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Ducks To Leave Chesham

Thursday 30 April 2009 - 10:06 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United will not be groundsharing with Chesham United next season, after a suitable deal could not be agreed.

It means an end to the Ducks' two and a half year stay at The Meadow.

The club would like to assure supporters that negotiations are well underway to find a home ground for the forthcoming season.

More news will follow shortly once the issue has been resolved.


Ducks End Season With Five Star Flourish

Saturday 25 April 2009 - 6:47 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Atherstone Town 3-5 Ducks Aylesbury finished the campaign on a high after an amazing game at Atherstone.

The home side had gone into a 2-0 lead with half an hour gone, both from the penalty spot, and things were looking bleak for the greens.

Mark Jones' goal before the break, only his second in an Aylesbury shirt, gave hope, but nobody could have predicted what lay in store.

In a barnstorming start to the second half the Ducks scored four goals in a nine minute period of mayhem as the Adders capitulated.

Glen Hawkins scored two very different goals, the second superb, Mark Boyce with a 35-yard effort and Nathan Graham with an excellent header, to put United 5-2 up and complete the incredible turnaround.

This really was another to add to the list of fabled 'you had to be there to believe it' matches of Aylesbury United's history.

There was still time for Atherstone to reduce the arrears late in the day, but for United a very welcome way to end a long, hard season.

Elsewhere on the final day our landlords Chesham made it into the playoffs on goal difference, although it must have been a nervy afternoon at The Meadow as they relied on Danny Burnell's 85th minute leveller for the point they needed.

At the other end of the table Woodford United joined Malvern Town as the other team relegated after they could only draw with Soham, whilst their nearest rivals Rothwell Town were 3-1 victors over Stourport Swifts.


Graham's Goal Not Enough for United

Wednesday 22 April 2009 - 10:19 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Ducks 1-2 Bromsgrove Rovers Aylesbury's final home game of the season ended in disappointment with defeat by Bromsgrove Rovers.

United were much the better side in the first half and deservedly took the lead through Nathan Graham's fantastic volley.

But they were pegged back before the interval after the visitors scored from a wrongly awarded corner kick, John Snape heading home.

After half-time Aylesbury went downhill, and a poor second period was settled by Jemiah Richards on 65 minutes.

At times both sides seemed to be going through the motions, and just about everyone inside the ground looked happy when full-time on another drab end of season contest was sounded.


Statement From John Newman

Tuesday 21 April 2009 - 09:30 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

It is with regret that I have resigned from my role of Vice-Chairman and as a director of Aylesbury United Football Club.

The pressure of trying to run a semi-professional club without a ground to call our own and with no base, has placed a huge amount of pressure on the few people working to keep the Club alive.

The amount of time and commitment involved is quite formidable, but we are only volunteers, for the last 6 years both Graham and I have worked tirelessly to keep this wonderful Club afloat, a Club steeped in history, we felt was worth fighting for.

This commitment has taken its toll on both my personal and business life, this is not a decision I have made lightly, but thought long and hard about. I am not the sort of person who can do anything half heartedly, but of late this has been a struggle. As we continue our nomadic existence, gaining sponsorship and attracting fans has become more difficult, therefore more funding will be required.

I'm afraid, unless the Town and the local authorities get behind the Club, then I will not be the only casualty. I have promised Graham and the committee that I will continue with the various long term projects to 'Bring The Ducks Home' if they are to come to fruition, but the remainder of the hard working committee has the unenviable task of finding a short term solution to playing at 'home', I sincerely wish them luck.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me, during my time at the Club.

John Newman


Ducks and Leighton in Stalemate Again

Saturday 18 April 2009 - 5:37 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Ducks 0-0 Leighton For the third time in five meetings Aylesbury shared a goalless draw with Leighton Town.

Neither side were able to find a breakthrough in a disappointing game which summed up how both clubs have finished the campaign, after both looked set to challenge for the playoffs not so long ago.

This wasn't as lifeless as previous encounters with The Reds have been though, each side having a few chances to break the deadlock, a number of shots blocked and balls cleared off the line also.

But in the end there were to be no goals, meaning Leighton's defence has only conceded once to United since August 2006.


Presentation Night

Friday 17 April 2009 - 1:08 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The annual Aylesbury United Presentation Night will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2009 at the Railway Club, commencing at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 a head and are strictly limited in numbers, on a first come first served basis. They will be on sale at all remaining games until the end of the season.

Amongst the awards on the night will be Supporters Player of the Year, which will be balloted at the Leighton Town match, as well as the AFS Internet Player of the Year.

There will also be awards for every section of the club (including Youth and Ladies).


Ducks Draw at Rothwell

Monday 13 April 2009 - 5:11 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Rothwell 1-1 Ducks Aylesbury added another point to their tally with a draw at Cecil Street.

The game had all the feeling of an end of season affair, despite the fact that the home side are still very much in relegation trouble.

