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New Year Message from Graham Read

Thursday 30 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Nineteen comments |

I hope your enjoying the festive season and looking forward to the New Year. A New Year full of optimism, good health, wealth and promotion!

What a year, both on and off the field. I won't dwell on the past, lets look forward.

The egg's been cracked, and the chick has started to grow?..all we need now is more corn to feed it! Hopefully with the success of the 500 club, along with the continued push for promotion, bigger crowds, who knows where it will end. But rest assured, all of us are working our socks off to support the team and club in every way possible.

A few thankyou's at this time of the year shouldn't go amiss. I would like to personally thank all for your continued support. 21CD, Luke for the superb way he keeps us updated via the website, and with his support and knowledge, along with Leon, edit our programme. Ron Knock and his team of stewards, the turnstyle operators, programme sellers, that all do a stirling job week in and week out. Then there's 'Award winning' Peter Ash in preparing such a fine pitch, Diane Miles, Ron Schmidt, Ken Turnball and all the other backroom staff that work tirelessly for the club on match days.

Not forgetting the tremendous achievements, the drive and enthusiasm, that kept Jerry Diamond and Simon Lacey producing home grown talent - Thankyou for your honesty and support.

Finally, one of the most important members of my board, John Newman who has supported me in this 'Roller Coaster Year' and won't let anybody walk around with spare change in their pockets!

Here's to beating Forest Green, Promotion via the playoff's, 501 members in the 500 club and an average gate of 400!??have I forgotten anything?

Happy New Year, Thanks Again for your loyal support.

Graham Read
Managing Director

p.s. Sorry Danny and the Team......You're the dogs!
 

Danny Nicholls on Chesham

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

Alistair MacLaren caught up with a jubilant Danny Nicholls after his side overcame the Chesham challenge:

Peter Ash and John Newman did a great job in making sure that the game could be played, especially when you look at Mondays fixtures and see how many games were postponed.

Yes they certainly did. Peter was working on the pitch at 6:30am. The pitch was a little bit slippery during the pre-match warm up, and the early part of the game, but the playing conditions then got better as the game went on.

What did you think of the turn out for the game?

It was absolutely fantastic, and the support from the chicken run was also really great. Getting behind the team really does help the players to feel good as it gives them a lift.

I felt the game itself could have gone either way, what were your thoughts?

I agree, I thought that we had the better of the chances in the first half, we could have been 3 or 4 goals up by half time.

In the second half Chesham did put us under more pressure by playing their long ball game, to deal with it we changed to the 4-4-2 system.

The referee was possibly the worst that we have had here this season, we should have had a penalty, and he did not see the linesman's flag on some occasions, and often got it wrong when playing the advantage rule.

We rode our luck at times in the second half, but things balanced out over the 90 minutes.

One of Chesham's spectators said that the standard of football in the first half was atrocious.

Perhaps he was at a different game. People will always see the game in different ways, sometimes the quality of football is sacrificed to get the result.

Leon Gutzmore seemed to be back to his normal game, and of course scored 2 goals on the day.

Yes - bringing in Drew Roberts has helped his game.

Talking of Drew Roberts, I thought that his game seemed to lack confidence, although he showed that he has quality.

He is probably at about 50% of his best at present, this could be due to the different management that he had at Kettering. My style is getting the best out of players by encouragement. And it is also true to say that other teams are still interested in signing him.

Paul Edgeworth had another good game I thought.

Yes, although Chesham were very much in his face as they are such a physical team.

And Luke Graham had a very good Loan Debut.

He did, especially as it was his first game for 2 weeks. The last one was for Northampton Reserves against the MK Dons, also he was marking John Richardson who is an ex-professional.

ack Rashid played very well in such conditions as a goalkeeper, it must be very difficult in cold weather to always be fully alert when you have not been involved for lengthy periods

Yes but I do keep shouting to him to make sure that he is in touch with the game, and of course he has had a very good season for us.

Greg Williams was substituted. Was it tactical?

Greg was not at his best so I decided to bring Dean Cracknell on in his place.

What was Steve Bateman's reaction to the result?

He thought a draw would have been a fairer result.

Are there any fresh injury problems ahead of the Bedford game? How are the long-term sufferers faring?

I'm not aware of any new injuries after Monday's game.

Lamby is now ok but needs to get fully match fit. Neil Lazarus is seeing a specialist about the groin problem on Wednesday. Kai Ridley's foot problem is likely to keep him out for another month, these injuries can be quite complicated. Hopefully Garry Cook will be able to start training about mid January, he has had to give his Hamstring injury a rest period.

