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London Tigers Match Rescheduled

Sunday 29 April 2012 - 11:12 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The postponed London Tigers match has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 1st May, kick-off 7.45pm at Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury, London (Tigers' home last season).

Should this match also fall foul of the weather, then we have provisionally booked Leighton Town's ground for Wednesday 2nd May, kick-off 7.45pm to play the fixture.


Premier Division Roundup - 28th April 2012

Saturday 28 April 2012 - 9:46 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The final day of the Premier Division season it should have been, but the weather had other ideas meaning an extension of the campaign for Hadley/Stotfold and London Tigers/Aylesbury United whose games were postponed.

Champions Royston Town won 4-2 at home to Haringey Borough in front of their season’s best crowd of 503, with league top scorer Kaan Fehmi amongst the scorers – his 32nd league goal of the season.

The Crows were 4-0 up after 51 minutes thanks to a brace from John McGrandles and a Luke Robins strike before Fehmi’s effort, only for Haringey to pull two back late on through Chris Morgan and, in stoppage time, Dean Fenton.

With Tring Athletic drawing 3-3 at home to Oxhey Jets – whose youngster Cornelius Keating scored his first senior goal for the club – Aylesbury United are guaranteed 5th spot, and could climb to 4th by virtue of Haringey’s defeat.

Dunstable Town won their final game as they came from behind to win 3-2 at home to Leverstock Green. Max Farrelly gave the visitors an early lead, three goals in ten second half minutes from Joe Bruce, Nathan Frater and a Lee Roache penalty swung the game, before Paul Insley reduced the deficit in his manager Steve Heath’s last game in charge of Leverstock.

Third-placed town neighbours, AFC Dunstable, shared a 2-2 draw at third-bottom Holmer Green, who finish the season four points clear of the relegation places. Dunstable were twice behind, goals from Gareth Williams and O’Donnell, levelled by Tony Burnett and a Wayne Mills penalty.

Hertford Town endured a second successive 5-1 to end their season in miserable fashion at Hillingdon Borough, where Lee Armitt scored a first half hat-trick.

At the bottom, Hanwell Town ensured they finished second bottom with a 4-2 home win over Biggleswade United. Sean Murray gave United a 6th minute lead, but goals from Glenn Garner, a brace from Myles Stephenson and Dean Wharman turned the game 4-1 in Hanwell’s favour, before a late consolation from Biggleswade’s Martin Wilson.

Hatfield’s disappointing season was finally put to bed with another miserable defeat, as they went down 4-1 at fellow strugglers over the campaign, Harefield United. Ben Barton and Jack Reader put Harefield 2-0 up in twenty minutes, and although Ashley Dray hit back for Hatfield, two late Keemo Maphela strikes gave the Hares a big win.

In the final two fixtures with little to play for, Broxbourne Borough and St. Margaretsbury shared six goals, with St. Mags’ Leigh Rose firing two in a 3-3 draw, whilst Berkhamsted won 3-1 at Colney Heath.


Today's Game OFF

Saturday 28 April 2012 - 09:35 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Today's fixture, away to London Tigers, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

With this being the final match of the season, we are now awaiting details from the League of when the game will be rescheduled for.


Aylesbury United Ladies End Barren Run

Monday 23 April 2012 - 11:41 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

A ray of sunshine finally shone down on the Aylesbury Ladies on Sunday, as through the rain and hail they recorded their first league victory since September.

A full match report is now available, with Bethan Harris scoring a very rare goal that turned out to be the deciding strike.

The Ladies are looking to strengthen the squad ahead of next season and anyone interested in more information can contact Andy on 07840 441855


Team of the Month Picture

Monday 23 April 2012 - 08:11 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

We have a picture from Saturday's Team of the Month Presentation, courtesy of Kevin Richards.

The pre-match award, which followed a guard of honour for Champions Royston Town, was made by League President Brian Smith.

Team of the Month Award

Additionally, there is a fantastic gallery of photos available at Kevin's picture website, which are well worth a look.


Premier Division Roundup - 21st April 2012

Saturday 21 April 2012 - 9:36 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

With the league championship and relegation issues (realistically, if not mathematically) decided the previous week, there was only pride to play for in the Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division this weekend.

