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Managerial Update

Sunday 29 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Mark Eaton has written a frank and honest reflection after a disappointing two weeks of football.

Click here: From The Management

 

Chasetown Battle Back to See Off Ducks

Saturday 28 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Chasetown 2-1 Ducks Aylesbury's loss of form continued with a narrow defeat at Chasetown.

The Ducks made their opponents work hard for the win though, the Scholars coming from behind in a hard fought encounter.

Danny Mead gave Aylesbury an early lead from the penalty spot and things looked to be going well as the home side offered little threat in the first half.

They raised their game after the interval and soon had the Ducks on the back foot. A penalty from Smith and a header from Teesdale had the game turned on its head.

Aylesbury continued to battle away valiantly and had some decent spells of pressure without finding a way through.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Graham Wins Fight

Saturday 28 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Congratulations to Aylesbury's Nathan Graham, who won his fight last night.

Nathan overcame Peterborough's JJ Bird on points over four rounds, to take his professional record to 8 wins from 9.

 

Bury Complete Double Over Ducks

Wednesday 25 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Ducks 1-2 Bury Town Aylesbury suffered another big blow in their playoff aspirations, beaten at home by Bury Town.

Whilst an early controversial penalty award to the visitors set Aylesbury on their way to defeat, it was difficult to reason that United deserved anything other than their one-goal deficit half time on their first half display.

Things were much improved after the break, but the Ducks were still unable to find a way through a well organised Bury side.

At the other end the visitors' pace and direct style were a constant menace, and it was they who added a second goal towards the end, although the referee was once again involved.

Aylesbury pulled a goal back through James Saulsbury from the penalty spot and the incident reduced Bury to ten men, but there was to be no comeback and the Suffolk side could make the long journey home with the points in the bag.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Pictures from Arlesey Game

Saturday 21 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

A number of quality pictures from the Arlesey Town game have been added to the report, courtesy of Mike Snell.

Click here: Arlesey Match Pictures

 

Marsh Sinks Arlesey

Saturday 21 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Ducks 1-0 Arlesey Town Chris Marsh's awesome first half volley gave Aylesbury a win over Arlesey Town, who finished the game with eight men.

Marsh latched onto Mealor's cross and unleashed a superb volley which left keeper James Russell no chance.

Russell was then sent off just before the break for handling outside the area, but United were unable to make the most of their advantage as they too often overcomplicated their play in the second half.

In a bizarre end to the match the Ducks were awarded a penalty after an off the ball incident where Matt Clarke appeared to strike out at Glen Hawkins.

The repercussions were a red card for Clarke and a second yellow for his captain Luke Gregson for his protests, but Marsh's spot kick was saved by stand-in keeper James Dillnut meaning the game still ended 1-0.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Ducks Gunned Down By Bedworth Power Play

Wednesday 18 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Ducks 1-3 Bedworth United Playoff chasing Aylesbury slipped up at home to Bedworth United this evening.

There is often an opinion that the Ducks struggle against physical opposition, and so it proved tonight as the Greenbacks were both stronger and quicker to every ball.

It's also typical of Aylesbury's season that they can produce scintillating football against the teams riding high in the league, yet come unstuck against so called 'lesser' opposition.

Mark Eaton's side were often their own worst enemy with some sloppy defending on show, and it was such lapses in concentration that cost them the two second half goals which proved the difference.

In the first half the visitors had taken an early lead through Danny Edmond's deflected shot, but the Ducks battled back and eventually levelled when Chris Marsh scored an excellent goal.

The display after the interval wasn't anywhere near the level the Ducks have proved they are capable of, and the result was well deserved for an enthusiastic Bedworth side.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Ducks Entertain Bedworth Tonight

Wednesday 18 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Aylesbury United are in home league action this evening as Bedworth United visit The Meadow.

With the main players in the playoff race doing well last night, there is even more pressure on the Ducks to achieve a result.

But they go into the game on the back of some excellent form which has seen them win their last three matches.

On their opponents side will be a player well known to the Aylesbury faithful in Paul Lamb, who made over 40 appearances for the club during the 2004/05 season.

Kick-off for tonight's game is at 7.45pm, your support is much appreciated.

 

Ducks 'Win Ugly' At Woodford

Saturday 14 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Woodford United 1-2 Ducks Aylesbury grabbed their first ever win at Byfield Road with a hard-fought result in a difficult game.

With the home side scrapping for their lives in the league, they did a good job of making life difficult throughout. So much so that Aylesbury rarely looked like the team that had scored so freely in their past two games.

