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Joycie's Christmas Update

Wednesday 28 December 2011 - 11:14 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Hello everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas dinners and had a great day.

For the players it was nice this year to play on the 27th and have that extra day to spend with family and friends.

On the field it was an excellent game with two teams that enjoy their football and produced a thriller for the spectators.

For us, as you well know, our form has been very indifferent recently with the two draws at home to Biggleswade and Stotfold, and last Saturday with the narrow 3-2 defeat away at Hertford (with what was somewhat of a controversial winning goal).

I was very pleased with the whole team and squad on Tuesday and felt the players put in a performance that we expect of them ie. good team work, some excellent individual skills and great character to come away with a well deserved 3-2 win against a good Leverstock team.

It was a nice way to finish of the year and we take lots of positives into 2012.

Once again from Gary and Glyn, myself and all the players your support has been tremendous and very much appreciated and I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Best Wishes,

JOYCEY.

PS. Player news

Unfortunately we have a few players who have long term injuries at present. Craig Townsend picked up a knee ligament injury on his return match and could be out for 6-8 week. Kyal Mcnulty picked up a freak injury treading on some glass and has had to have an operation and he too will be out for 6-8 weeks.

Warren Garcia has had a problem with his ankle and we agreed for him to take a break from football for a while for this to get back to normal. Kevin Ayodele has a thigh strain which will keep him out for 2-3 weeks.

Ivaylo Dimitrov has decided to take up a seven day approach from Berkhamsted and join them in search of regular 1st team football. Ivaylo is a very talented player and I wish him good luck at his new club.

Recent signing Sam Slatter from Leighton Town has slotted in well at right back.

 

Joey Strikes Late to Win It For Ducks

Tuesday 27 December 2011 - 02:03 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eight comments |

A belting stoppage-time strike from Joey Acheampong, his second of the game, gave Aylesbury their first win in six games, and their first ever over Leverstock Green.

Match Report

 

Premier Division Roundup - 20th December 2011

Wednesday 21 December 2011 - 01:46 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Four matches took place in the Premier Division last night, but there were no significant positional changes as the top two sides showed just how closely matched they are as both posted 4-1 away victories.

Leaders Dunstable Town made it five wins in a row with their victory at Harefield United. Former Aylesbury man Craig Henney opened the scoring after 12 minutes, with further strikes from Nathan Frater and George Brinkman setting them on their way.

At Haringey Borough, Royston Town recovered from falling behind to a 27th minute Chris Benjamin goal to also win 4-1. Kaan Fehmi scored his 16th and 17th league goals of the season in between Ricky Young and Matt Standen strikes.

It means Royston remain just one point behind the Blues, but with one game in hand over their title rivals.

Elsewhere, Berkhamsted lost for a fourth straight match as they went down to a 2-1 home defeat to Oxhey Jets. Ian Bywater and Spencer Bellotti put Oxhey into a two-goal lead either side of half time, and although Louis Rose scored in the second half, Berko were unable to salvage anything from the game.

Tring’s up and down form continued with a 3-1 home defeat to St. Margaretsbury. Athletic had taken the lead through George House’s early strike, only to come undone by two goals from Anthony Anstead and an own goal for the visitors.

 

Premier Division Roundup - 17th December 2011

Saturday 17 December 2011 - 3:54 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The Premier Division has a new leader for the first time since early October, as Royston Town were displaced by Dunstable Town this afternoon.

Royston’s form has taken something of a wobble, their 2-1 defeat at Stotfold the first time they’ve lost two on the bounce all season, whilst Dunstable made it four wins on the spin with a 2-1 victory at Hillingdon, where Craig Henney scored an 8th minute penalty for the Blues.

Only two points separate the top three, where AFC Dunstable remain in third courtesy of a 7-1 thumping of Hanwell Town who are now four points of the safety mark. Incredibly, seven different players found the net for the ODs on a day to forget for the visitors, who had taken the lead after 9 minutes and were still level 1-1 at the break.

Leverstock Green took advantage of Haringey Borough’s 2-2 home draw with Harefield United – Darrell Cox rescuing a point with a stoppage time goal – to leapfrog the Londoners into 4th spot. An uneventful first half was followed by a three-goal haul as basement side Holmer Green were defeated 3-0.

Near neighbours Berkhamsted and Tring Athletic had opposing fortunes as they swapped positions in the league, Berko going down to a 2-1 defeat at Biggleswade United, whose Stuart Richardson scored two minutes from time to secure the points, whilst Athletic won 3-1 at London Tigers.

Just below them, Aylesbury remain 9th by virtue of their defeat at Hertford Town, whose Chris Bangura scored against his old side to net his 7th in 12 games.