Champions Royston Town went down to a 3-0 defeat at Aylesbury United, where Stacey Field scored another two goals in the first half, to take his total tally to 29 in the league this season, with Melford Simpson also on target.

Second placed team Dunstable Town were 6-3 winners at now relegated Hanwell Town. Craig Henney, Dean Brennan, Peter Holmes and Nathan Frater (2) put Dunstable 5-0 up before the hour mark, before Keith Rowlands pulled a goal back for Hanwell from the spot. Former Aylesbury winger Nick Jackson scored again for Dunstable, but further late goals from Rowlands and Liam Coles in stoppage time reduced the deficit again.

The other relegated team, Hatfield Town, had further misery heaped on them by St. Margaretsbury – as they lost 6-0 at their ‘home’ for the day at Colney Heath, where Anthony Anstead, Dave Edmee, Ricky Lght, Leigh Rose (2) and Stevie Tutalamo all found the net.

AFC Dunstable won a rollercoaster home match against Hadley 3-2. Ben Luck put the visitors ahead on the half hour mark, before goals from Gareth Harnaman and Richard Harker swung the game within ten minutes of the second half starting. Ivan Machado levelled the match, but Dunstable’s Hayden Wills struck with ten minutes remaining to secure the points.

The battle for fourth spot between Haringey and Aylesbury, and fifth between Aylesbury and Tring is still yet to be determined, as Tring won 4-1 at Haringey Borough courtesy of four second half goals from Tony Fields – two of which came from the penalty spot. Lloyd Opara had given Borough the lead on the half hour mark, also from the spot.

Aylesbury’s next opponents – London Tigers – shared the spoils with Colney Heath in a 3-3 draw. Colney were 2-0 up through two Kevin Ashwood goals, but second half efforts from Terence Cariba, Wadah Ahmidi, and Khalid Hassan saw the Tigers mount an impressive comeback, only to be denied by Jamie Eames’ 90th minute leveller.

Biggest home win of the day went to Hillingdon Borough, who made it three in a row with a 5-0 thrashing of Broxbourne Borough. Daniel Mehmet and Chris Baah both scored braces, with Adam Bunce also on target.

Stotfold also fired five, as they won 5-1 at Hertford Town. Lewis Holmes gave Stotfold the lead inside a minute, before Kojo Appenteng equalised almost immediately. Holmes went onto complete a first half hat-trick, along with a Josh Cook penalty and a Sean Herr goal after the break completing the rout.

Steve Heath, taking charge of Leverstock Green at Pancake Lane for the final time, grabbed a narrow 1-0 win over Harefield United with top scorer Lewis Pritchard scoring a 68th minute winner.

Berkhamsted won 3-1 at home to Biggleswade United, helped by two Josh Chamberlain goals, and, finally, Oxhey Jets beat Holmer Green 1-0 thanks to Ben Poulton’s goal in the 70th minute.


Champions Well Beaten by Aylesbury

Saturday 21 April 2012 - 4:01 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury produced a fine performance to beat newly crowned Champions of the league Royston Town 3-0 at Bell Close.

Two first half goals from leading scorer Stacey Field and a second half header from Melford Simpson saw off the Crows who were barely at the races.

With the league decided, Royston will cite other priorities such as two cup finals, and whilst its true they rested certain players and were without suspended top scorer Kaan Fehmi, there weren't wholesale changes to their team.

Aylesbury were simply more determined from the off, and had the ball in the net after just ten minutes when Field netted at the second attempt after awful hesitancy between keeper and defence.

He added his second following a fine move involving Simpson and Garcia, and there could have been more goals as Barnett hit the bar and Field wasted a one-on-one.

Simpson had the easy task of heading home a third from Field's pinpoint cross after the break, and although the Crows had chances Jack Sillitoe never didn't have a save to make.

Field spurned a glorious opportunity to wrap up his hat-trick, but Aylesbury will be more than happy with their result.

With Tring convincingly beating Haringey Borough elsewhere, the race for 4th place is still alive going into the final week of the season.


London Tigers Game (28th April)

Wednesday 18 April 2012 - 1:25 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

London Tigers FC have confirmed that our fixture on the 28th April will take place at Coles Park, home of Haringey Borough FC.