Things seemed to be going well for the Ducks when Nathan Graham gave then a ninth minute lead.

But the match was to take a controversial turn when firstly Rothwell were adjudged to have scored an equaliser by the linesman when general consensus suggested the ball hadn't crossed the line.

Aylesbury were then denied a clear looking penalty before the break after Marsh was brought down.

A second half without much goalmouth action meant the match ended level and United had to be satisfied with a point.


Ducks Break Poor Run With Romulus Win

Saturday 11 April 2009 - 2:51 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Ducks 2-1 Atherstone Town United maintained their 100% winning record over Romulus with a long overdue victory.

Nathan Graham made the most of a good start to the match from Aylesbury by prodding home the opener after just ten minutes.

It was a much improved performance from the Ducks, yet they made a sloppy start to the second period and allowed Romulus in to level almost straight from the restart.

Instead of letting their heads drop though, Aylesbury stepped up and they had the lead back when Chris Marsh won and converted a penalty, still before the hour mark had passed.

Both sides had chances to add to the scoring, but the Ducks were generally the better side and deserved their three points.


Aylesbury Battle Back Against Adders

Thursday 09 April 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Ducks 1-1 Atherstone Town Aylesbury recovered from a goal down to earn a well deserved draw against high flying Atherstone Town.

The result also ended United's five-match losing run and proved that the team do still have something left in the tank at the end of this long season.

A first half which had seen Aylesbury have the lion's share of the play ended with the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, following a foul by Tom Vincent.

The second period was slow to get going, but once it did it eventually brought about an equaliser when Nathan Graham produced a fine finish fifteen minutes from time.

It was due reward for an improved Ducks display and United will now look to go one better and grab a win with Romulus next to visit The Meadow.


Malvern Town Relegated

Thursday 09 April 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Malvern Town became the first Southern League side to be relegated as they went down to a 2-0 defeat fellow strugglers Woodford United last night.

With just fourteen points to their name, Town's three year spell in the Southern League is over.

They were promoted from the Midland Alliance in 2006 but have finished near the bottom of the table since that date.


Losing Run Extended by Dunstable

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

Dunstable Town 2-1 Ducks Dunstable took full advantage of Aylesbury's frailties and inflicted a fifth successive defeat on the Greens.

Dunstable opened the scoring midway through the first half through Ryan Quinn and although it was against the run of play, it wasn't an underserved opener.

Aylesbury recovered and equalised the match when Glen Hawkins headed home Neil Roberts' superb cross.

But any confidence the Ducks might have taken from finally scoring their first goal from open play in over eight hours was quickly shattered when Dunstable restored their lead just five minutes later.

Aylesbury plugged away in the second half, but look a broken team. By contrast, Dunstable's pacey attacking play caused all sorts of problems for the makeshift defence and they had the better chances to add to the scoring.

Full report from Creasey Park to follow.


Aylesbury Ladies Go Nap Against Ascot

Tuesday 07 April 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United Ladies enjoyed an excellent fortnight with two wins over Ascot, amassing seventeen goals in the process!

The home tie was won 11-0 on the 29th March, with Hannah Franklin putting in a virtuoso display which saw her find the net four times and create another two.

Also amongst the goals were Sarah Cole, Gemma Butterfield, Steph 'Twinkle' Dean, Kay Norton with two, and Hannah Franklin's sister Gemma.

Then on the following Sunday the Ducks made the trip to Ascot and returned with a 6-1 win.

A brace from each of Sarah Cole, Hannah Franklin and Dean got the job done.

Aylesbury currently sit fourth in the table with just two games remaining.

Full reports from both matches can be found via the Ladies Team fixtures page.


AFS Internet Player of the Year

Tuesday 07 April 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The club are pleased to announce the return fo the Aylesbury Financial Services 'Internet Player of the Year' award.

Voting for the award will take place on the website from now until May 1st, with the voting booth shown on the right of each page.

The award will be in conjunction with the regular 'Player of the Year' which is as ever voted for at the final home Saturday game of the season.

Voting for the AFS award can be done more than once, but only one vote per person per day.

Good luck to all the nominated players, and may the best man win!


Late Goal Brings Fourth Defeat

Saturday 04 April 2009 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eleven comments |

Ducks 0-1 Barton Rovers A stoppage time goal brought a fourth straight defeat for lacklustre Aylesbury.

Against relegation threatened Barton Rovers, United might have been expecting to get a much needed win and turn around their recent poor form.

But the United squad was down to bare bones when Carl Kavanagh was injured in the build up, and with their line-up lacking a defensive balance they were devoid of shape and cohesion over the game's course.

Even with so many attack minded players on the field, United had few ideas on a route to goal and it looked set to be Aylesbury's first 0-0 of the season.

That was until Barton made the most of some late attacking pressure and in the 91st minute Russell Bull pounced to snatch all three points for his side.

Our full report from another disappointing ninety minutes at The Meadow is now available via the fixtures page.