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Ladies Teams Results

Monday 31 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United Ladies First Team went out of the Chairman's Cup in the Preliminery Round on Sunday with a 3-1 home defeat to MK Wanderers.

Meanwhile AULFC Reserves lost an entertaining game 5-3 at home to Holmer Green in the League.

For full reports of both games, click the links below.

Click here: Ladies First Team Report | Ladies Reserves Report
 

Aylesbury 1 Rugby United 2

Friday 28 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Rugby United made the return trip to Buckingham Road, and left with a deserved 2-1 victory.

The match was dire in the first half, with Rugby just sneaking it thanks to a Craig Dutton's header just before the interval.

The Ducks upped their performance after the break and Leon Gutzmore soon levelled after racing onto Daniel Mead's lofted pass.

Despite a number of chances for the home side, Rugby had last say and re-took the lead midway through the second half courtesy of a sweet finish from Danny Hall.

The misery was compunded when debutant Jamie Kearns was dismissed for retaliation in the last minute.

Full report now online.

Click here: Rugby Report
 

500 Club Winning Numbers

Thursday 27 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The 500 Club draw has been made, featuring the first of the 'big' prizes, the ?500 monthly draw.

Winning ticket numbers are as follows:

?500: Number 414
?100: Number 174
?50: Number 20
 

Tiverton Town 4 Aylesbury United 3

Thursday 27 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Jamie Mudge's stoppage time strike completed his hat-trick, and snatched a dramatic 4-3 win for Tiverton Town over the Ducks last night.

The six-hour round trip had proved more than worthwhile for the Aylesbury fans, as they witnessed a rollercoaster game full of talking points.

Dean Cracknell gave the visitors the lead, on his final game for the club, but Tiverton equalised before the break.

The second half started with United re-taking the lead through Cracknell's penalty, before Mudge's one-man show swung the game to 3-2.

Colin Baker grabbed an equaliser with a superb lobbed finish, but Mudge broke Aylesbury hearts with a late, late goal.

Full report of an amazing game now online.

Click here: Tiverton Report
 

The Nicholls Interview

Tuesday 25 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Following the 3-0 win at Gloucester City on Saturday, Danny Nicholls has been chatting with Alistair MacLaren:

Another great result at Gloucester City on Saturday, how do you and the players feel about it?

We are absolutely over the moon, very pleased. It was a very important result after Tuesdays experimental game against Bracknell.

Again the players were very good, particularly Matt Hayward, Drew Roberts and Leon Gutzmore.

Once again we would like to thank the supporters for the very good vocal support that they gave on the day.

How did Garry Cook do after his long lay-off?

Garry did very well, having come on for the last 15 minutes, working very hard on a heavy pitch. As an ex-pro he has been working very hard in training to get really fit.

How was Andrew Hodges on his debut?

He played very well, I was very pleased with him although he did give a lot of free kicks away. He is a very solid player, and very eager.

What is the situation with Andrew Hodges, is he on loan?

He has signed for us for the rest of the season, but Barnet could ask him to go back as he is still on their books, but they are looking at him for next season. He is in our first team on merit.

Any new injury worries following Saturday?s game at Gloucester?

Danny Mead was substituted because he has a slight groin strain. Jay Gould is going to be out for about 4 to 6 weeks. Paul Lamb should be fit for the game against Rugby on Saturday. Jamie Kearns should also be involved in Saturday?s game.

I noticed that Liam Little was not in the squad on Saturday, any reason for that?

No, I just wanted to give another young player, Joe Wright, some involvement. I am keen to give the younger players some involvement in matches.

There has been a lot of talk about non-contract players recently, it has been said on the message board that we should keep quiet on the subject.

Any club who is interested in signing a player can soon find out if he is on a contract, as I did with Drew Roberts. You just telephone a number at the FA, ask the question, and you will be given an instant answer.

Any more new players lined up for your squad?

No, not at present, although I am always on the lookout to see who might become available. The squad is coming together, my aim is to have 14 or 15 regular players.

What is the situation with Dean Cracknell, have Barnet made any further moves?

Dean is playing his last game for us at Tiverton on Wednesday night. He is signing for Bishop's Stortford and will be involved with them on Saturday.

I have tried to persuade him to stay with us, mentioning that he cannot play for another team in the FA Trophy as he is cup tied, but he can still play for us in that competition.

One of his very good friends has signed for Bishop's Stortford, from Northampton, which I believe is why he is going there himself.

I would like to add that everyone involved with the club would like to wish him all the best for the future, and hope that he is successful, and of course he might be playing against us next season.

Luckily we have Jamie Kearns coming back to fitness, rated as one of the best midfielders in our league, and we have a number of other good young players at the club.

Any other comments that you would like to make?

I hope that all the supporters, especially those from the chicken run, will have an early night before we play Canvey Island in the FA Troph! They will then be able to give us a big push.
 

Ladies Back to Winning Ways

Monday 24 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Ladies Team got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win over third placed AFC Bournmouth.

Despite having a player sent-off, the ten-ladies battled to score two second half goals, courtesy of Sally Green and Lisa Bradley on her full debut.

The Sunday Youth Team were also victorious at the weekend, moving to the top of the league with a 7-1 demolition of Tring Athletic.

Click the link below for a full report of the Ladies game:

Click here: Ladies Report
 

500 Club News

Monday 24 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

The latest winning tickets from Friday night's 500 Club draw are as follows:

?100: Ticket 306
?50: Ticket 292

This Friday night sees the first 'big draw' for ?500, and all are welcome to attend a great social night at the club.
 

Gloucester 0 Aylesbury 3

Saturday 22 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United made their first ever league visit to Gloucester City, and returned with a comfortable 3-0 win, thanks to goals from Paul Edgeworth, Leon Gutzmore and Drew Roberts.

Although the home side had their chances, Aylesbury controlled the game from start to finish, seemingly carving Gloucester apart at will.

Edgeworth netted in first half stoppage time, before Gutzmore doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half and Roberts added the third. All three were well worked goals, and examples of the excellent football being played by the Ducks currently.

Full report and match pictures now online.

Click here: Gloucester Report/Pics
 

Danny Nicholl's Thoughts

Thursday 20 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Alistair MacLaren has been chatting to Danny Nicholls following Tuesday night's result:

Has Dean Cracknell's signing definitely happened? Are there any benefits to the club?

Dean has signed for Barnet, but he is still signed for us and is likely to play on Saturday. He had to sign for Barnet so that he could play for them on Tuesday in the Conference Cup and Paul Fairclough will now consider if he is to make the signing permanent.

There is no fee for us, but it is useful to establish some involvement with a club like Barnet.

There is also another club interested in Dean Cracknell, and have made a seven day approach.

Your thoughts on the Bracknell game?

I was very disappointed with our effort.

How did Liam Little perform on his debut?

He was a little nervous to begin with, but did well for the 90 minutes.

There was mention of unpleasantness towards a couple of younger players in the team. Is that true?

No - sometimes frustration creeps in but that is only in the game.

Any other worthwhile performances on Tuesday evening?

Not really, we gave the ball away too easily. Although it was nice for Danny Gray to play 90 minutes.

How did Garry Cook do on his return?

He was on the pitch for about 25 minutes, and did produce some good stuff.

Any new injury worries ahead of Gloucester on Saturday?

Yes unfortunately Jay Gould has suffered a reoccurance of his Achilles Tendon injury.

What's the latest with the other injured players?

Gary Cook is not match fit but will be a substitute. Liam Folds played for 45 minuets against Bracknell, he is doubtful but will have a fitness test. Jay Gould will not be involved. Paul Lamb is still out. Kai Ridley is training but not match fit. Neil Lazarus is due to have his operation next Tuesday. Jamie Kearns could be fit to play against Rugby.

Have you managed to find a replacement for Luke Graham?

We are looking at Andrew Hodges, a young 6' 3" central defender who was recently released by Rushden & Diamonds. He has been signed by Barnet on a non-contract basis, and trained with us on Thursday night.

Any other news?

Colin Baker, Jay Gould and Dean Powles have all been offered contracts with the club.
 

Aylesbury 0 Bracknell 3

Tuesday 18 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United were dumped out of the Southern League Cup by lowly Bracknell Town, in their biggest defeat of the season.

The Ducks, featuring six changes from their giantkilling act of Saturday, looked a pale shadow of their normal selves, and visibly tired as the game wore on.

Bracknell took a shock lead after just five minutes, and Aylesbury could raise little in response. The away side added a further two goals in the second half to advance to the next round.

Full report to follow.
 

Cracknell Signs for Barnet

Tuesday 18 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

As mentioned in Danny Nicholls' interview with Alistair MacLaren, Dean Cracknell has signed for Conference leaders Barnet.

Cracknell signed for the Ducks in the Summer, having begun his career with Northampton Town, after a short spell with Steve Borough.

He quickly became a key member of the side, scoring his first of six goals against Hemel Hempstead Town, and his last the stunning opener at Forest Green on Saturday.

We wish Dean all the best for the future.
 

The Nicholls Interview

Tuesday 18 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

What were your thoughts on the game, and your feelings about the result?

As far as I am concerned it was a fantastic performance, especially in the second half when we were the better team, anyone watching who did not know the teams would have thought that we were the Conference team in the second half.

We did change the style of play in the second half, in the first half we were always chasing the ball, after half time we were letting them bring the ball to us which had the effect of closing them down.

Forest Green fielded almost the same team for the game against us as they did the previous weekend at Scarborough, on that occasion they drew 0-0, ten players from that team played against us, so it was not their reserves.

As far as I am concerned it was probably the best moment of my involvement in football, I certainly felt very proud of the team.

How did you see the individual performances?

I thought that all players put in the maximum effort, a really great squad effort, and Matt Hayward produced that extra bit. He is now playing like a player approaching his 25th birthday, he is enjoying the game and responding very well, may be that it was his best game on Saturday.

What did the FGR manager think of the game?

He thought that we gave a good performance, were the better side in the second half and deserved to win. He was well prepared for the game having had us watched five times, in total, twice he watched us.

I was very disappointed with the playing surface, although the grass looked good it was very muddy on our side of the pitch as there was a downward slope across the pitch.

Yes I was very disappointed with the playing surface, I actually told their manager that by comparison our pitch was a like a Billiard Table.

And I was also disappointed with the crowd, by that I mean the number of local supporters who turned up, we had quite good support in numbers, and they were very vocal giving us great support on the day.

The BBC website stated that our victory at FGR was the shock of the round.

That's a fantastic comment to hear.

They have Adam Garner in their squad at FGR who played for us last season, he missed the game through injury, have you stayed in touch with him since he last played for us?

Yes I do speak to him on the telephone, also Leon Barnett who we had on loan from Luton. When players have had a spell on loan at a club they do have an interest in how things are going after they have left.

Are there any further problems to add to our existing injuries after the game on Saturday?

No, but we will be losing two players through other reasons. Luke Graham's loan spell has finished, and he has returned to Northampton.

I have been in touch with Luton discussing the possibility of having Leon Barnett return on-loan.

Also, Paul Fairclough from Barnet has been in touch and is very interested in signing Dean Cracknell. Dean will be playing for Barnet tonight (Tuesday) in the Conference Cup at Grays.

It would be sad to lose such a player but if he is moving on to a higher level then I will wish him all the best for his future, also it will be useful to establish a connection with a club like Barnet.

Following Saturday's game some players will be rested for the game against Bracknell but Garry Cook will have some involvement as he is on his way back to being fit. Jay Gould will also be involved, and Liam Little will play the full 90 minutes in goal.

How do you see the game against Bracknell?

We have players who need to be rested as we have played a lot of games recently. Matt Hayward and Greg Williams will probably be on the bench, and we have players who need the opportunity to play the full 90 minutes so that is important. And of course we will play Bracknell again shortly in the Berks and Bucks cup, could be a different team for that game.

Finally what are your thoughts on the FA Trophy draw against Canvey?

It is going to be a tough one, having said that Canvey Island are a big team who are under performing, just look at the money that they have spent on players.

As they are from the higher league we are not expected to win which puts pressure on them.

I am already doing my homework on them so we'll go into the game well prepared.
 

Cup Success For Sunday Teams

Tuesday 18 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Both Aylesbury United Sunday Youth and Ladies Reserves were successful in their cup matches on Sunday.

The Sunday Youth Team beat Flackwell Heath Minors 4-3 in the South Bucks Youth League Cup. Two goals from Stephen Lane and a strike each from Byron Goodman and Robert Hatcher helped the Ducks progress to the Quarter Finals.

The Ladies Reserve Team were also victorious, with a 7-4 win over Wycombe Reserves. Goalscorers were Kerry Naisbitt, Sarah Davis and Lucy Ilic, to round off a good weekend for the club.

For a report of the Ladies Reserves match, click below.

Click here: Ladies Reserves Report
 

Ducks Drawn Against Canvey

Monday 17 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | 749 comments |

Aylesbury United will renew acquantances with Canvey Island, with the two sides paired in the FA Trophy 4th Round.

Canvey were promoted from the Ryman League last season, and currently lie in 17th place in the Conference.

Last season the Essex side beat the Ducks 4-0 at Park Lane, in a game which marked Kevin Wilson's first in charge, before a 2-0 win at back home in gale-force conditions.

The tie will be played at Buckingham Road on the 5th February, kick-off at 3pm.
 

Pictures From Forest Green

Sunday 16 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Thanks to Mark Edmonds, some pictures have been added to the Forest Green Rovers match report. Click the link below to view them.

Click here: Forest Green Report
 

500 Club News

Sunday 16 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The week 2 draw for the 500 Club was made on Friday night. The winning numbers are as follows:

1st Prize (?100): Ticket 457
2nd Prize (?50): Ticket 3

Additionally, members now have the option of paying the monthly membership fee in cash if they don't have banking facilities.
 

Forest Green 1 Aylesbury 2

Saturday 15 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United produced one of the biggest upsets of the round to reach the last 32 of the FA Trophy, by winning 2-1 at Forest Green Rovers.

Having soaked up plenty of home pressure in the first half, Dean Cracknell gave the visitors the lead with a glorious curled effort on the half-hour mark.

As the Ducks fought hard to preserve their lead, things got even better on 63 minutes when Leon Gutzmore nodded in Colin Baker's perfect cross to double the lead.

But it was game on again as Rovers hit back a minute later, the ball eventually going on off the back of Dean Powles, to set up a frantic end to the game.

Aylesbury proved to be strong enough to hold off the threat posed by their hosts, and can look forward to the draw for the 4th Round on Monday, with the tie to be played on 5th February, meaning the home game with Team Bath is now postponed.

Meanwhile, congratulations to our Southern League compatriots Hednesford Town, who also eliminated Conference opposition when they won 1-0 at home to Worcester City.

Full report of the Forest Green game is now online.

Click here: Forest Green Report
 

Danny Nicholls' Thoughts

Saturday 15 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Alistair MacLaren has been chatting to Aylesbury United manager Danny Nicholls to get his thoughts ahead of the FA Trophy trip to Forest Green Rovers:

What are your thoughts ahead of tomorrows game at Forest Green Rovers?

Unfortunately we do have some injury problems, but we will have a positive frame of mind. We have worked hard ahead of the game, and what we do could cause a shock.

I have had Forest Green looked at, and reports from friends who are coaches and familiar with them.

I understand from looking on the Forest Green web site that Adam Garner is unlikely to be playing because of injury, the goalkeeper is cup tied which means that tomorrows keeper is making his debut for them, Julian Alsop is missing the game because of suspension, the other striker Mark Beesley will not be able to play either.

It has also been suggested that they may play a weakened side.


Well that sounds like good news for us, but comments about fielding a weakened team against opposition from a lower level is often to avoid embarrassment should we win the game.

I will not be too sorry if Adam Garner is unable to play tomorrow, after last season with us we are aware how good is.

As you've already said, you have a number of injury worries. What's the latest situation with these players?

Garry Cook is back in training but it will be a month before he can play again. Jay Gould will miss tomorrow?s game but should be fit for next Saturday. Paul Lamb will be out for another month. Kai Ridley is also training but it will be a month before he will be back in the team. Liam Folds has had a set back in training but should be fit for next Saturday. Leon Gutzmore is fit for the game at Forest Green. And Neil Lazarus will be out for 6-8 weeks following his operation.

Going back to last Saturday, I thought that Grantham could have settled the game before we scored after 34 minutes, they created a lot of opportunities but there finishing was very poor. Once we started to attack our football in front of their goal was much better.

Yes we were fortunate that after 20 minuets that the score was still 0-0, but we did not fold and were a good team in front of their goal, and we took our chances.

What were your thought s on Kyle Kilmartin?s debut, Grantham were a very physical side so it must have been hard for him?

Yes it was a tough decision to put him on, but at the time we were leading by 3-0 or 3-1.

Having said that Kyle is a very physical player himself as he has shown in the youth team, and given the opportunities in the first team he will make it.

Kyle will be on the bench tomorrow at Forest Green, and if needed I will put him on as a substitute as I have confidence in his ability.

It is my system to give the young players, who work hard, the opportunity in the first team.

Why did you make Jack Rashid captain against Grantham last Saturday?

It was an experiment because of our style of play. Jack seems to have the ability to be captain, along with a number of other players, and because of his position.

What is the situation with Jamie Kearns, we have discussed him a few times in the last few weeks.

He has now signed for us, and has started to train following his operation. All being well he should be able to play in 2 or 3 weeks.

I would like to say congratulations on being awarded the team of the month for December, how do you feel about it?

Absolutely fantastic, but it is not only because of the team and myself, but all of those involved with the club in other ways.

The hard work that has been put in, along with the support of the fans has been brilliant. Apart from making the players feel good on the pitch, the support from the fans is like having an extra player in the team.

What are your thoughts of the League Cup game against Bracknell?

Well our team will be made up of the players who haven't played full games recently, as well as Liam Little in goal. Of coure, we could be playing Forest Green instead on Tuesday night!

With Marien Ifura having been released by Kingstonian, is he the kind of player you would be interested in?

Of course I would like to sign any good player who is available, but the budget controls who I can sign.

Lastly, did you watch the Yeading v Newcastle game, and what were your thoughts on Alex Stanley?

I didn't watch it at the time, but have it taped. I have heard that an ex-Aylesbury player had a very good game.
 

Ducks Travel to Forest Green Rovers

Friday 14 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United take a break from Southern League action tomorrow, as they make the first of two consecutive Saturday trips to Gloucestershire, to face Forest Green Rovers.

Back in Trophy action for the first time since beating Steve Cordery's Staines Town, Danny Nicholls will be keen to see his side cause an upset and reach the fourth round.

The Ducks will be without cup-tied duo Drew Roberts and Neil Lazarus, although the latter was likely to miss the tie through injury anyway. For the home side ex-Aylesbury favourite Adam Garner is also likely to miss the game through injury.

Wendy is running a coach to the game, although demand is quite high so get in quick! Leaving the stadium at 11.30, prices are ?13 for 21cd members and ?16 for non-members. Usual contact methods..
 

A Chat With Lee Worgan

Friday 14 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Alistair MacLaren has been chatting to Lee Worgan again, following his recent outing in the Rushden & Diamonds first team.

View the full interview by clicking the link below.

Click here: Lee Worgan interview
 

New Era Sponsor Forest Green Game

Tuesday 11 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

New Era are to sponsor our trip to Forest Green on saturday. They are providing us with their luxury coach, which incorporates large armchair seats, tables and satellite tv.

During pre-season Peter Lee, the MD of New Era promised use of the coach, if we were drawn away in a big cup game, and he has duly obliged.

Peter is aware of our financial plight and has not only allowed the team to travel in comfort but has saved the club hundreds of pounds in hiring a coach.

Many thanks to Peter and New Era.
 

Personnel Changes

Monday 10 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Club are pleased to announce a number of changes of personnel within the Reserve/Youth Section which we are confident will continue to build on the success achieved in the past by Jerry Dimond, Pete Remnant and Simon Lacey who have left the club to pursue other interests.

Director of Football Development: Martyn Shaw

Midweek Youth Manager: Franco Iannaccone
Midweek Youth Assistant: John Newman

Sunday Youth Manager: Franco Iannaccone
Midweek Youth Assistant: Lee Cotton

Youth Fixture Secretary: Lee Cotton
Assistant: Mrs. Sally Stretton

Senior Coach: Sean Cochrane (UEFA B)
Goalkeeper Coach: Peter Ludlow
Coaches: Steve Mahoney, Lee Cotton, Franco Iannaccone
Fitness Coach: Peter Kilmartin

We are still looking to appoint a new Reserve Team Manager and Assistant who will be expected to work closely with the Youth set up to encourage a progressive approach to developing local talent wherever possible.

They will also be expected to liaise with the First Team Manager with regard to trialists and "squad" players.

All enquiries regarding these positions should be directed to Ken Turnbull through the club office or on 07771 633694.
 

Team of the Month

Monday 10 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United have been rewarded for winning 4 out of 5 games in December by being named the GX Soccer Team of the Month for December

Consecutive wins over the League leaders, as well as a notable victory over Chesham United helped the teams cause, as did the 3-0 away day at Solihull Borough.

Congratulations to Danny Nicholls and his team on this excellent achievement.
 

Aylesbury 3 Grantham Town 2

Saturday 08 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Two goals in the last eight minutes of the game made what had been a comfortable match for the Ducks somewhat harder at the end.

After a mixed first half which saw the Gingerbreads on top for much of the opening, Aylesbury romped into a three-goal lead before half-time.

Drew Roberts was again the star, creating one for Gavin Jaggard, and scoring two himself - first slotting under the goalkeeper, secondly heading home Colin Baker's cross.

The second half saw Grantham slowly start to creep back into the game, mainly through United's comfort in their lead, and scored two to set up a frantic ending, but they couldn't equalise to the relief of Aylesbury players and fans.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Grantham Report
 

500 Club Up and Running

Saturday 08 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The first draw for the 500 club was made last night. The opening draw for the first prize of ?100 was made by Danny Nicholls. The winning ticket number was 364.

The second draw, made by Danny's wife, for ?50 went to ticket number 191.

If you own either of these tickets and wish to collect your prize, contact the club as soon as possible.

Additionally, the club are now in posession of standing order forms for the 500 Club monthly payments. They will now be sent out to members, or can be collected from the club immediately.
 

New Squad Picture

Wednesday 05 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The club have taken a new Squad Picture following the recent player movements. Also now available are new pen pics for 90% of our new signings, as well as the players who were previously missing images.

Take a look at the squad page for the full set now.

Click here: First Team Squad
 

Latest 500 Club Info & Other Club News

Wednesday 05 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The 500 Club will definitely begin this Friday. The first draw will be made by Danny Nicholls at 8pm on Friday 7th January in the Kickers Bar. All are welcome.