This is due to the continuing problems arising from vandalism of Tigers' original home at the Viking Sports Ground.


Ducks Are Team of the Month!

Monday 16 April 2012 - 6:35 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United's fine form through March has seen them rewarded with a first ever Molten South Midlands League Team of the Month honour.

The Ducks took 22 of a possible 27 points in March thanks to a record of played 9, won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1, scoring 22 goals in the process.

Presentation of the award will take place before Saturday's home match with League Champions Royston Town.

A huge well done to Tony and all the players!


Premier Division Roundup - 14th April 2012

Sunday 15 April 2012 - 08:49 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eight comments |

Congratulations to Royston Town who, by virtue of their 1-0 win at Oxhey Jets and Dunstable’s home defeat to Hillingdon Borough by the same scoreline, were crowned Champions of the Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League following Saturday’s games.

John McGrandles goal in the 55th minute sealed the Crows’ ninth successive win in the league, as they ground out the result to take them past the 100 point mark and to the title.

At the other end of the table the relegation positions are not yet mathematically settled, but with Holmer Green winning 1-0 at home to Harefield United, Hanwell Town and Hatfield Town now both need to win their two remaining games and overturn goal difference margins of 15 and 31 respectively to avoid their fate!

Both were defeated again, with third placed AFC Dunstable crushing Hatfield 6-0 with braces from Terry Billy and BJ Christie, along with further strikes from Danny Ryan and Richard Harker.

Hanwell did lead for a while at Colney Heath through an own goal in the first minute of the second half, but a Kevin Ashwood equaliser followed by Aaron Clarke’s stoppage time effort gave the home side a 2-1 win.

Elsewhere Broxbourne Borough shaded a five-goal thriller to nab their first win of April, as Junior Adeoye scored twice in a 3-2 win over fourth placed Haringey Borough. Albert Bostock opened the scoring for Broxbourne, only for Roland Namquita to level a minute later. Adeoye scored his first, but it was even again before the break when Nick Nicou scored, but Adeoye’s goal on the hour mark settled matters.

Tring Athletic kept up the pressure on Aylesbury for fifth spot by winning 2-0 at Biggleswade United with a goal in each half from Reon Thomas and a Tony Fields penalty.

Berkhamsted were also victorious on the road, as they saw off London Tigers 4-0 to make it three wins on the trot. On the scoresheet were Matt Wardle with a brace, along with Connor Calcutt and Courtney Francis late on.

Hertford Town also made it three wins in a row as they came from behind to win 3-1 at Hadley. Danny Jones gave the home side an 8th minute lead, but Hertford hit back through goals from Billy Healey, Lee Roberts and Dave Hunt to take the points.

Finally, there was a rare goalless draw in the league as Stotfold and Leverstock Green shared the points at Roker Park.


Ducks Eventually See of Saints

Saturday 14 April 2012 - 4:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury had to win this match twice after letting a comfortable lead slip before eventually taking the points 3-2 at home to St. Margaretsbury.

The Ducks had a two-goal cushion at the break courtesy of Stacey Field and Melford Simpson - both of whom nodded the ball in from close range.

St. Margaretsbury came out for the second half invigorated, and they quickly halved United's deficit courtesy of Adam Lawton's curler, before equalising through a Leigh Rose header on the hour mark.

The Ducks managed to raise their game again though, and there was late drama when keeper Ashley Harris saved Daniel Jones' penalty.

Aylesbury weren't done though and less than five minutes later they did find the net, Field scoring again after being played in by Simpson to secure the win.


Premier Division Roundup - 7th April 2012

Saturday 07 April 2012 - 9:05 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Royston Town took another step towards the title this afternoon as their gap was extended to five points at the top of the table due to Dunstable Town faltering at Hadley.

The Crows saw off relegation threatened Hanwell Town 2-1 with the help of first half goals from Carl Edwards and Luke Robins, whereas their nearest challengers Dunstable could only manage a goalless draw in their game.

Hanwell, along with Hatfield Town - defeated 4-2 at Hertford Town – are now both 3 points adrift in the relegation zone as Holmer Green took a big step towards safety by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Broxbourne Borough.