Had the hosts taken one of a number of good chances, then it could have been a different story to that of Aylesbury leading at the break through a highly debatable penalty scored by Chris Marsh.

Woodford deservedly equalised midway through the second period, but the Ducks came back strongly Ben Stevens' first goal of the season proved to be the winner, coming with fifteen minutes remaining.

Still the Reds wouldn't lie down, but they couldn't put Aylesbury under any further pressure and the Ducks were able to celebrate a third successive win.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Ducks Sign Roberts Ahead of Woodford Clash

Friday 13 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United are pleased to confirm the signing of Neil Roberts ahead of tomorrow's game at Woodford United.

Neil has had spells this season with South Midlands Club Aylesbury Vale and Hellenic outfit Chalfont Wasps. He also had aa brief spell last season with Leighton Town turning out against The Ducks without success on that occasion.

He originates from Aston Clinton where he grew up playing football through all age groups through to senior level. We all hope his time at Aylesbury United will be a successful and long one.

The Ducks have no fresh injury worries going into the match at Byfield Road, but will be without the unavailable Ross Taylor.

 

1000 Not Out For Ducks

Thursday 12 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United's thumping of Marlow brought about their 1000th Southern League goal.

With his 68th minute strike, Nathan Graham became the man to gain the distinction of reaching the milestone figure for the club.

Aylesbury's first Southern League goal was scored by Chris Wilkins 33 years ago in 1976, when he netted just before half-time against Metropolitan Police.

Since that time United spent 16 seasons out of the Southern League, initially by famously winning promotion to the Football Conference, before a spell in the Isthmian League.

They were switched back to the Southern League in 2004 and have added 280 further goals.

A full feature will shortly follow charting the details of another notable achievement in the grand history of Aylesbury United Football Club.

 

Graham Hat-trick Sets Ducks On Way

Tuesday 10 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Marlow 0-4 Ducks Aylesbury powered to their biggest away win of the season this evening, with Nathan Graham's hat-trick helping them to a big victory.

Marlow may well point to the fact that there was an element of luck in United's first and second goals - the first a half clearance falling kindly to Graham who finished well, the second a shot across goal bundled in by Hawkins - but Aylesbury deserved their win for a thoroughly composed performance.

They were three goals clear by the interval, Graham adding another with a goal of the season contender, after spellbinding work by Marsh in breaking away.

Marsh was a delight to watch all evening and was at the heart of everything Aylesbury did.

Graham completed his hat-trick midway through the second half, Marlow again the instigators of their downfall as their defence were robbed and Graham slotted home.

The win keeps up an excellent spell of form from the Ducks who have now scored seven goals in two games, and next travel to struggling Woodford United.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Ducks Unchanged for Marlow Trip

Tuesday 10 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United travel to Marlow this evening with an unchanged squad after their impressive win over Sutton Coldfield Town.

Only Kevin Mealor may have rated as doubtful, having been visibly struggling at times on Saturday, but he is fit to take his place amongst a side knowing a win could move them up to sixth place.

United had a poor time of it when Marlow visited the Meadow, going down to a 3-0 defeat, so will be keen to make amends and try and produce some consistency away from home which has been missing for most of the season.

Kick-off at Oak Tree Road is at 7.45pm.

Aylesbury team from:

Tom Vincent

Mark Boyce

James Saulsbury

Carl Kavanagh

Danny Mead

Ben Stevens

Kevin Mealor

Matt Butler

Sam Swonnell

Nathan Graham

Glen Hawkins

Ross Taylor

Mark Jones

Steven Miles

Chris Marsh

 

Sutton's Run Halted By Dominant Ducks

Saturday 07 March 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Ducks 3-0 Sutton Coldfield United brought Sutton's nine match unbeaten run to an end with a dominant win over their playoff rivals.

Although two of the goals came late in the day, three-nil was due reward for a superb Aylesbury display in which they controlled the game from the outset.

After a number of Ducks' chances had already gone begging, a first half Aylesbury penalty miss and red card for the visitors, Kevin Mealor eventually opened the scoring with a heavily deflected shot early in the second half.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Sutton went for an equaliser by throwing three strikers up, and in a ten minute spell they twice hit the woodwork, the only time of the match they genuinely showed a threat.

United defended resolutely though, and once again began to play their own football that had taken penned their opponents back, and added two goals in the last three minutes from Nathan Graham and Glen Hawkins to seal a massive three points.

Our full report from The Meadow is now available via the fixtures page.