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Late Goal Denies Ducks

Tuesday 31 July 2012 - 07:53 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

After a tremendous display, Aylesbury were cruelly denied a deserved draw by a late winner from their professional opponents, as a Queens Park Rangers XI won 3-2 at Bell Close.

The visitors consisted largely of under-18 players and they showed off their footballing ability and duly took the lead after ten minutes when a long shot took a wicked deflection off Jack Wood to leave Jack Sillitoe wrong-footed.

Aylesbury weren't to be outdone though and more than matched their opponents, and deservedly fought level with a brilliant equaliser - Warren Garcia and Lee Bircham linking up down the right with the latter delivering a telling ball which was met by the diving Stacey Field.

After the break it continued to be even but it was the Ducks who turned the game around when Steve Hatch bundled in from close range after Field's ball into the box had been headed back across goal by Paul Edgeworth.

The game was disrupted by multiple substitutions from that point in and neither side could find much in the way of flowing football.

But it was Rs who went on to score next, from the penalty spot.

A draw would have been a fair result, but the visitors had other ideas, and in stoppage time they netted a winner to leave the final score 3-2.

The result shouldn't take anything away from Aylesbury's fully committed and excellent performance against a very youthful team who made plenty of running all night.


Subs (all used): Craig PRESTON, Michael KORPALA, Tom BARNETT, Russell CLARK, Joe DONALDSON, Craig TOWNSEND


Kempston Gunned Down by Sharp Shooting Ducks

Saturday 28 July 2012 - 07:52 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Nine comments |

Aylesbury bagged another pre-season win in their toughest test yet with a 4-2 result at AFC Kempston Rovers.

Paul Edgeworth made it three goals in three games as he gave the Ducks a 23rd minute lead, profiting from good work and a precise through ball by Ian Cooper.

But United got sloppy and conceded two poor goals - the first seven minutes later when the ball landed at the feet of Kempston's left back who had all the time in the world to steer it past Jack Sillitoe.

Kempston went on to dominate proceedings and Aylesbury were indebted to Sillitoe for a number of very good saves throughout the match keeping the hosts at bay.

The United Counties side went ahead on 33 minutes when Aylesbury went to sleep at a short corner, and the ball was crossed and headed in at the near post.

Despite the battering they received, Aylesbury still reached the interval level when Jack Wood bundled in Michael Korpala's corner from close range in first half stoppage time.

With their large squad to choose from, the Ducks made wholesale changes after the break, and added two further goals to their tally.

First, Joey Acheampong was hauled to the ground giving Ian Cooper chance to score from the penalty spot.

Then, Stacey Field scored with a typically excellent finish to make it 4-2 in United's favour.

Kempston weren't dead and buried and there was still time for Sillitoe to be called upon on a number of occasions, but the defence wasn't breached again and Aylesbury took the win.

Whilst results aren't hugely important during pre-season, United are looking strong and can go into Tuesday night's game against Queens Park Rangers full of confidence.

Aylesbury team: Jack SILLITOE, Lee BIRCHAM, Mih PATEL, Jack WOOD, Craig PRESTON, Steve HATCH, Warren GARCIA, Michael KORPALA, Ian COOPER, Stacey FIELD, Paul EDGEWORTH



Goal-den Goal Relaunched for 2012/13

Wednesday 25 July 2012 - 07:41 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Goal-den Goal, in association with Aylesbury United, returns for its fourth year after three fantastic seasons so far. We are once again seeking entries into the competition, which will run throughout the forthcoming 2012/13 season.

The format is simple:

We are looking to 'sell' every minute of every league game throughout the season. The first goal in any AUFC 1st team league game, scored by United or their opponents, will result in a payout of £22.50 per game to the winning sponsor.

What we are looking for:

We are looking to 'sell' every minute of every league game throughout the season. The first goal in any AUFC 1st team league game, scored by United or their opponents, will result in a payout of £22.50 per game to the winning sponsor.

Once we have 91 confirmed entries (0-0 draw is also included!), minutes will be allocated via a draw and each entry will be notified as to their minute for the season.

To join in the fun and enter the competition, simply download the form [click here] and return to the address shown.

Many thanks in advance for supporting your local club.


Winslow Well Beaten

Tuesday 24 July 2012 - 07:51 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Aylesbury resumed their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win at Winslow United which was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

The Ducks scored two in each half to inflict a second successive big friendly defeat over their local rivals in the balmy evening sunshine.

Joey Acheampong opened the scoring with a 27th minute goal, before new signing Ian Cooper found the net just two minutes later.

The one-way traffic continued into the second half, where Cooper added another from the penalty spot, before Paul Edgeworth fired home twelve minutes from the end.

Division One side Winslow, a club almost nothing has remained constant for during the summer, tried hard but ultimately only had one late and wayward shot at goal to speak of.

Aylesbury on the other hand played some excellent football at times and took their goals very well, a factor which had been missing at Tring Corinthians.

Ducks team: Jack Sillitoe, Lee Bircham, Steve Hatch, Jack Wood, John Mulholland, Craig Preston, Ben Baines, Warren Garcia, