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Ducks End On High

Saturday 29 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

A hat-trick from Leon Gutzmore, and a goal from winger Damon Ming gave United a 4-2 win over Merthyr Tydfil this afternoon.

Aylesbury twice had the lead in the first half, but the hosts levelled to leave the match evenly poised 2-2 at half-time.

Two further goals for the Ducks after the break secured the win, and meant Aylesbury finished the season on a high note.

Incidentally, the hat-trick scored by Leon Gutzmore is the first by an Aylesbury player on away turf since Dwight Marshall scored 3 at Yeading in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round in October 2001.

In the league the last away trebble was scored by Gary Crawshaw in a 6-1 thrashing of Boreham Wood in 1999.

Further still, the last Southern League 'away' hat-trick was hit by Cliff Campbell during a match at Ashford Town (actually played at Folkestone Town) which the Ducks won 4-1 on 29th August 1987.

Many thanks to 'Brains' for supplying the information.

The Graham Read Interview

Friday 28 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

In what we hope will become a regular feature throughout the summer, Alistair MacLaren has been chatting with Graham Read:

You must feel really gutted following our relegation?

Yes I do. Totally

What do you see as the outlook for next season?

Two big problems - The pitch, and the League that we will be in next season. We are still unsure of next seasons League structure, and the Southern League have rejected our new playing surface, but to be fair they are awaiting advice from the F.A.

What is the situation regarding the new artificial pitch that is planned for next season?

There have been delays owing to the AVDC Planning Dept. If/when it goes ahead it will be sixteen weeks from starting to completion, therefore if the work is started in May it could be late August before completion which will rule out any pre-season friendly games.

If the new pitch is laid for next season will it be approved by the FA and Southern League, can the FA Cup and FA Trophy home games be played on it? I have heard that it is approved by FIFA is that correct?

Bill Carroll is lobbying the League for their approval, the Southern League say that it is not suitable at levels 3 & 4, and it will need to be approved by the FA. FA Cup and FA Trophy games cannot be played on the pitch at present. That type of pitch is approved by FIFA.

Is there any truth in the rumour that two significant League clubs want to play pre season friendly matches on the artificial pitch if it is laid?

Yes Neil Trebble has been speaking to David Moyes at Everton as he has a connection, and I have been speaking to Alan Curbishley at Charlton. However it looks as though the pitch will not be ready for any matches before late August.

There have been a lot of objections about the planned facilities from the people who live in the houses near the football ground, is it true that the land where those houses are was originally owned by the football club?

Yes that land was originally owned by the Aylesbury United Football Club. The objections have been worn down but we do show respect for our neighbours and the occupants of those houses.

I understand that you have no training facility at present, if that is true where have you been training?

Some of our training has been at Aston Clinton F.C. and Aylesbury Vale. Despite rumours that go around we do have a good relationship with them.

Apparently there is going to another football club formed in Aylesbury according to the Bucks Herald this week, what do you feel about that, also is it backed by the person that tried to buy Aylesbury United?

I have no comments to make on the forming of a new club. Regarding the person who tried to buy Aylesbury United, in fact there have been several offers but Bill Carroll has turned them all down.

What is the Entrance Fee going to be next season as we appear to be in a lower league?

It could be about ?6, although I would like to make it ?4 if it would increase the number of people attending our games.

What is the future for Thame United following the season that they have been through, could there be a merger with us. Also had Aylesbury Vale gained promotion, and their ground not up to the required standard for the Southern League, could they have shared our ground with Thame United using their ground?

There would be no point in a merger for us, we have bent over backwards to help them this season, by reducing the charges to use our ground and allowing more facilities to be used without extra cost. Due to the deal on their ground it is most important that they continue. The ground sharing arrangements that you mentioned have been discussed.

Looking at next season what is the player budget likely to be compared with this season?

The budget at the end of the season was well under a ?1,000 per week. Comparing player budgets, on Saturday the Bath City forwards earned more in a week than our whole team.

Talking of the player budget for next season what is the situation with the current squad?

It looks as though 95% of the players will sign for next season. I hope that Matt Hayward will sign again for another season, in addition to his playing he can coach the younger defenders. And hopefully Jack Rashid will re-sign. I would also like to see Leon Gutzmore stay for another season.

Is it true that Neil Trebble has given some financial support for the club?

He has given his services free of charge - No pay. No expenses. He has also contributed to the playing budget.

What is your opinion of Neil Trebble, and will he be manager next season?