Your record as manager is looking very good, since your first game in charge it is, won 8, drawn 1, lost 3. That record must make you feel very proud, especially with the team now up to 5th.

Yes when you realise that I did not have my own squad for the first three games, and we have only lost one game in December which was against the team, Merthyr Tydfil, who are top of the league.

Do you have any more players lined up to join the club, following your recent signings?

As said before I do have one player to bring in when he has got over an operation, but I now want to maintain consistency in the team. I also do not want to feel that I have to bring players straight back into the team after injury if the replacement is doing a good job, the benefit of a good squad.
 

Chesham Report Online

Tuesday 28 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The match report from yesterday's excellent 2-1 win over Chesham United is now available online.

Click here: Chesham Report
 

Aylesbury 2 Chesham Utd 1

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

Aylesbury fans were given the perfect Christmas present with a 2-1 win over Chesham United. The win was a narrow won however, as our rivals produced a spirited display, as would be expected in such a game.

Leon Gutzmore gave the Ducks an early lead, rounding off a great team move. Chesham responded by scoring in their best spell of the game, in the second half.

But it was Gutzmore again, who with his 10th goal of the season, wrapped the points up for Aylesbury - sliding in to bury a low cross from the left.

Full report will be online tomorrow.
 

Chesham Match On

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

Peter Ash and John Newman have been working all morning in order to ensure that at the current time, the Chesham game is definitely on.

The referee Mr Forrester will be arriving at normal time, and he will make the final decision, but no advanced pitch inspection has been planned.

Three quarters of the pitch are already playable due to the sunshine, but the usual small section that doesn't get the sun is currently being readied. Messrs Ash and Newman have been working non-stop with tractor, spikes, coal etc.

If there is any further news on the match, it will be posted here in due course.
 

Christmas Wishes

Friday 24 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

The directors, officials, staff, management and players of Aylesbury United Football Club would like to wish everybody a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

2004 has been an eventful one both on and off the pitch, but with the club now pulling together and with Danny Nicholls determination', 2005 has the potential to be truly successful.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to Buckingham Road on the 27th for the match against Chesham United.
 

The Thoughts of Nicholls

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

Alistair MacLaren caught up with Ducks boss Danny Nicholls to get his thoughts after the MerAlistair MacLaren caught up with Ducks boss Danny Nicholls to get his thoughts after the Merthyr game, and the forthcoming battle with Chesham United:

Not a good result on Saturday, but was the performance good?

Yes I was more than happy with our performance, and really we should have won. We missed a number of opportunities to score, and could have been 3-0 up at half time.

When you look at Merthyr Tydfil's goals, the first was a fluke, and the second came out of nothing. But that is the way things happen, and we have won games earlier this season by the odd stroke of luck.

Their young keeper was outstanding on the day, as we discussed before he is being watched by a number of football league teams, including Newcastle.

Merthyr Tydfil fans have described us as the best team they've played this season. What are your thoughts on that?

The manager and coach said much the same thing, both said that we were by far the best team that they had played twice this season. These things are obviously nice to hear - we're going in the right direction.

What were your thoughts on them?

They were a very organised team, and very fit.

What was the reason for Dean Cracknell's absence?

Dean has a groin injury. Unfortunately at the moment he only has a 50-50 chance of playing against Chesham.

Are there any other injury worries ahead of Monday?

Yes Paul Lamb had a reaction to his calf injury, and Neil Lazarus has a groin injury. Both are also 50-50 for the game. And Kai Ridley is still ruled out.

Has Leon Barnett's loan-spell had a good effect on him?

I went to watch Luton Reserves play Aldershot yesterday afternoon (Tuesday). Leon played very well, and I spoke to Mike Newell and Marvin Johnson. Mike was very impressed with the effect that Leon's loan spell at Aylesbury had on him.

Leon will now be in the first team squad for Luton for their next game. Up until now Curtis Davis has been ahead of Leon but other clubs are showing an interest in Davis.

Is it true that Drew Roberts has taken a pay cut to come and play for Aylesbury United?

Yes he is earning less than at Kettering, although he did have an offer of more money from another club but wanted to play for Aylesbury as he has friends already at the club.

I would ask that fans are patient with Drew - it will take time for him to settle in and show us what he can do.

How do you feel about the Chesham Game on Monday?

