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Aylesbury 1 Cirencester 2

Saturday 30 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United were unlucky to be on the end of a defeat this afternoon, having battled well against Cirencester Town.

The Ducks were sorely in need of a natural goalscorer, as they struggled for chances all afternoon, and went into the break goal-less.

A ten-minute spell of madness from the home side then gifted the Centurians two goals in quick succession - the first having caught the defence napping, the second from the penalty spot.

Despite rallying in the closing stages, and pulling one goal back through Dean Powles, Aylesbury just couldn't find an equaliser.

There was enough desire and renewed vigour throughout the team to please the supporters though, and certainly positive signs from the team.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Cirencester Report
 

Ducks Face Cirencester Challenge

Saturday 30 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United return to action at Buckingham Road this afternoon, in search of their first Southern League home win for nearly two months.

Cirencester Town provide the opposition, and will feature ex-Duck Gary Wotton in their side. The Centurions are having a season rather similar to ourselves so far - on their day they could beat most teams, but they have also suffered some poor results.

It looks set to be a hard fought contest either way - kick-off is at 3.00pm. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.
 

Further Statement

Wednesday 27 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The club would like to make a further point in reference to an article which appeared in today's Bucks Herald, and confirm that contrary to the article Danny Nicholls has NOT been offered the vacant manager's job.

The board would like to make it clear once again that they will not be rushed into any decision. In addition, Danny feels he has been misquoted by the newspaper, which has lead to a misunderstanding by supporters.
 

Aylesbury Youth 1 Ware Youth 4

Wednesday 27 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United run in the FA Youth Cup came to a sad end, as they conceded three goals in extra time in a tense 3rd Qualifying Round tie.

The match as a whole was unspectacular, with both sides scoring scrappy goals within minutes of each other in the first half to make it 1-1 at half-time.

With ninety minutes played and the score still 1-1 extra-time was enforced, and the tiring Ducks found themselves on the end of three goals from their opponents, to make the score a slightly flattering 4-1.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Youth Team Report
 

Youth Team in FA Cup Action Tonight

Wednesday 27 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United's Youth Team are looking to progress to the 1st Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup tonight. Standing in their way are Ware FC.

The team would love for any supporters to come to the game - to be played at Buckingham Road. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

The Youth Team play great football, and speaking from experience are truly a joy to watch. It's certainly worthwile if you've never seen the youngsters play to get down to the Stadium tonight. Should Aylesbury get through they will face a home tie against Woking or Reading Town.
 

A Chat With Danny Nicholls

Wednesday 27 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Alistair MacLaren continues his weekly chat with the manager, this week catching up with caretaker boss Danny Nicholls to get his thoughts after the excellent 1-0 win at Chippenham:

What did you think of the performance on Saturday?

The effort and workrate was no less that expected, however the however the passion and commitment was very high which made a good performance.

How did you rate the performance of the team in the different areas, defence, midfield and attack?

The defence was superb, Jason Burnham and Matt Hayward were very solid, and their attitude rubbed of onto other players. The midfield was very strong committed, and fired up. We were very good up front, Dean Cracknell rose to the occasion and enjoyed his new role. Danny Gray was carrying an injury though.

With so many players unavailable, did you make any changes through choice?

Yes I wanted to get Kofi Sintim more involved. I reverted back to 4-4-2 system as it is more simple and straightforward. I also put Greg Williams into the centre of midfield as he is able to win the ball and hold on to it, with Paul Lamb it gave us a very solid midfield. And as said Danny Gray and Dean Cracknell played up front. Dean Powles played at right back.

Regarding those unavailable Garry Cook is likely to be out for another month, and Stuart Smeathers looks likely to be out for two more weeks. Kai Ridley is back from suspension though, and Jay Gould is recovering. A few players are also carrying colds.

Going back to before the Chippenham game, what do you think of Paul Curtis quitting as manager of the team?

All I can say is that Paul is his own person, he knows what he wants from the game, and he is very passionate about football. And no one knows how much work he put into the job as manager.

Would you be likely to apply for the role as manager of Aylesbury United?

