condemning Aylesbury to their third straight league defeat.

Despite positive early moves from the home side, Bath grew in confidence, and either side could have scored in the first half.

The second half was much the same, and could have gone either way, although United were denied two stone-wall penalties by the man in black Mr Banks.

Bath then struck the cruelest of blows, hitting Aylesbury on the counter-attack with a late goal that the home side couldn't recover from, and it ended 1-0.

Full report to follow shortly.
 

Aylesbury Res 2 Harrow Res 1

Wednesday 22 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United Reserve Team completed the double over Harrow Borough, with their second 2-1 win over them this season.

Colin Baker continued his good form with a goal, and Tim also netted, before Harrow pulled a goal back, all inside the opening fifteen minutes.

Both sides had chances to increase the scoring, but it finished 2-1 and a good win for Aylesbury.

For a full match report, click the link below.

Click here: Reserve Team Report
 

Reserves In Action Tonight

Wednesday 22 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

The Aylesbury United Reserve Team, under the leadership of Kevin England and Simon Lacey, continue their Capital League campaign with a fixture against Harrow Borough at Buckingham Road this evening.

The team would be most grateful for any support, kick-off is at 7.30pm
 

The Life of Brian

Wednesday 22 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Following the sad death of Brian Clough two-days ago, Simon Lacey has submitted a moving article dedicated to the greatest football manager of all time.

You can read the article by clicking the link below.

Click here: The Life of Brian
 

Ducks Given Stotfold Tie

Monday 20 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Aylesbury United have been drawn away against Stotfold in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.

Stotfold play in the Eagle Bitter United Counties Premier Division, which became the source of many of last season's players, and is also where teams such as Buckingham Town and St. Neots Town play.

The tie will be played on Saturday 2nd October. For more information on Stotfold, see there website at the link below.

Click here: Stotfold's Website
 

Results from the Ladies Teams

Monday 20 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United Ladies unfortunately lost their second consecutive match, going down 0-2 to a physical Luton Town Belles side.

Meanwhile, the Ladies Reserve Team played their first ever away match, and were unlucky to be on the receiving end of an 8-1 defeat. Again though, there were pleasing points from the newly formed side.

For reports of both matches, click the links below.

Click here: Ladies First Team match report
Ladies Reserve Team Report
 

Youth Team Match Report Online

Sunday 19 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

An excellent match report of the Youth Team's 5-1 win over Clacton Town in the FA Youth Cup last Thursday is now available online.

A reminder that the side take on Chesham United at Amy Lane tomorrow night, before they return to FA Cup action. The Ducks have been drawn at home to Heybridge Swifts in the 2nd Qualifying Round, with the match to be played on Tuesday 28th September, at Buckingham Road. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

To view the Clacton report, click the link below.

Click here: Clacton Report
 

Cornard United 0 Aylesbury United 6

Saturday 18 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury cruised home to a 6-0 win over their Ridgeons League opponents in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round this afternoon.

The Ducks went in leading by a single goal in the first half, having taken an arly lead through Greg Williams. Leon Gutzmore also had a penalty saved.

The second half was better from the away side, as they made the class difference count. Neil Champelovier added the second, Gutzmore scored a third, before substitute Danny Gray netted his first of the season, and Aylesbury's fourth.

The game then became something of a penalty lovers' delight - with two further spot-kicks being converted by Aylesbury. The first by Paul Lamb, and the second by Dean Cracknell to finish the match at 6-0.

Aylesbury will learn of their 2nd Qualifying Round fate once the draw has taken place on Monday.

Full report and pictures of the game are now online.

Click here: Conard Report
 

Clacton Youth 1-5 Aylesbury Youth

Friday 17 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

Aylesbury United stormed into the next round of the FA Youth Cup, with a well deserved 5-1 away to Clacton. After creating chance after chance, Aylesbury took the lead through Aston Goss on 35 mins, to go in 1-0 up at half time.

The Ducks came out in the second half and extended their lead 10 minutes later with another strike from Goss, and one for Michael Stockton gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead. Substitutes Matt Prince and Jay Harding got into the act and added Aylesbury's 4th and 5th goals, before Clacton struck late on with a well hit free-kick.

Aylesbury now move into the 1st Qualifying Round, and a tie with Heybridge Swifts. The match will be played at Buckingham Road on Tuesday 28th September, 7.45pm.

A match report of the Clacton game will be available online soon.

Well done to the team and we wish them well in the next round.
 

Youth Team Take on Clacton

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

Just like their senior counterparts, the Aylesbury United Youth Team kick-off their FA Cup campaign this week, as they make the journey to Clacton Town, in the FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round tomorrow night.

A big good luck to all the lads - lets hope we can make it a successful year for the entire club in the National Cup competitions.

Meanwhile the Ladies Team have been drawn away at Thatcham Town in the FA Women's Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. The tie will be played on Sunday 26th September, meaning the original match against Southampton will have to be re-arranged for a later date.
 

The Curtis Interview

Wednesday 15 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eight comments |

Paul Curtis has been speaking with Alistair MacLaren following United's rollercoaster last three games:

I see that Danny Gray is back at the club.

Yes he has signed for the us as he was not happy at Haywood United, although he is aware that a first team place cannot be guaranteed.

The last time we spoke you were telling me that you might be making a new signing in the next week or so, would that have been Danny Gray?

No, that is still on going but may not happen before this weekend.

And Meshach Cole has returned to Buckingham?

Yes Meshach has returned as he wanted a regular starting place in the team.

Ian Brumwell and Kofi Sintim both made their first appearances on the bench against Stamford. What can you tell us about them?

Both are from the Reserves, and have been called upon to bolster the squad. Ian Brumwell is a local lad who has been at the club for some time now.

With the FA Cup starting for us on Saturday, what are your thoughts of Cornard United?

It is very hard to know what to expect when you meet teams of this type - all of their players could be 6 foot 5 inches tall and they may have an awful pitch. Such circumstances could make it difficult for us.

Are there any injury worries ahead of Saturday's game?

Yes we are unfortunately on the verge of an injury crisis. Peter Smith has had two injuries in the last two weeks, followed by food poisoning, Kai Ridley has a groin problem, and we have three central defenders struggling, as well as Jay Gould. Because of the injury problems with our central defenders we may have to change our style of play on Saturday.

Looking back at the last three games, first starting with the Tiverton game, many have said that this was our best performance of the season to date, also which area did you consider that we were at our best?

I agree that it was a good performance against Tiverton. As we played well I would not try to single out any area as our best, after all when you give a good performance it normally means that every department is playing well.

Would you say that the Histon game was our worst performance of the season? Or maybe at Team Bath?

The performance against Histon was equal to the performance against Halesowen, both were very poor. At Histon we never really got in the game and got what we deserved. At Team Bath are finishing was very poor.

Was that the only problem last Saturday?

We missed a lot of chances due to our poor finishing, and we did not play well on the day. Had we taken some of the missed chances we could have won the game though.

I was very disappointed with the attitude of some of the supporters who had travelled to the game. At one point we reduced their lead to 2-1 but some of the supporters showed a very bad attitude, instead of getting behind the team. It is at times like this that the players need the supporters behind them.

Also the team coach broke down which meant that we had to wait, for about 30 minutes, to be picked up by the supporter?s coach. Going back on the same coach after the game was not going to be too pleasant, in fact I did not travel back on the coach after being advised not to by one of the directors.

Because of the recent performances are you likely to make changes for Saturday?s game?

No, we have not got the squad to be able to make any changes, especially with the current injury situation. I also hope that we have no further injury problems when we meet for training tonight.
 

Berkhamsted Res 2 Aylesbury Res 4

Tuesday 14 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Reserve Team progressed in the Doxhill President's Challenge Cup with a fine 4-2 win over near neighbours Berkhamsted Town.

Colin Baker was the hero, with four goals, in a match that featured first team players John Winter, Danny Gray and Ian Brumwell.

For the full match report, click the link below.

Click here: Reserves Match Report
 

Bournemouth Ladies 2 Aylesbury Ladies 0

Monday 13 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Aylesbury United Ladies Team were beaten 2-0 by their Bournemouth counter-parts in Sunday's league encounter.

For a full report of the game, click the link below.