I am really looking forward to that game. Steve Bateman is a very good friend of mine, and a former manager who I played under. The players now believe that they are a good team, so we should give them a good game.

Chesham will probably play the 3-5-2 system under Steve, but we will find out on the day. It will be a big game, and hopefully there will be a big gate.

Chesham are a similar club to Aylesbury but do have a bigger budget so it will be interesting to see if it makes a difference.

Please do your best to come on Monday and give our team some very vocal support, the team do play better when the fans get behind them.

Finally from myself, and all of the players, we would like to wish all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. thyr game, and the forthcoming battle with Chesham United:

Not a good result on Saturday, but was the performance good?

Yes I was more than happy with our performance, and really we should have won. We missed a number of opportunities to score, and could have been 3-0 up at half time.

When you look at Merthyr Tydfil's goals, the first was a fluke, and the second came out of nothing. But that is the way things happen, and we have won games earlier this season by the odd stroke of luck.

Their young keeper was outstanding on the day, as we discussed before he is being watched by a number of football league teams, including Newcastle.

Merthyr Tydfil fans have described us as the best team they've played this season. What are your thoughts on that?

The manager and coach said much the same thing, both said that we were by far the best team that they had played twice this season. These things are obviously nice to hear - we're going in the right direction.

What were your thoughts on them?

They were a very organised team, and very fit.

What was the reason for Dean Cracknell's absence?

Dean has a groin injury. Unfortunately at the moment he only has a 50-50 chance of playing against Chesham.

Are there any other injury worries ahead of Monday?

Yes Paul Lamb had a reaction to his calf injury, and Neil Lazarus has a groin injury. Both are also 50-50 for the game. And Kai Ridley is still ruled out.

Has Leon Barnett's loan-spell had a good effect on him?

I went to watch Luton Reserves play Aldershot yesterday afternoon (Tuesday). Leon played very well, and I spoke to Mike Newell and Marvin Johnson. Mike was very impressed with the effect that Leon's loan spell at Aylesbury had on him.

Leon will now be in the first team squad for Luton for their next game. Up until now Curtis Davis has been ahead of Leon but other clubs are showing an interest in Davis.

Is it true that Drew Roberts has taken a pay cut to come and play for Aylesbury United?

Yes he is earning less than at Kettering, although he did have an offer of more money from another club but wanted to play for Aylesbury as he has friends already at the club.

I would ask that fans are patient with Drew - it will take time for him to settle in and show us what he can do.

How do you feel about the Chesham Game on Monday?

I am really looking forward to that game. Steve Bateman is a very good friend of mine, and a former manager who I played under. The players now believe that they are a good team, so we should give them a good game.

Chesham will probably play the 3-5-2 system under Steve, but we will find out on the day. It will be a big game, and hopefully there will be a big gate.

Chesham are a similar club to Aylesbury but do have a bigger budget so it will be interesting to see if it makes a difference.

Please do your best to come on Monday and give our team some very vocal support, the team do play better when the fans get behind them.

Finally from myself, and all of the players, we would like to wish all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
 

Ducks Sign Cobbler On-Loan

Wednesday 22 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Danny Nicholls has moved quickly to secure the services of Luke Graham on a month's loan from Northampton Town.

Graham will act as a direct replacement for Leon Barnett, who has now returned to Luton, and goes straight into the squad for Monday's big-game against Chesham United.
 

Merthyr Tydfil 2 Aylesbury 0

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

Aylesbury returned from their long trip to South Wales with nothing to show for their considerable efforts, as hosts Merthyr Tydfil went five points clear at the top of the Southern Premier with a 2-0 victory over the Ducks.

An evenly contested first half saw United have the more clear cut chances. Aylesbury's best chance of the match came after just six minutes, as Martyrs keeper Ashley Morris brilliantly tipped Paul Edgeworth's header from point blank range onto the crossbar.

Towards the end of the half Aylesbury struck the woodwork again, as Danny Mead's fierce free kick from out wide struck the far post, and Leon Gutzmore was unable to react quickly enough to turn the ball into the empty net.

The second half saw Merthyr in the ascendancy, and they took the lead on 64 minutes as Chris Bale played a corner to Craig Steins on the edge of the area, and his shot took a heavy deflection before looping into the net.

Despite the Ducks putting pressure on the Martyrs with set pieces of their own - Jay Gould dropping two corner kicks right under the crossbar, and Mead forcing Morris into another brilliant save with his second dangerous freekick - it was to be Merthyr's day and they clinched the result three minutes from time.