I enjoy working at Aylesbury United, and have been asked if I want to apply for the job. I have had experience of playing at this level, so I am familiar with the club, and the ground. I would be very happy to assist the right person who might be brought in as manager, but he must have experience of non league football at this level. I would also understand if he wanted to bring in his own assistant, in that case I would be quite happy to move on. Many people in non league football think of Aylesbury United being a club that can provide a budget that is equal to some of the clubs in the Conference League, based on the standard of the ground.

Is it true that Leon Gutzmore is going to Dunstable Town? And are any of the first team regulars likely to move on now that Paul has gone?

Dunstable have made an approach to Leon, as I was instrumental in getting him to sign for the club, and played in the same team, he has assured me that he will continue to play for the club, in fact he phoned me last night (Sunday). I will also add that another club has made a seven day approach for Dean Cracknell, he has also said that he will stay with the club.

Paul told me earlier this season that only one of our players is on a contract basis, is that correct?

There are actually four on a contract basis, there are at least two more players that I would like to get on a contract.

Had you worked with Paul before coming to Aylesbury?

Yes, we worked together at Northampton for three years.

I know you have only just taken over the management, and not sure how long for, but have you any thoughts about bringing in new players?

Yes I have made seven day approaches for two players, one is a goal scoring midfielder, the other is a hard working ball winner.

What do you look for in a player?

Passion, desire, coupled with enthusiasm, and ability to pass the ball.
 

Statement From The Board of Directors

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

It is with regret that the Board have received the resignation of Mr Paul Curtis as our First Team Manager. The Board unanimously agreed that he would have remained in the position for the foreseeable future and had full backing from all present at the meeting. Danny Nichols will take temporary charge of the First Team until a replacement is found.

Although the Board has already been approached by a number of possible candidates it will not be rushed into making a ?panic appointment?.

It must be stressed that both Paul and Danny gave their services for minimal expenses only. Also (1) as a gesture of support and commitment to the club and (2) they understood the financial restraints / budgets the club needed to adhere to service our ?restructured, inherited debts?.

The Board sends their best wishes to Paul and thank him sincerely for his hard work and pre-season commitment, not forgetting taking over in January a weakened squad with the near impossible task of avoiding relegation.

In the meantime we urge you to give Danny your full support.

A few comments on the financial affairs of the club:- The club is now being run with tighter financial constraints, meeting budgets and slowly paying off the vast amount of debt built up over the past years. Expenditure is on budget, income (cashflow) is now starting to bite. Falling gates and the 500 Club being the main two areas of concern.

Falling Gates: we budgeted for an average crowd of around 350/400. We are not achieving it! This needs to be addressed. The team?s current playing style is not the only reason for people not turning up at Buckingham Road. Do the people of Aylesbury want a premier side? If we were running a West End show with attendance under budget day in - day out, we would have to close. So the same could apply.

The 500 Club: We are currently running behind schedule with the 500 Club (approx 6 weeks). This is having an adverse effect on cashflow and profit. The first draw is scheduled for the 3rd December, we urge you to sign up for this initiative as soon as possible. With no other sponsorship deals lined up for this season, this is probably the only other form of income that will see us through the current season.

Couple the loss of revenue through the turnstiles, the (god forbid) failure of the 500 Club, the only appointment the Board will be making is one of a receiver, not a new First Team Manager.

For reference, Mr Bill Carroll did not attend the meeting and had no input whatsoever in the meeting.

We thank you for your continued support and we are all working hard to resolve matters as quickly as possible for everybody?s benefit.

The Directors of Aylesbury Football Club (1997) Ltd
25th October 2004
 

Sunday Round-Up

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

Two Aylesbury United team's took to the field yesterday. Match reports of both games are now available.

The Sunday Youth Team continued their 100% record this season with a 3-1 win over Chesham Rangers in the League Cup. Ben Mott scored a deserved hat-trick in another confident team display.

The Ladies Team took a welcome break from League action, arranging a friendly with Bedford Athletic. A 1-0 win didn't do Ian Austin's side justice though, as they controlled the game.