Colney Heath’s own ex-Duck Paul Armstrong scored the only goal of the game to net his side a 1-0 win over St. Margaretsbury, whilst, elsewhere, Hadley came from a goal down at half-time to win 2-1 at Oxhey Jets.

Finally, Broxbourne Borough secured a 4-1 win over third from bottom Hatfield Town. Chris Doyle’s second half hat-trick helped Borough on their way after Anthony Stockman’s first half goal had been cancelled out by Hatfield’s Ashley Dray.

 

Simpson's Knock-out Blow Not Enough

Saturday 17 December 2011 - 11:18 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Despite Melford Simpson's best efforts of a goal and an assist, Aylesbury's winless run was extended as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at much-improved Hertford Town.

It was at least a better performance from the Ducks, but nobody could deny battling Hertford were well deserving of their three points.

The 'curse of the ex' struck early on as former Aylesbury favourite Chris Bangura, later applauded warmly off the pitch by the travelling United contingent when substituted, scored with a cross-cum-shot which nestled in the far corner after 10 minutes.

Simpson lead Aylesbury's fight back when he bravely headed in Lewis Hallford's superb cross just a minute later, colliding with the home keeper in the process and knocking himself unconscious.

Simpson recovered to set up Ben Baines for his side's second, but that was an equaliser after Hertford had scored again to make it 2-1 at the interval when player-boss Marvin Samuels slid in.

After Baines had levelled again, chances continued to come for both sides in a wide open game, but it was Town who secured the win late on from a contentiously awarded indirect free-kick which was played to Samir Hadi who superbly curled home.

 

Haringey Match Postponed

Tuesday 13 December 2011 - 06:23 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Following a noon pitch inspection at Coles Lane, our match at Haringey Borough this evening has been postponed.

The game will now be rescheduled for a later date to be advised.

 

Pitch Inspection at Haringey

Tuesday 13 December 2011 - 04:01 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Following last night's rain, our match at Haringey Borough this evening will be subject to a pitch inspection.

This will take place at noon, and the results will be posted here as soon as they become known.

 

Premier Division Roundup - 10th December 2011

Sunday 11 December 2011 - 06:16 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eleven comments |

In Saturday’s Premier Division action, Royston Town lost their first league match since 4th October as 3rd placed AFC Dunstable inflicted a 2-1 defeat over the Crows. Craig Butler put Dunstable ahead on 62 minutes, before Kaan Fehmi looked to have saved a point for Royston with a goal in the last minute only for Moses Olalaye to secure the points two minutes into stoppage time.

Positions in the top three remain unchanged as Dunstable Town hold on to 2nd with a 5-3 win at Holmer Green, who are still rooted to the bottom. Peter Holmes, Dean Brennan and Dan Hutchins (2) had given Town a comfortable looking 4-0 lead, only for Danny Boateng to pull a goal back. Brennan got another to make it 5-1, before two further goals from Boateng made it 5-3 at the end.

After their 3-2 win on the same ground in the FA Vase, Haringey won by the same scoreline at Tring Athletic in a spookily similar game to move up to fourth place, Namquita, Cox and Benjamin scoring for Haringey, whilst Paul Jeffrey and the newly signed Che To, from neighbours Tring Corinthians, scored for Athletic.

With a 3-0 win at struggling local rivals Hanwell Town, Hillingdon Borough moved up to 6th in the table as Paul Haynes and a Jack Buckle brace secured their win.

A solitary Jamie Eames goal gave Colney Heath their third successive win with a 1-0 win at Hadley, whilst also victorious 1-0 were managerless Harefield United who beat Broxbourne Borough with a 14th minute goal by Neal Perrin.

There was a seven-goal thriller at Silver Jubilee Park where London Tigers lost out to St. Margaretsbury. Young striker Leigh Rose netted a hat-trick for the Mags, two in the first half before Tigers levelled through Tarik Ellekhlifi and Terence Cariba before half time. Rose’s third and an own goal made it 4-2 before Erhad Ponxha netted to reduce the arrears as it finished 4-3.

Biggleswade United secured a welcome 3 points with a 2-1 win at Oxhey Jets, Chris Butler scoring both their goals either side of a Spencer Bellotti leveller by Jets.

Finally, the six pointer between Hatfield Town and Hertford Town at the Gosling Sports Park went the way of Hertford 4-2. Former Aylesbury favourite Chris Bangura opened the scoring for Hertford, before Jay Welsh briefly had Hatfield level, before James Mays put the visitors ahead again just five minutes from the break. Mark Draper and another from Bangura had Hertford 4-1 up, but another from Welsh late on lowered the deficit, but it was three points for the Blues who move up to 17th as a result.

 

Stotfold Pay The Penalty

Saturday 10 December 2011 - 05:53 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

A stoppage time penalty, confidently dispatched by Daniel Jones, saved Aylesbury from another defeat and earned them a 1-1 draw at home to Stotfold.