Again Bale's set piece found Steins, and the striker nonchalantly flicked the ball into the far corner to give the scoreline a rather harsh look from a Ducks viewpoint.
 

The Decorations Go Up!

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

With just eight days to go to Christmas, we thought we'd bring out the traditional Christmas decorations for the website.

The decorations have been traditional for three years now, and will continue to be so. Yes, even the music!

Back to footballing matters, the Ducks face their toughest test yet under Danny Nicholls tomorrow, as they make the long journey to Merthyr Tydfil. Not only are Merthyr league leaders, but they'll feel they have a score to settle after Aylesbury's victory ten-days ago.

It should be a cracking game, and the team as ever will appreciate as much support there as possible.
 

Race Night

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

Aylesbury United will be holding a Race Night on Monday 27th December, at 7.30pm (after the Chesham game).

Admission to the event is free, and everyone at the club will be represented - all the players will be attending, management, officials, 21CD, Ladies Teams, Youth Teams, as well as supporters young and old.

Some horses are still available to buy, with champagne for winners of all races.

For full details either contact the club on 01296 436350 or download the Race Night poster on the link below.

Click here: Racenight Poster
 

Ladies Team Result

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

Aylesbury United Ladies slumped to a dissapointing third consecutive defeat, with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Slough on Sunday afternoon.

Even the staging of the game on the hallowed turf of Buckingham Road couldn't spur the team on, as they were beaten despite taking the lead through Sally Green's second half strike.

For a full report, click the link below.

Click here: Ladies Report
 

The Nicholls Interview

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

Alistair MacLaren continues his weekly chats with Ducks boss Danny Nicholls, speaking to him after Saturday's win at Solihull Borough:

Another fantastic result on Saturday at Solihull Borough, fourth win on the trot, that is the first time that we have achieved that number of successive wins for three years, when we were in the Ryman League Division 1.

Yes I am very happy to be associated with such results. We will be looking to improve on the number of successive wins. In addition to the games in December so far, we have a tough time ahead of us, starting on Saturday at Merthyr Tydfil, then over the holiday period, Chesham United (home) and Bedford Town (away), followed by Dunstable Town (home).

What were your thoughts with Drew Roberts on his debut?

I was very impressed with his work rate. He was not enjoying himself at Kettering so has lost a bit of confidence, but I am aware of what he is capable of and hopefully he will have settled in to play his normal game for us within the next two weeks.

What did you make of the first half on Saturday?

We did not play our best passing game, but did give a gritty performance, and we did create a number of chances and could have been 4-0 up by half time. Solihull have added three new players to their squad and were the better than before when we have played them.

Solihull then missed a penalty, and had a goal disallowed, that could have made things more difficult for us.

Yes luckily the penalty was missed, it hit the bar. The goal was not one that was scored, and then disallowed for offside - as the linesman's flag was raised Jack knew that their player was offside so he made no attempt to keep the ball out.

Paul Edgeworth scored two more goals, did that make him man of the match again?

Difficult to say, Leon Gutzmore was back to his normal form so there was little difference between them. One of the goals that Paul Edgeworth scored was from a set piece that we had been working at in training.

Were there any injury worries after Saturday's game?

o injury worries at the moment after the game on Saturday. Jay Gould was unable to play on Saturday as he was suffering from the flu, he should be ok for the next game though.

The recent injuries involving Paul Lamb, Gavin Jaggard, and Kai Ridley, how are they progressing ahead of Saturdays game at Merthyr Tydfil?

Paul Lamb should be fit for the Chesham Game, Gavin Jaggard should also be fit for the game on Saturday at Merthyr Tydfil, but Kai Ridley is likely to be out for another month with the foot injury that he is suffering from.

As Gavin Jaggard is now fit, and you have several strikers, is that going to cause a selection problem for you?

We have got a decent squad, so these sort of problems are good to have, but Gavin Jaggard is also capable of playing in midfield.

You have signed a number of new players recently, does that mean that some players may be released by the club?

No that is not my intention.

Do you have any other players in mind to sign for the club, especially as Leon Barnett is going back to Luton after the Merthyr Tydfil game, and Kai Ridley is still suffering from injury?

I am sorting another central defender to have on loan, he is from a professional club.

How does it feel to be the official manger of the club?

I was delighted to be offered the managers job, I considered that I did a good job as the assistant manager. I love football, and being involved is so important, money is not an issue, unlike it is with some managers.