Click here: Ladies Report
 

Team Bath 3 Aylesbury 1

Saturday 11 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United left Team Bath having served up what can only be described as an abject performance, as they lost 3-1 to the team previously without a home point and bottom of the league.

As against Histon earlier in the week, the Ducks conceded a poor early goal, and never recovered. Although they were better than the last game, the respective level of the opposition has to be taken into account.

The home side added a second early in the second half, just to quell any lingering hopes of a comeback, although Paul Edgeworth did score a United goal in the 88th minute - before Team Bath responded with another two minutes later.

Next Saturday sees Aylesbury travel to Cornard United in the FA Cup, and if an improvement doesn't come then it will be an early exit for the third successive season.

Full report and a few pictures, courtesy of Mark Edmonds, are now available.

Click here: Team Bath match report
Team Bath pictures
 

Stamford Match Re-Arranged

Thursday 09 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The match against Stamford, originally on Saturday 9th October, has been re-arranged. This is to avoid clashing with the World Cup Qualifying between England and Wales.

Stamford vs Aylesbury will now be played the night before, Friday 8th October with a 7.45pm kick-off
 

Groundsman of the Year

Wednesday 08 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Congratulations to Peter Ash who has retained his accolade of Isthmian Groundsman of the Year for 2004, having also won the title last year. Pete was also 3rd place in the National Award for 2004.

It is yet another recognition of the superb effort and hard work put into the pitch, and builds on the success of Ajax training on the pitch in the Summer.

Full award winners will be confirmed in the near future.
 

Histon 2 Aylesbury United 0

Tuesday 07 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United produced their worst performance of the season so far, losing 2-0 to a well organised and hard-working Histon side.

In a match that the Ducks never got to grips with, the home side scored after just 77 seconds and never looked back, scoring another to wrap up the match in the first half.

Aylesbury could only muster three attempts on goal all night, and the faster this match is forgotten the better.
 

Match Reports Added

Monday 06 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Two match reports have been added. The first is from the Youth Team's win in the Allied Counties Central Division against Northwood last week, the second being from the Ladies Team's 8-3 win over Abbey Rangers in yesterday's FA Cup encounter.

Click here: Youth Team Report | Ladies Team Report
 

Pictures Added To Reports

Monday 06 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Most home match reports now have pictures added to them, including post-match Man of the Match awards. Also added are the presentations to Matt Hayward and Peter Guntrip of APS Mortgages before Saturday's game against Tiverton. Especially worth a look are 21 quality match pictures taken by Peter Remnant from the game against Stamford.

Click here: Stamford Pics
Tiverton Presentation Pics
 

One Returns to Robins, One Returns to Ducks

Sunday 05 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Meshach Cole has called time on his short Aylesbury United career, and returned to Buckingham Town. Indeed, the pacey forward was sent-off for the Robins in FA Cup action yesterday afternoon.

We wish Meshach all the best and thank him for his efforts during the short period he was with the club.

On a more positive note, returning to the club is popular forward Danny Gray. Well known to the Ducks fans, Danny decided to leave the club and head across town to Haywood United.

He has now decided to return 'home', after less than a month away, and is likely to link-up with the squad for Tuesday's game at Histon.

Related link: Recent Player Transfers
 

APS Mortgages Increase Sponsorship

Sunday 05 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The club are delighted to announce that APS Mortages have decided to significantly increase their sponsorship commitments with Aylesbury United for the season.

APS will now also be sponsoring the Reserve Team kit, and the all new 2004/05 First Team Away kit.

Once again, Aylesbury United would like to express their gratitude for the generous support offered by APS Mortgages this season.
 

Histon Coach Cancelled

Sunday 05 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Unfortunately the supporters coach to Histon on Tuesday night has been cancelled due to lack of interest. The team coach will still be running, and has places available - leaving the stadium at 4pm. Contact the club for more details.

For driving directions to Histon, see the 'Next Fixture' page.
 

Ladies Progress in FA Cup

Sunday 05 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Ladies Team progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with an 8-3 win over Abbey Rangers. It was a splendid display of how to score goals from Aylesbury, and more than made up for a rather less impressive defensive showing.

