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Greens Brought Back to Earth in Marlow

Tuesday 30 March 2010 - 11:13 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury's winning run was brought emphatically to an end by a 4-0 defeat at Marlow.

The Ducks looked to be suffering a hangover from their Saturday win at Sutton and had barely got out of the blocks when they found themselves behind to two Yashwa Romeo goals inside 20 minutes.

Things didn't get much better over the rest of the match and although United were at least more of a force at times, home keeper Watkins had very quiet night.

Marlow added a goal from the spot through Mason, then rounded off what had largely been a well controlled win when Tom Willment scored in the last minute.

It was a hugely disappointing evening for Aylesbury after their recent exploits.

Barton losing means no change at the bottom, but United will be looking for a massive improvement going into the Easter period starting with the visit of old foes Chesham.

Team: Sillitoe, James, Nash (Ayodele), Toms, Bartley, McBride, Montgomery, Silvestri (Wood), Pringle (Nicholls), Taylor, Mealor


Mealor Back with Ducks

Monday 29 March 2010 - 7:45 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Kevin Mealor has returned to Aylesbury United in one of two new signings announced this evening.

Mealor was a popular figure during his first spell with the Ducks, having joined from Burnham in 2006, and going on to make over 110 appearances, scoring 12 goals in the process.

He left with a host of players in the summer to join newly badged Aylesbury FC where he made 28 appearances.

Also joining the Ducks is 23 year old striker Ben Baines from Cogenhoe United.

Ben is a quick striker who has previously played for Desborough Town and Wootton Blue Cross, where he was Manager's Player of the Season 2008/09.

Both go straight into the squad for tomorrow's (Tuesday) trip to Marlow.


Ladies Crush League Leaders

Monday 29 March 2010 - 6:32 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury Ladies threw the league title race wide open with a 4-1 demolition of leaders Hillingdon on Sunday.

The Middlesex side hadn't been beaten all season but United were always on top, despite going a goal down early on.

Gemma Franklin equalised before the break, followed by goals from Kay Norton, another from Franklin, and one from Suzie Cole completed the impressive win.

It was a great all round team performance from the Ladies which well and truly keeps their promotion dream alive going into the final weeks of the season.


Superb Ducks Win at Sutton

Saturday 27 March 2010 - 5:13 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Fifteen comments |

Aylesbury's remarkable upturn in form continued with a 2-0 win at Sutton Coldfield town.

For the second time in seven days the Ducks have put a dent in a side's playoff aspirations, having defeated Arlesey the previous week, as United posted their first back to back wins of the campaign.

Aylesbury made the dream start when Richard Pringle turned in Ben Clarke's cross to open the scoring after 14 minutes.

Sutton came back strongly but found United in no mood to be pushed aside with the defence excellent all afternoon. On the occasions they were breached Jack Sillitoe was magnificent with a number of top class saves earning his clean sheet.

The second half looked set to be a tense affair and certainly started that way.

But Robert Bartley added an Aylesbury second to calm nerves when he headed in Taylor's long throw.

It was just the tonic and with their strong defence and sporadic chances on the break, United were able to see out the remainder with no further drama.

Come full time the team left the field having celebrated euphorically with the sizable travelling contingent who now truly believe the great escape could be on.

Team: Sillitoe, James, Nash, Toms, Bartley, McBride, Montgomery, Silvestri (Wood), Pringle (Nicholls), Taylor, Clarke (Ayodele)


College Finish Season with Draw

Friday 26 March 2010 - 08:51 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury College completed their BCS League fixtures with a 1-1 draw against Central Bedfordshire College at Edinburgh Playing Fields on Wednesday.

The opening exchanges were even, both sides managed to get in some good positions but lacked a little composure in front of goal. Central Bedfordshire took the lead midway through the half, a cross from the right found the unmarked striker in the penalty area who turned the ball home right footed. Aylesbury's response was impressive and they were level within 10 minutes. Liam Fludgate collecting the ball near the right hand corner of the area and firing in a low angled drive that gave the Goalkeeper no chance.

The second half was equally competitive, with a prety even share of possession from both sides. Central Bedfordshire hit the crossbar amongst several good chances that they created, and Aylesbury worked the Goalkeeper several times and missed good chances of their own at the other end.

The final whistle sounded on the match and on Aylesbury College's League fixtures for the season. It has been a solid effort from coach Taran Ashall and the squad in their first season, finishing just behind Central Bedfordshire on account of goal difference. Aylesbury College will now go into a set of friendlies to finish the season, including the exciting prospect of a local derby with Mandeville Sports College.

Aylesbury College team v Central Beds:

Luke Lancaster, Danny Salim, Jamie Evans, Marcus Hudson, Dan Clay, Liam Fludgate, Joe Mabett, Jayson Street, Michael Saw, Mpumi Nyembe, Ade Adejinka

Subs: Dan Steadman, Danny O'Connor, Jordan Wilson


College's Final Game of the Season This Week

Sunday 21 March 2010 - 9:21 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Fourteen comments |

Aylesbury College Football Club, that is run in partnership with AUFC, have their final league game of the season this coming Wednesday 24th March at Edinburgh Playing Fields against Central Bedfordshire College. The first meeting between the sides back in November finished in an exciting 3-3 draw and this game promises to be equally as exciting, with the winners of this match likely to be crowned winners of British Colleges Sports East Division 2B.

Aylesbury have put themselves in this position with some good results across the course of this season. Aside from losing to Enfield College home and away by 4 goals to 1, Aylesbury have enjoyed victories over Luton 6th Form College and Oxford & Cherwell College. Indeed it was Oxford & Cherwell College who were Aylesbury's opponents last Wednesday. And the men in green were able to come away with an impressive 4-3 victory in this match played at Brackley Town FC.

After falling behind to a long range strike inside 10 minutes, the equaliser for Aylesbury came just before the interval, Ade Adeyinka turning and smashing the ball home from 8 yards out following a corner not being cleared. Aylesbury took the lead just after half time, Jayson Street letting fly with a shot from 30 yards out that gave the keeper no chance. Adeyinka added his second of the match, his 10th of the season 10 minutes later, latching onto a long ball to poke the ball past the unrushing keeper and into the net. With 5 minutes remaining Mpumi Nyembe dribbled through the Oxford & Cherwell defence and placed the ball cooly into the corner of the net to seemingly seal a comfortable victory.

It didn't play out this way, as a speculative shot from the right flank deceived everybody to pull a goal back for Oxford & Cherwell a minute later. Even later than this a well worked move from Oxford & Cherwell, leading to a headed goal at the far post ensured a nervous period of stoppage time for Aylesbury. In fact it took a good diving save from Luke Lancaster in the Aylesbury goal to ensure that Aylesbury got the victory that they richly deserved, and that now sets things up nicely for this coming Wednesday.

Aylesbury College team v Oxford & Cherwell:

Luke Lancaster, Danny Salim, Jamie Evans, Marcus Hudson, Dan Clay, Joe Mabbett, Liam Fludgate, Jayson Street, Michael Saw, Mpumi Nyembe, Ade Adeyinka. Sub: Danny O'Connor


Ducks Off Bottom By Beating Arlesey

Saturday 20 March 2010 - 5:44 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury moved off the bottom of the table for the first time since the second game of the season after a tremendous 2-1 win over playoff hopefuls Arlesey Town.

Goals from Robert Bartley, atoning for his midweek sending off, and Ben Clarke gave the Ducks the precious three points and Barton Rovers losing sees United leapfrog them to 21st.

It needed to be a fully committed performance against a strong Arlesey side, who often proved dangerous - more so in the first half - and that's just what Aylesbury were, although for once they had luck on their side for once.

Their was an element of good fortunate about the opener, the ball hitting Bartley and diverting into the net, although Lewis McBride's corner kick delivery was excellent.

The second came at the end of a good dribble by Clarke, making only his second appearance in an Aylesbury shirt with a good half hour to play.