Any other things that have come up that we have not discussed?

Yes, I had a telephone call from one player who said that he was aware that Kettering were now the Aylesbury United feeder club!
 

Solihull Borough 0 Aylesbury 3

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

The Ducks sealed their best League win of the season, and their fourth consecutive victory with a 3-0 win away at Solihull Borough this afternoon.

It could all have ended so differently though, as Aylesbury survived a missed penalty and a disallowed goal that would have brought the Boro back into the game.

Leon Gutzmore netted the opener just after the restart, before Solihull's fightback. But Paul Edgeworth settled the game with two superb strikes, taking his goal tally into double figures.

Full report to follow.
 

Jerry Dimond Stands Down

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

After nearly 5 years with us Jerry Dimond has decided to resign his position with immediate effect to pursue interests in senior football.

He has been instrumental in bringing a number of really talented youngsters to the club, some of whom have featured with distinction in the first team recently. With our current financial position it is not hard to imagine how much worse we would be without them.

Jerry has left a legacy of talent that we hopefully shall see in the future also ?coming through?.

The Directors and Management of the club are extremely grateful for the hard work Jerry has put in and wish him all the success he deserves in the future.

In addition to this news, the club are still seeking a new midweek Youth Team manager. Interested parties should read the article here and note the point of contact is now Ken Turnbull, telephone number 07771 633694.
 

Ducks Confirm Roberts Signing

Friday 10 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Danny Nicholls has pulled off another coup in the transfer market with the signing of prolific striker Drew Roberts.

Drew was Bedford's top scorer last season, before a Summer move to Kettering Town. Aylesbury United are delighted to confirm what we believe will be a crucial signing for the club.

The player goes straight into Saturday's squad for the trip to Solihull Borough.
 

The Nicholls Interview

Thursday 09 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Alistair MacLaren caught up with Danny Nicholls after his latest table-topping team beatings:

Talking about Saturdays game at home to Halesowen, you and the players must feel really great with the result that you achieved, beating the team that is top of the league is always a good performance.

Yes, thank you very much for saying that on behalf of the team.

What did you think of our performance in beating Halesowen on Saturday, we seemed to get better as the game went on?

Yes it was a good performance, I thought that it was the best two 45 minute spells that the team have produced since I have been at the club. We have often taken a bit of time to warm up, but that wasn't the case this time.

What was your rating of our play on Saturday across the pitch?

I thought we were outstanding in all areas, although we did miss a few chances.

Moving on to Tuesdays home game against Merthyr Tydfil what were your thoughts on our performance?

It was a very committed performance, Merthyr Tydfil did not expect us to play against them as we did, they thought that we would show more respect to them.

I thought that Leon Gutzmore looked a bit off form on Tuesday against Merthyr Tydfil, and of course he did not score from the penalty that took.

Yes he did look a bit tired, although he won some good balls in the air. He has lost some confidence but we will be working on that.

The Merthyr Tydfil manager seemed to be very upset with the referee following our second goal, I must admit from where I stood there did seem to be a push on one of their defenders before the ball was played wide and we scored from the cross. What were your thoughts on the referee?

The linesman was closer to that area and he gave nothing so the referee did not blow his whistle. I thought that mainly the referee was pretty good but he did give some picky free kicks against us.

It's been suggested that members of the Merthyr bench were abuseive towards Danny Gray when he went down injured towards the end. What were your thoughts on this?

I did not hear what was supposed to have been said so have no comments. Their manager did think that Danny Gray was faking the injury, but the marks on his face proved otherwise.

Why was Dean Cracknell substituted on Tuesday Night, was it an injury problem?

No it was a tactical decision. I felt Dean wasn't playing at his best.

On the injury front what is the situation with Paul Lamb, Gavin Jaggard, and Kai Ridley, are any of the three likely to be fit to play on Saturday?

They are all still having treatment, so it's unlikely. The good thing is now though that we have strong replacements for them.

Again talking about injuries how is the problem that Gary Cook has suffered?

It is a hamstring injury, and such injuries can take a long time to heal. In Garry?s case he is now resting for the next two weeks. He is seeing a Specialist next week, that is his own decision due to the frustration that he is going through.

What is the position with Leon Barnett who is currently on loan from Luton?

He is with us until 18th December and will be available to play on that day, he will then return to Luton as he is needed as first team cover over the Christmas period.

I am hoping that he will be available on loan for the FA Trophy games. In the meantime I have been speaking to Northampton who have a 6ft 2ins Central Defender that we may be signing on loan to replace Leon Barnett.