If you have yet to join, there's still time. Just complete your application form, along with your initial ?10 payment and get it to the club ASAP!

It will be possible to join the scheme after the first draw has been made, but this will obviously mean you miss the first chance of winning a prize.

Meanwhile a thanks to everybody who contributed to the Tsunami Bucket Appeal at Monday's game with Dunstable, and thanks to Tony and Theresa for organising the collection. A total of ?107.43 was raised.

Finally, the Youth Team are in action at Buckingham Road this evening. The youngsters take on Burnham in the Allied Counties League, kick-off at 7.45pm.
 

Danny Nicholls

Wednesday 05 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Alistair MacLaren has been chatting with Danny Nicholls following the final two games of the busy festive period:

I noticed we had a new goalkeeper warming up before the game at Bedford.

Yes his name is Liam Little. He was a professional with Gretna in the Scottish Football League, before moving down here to live in High Wycombe. He is 6' 3'' and 19, and will provide cover for Jack Rashid. He will play in our League Cup games, to gain experience of playing for the First Team in case he is needed. It is also hoped that we can help his career as Kevin England is a qualified goal keeping coach and will work with both Liam and Jack.

I thought that the second half performance at Bedford on Saturday was great and very entertaining to watch, what were your thoughts?

I was very frustrated. We created so many chances and lots of opportunities to get something out of the game, but came away empty handed.

You seemed to give the team a real boost at half time, judging by the second half performance.

I just let them know how disappointed I was with their first half performance.

Did you rate any player as giving a good performance at Bedford?

I thought that Drew Roberts had a very lively first half, and Jack Rashid made a number of good saves for us in the second half.

I thought that the game on Saturday was like the Chesham game, the result could have gone either way and victory would still be justified.

Yes I agree.

During the second half there was a bit of a ruckus at our end of the pitch. What did you make of it?

There was some pushing going on but nothing more. The team gave the reaction of a team of good support, not that I would approve if there was any fighting.

I would like to add that I did not encourage the team group together in that way, but as you will have seen they are very supportive of each other when they do group together.

There were a few mistakes from the referee in the game.

I don?t want to make any comment on the referee. I was told about the ball going out of play and coming back, and I was aware that a goal kick was given when we should have had a corner.

What were your thoughts on Monday's win over Dunstable?

We frustrated them, Jack Rashid produced some good saves, and it was important to make sure that we did the right things in the game.

On this occasion Dunstable had made a number of changes to their team, and the remaining players would have felt they needed to prove their ability to their manager so will give the maximum effort, and they had a player who once fetched a transfer fee of ?450,000, Graham Tomlinson.

You must have been very pleased with Drew Roberts performance, scoring a hat trick and being awarded the man of the match award.

es I was pleased with the performance, and Drew is very happy also. I would like to add that Drew has been carrying a neck injury since joining the club it has had some effect on his stance.

Following the last two games are there any injury worries ahead of Saturday?s game at home to Grantham?

Yes Jay Gould has an Achilles Tendon Injury and is rated 50-50 for Saturday. Liam Folds suffered a Back Injury against Chesham, which led to him having to be substituted at Bedford, he is having treatment on a muscle in his back, and he is also rated at 50-50.

Any further news on Neil Lazarus' injury?

Yes he is to have an operation for a 'Gilmore Groin Strain', as it is known. Unfortunately he will be out for 6 to 8 weeks.
 

Aylesbury 5 Dunstable Town 0

Monday 03 January 2005 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United bounced back from the disappointment of defeat at Bedford with their biggest League win for two years, hitting Dunstable Town for five.

It was man of the match Drew Roberts who got the Ducks going, opening the scoring after 25 minutes, before going on to score a hat-trick.

Luke Graham added the second, with his first goal for the club before half-time, and Colin Baker wrapped up the win in the second half.

Thanks to Ian Lowe for deputising with today's match report, which can now be found by clicking the link below.

Click here: Dunstable Report