Ha-tricks from Twiggy Davis and Sally Green, as well as strikes from Carly Newman and Leah Maloney on her debut, sealed an eventful match.

Meanwhile the newly formed Ladies Reserve side lost their first ever match 1-3 at home to Brize Norton. Gemma Butterfield got the Ducks' goal.
 

Ladies In FA Cup Action

Sunday 05 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Ladies Team kick-off their season this afternoon, as they entertain Abbey Rangers in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round. The game will be played at Buckingham Road, kick-off at 4pm.The Ladies would really appreciate as many people as possible turning out for the match, so come down and get behind the team.

The Ladies Reserves also kick-off their season this afternoon, as they face Brize Norton in the league, at the Edinburgh Playing Fields. Kick-off is at 2pm.
 

Ducks To Face Cornard United

Saturday 04 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United will face Cornard United away in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, after they beat Eton Manor 3-1 in the Prelminary round today.

The tie will be played on Saturday 18th September at 3.00pm, at Cornard's Blackhouse Lane ground.
 

Aylesbury 3 Tiverton 1

Saturday 04 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United produced a sizzling performance to match the temperatures at a scorching Buckingham Road this afternoon. Against a team tipped to win the League they confidently and deservedly won all three points.

An early goal settled any nerves, Leon Gutzmore on the scoresheet once again, although the Ducks had to battle strong pressure from Tiverton late in the first half.

Another early goal in the second half killed the game off, Matt Hayward scoring on his big day - his 300th appearance for the club, before Paul Edgeworth made it 3-0 towards the end.

Tiverton did score a late consolation, but all it was ever going to deny was a clean-sheet for United.
 

300 Not Out for Hayward

Saturday 04 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Matt Hayward will make his 300th First Team appearance for the club this afternoon, in Aylesbury United's match against Tiverton Town.

Congratulations to Matt - A special presentation to commend this remarkable achievement will take place before the game.

The fixture kicks-off at 3pm, and with Aylesbury riding high in the league they should fancy their chances against Tiverton, but this will be their strongest test of the season so far.
 

New Replica Shirts Available Now

Friday 03 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Ducks' new 2004/05 kit debuted last Saturday against Stamford, and the club are now pleased to announce that orders may be placed for replica shirts.

The shirst, as modelled here by Neil Champelovier, can be ordered at Saturday's home match against Tiverton by visiting the club shop and completing an order form.

Available in any size, with short or long sleeves, each shirt is priced at a reasonable ?27, and full payment on ordering is preferred to guarantee delivery.

If you are unable to get to Buckingham Road, please write to the club at the address on the 'contacts' page, indicating the size etc. of your shirt, including payment (cheques made payable to Aylesbury United).
 

The Curtis Interview

Friday 03 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Alistair MacLaren has been in touch with Paul Curtis following the last two matches:

What were your thoughts on the Stamford game?

Stamford came with a gameplan, which they stuck to well, but we were not very good on the day.

I did not think that the referee was very good, especially with the incidents that led to Meshach Cole being booked.

No the officials were not good. Meshach Cole went down injured, when the trainer came on he had got to his feet and had no treatment but the referee told him to go of the pitch to come back on again, the referee appeared to wave him back on, but when Masach came on he was then booked for coming on too soon.

From where I was standing on Saturday it looked that the penalty awarded against Jack Rashid was debatable. Jack appeared to dive full length and got both hands on the ball, the Stamford player then went down.

Jack said that he did not touch the player but the referee, on the halfway line, awarded a penalty. It is one of those things that happen in football, had it been awarded to us we would have accepted it.

What were your thoughts of the Hemel game?

We were brilliant in the first half, created a number of chances but were only one goal up at half time. Due to not having more advantage the second half was much tougher and the game could have gone either way.

Dean Cracknell seems to be getting better with every game. Do you think that applies to any other players?

Our front two and Dean all work very hard.

Are there any injury worries ahead of Saturdays game?

Stuart Smeathers and Dean Cracknell are having treatment tonight, at present I am not aware of any other injury problems.

Finally, do you have any additions to the squad lined up?

Yes, it is possible a new player may be signed in the next week or so, but I am not prepared to say any more at present.