For match reports from both games, click the links below.

Click here: Sunday Youth Team Report
 Ladies Team Report
 

Chippenham 0 Aylesbury 1

Saturday 23 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

With Danny Nicholls at the helm, a patched up Aylesbury United side recorded an impressive 1-0 win over 2nd placed Chippenham Town this afternoon.

In difficult conditions the Ducks made their effort count, forcing a goal in the 55th minute. A Chippenham defender cleared the ball against Kofi Sintim, on as a second half substitute, and the ball richocheted into the net.

Aylesbury now host Cirencester Town at Buckingham Road this Saturday. Before that though, there is the small issue of finding a new manager for the club. More news on that to come this week.
 

Statement From Paul Curtis

Thursday 21 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments |

The following is a statement released today by Paul Curtis following his decision to resign from the club. A full statement from the board will be published next week.

"It is regret that as from today, I will no longer be willing to act as Manager for Aylesbury Utd F.C.

This situation has occurred because I am no longer prepared to take the personal abuse that some, and I must stress some supporters have been hurling since before the season began as it is now affecting the players performance.

I find the personal insults difficult to understand, as I believe that we have a good squad of players that have been brought to Aylesbury Utd although unfortunately of late we have not been up to our usual standard as seen earlier in the season when we were in the top four places in the league. I feel that some of the ?so called? supporters must take a portion of the blame for this as the continual abuse although directed to myself has had a detrimental effect on some of the players who are now lacking confidence and are not performing with any conviction.

The coaching staff, directors & players are committed to making the team one of the best sides in the league and I wish whoever takes over the managers role, with the good squad of players that he has inherited, the very best of luck in returning Aylesbury Utd F.C. to the position it deserves.

I would like to state that this has by no means been an easy decision to come to, especially as we are only 6 points away from a top 5 position in the league. However in order for the players to be given a fair chance by the supporters I feel it necessary that a new manager whom the supporters can get behind, is a necessity if the players are going to fulfil the undoubted potential that they have.

Paul Curtis - 21/10/2004"
 

Curtis Parts With The Club

Thursday 21 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

The club have announced this morning that Paul Curtis has left the club in the wake of recent results. Paul will say his farewells to the players at training tonight.

Danny Nicholls will be in temporary charge of the team for Saturday's match at Chippenham Town. A board meeting is scheduled for Monday, following which a full statement will be released.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for all his work at the club, and wish him well for his future ventures.
 

Aylesbury 0 Hemel Hempstead 2

Tuesday 19 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

With Halloween just around the corner, Aylesbury United put up a ghoulish display this evening, as struggling Hemel Hempstead beat them 2-0.

The Ducks were rarely in the game, as Hemel to the game to them, looking fired up and wanting the win much more than the home side.

Goals from George Fowler and Dean Harding sealed the win in the first half, and there was no coming back for the Ducks.

A trip to early pacesetters Chippenham Town now awaits the side this Saturday.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Hemel Hempstead Report
 

Sunday Round-Up and Saturday Pictures

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

We have some pictures from Saturday's disappointing FA Cup tie with Ashford Town (Middx) - click the link below to view them.

The Sunday Youth Team made it three out of three with a convincing 8-1 win over Turnfurlong at the weekend. Click the link below to read a report of the goalfest.

The Ladies Team game was postponed, but the Ladies Reserves were in action, racking up a 7-0 win over Chalfont St. Peter. A report and pictures of this game are also available.

Click here: Ashford Pictures
Sunday Youth Team Report
Ladies Reserves Match Report
 

Reserve/Youth Fixture Update

Tuesday 19 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Reserve Team game between Aylesbury United and Slough Town scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to Slough being unable to field a team. New date to be advised.

Meanwhile the Youth Team's FA Cup clash with Ware has been confirmed for Wednesday 27th October - kick-off 7.45pm at Buckingham Road.

The team are just one win away from the First Round proper, where they could face a League club. Your support on the night of this crucial match will be greatly appreciated.
 

News From The Club

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

Join the 500 Club!