Neil originally contacted the club when Paul Curtis left, at that time Danny Nicholls was given the Managers job. Following Danny Nicholls leaving the club in December last year, and a number of players leaving also, it was important to get a new manager in very quickly so I spoke to Neil on the Monday evening following Danny?s departure and he started almost straight away, he was in charge for the Chesham game immediately after Christmas.

The manager?s job for next season has to be discussed. Since the departure of Nicky & Andy, Neil?s style has changed a lot, he's now createad a bond with the players, also he has good contacts that could be useful, i.e. MK Dons and Stevenage Borough.

And Tony Joyce?

Hopefully he will be involved, another very bubbly, likeable character, I would like to think he will be around......and of course with his succesful track record, with Thame as Manager and player, then with us, and both teams being relegated.......he's got to be the prime suspect for Assistant Manager.

Finally what did you think of Danny Nicholls as a manager, could we have avoided relegation if he stayed?

Danny is a very bubbly character which helped him to build a good team spirit, in fact he was a very good Manager and Coach. However he could have been more professional in the way that he handled the distribution of the letter from Bill Carroll, explaining our cash flow problems which were created following the number of away games played back-to-back. Basically the letter stated that there would be a delay in the players receiving there wages. Danny 'verbally' delivired the contents of the letter in a different 'light' to the players - more as an indication that they would not be paid - this was followed by the 5-0 defeat by Tiverton. Danny resigned the next day. I wish him well. Relegation, I would have liked too have thought so.

Merthyr Match Preview

Thursday 27 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Our final preview of the season, featuring this Saturday's trip to Merthyr Tydfil is now available.

Also on the preview page you can find directions for getting to the game, as well as past meettings between the two sides.

Click here: Merthyr Preview

Presentations To Be Made On Saturday

Thursday 27 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Presentations for the club's Player of the Season award will be made at the club after Saturday's trip to Merthyr Tydfil.

Meanwhile the Ladies Team Presentation Evening is being held on 12th May in the Kickers Bar. All are welcome to attend.

Ladies Team News

Thursday 27 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Last weekend was another successful one for the Ladies Teams, as a win double edged the senior team into the promotion places and propelled the under-16s into the Cup Semi Finals.

On Saturday the Under 16s eased into the Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 victory over Oxford Irish. Goals came from Laura Gardner, Kerry Naisbitt and another Nicola Hunt hat-trick. That was her 50th goal of the season.

Then on Sunday the senior team did superbly. Trailing 1-0 and down to 10 players following the dismissal of Charlotte Jones for a 'gesture' made to the referee, the Ducks looked to have blown their chances of promotion. However, an awe-inspiring second half performance saw the side equalise immediately and then add two late goals to round off a remarkable 3-1 vistory. All three goals netted by Nicola Hunt again.

The win moves United up into the second promotion place with just one game remaining at third placed Oxfam next Sunday. The Ladies therefore require a point to guarantee the club's first ever promotion.

Full reports can be found below.

Click here: Ladies Report | Ladies Under-16s Report

Aylesbury 1 Bath City 5

Saturday 22 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury's brief return to the Southern League Premier Division was brought to an abrupt end by Bath City, who inflicted a harsh 5-1 defeat on the Ducks.

With the game evenly poised at half-time 1-1 few would have predicted that the Romans would have gone on to add four to their tally.

Leon Gutzmore had equalised Scott Rogers' wonderstrike before half-time, but Bath ran riot after the break despite Aylesbury bravely battling on.

With Northwood winning 19th spot is now mathematically unreachable and United will be consigned to a lower league next season, although quite which league is yet to be decided by the FA due to further re-organisation this summer.

Full report now available.

Click here: Bath Report

Planning Application Approved

Friday 21 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Club is pleased to advise that its planning application to convert the Stadium pitch into a 3rd Generation Artificial Pitch, to replace its floodlights and to install floodlighting on the planned mini-pitches at the rear of the car park, was approved by the Planning Committee of the Aylesbury Vale District Council on 20th April.

This is subject to finalising details of the pitch levels with the Environment Agency by Friday 28th April.

The Club is mindful of its duty to minimise disturbance to its neighbours and has agreed to limitations on the hours that flood lighting is employed. Broadly this will be no later than 10.30 pm on the main pitch and 9.30 pm on the mini pitches except Sundays which will be 6.00 pm on the mini pitches

The Club has now requested final formal approval from the Southern League to stage league matches on the proposed pitch. Thereafter, it is hoped to secure a new long term lease and to finalise the financing package necessary to implement the planned conversion. The aim is still to install the main pitch during the summer break although the time table has now slipped due to the planning process taking longer than anticipated and it is unlikely that it will be available for the start of the new season.