As the visitors threw men forward it looked likely a breakthrough would come, and it duly arrived from Wayne O'Sullivan's direct free-kick.

Still Aylesbury refused to panic and remained resolute to the end, and had to battle a number of set pieces which provided a few nervy moments, but all in all it was a well earned win for the Ducks.


Gerrard and Harris Reach 100 Appearances

Thursday 18 March 2010 - 11:16 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

On Sunday Bethan Harris and Sarah Gerrard both notched up 100 appearances for Aylesbury United Ladies, only the second and third players to do so in the club?s brief history.

The defensive duo made their debuts back in the 2004/05 season after the demise of two other local sides and have been stalwarts of the team ever since.

The match saw United return to winning ways with a 6-1 thumping of AFC Newbury Reserves, the Ducks goals coming from Gemma Franklin 2, Twinkle Dean, Lucy Ilic, Suzie Cole and a first ever senior goal from 16 year old Sarah Short.


Ducks Edged Out by Romulus

Wednesday 17 March 2010 - 10:16 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury found the promised land of a move up to 21st in the league just out of reach as Romulus left Bell Close with all three points.

Admittedly Aylesbury were poor, but they weren't helped by a night of questionable officiating and will now be without Robert Bartley for three games after the centre-back was sent off in the last minute in what was the most contentious of decisions made.

Romulus took the lead early on after some customary poor Ducks defending when Tom Franklin headed in a free-kick, although the very award of the kick was the other main reason for Aylesbury's annoyance with the officials.

The Ducks eventually equalised through Tyrone Taylor, and had chances to go on and take the lead, but instead it was Roms who re-established the advantage courtesy of Colm Tiernan midway through the second half.

United found the going tough against a well organised Romulus' side who were then capable of seeing out the remainder of the match, and there were few talking points until Bartley's dismissal at the death.


Two In, One Out for Ducks

Tuesday 16 March 2010 - 10:19 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United have signed two players in the last few days, but have lost one at the same time.

Coming in are veteran Leon Gutzmore and youngster Jack Wood, with Rickelle Christian leaving the club.

Gutzmore should need little introduction with the Aylesbury faithful having previously spent three spells with United.

A prolific striker throughout his career, he was once a £10,000 signing for Aldershot Town.

He has more recently been playing in a midfield role, and has been at Stotfold this season.

Also joining Aylesbury is young midfielder Jack Wood on-loan from Luton Town, who was on the bench at Atherstone Town on Saturday.

Jack is an academy product of the Hatters, and has already spent time with Arlesey Town in a similar arrangement earlier this season.

We welcome both new faces to the club, but say farewell to Rickelle Christian who has joined Arlesey, and is now in line to play for the Blues against the Ducks on Saturday.


Aylesbury Pubs Get Shirty

Monday 15 March 2010 - 2:50 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Two local pubs have turned Aylesbury football mad in the run up to this year?s World Cup in South Africa.

Since the Buckinghamshire Yeoman and the Horse & Jockey launched charity drive, ?Project Fair Play?, the response has been overwhelming with plenty of shirts already donated.

Martyn Shaw, Welfare Officer at Aylesbury United said: ?Project Fair Play is set to make this year?s World Cup even more special, bringing football to disadvantaged kids both at home and also in South Africa. We?re delighted to lend our support.?

Both pubs have collection points where shirts can be dropped off. Instead of languishing at the back of the wardrobe, the old strips will be taken to townships in Johannesburg as well as disadvantaged youngsters in Cape Town. Here, they will be worn with pride whilst excitedly watching the World Cup in their own Country.

The pubs also want to raise enough cash to build a new sports ground at the school through the Happy Africa Foundation, and kit it out with new ?Alive and Kicking? footballs, so the kids are ready for kick off. These specially created ?Alive and Kicking? balls are tough, repairable footballs made using African skills and African leather specifically for use on African terrain. Each ball carries an important message about HIV/Aids and malaria.