To all supporters who have yet to sign up for the 500 CLUB. Please do so, we need your support to make the scheme work. Please promote to your friends, family and workmates etc.

Please complete the application form and hand into club office along with ?10 deposit.

The scheme start date is the 1st December, with the 1st cash draw to be made on Friday the 3rd December, and every friday thereafter in the Kickers Bar, which we hope will become a regular social evening for all supporters.

For complete information, see the flyers which are around the Stadium and Kickers Bar.

Player's Tracksuits and Caps

Many thanks to Mark Hornett and Danny Nicholls (1st team assistant manager) of Maca Care Homes for their sponsorship of the new team tracksuits and Polo Tops, and Peter Lee of New Era Cap Co Ltd for the sponsorship of the baseball caps which are now available in the club shop.

Pictured below are the team lined-up prior to Saturday's game against Ashford Town in their tracksuits, polo shirts and caps. (Click the image to enlarge)

 

Aylesbury 0 Ashford Town 1

Saturday 16 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United's FA Cup dreams were ended for another year, Ashford Town (Middx) snatching a late winner to send the Ducks out of the competition.

A goal-less first half had seen Ashford shade the chances, as time and time again the home side were found lacking in the final third.

The theme continued, until the Ducks started to play the ball about and keep some good posession through the second period.

This sadly came to nothing however, and against the run of play Ashford managed to score a dramatic 80th minute goal - which was enough to carry them through.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Ashford Report
 

Ducks Face Ashford Town Cup Test

Saturday 16 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United face Ashford Town (Middx) in the FA Cup 3rd Qualiying Round at Buckingham Road this afternoon.

The last time the Ducks reached this round, they went all the way to the 1st Round Proper with a tie at Port Vale. Can the same happen again?

The team will have to be at their best to beat Ashford, who are riding high in the Southern League Division One East.

Should a replay be needed, Tuesday's home game with Hemel Hempstead will be postponed for it to take place. Look out for the 4th Qualifying Round draw on Monday - especially if Aylesbury progress.
 

Replica Shirts Now In Stock

Friday 15 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Nine comments |

The new 2004/05 season replica shirts, as shown here, are now in stock in the 21CD Club Shop.

Whether you have already ordered one or not, they will be available for collection at Saturday's game with Ashford Town, and on Tuesday night for the clash with Hemel Hempstead.

Also arrived are the new DCUK1897 baseball caps, another worthy addition to your collection.
 

Aylesbury Youth 2 Diss Town Youth 0

Wednesday 13 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Aylesbury United Youth Team progressed to the FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round with a solid 2-0 win over Diss Town.

In truth the game was only ever going one way, with Aylesbury goalkeeper Andy Brown untested for 90-minutes, but Diss frustrated their opponents and a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the score down.

Goals in either half, the first from Matt Prince, and the late second from Joe Wright sealed the Ducks place in the next round, where they will face Ware FC, once again at Buckingham Road.

The third qualifying round is the last before the 1st Round proper, where Aylesbury could draw a professoinal side.

Report is now available online.

Click here: Youth Team Report
 

Forthcoming Events

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

The club have a number of forthcoming events in the newly refurbished bar. A new page has been created with details of all these events, so take a look now.

Click here: Forthcoming Events
 

Youth Team in FA Cup Action Tonight

Wednesday 13 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

The Youth Team return to FA Cup action tonight, following on from their impressive win over Heybridge Swifts.

Diss Town provide the opposition at Buckingham Road, in the 2nd Qualifying Round, as the young Ducks look to progress further.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm, so why not watch the England game first, then see an even better match afterwards?!

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults ?3
Concessions: ?1
 

The Curtis Interview

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

Once again, Alistair MacLaren has been in touch with Paul Curtis, to get his thoughts following Friday's draw at Stamford AFC.

What are your feelings about Friday?s result at Stamford?

If was probably a fair result when you look at the whole game. We battled well and showed desire, and were disappointed not to have won.

The referee seems to have given a number of Yellow Cards, and of course a Red card to Leon Gutzmore, what did you think of him?