Second best for most of the second half, the points had looked to be heading Stotfold's way until Ivaylo Dimitrov was bundled over in the area and Jones stepped up to convert.

The first half had been fairly even, Aylesbury fielding three 'new' faces in returning duo Kevin Ayodele and Craig Townsend, whilst debutant Marcus Sawyer had a promising opening 45 minutes to his United career.

Even so, Jack Sillitoe was the busier of the first half keepers, and the theme continued after the break as the visitors took control of proceedings, deservedly going ahead on the hour mark through Tom Peverall's excellent goal.

Aylesbury huffed and puffed after that without causing much threat to a well organised and resolute Stotfold defence.

But Jones' late goal rescued and arguably undeserved point and save Aylesbury's blushes, though it remains a month since the Ducks tasted victory.

Match Report

 

Ducks Add Five to Squad

Friday 09 December 2011 - 02:36 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments |

Aylesbury United have added five new faces to their squad ahead of Saturday's home match against Stotfold.

Returning to the club are defender Kevin Ayodele and midfielder Craig Townsend, alongside new signings Nicholas Airewele, Marcus Sawyer and Aaron Calvin.

Ayodele and Townsend are no strangers to the club, Ayodele re-joining for a third spell having most recently been playing at Tooting & Mitcham United, whilst Townsend has returned following a stint at Ampthill Town.

Nicholas Airewele is a 23-year old attack minded player who has been with Harrow Borough and Hillingdon Borough last season.

Marcus Sawyer is a former AFC Wimbledon player who has been with Division 1 side Cockfosters this season, scoring twice, whilst Aaron Calvin's last club was Northwood.

 

Premier Division Roundup - 3rd December 2011

Saturday 03 December 2011 - 3:30 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

On another FA Vase weekend, the league schedule was slightly reduced to nine Premier Division fixtures.

Tring Athletic took advantage of Aylesbury’s lack of action by leapfrogging the Ducks into 8th place with a 2-1 win at Stotfold. Athletic lead on the stroke of half time through Stewart King, only for Sean Herr to level for the home side 15 minutes from time, but it was Tring who took the points when Sam Mitchell netted late on.

There was a surprise win for bottom-markers Holmer Green who came out top of a seven-goal thriller at Berkhamsted where Gary Pape’s winner two minutes from time gave them a 4-3 victory. Berko had previously been winning 2-0 after just six minutes before Holmer’s rally, but, despite the result, the Bucks side still remain five points adrift of safety.

2nd placed Dunstable Town won their second game of the week, although by just the one-goal this time after their midweek 6-0 thumping of Oxhey Jets. The Blues dominated their game, but had to make do with a 1-0 result against Hadley, Nick Jackson firing the winner 10 minutes from the end.

Close behind them, town neighbours AFC Dunstable are up to 3rd by sneaking a 1-0 win at Hertford Town, James Baldry scoring the decisive goal after ten minutes. Also moving up the table are St. Margaretsbury who climbed a place to 15th by beating struggling Hanwell Town 4-2 at home.

Michalis Livesay rescued a point for Hillingdon Borough with a goal three minutes from time as the high flying London side shared the spoils with Leverstock Green, who had taken the lead through former Aylesbury striker Lewis Pritchard after 75 minutes.

Biggleswade United picked up a much needed win, their first in the league since October, by beating fellow ‘near the bottom’ outfit Harefield United 2-0 at home, Sean Murray scoring both the goals.

Elsewhere, in mid-table, Ian Cooper scored again for Colney Heath to help his side to a 2-1 home win over Hatfield Town, and Broxbourne Borough recorded a 2-0 win over London Tigers.

Congratulations to Ampthill Town who enjoyed their day at the seaside in the FA Vase 3rd Round by overcoming Lancing 3-1 after extra time. Two ex-Ducks were on the scoresheet in Danny Nicholls and Lea Coulter as the Bedfordshire team came from behind to take the glory.

In the all Premier Division clash, Royston Town were victorious at Haringey Borough 2-1 thanks to two strikes from Tom Malins. Richard Worrell pulled a late penalty goal back for Haringey, but it was too little too late for the Coles Park side.

 

January Fixtures Released

Friday 02 December 2011 - 09:14 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The SSMFL fixtures for January have now been released, with the Ducks being handed a mixed bag of games.

Two away games kick off the year, AFC Dunstable hosting United in the New Year fixtures, before travelling to strugglers Hanwell Town on the 7th.

Berkhamsted visit Bell Close the following weekend, whilst there is a second trip to the newly redeveloped Creasey Park of the month as the Ducks take on Dunstable Town 21st before ending January by entertaining London Tigers.

Full fixtures can be found on the fixtures page.