Dan Broom gave Borough the lead in the first minute of the second half, but goals from Gareth Williams and Gary Pape gave the away side a precious win.

Hertford’s win over Hatfield was a dramatic affair, Dave Hunt giving the home side a two-goal advantage, before Hatfield drew level gain through Ashley Dray and Terry Caswell either side of the break.

Billy Healy and Hunt completing his hat-trick twelve minutes from time secured the win to ensure Hertford’s Premier Division status remains intact for another season.

Also safe from the drop are Biggleswade United, whose Ade Yusuff netted a hat-trick (two penalties) in a 4-2 home win over Oxhey Jets. Chris Butler was the other scorer for United, whilst Alexis Bernal and Lewis Putnam netted for Jets.

Harefield United dropped a place to 19th due to their 1-2 home defeat to London Tigers. Khalid Hassan gave Tigers the lead, before Charlie Crane levelled on the stroke of half time for the Hares, but Artiomas Barinovas netted the winner half an hour from the end.

Back at the other end of the table, after two defeats third placed AFC Dunstable were back to winning ways by beating Colney Heath courtesy of Gareth Harnaman’s 40th minute strike.

Aylesbury’s defeat meant Tring Athletic were able to close the gap to 5th place back to just 3 points. They beat Stotfold 1-0 at home with Connor Waite’s 46th minute goal proving decisive.

Leverstock Green – who announced that manager Steve Heath will be leaving at the end of the season – appear to be in freefall and now occupy 10th in the league after their latest defeat, losing 3-1 at near neighbours Berkhamsted.

Matt Wardle put Berko ahead, only for recent signing James Bent to equalise just three minutes later. In the second half a Frankie Jowle penalty and another from Wardle four minutes later gave the Comrades the win.

Finally, in the mid table, Hillingdon Borough moved up to 12th with a 1-0 win at St. Margaretsbury, where Adem Salih’s 18th minute own goal was the solitary effort.


Haringey Take Home Narrow Win

Saturday 07 April 2012 - 6:05 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

A goal from Christopher Morgan fifteen minutes from time secured the battle between 4th and 5th placed sides Haringey Borough and Aylesbury United.

Whilst the goal came against the run of play on a counter attack, the result went the way of the better team of the afternoon and 4th place now looks out of United's realistic reach with only three games remaining.

A fairly uneventful first half passed with few chances, although Haringey had a few decent openings and Jack Sillitoe made one notable save.

After the break United gradually improved, but their good work was undone as the visitors took the lead.

Aylesbury struggled to make any further impact on the match, although they nearly scored in stoppage time when Mulholland nearly turned home a corner kick, but it finished 1-0 to Haringey.

Match report


21CD Committee Update

Tuesday 03 April 2012 - 10:31 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

At a recent 21CD committee meeting it was recognised that it had been some time since the last update was sent out to members.

As most members of 21CD visit the AUFC website or Message Board, it was decided to publish a summary of committee meetings on the AUFC website so that members of 21CD and AUFC fans in general can be kept informed of the workings of 21CD.

It is hoped that by publishing this information, 21CD would appear more open to its members, and hopefully more supporters may be encouraged to become members of 21CD.


Read full article (PDF format)

21st Century Ducks are always looking for new members, and the new 2012/2013 membership form is now available.


Ducks Well Beaten at Harefield

Tuesday 03 April 2012 - 08:02 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Fourteen comments |

The old 'no easy games in football' adage came out to bite Aylesbury as lowly Harefield completed the double over the Ducks with a 3-0 win at Preston Park.

Harefield have had little to celebrate at home of late, with five home defeats prior to this game but they were superior in most departments and deserved their win which virtually secures Premier Division football for another season.

A goalless first half saw the home side have the better of the chances, but any hopes of an improvement by Aylesbury were soon ended when Gary Gehman scored nine minutes after the break.

After that Harefield - who had only netted three times in their previous ten games - visibly grew in confidence in front of goal and added a second through substitute Jack Reader as United were caught on the break.

A third followed from Shane Ely late on to condemn Aylesbury's misery and the fantastic form of March suddenly seems a distant memory after such a harrowing result.

Match report