I did not think that he was too bad in the game. Leon Gutzmore did show passion on the night but had to be sent off for putting his hand into the Stamford players face. The Stamford player should have also been sent off as he kicked out at Leon while he was on the ground, but the referee did not see that.

You did have quite a few injury worries ahead of the Stamford game, did it have any impact on the game?

No not really, the situation was not as bad as it seemed following the Stotfold game. Paul Lamb had to come off which did cause us to lose our shape.

Are there any injury worries ahead of Saturday?s game in the FA Cup?

Not really, apart from Paul Lamb there are no major injury worries, Matt Hayward, and one or two others will be having treatment on Tuesday night but should be alright for Saturday?s game.

It has been said on the message board that you might be signing a Simon Dunlop from Brackley, is that true?

No I have not spoken to anyone of that name, I don?t know him or what position he plays in.

Do you have any other potential signings lined up?

I am looking to make another signing but have not spoken to anyone in depth. Apart from the player?s position on the field, the type of player is also very important, position, and the budget.

It is not a good time to sign players on loan at this stage of the season, FA Cup and Trophy games being played often mean that clubs don?t want their players to become cup tied, so you could sign a player for a month, on loan, and he might only be involved in two matches, not good for the budget as the club would have to pay the wages.
 

Len Pipe 1911-2004

Tuesday 12 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

It is with great sadness that we report the death of club vice-president Len Pipe. Len died on Friday 8th October at Wycombe General Hospital following a long illness.

Len had been a supporter of Aylesbury United for many years. Ill health for the last couple of seasons had unfortunately stopped Len attending many games.

A printer by trade he worked at Hazells most of his working life, clocking up over 40 years service for the firm including taking up the stewardship of Hazells club in 1969 until retirement.

He was made a life-vice president of Aylesbury United after accepting an invitation by the board of directors 13 years ago.

He leaves two daughters, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.


Len Pipe at Turnfurlong Lane (click to enlarge)
 

Sunday Round-Up *UPDATED*

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

This weekend proved to be better all-round for Aylesbury United's teams who took to the field last Sunday.

First up were the Youth Team, who took on Prestwood Colts in the Berks & Bucks Cup on Sunday morning. The team came back with an excellent 6-1 victory, thanks to goals from Michael Stockton, Vernes Causevic, Aston Goss, two from Ben Mott, and one from Joe Wright.

The Ladies Team managed to notch their first point of the season, with a hard-fought draw against local rivals Wycombe Wanders. As the team twice came from behind, Twiggy Davis and Sophie Green found the net.

The Ladies Reserve Team continued their good work, with their second win, a 2-1 victory of Oxfam. Kerry Naisbitt continued her good form with two more goals, the first a 'Beckhamlike' free-kick from range.

For match reports of all the mentioned games, click the links below.

Click here: Youth Team Report
Ladies Team Report
 Ladies Reserves Report
 

Aylesbury 1 Stamford 1

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

The Ducks pulled off a creditible draw at Stamford AFC, having been forced to play nearly an hour with ten-men.

The first-half was fairly even, before Leon Gutzmore was dismissed for reacting badly to an opponent.

In the second half Aylesbury impressively pushed forward, and were the better team for much of the period, duly taking the lead through Dean Cracknell.

Unsurprising, the hosts grew as United tired, and finally drew level with six minutes remaining.

Full report now online.

Click here: Stamford Report
 

Pictures From Stotfold Game

Thursday 07 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

We have been busy collating a superb collection of 33 pictures from last Saturday's FA Cup clash at Stotfold. See Gary Walker's shock early strike, and Garry Cook's debut diving header...

Thanks to Steve Robinson, and www.stotfoldfc.co.uk for the excellent range of images. To view them, click the link below.

Click here: Stotfold pictures
 

A Chat With Paul Curtis

Wednesday 06 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Nine comments |

Alistair MacLaren caught up with Paul Curtis before tonight's Reserve Team game:

What were your thoughts on Saturdays game, in the FA cup, at Stotfold?