The Club is grateful to the Councillors who voiced their support, at the meeting, for this project and it is pleasing that there is recognition that this will be an exciting and valuable facility for the community.

Bath Match Preview

Wednesday 19 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

This Saturday the Ducks take on Bath City in their last home match of the season. Our preview is now available by clickin the link below.

Click here: Bath Match Preview

Aylesbury 3 Northwood 0

Monday 17 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury kept their faint chances of survival alive with a 3-0 win over a poor Northwood side at Buckingham Road.

The victory was United's largest since October, and thoroughly deserved for a determined display, and a particurlarly dominant first half.

Two goals in the opening period from Aston Goss and Dean Powles essentially settled the contest, before Damon Ming scored the third in stoppage time.

The result leaves the Ducks needing to win their last two games and hope results go their way, but they at least have a chance of claiming the coveted 19th spot.

Full report of today's game now available.

Click here: Northwood Report

Northwood Match Preview

Monday 17 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Our preview of today's match against Northwood is now available. Click the link below to view it.

Click hee: Northwood Preview

Bedford Town 2 Aylesbury 1

Saturday 15 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury's place in the bottom four was confirmed after a 2-1 defeat at Bedford Town, who themselves clinched a play-off spot.

The Ducks' New Eyrie hoodoo continued after Chris Dillon gave the Eagles the lead after 21 minutes.

There was a recovery to spark hopes of claiming an unlikely result, Leon Gutzmore's header dropping over the line just two minutes later.

But after a tactical change Bedford stepped up a gear, and scored the winner through Tom Bonner's header ten minutes after the break.

United to their credit kept battling all afternoon, but a lack of conviction in front of goal cost them in the end.

Full report now available.

Click here: Bedford Match Report

Bedford Match Preview

Thursday 13 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Our preview of Saturday's match against Bedford Town at the New Eyrie is now available.

It's another crucial game in store for the Ducks, as they cling on to their faint chances of survivial.

The team's record at the Eagle's ground is poor though, having lost on every previous visit and conceded four goals on two occasions.

Directions to the game can also be found on the preview page.

Click here: Bedford Match Preview

Ladies Team News

Monday 10 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Ladies section still have everything to play for after Oxford United Reserves won the Thames Valley League Division Two (North) title with a 3-0 victory over long time pace setters Oxfam Athletic last weekend.

The result leaves the Ducks knowing that four points from their last two games will be enough to secure promotion. Mathematically a victory at Oxfam on April 30th could be sufficient on its own, but that would leave the ladies depending on goal difference. Their other fixture is at Holmer Green on a date still to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, having secured the league title the Under 16s now switch their attention to the league cup competition. The Quarter Final line up is now complete;

1. Aylesbury United v Oxford Irish
2. Thame v Wantage
3. Oxford City v Cholsey Bluebirds
4. Carterton v Launton

Ties take place on Saturday 22nd April at Court Farm, Oxford City. The winners of matches 1 and 2 will meet in one semi-final, matches 3 and 4 in the other.

Click here: Ladies League Table

Tiverton Town 1 Aylesbury 1

Saturday 08 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury once again came from behind to claim a result, this time in the face of all adversity to scrape a point at Tiverton Town.

A goal down after Richard Pears' speculative effort on the half hour, The Ducks then had Rob Gould and manager Neil Trebble dismissed to add to their woes.

But the team once more kept plugging away and their gritty display paid dividends when substitute Bilal Hassan grabbed a fully deserved equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the frantic closing stages, but it ended level and with all of Aylesbury's relegation rivals dropping points it was an important draw for the team.

Full report to follow.

Tiverton Match Preview

Thursday 06 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Our preview of Saturday's game at Tiverton Town is now available, as well as directions to the stadium and the past meetings between the two sides.

Aylesbury will be hoping to fare better than the last clash between the teams, when Tivvy ran out 5-0 winners in Danny Nicholls' last game in charge earlier this season.

The Ducks' record against the Devon side isn't good though, particurlarly at Ladysmead, with two defeats in two so far. Neil Trebble will be desperate to buck the trend and snatch another crucial three points.

Click here: Tiverton Match Preview

Ladies Keep Promotion Hopes Alive

Monday 03 April 2006 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

A late goal from Nicola Hunt kept Aylesbury United Ladies faint promotion hopes alive, as they beat Oxfam Athletic 1-0 at Buckingham Road.

This was Oxfam's first defeat in the league this season, and moved United into 3rd place. Aylesbury still have to travel to Holmer Green and Oxfam, whilst the top 2 face each other next week.

Full report below.

Click here: Aylesbury Ladies Report