In the case of a loan player do we have to pay the full wage?

Normally a percentage.

What happened to the reserve team on Monday Evening at Farnborough, I hear that we could only field 11 players?

Two players who had been asked to play withdrew at the last minute.

Going back to new signings I have heard that you are trying to sign Jamie Kearns who is a friend of Liam Folds, is that correct?

Jamie has just had a Hernia operation so does not wish to sign for any team until he is fully fit again. Both he and Liam Folds were on the books at Aston Villa.

Jamie will be training with us while going through his rehabilitation period from mid January next year.

Did you know that the Merthyr Tydfil goalkeeper is being watched by a number of Football League clubs, including Newcastle United, and he is only 18?

Yes I am aware of the situation, however on Tuesday evening we did put him under a lot pressure, he is a good shot stopper and very brave.
 

Tiverton Game Rescheduled

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

The postponed match away at Tiverton Town has been rescheduled for Wednesday 26th January 2005, 7.45pm kick-off.

The Ducks will make the long journey to Devon looking to complete the double over the side, who haven't lived up to their 'title challengers' expectations so far.
 

Aylesbury 2 Merthyr Tydfil 1

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

Aylesbury United kept up their impressive form under Danny Nicholls, with a superb 2-1 win over Welsh side Merthyr Tydfil.

The dominance of the display was great to see, with the Puritans rebuffed time and time again by the Ducks solid defence and workmanlike midfield.

Goals in each half, from Paul Edgeworth and Dean Powles made it 2-0, which finally sparked the league leaders into life. They hit back almost straight away to make it 2-1, and looked like they could go further, but more good defending kept them at bay.

Full report now online.

Click here: Merthyr Tydfil Report
 

Merthyr Tydfil in Town Tonight

Tuesday 07 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Merthyr Tydfil will become the second table-topping side to visit Buckingham Road in three days tonight. Merthyr beat Hitchin 2-0 on Saturday to return to the top of the league, taking over from the Ducks' prior opponents Halesowen.

After Aylesbury's 1-0 win over the Yeltz, expectations and belief are sky-high both on and off the pitch, so tonight should prove to be a great encounter.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm.
 

Ladies Reserves Narrowly Beaten

Monday 06 December 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

In the only match played yesterday, Aylesbury United Ladies Reserves were narrowly beaten 2-1 by runaway League leaders Brize Norton.

Kerry Naisbitt had levelled the game in the second half, but the Oxfordshire side, with a 100% record this season, snatched victory with a 92nd minute strike.

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

Click here: Ladies Reserves Report
 

Aylesbury United 1 Halesowen Town 0

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

Aylesbury United beat League leaders Halesowen Town 1-0 at Buckingham Road this afternoon.

Paul Edgeworth became top scorer, with 8, smashing home an 86th minute strike which decided an even contest.

The game had seemed destined for 0-0 with both teams struggling for chances. However, Aylesbury began to turn the screw towards the end of the game, and it was Edgeworth who eventually capitalised.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Halesowen Report
 

Ducks Face Up To Yeltz Challenge

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

Aylesbury United return to League action today, with Halesowen Town this afternoon's visitors to Buckingham Road, in the first of a difficult December fixture list.

The Midlands outfit are currently top of the league, following their easy 4-1 win over Banbury United last week. It will be a tough game, but with the Ducks on a high following two good performances against superior opposition, there's no reason why an upset cannot be achieved.

Replica shirts and new AUFC Fleeces will definitely be on sale and in stock in the 21cd Club Shop today. Get in quick before these excellent Christmas gifts sell out! Replica shirts are priced at ?27 and fleeces ?35.

Remember - grab a friend for today's game, and lets build on the excellent progress made at United for Aylesbury day. There's also free entry for kids throughout December, so be sure to take advantage.
 

500 Club

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

The club committee, on strong advice from the directors have reluctantly deferred the 1st draw of the 500 Club, until Friday 7th January 2005. Unfortunately to date we have not reached the minimum membership to enable us to start this month.

Although we have sufficient numbers to cover the prize monies, we would not create any profit from the scheme.

The main purpose of the scheme was to give members the opportunity to win regular cash prizes, and help raise urgent funds for the Club.

Despite all the hard work, our best efforts to promote the scheme have come up short.

This is our final plea for your valued support, towards the future of the club.

Please sign up now. You can find more information by clicking the link below.

Click here: 500 Club Info