I thought we played quite well, created a lot of chances, with the Stotfold goalkeeper making a number of good saves. Jack Rashid did make a good save for us though, just before the end of the match, had the save not been made we might well have been out of the cup. A draw was quite a fair result.

And of course your thoughts on last nights replay against Stotfold?

I thought that our performance was very good for about 70 minutes, but because of injuries we had to change the way that we played the game. At times Stotfold had the ball at the later stages of the game and we relied on them not having the ability to score enough goals to win the game.

Were you surprised that Stotfold played such good football compared with Saturdays game?

No, they are a big and physically strong side, and Justin Griffith (10) was a quality player who had a very good game. Also our pitch is very suitable to play good football on. The pitch at Stotfold looked very good from a distance, but looking at it closer the number of weeds in the grass were always going to make it harder to pass the ball.

After these two cup games are there any injury worries ahead of Friday evenings game at Stamford?

Yes, quite a few, Jason Burnham, Paul Lamb and Dean Powles are all doubtful for that game. Our new signing Gary Cook will be out for about six weeks. Leon Gutzmore and Neil Champelovier also have injuries but should be fit for the game on Friday. Greg Williams will also be fit, he probably could have played last night but I did not wish to take any risks.

We have discussed new signings a few time over the last few weeks, Gary Cook was the striker that was mentioned, are there any more players lined up?

We have two U19 players from Wimbledon who will be involved in tonight?s reserve team game.

You are at the Stadium for tonight?s reserve team game, what is your involvement?

Danny Nicholls and I are likely to be in the squad. The reason is not that we want to be, but will be needed. It is likely that Dagenham and Redbridge will play some experienced professionals which may not be good for some of our young players, we will add experience to help them. (In the event, neither played any part in the game)
 

Aylesbury Res 1 Dagenham & Redbridge Res 5

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

The Ducks went out of the Doxhill President's Challenge Cup, defeated 5-1 by Dagenham & Redbridge at Buckingham Road.

The visitors raced into a three-goal lead by half-time, through two thumping efforts and an excellent solo goal.

Aylesbury hit back with a Colin Baker penalty early in the second half, but Dagenham came back at them with two further efforts.
 

Aylesbury 4 Stotfold 2

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

The Ducks returned to winning ways, and progressed in the FA Cup with a 4-2 win over Stotfold.

Goals from Neil Champelovier, two from Paul Edgeworth, and a brilliant effort from Danny Gray put Aylesbury into a four-goal lead.

However, they were denied a clean-sheet, as Stotfold took the shine off an otherwise excellent display with two goals in the final fifteen minutes.

It mattered little, and there was never going to be a comeback, and it will be United who face Ashford Town (Middx) in the 3rd Qualifying Round.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Stotfold Report
 

Ducks In FA Cup Action

Tuesday 05 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Tonight sees Aylesbury United looking to advance to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Standing in their way are Stotfold, who so valiantly drew with the Ducks on Saturday.

The match kicks-off at 7.45pm, with the winner at home to Ashford Town (Middx) in the next round.
 

FA Cup Draw

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

The draw for the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round was made this morning. Should the Ducks manage to beat Stotfold tomorrow evening, then they will face Ashford Town (Middx) at Buckingham Road.

The 3rd Qualifying Round will be played on Saturday 16th October. Our match with Merthyr Tydfil has been postponed anyway due to the Martyrs already progressing in the FA Cup.
 

Stotfold 1 Aylesbury United 1

Saturday 02 October 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United were held by plucky Stotfold at Roker Park this afternoon, but it could have been a whole lost worse for the travelling Ducks.

A second minute goal from the home side spelled trouble for United, and so it proved as Aylesbury lacked any conviction in attack. Despite playing some neat passing and dominating the second half, the Ducks were continuously frustrated by Stotfold and a number of good saves from their goalkeeper.

An equaliser was eventually forced, and scored well by debutant Gary Cook, diving in to head home. Unfortunately the new striker then had to go off injured, leaving the Ducks to play the closing stages with ten men.

The draw means that a replay will take place at Buckingham Road on Tuesday night, with Monday's Youth Team match being postponed.

Full report now online.

Click here: Stotfold Report