Not forgetting how much our youngsters love the beautiful game, Project Fair Play also aims to buy Fairtrade footballs to help UK children?s charity, ?KidsOut? funding sports projects for disabled and disadvantaged children locally.

Helen Bidwell, General Manager at the Buckinghamshire Yeoman Pub said: ?South Africa is hosting the World Cup in 2010 but the many areas risk being excluded through poverty. We really want to make a difference so please do drop in your old football shirts and join in with our footie themed fundraisers!?

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Martyn Shaw (Welfare Officer, Aylesbury United), Goalkeeper Jack Sillittoe, Helen Bidwell (General Manager at the Buckinghamshire Yeoman) and midfielder Jordan Oxley with Project Fair Play Mascot ?Leo the Lion?.

Jack Sillitoe signs the 'Alive and Kicking' ball


Another Point for Aylesbury After Draw at Atherstone

Saturday 13 March 2010 - 5:15 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury earned another point with a 2-2 draw at Atherstone Town.

It was a hard fought encounter from start to finish and United had to dig deep at times to secure the result.

The opening goal was a moment of quality in a match which was lacking just that - Robert Bartley producing a superb acrobatic effort after 19 minutes.

Atherstone slowly came back into the game and they eventually levelled when Stuart Hendrie followed up to score a parried shot.

Three minutes from the break the home side were ahead, Hendrie again the scorer.

But the Ducks weren't to let them get to them and deep into first half stoppage time Richard Pringle hit a low shot from the edge a crowded box which somehow crept in to restore parity.

The second half degenerated into a scrappy affair. Both sides had chances but they were few and far between as neither side could keep the ball and it finished a point apiece.


Ducks Cruelly Denied by Late Own Goal

Wednesday 10 March 2010 - 10:11 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury were denied a share of the spoils with league leaders Burnham in the cruellest way possible after a tragic own goal three minutes from time handed the win to the visitors.

United had put in a fantastic performance and fully merited a point from the game which saw Jon Montgomery score against his former side midway through the second half.

That goal had cancelled out a soft opener from the visitors, who rarely looked like a side of table topping quality.

Yet it is Burnham's ability to grind out results which has got them to their position they are in, and once again they proved capable of doing so a 10th successive win.

Aylesbury can hold their heads high though having performed creditably against their Buckinghamshire rivals.


Soham Game Rearranged

Tuesday 09 March 2010 - 11:13 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury's away trip to Soham Town Rangers has been rearranged.

The fixture will now take place on Tuesday 13th April, kick-off 7.45pm.

The original match was postponed at the end of February due to a waterlogged pitch.


Pringle Strike Sets Ducks on their Way

Saturday 06 March 2010 - 5:21 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

It was a day of firsts at Bell Close as Tony Joyce secured his first win as Aylesbury manager, whilst the Ducks claimed their first home win and first clean sheet in the league this season.

Richard Pringle scored with a well taken finish 18 minutes into the game after Rickelle Christian's raking pass.

Crisis club Bromsgrove were the opposition and with their newly assembled, youthful lineup they looked a team who had barely met each other let alone had chance to become a cohesive footballing unit.

Ironically though, Aylesbury have played much better than this previously in the season and come away with nothing.

But three points is three points and it was a very welcome result for United.


Bury Too Strong for United

Tuesday 02 March 2010 - 08:24 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury's long trip to title challengers Bury Town resulted in a heavy 6-2 defeat.

The Blues were in a class of their own for much of the night, and in the first half in particular looked capable of scoring at will.

In half an hour the home side had gone into a four goal lead with an own goal followed by efforts from Underwood, Leabon and Lee Reed.

United had rarely threatened so it came as something of a surprise when Lewis McBride then reduced the deficit with a virtuoso solo effort.

After the break things were more even with Bury clearly having one eye on their Thursday trip to Arlesey.

The Ducks had some good spells of possession and created a couple of decent chances but it was the hosts who added to the scoring through Underwood again.

Lee Reed added number six and though Bury had a string of chances for a seventh Aylesbury held out and instead pulled a goal back themselves through a well taken Montgomery effort at the death.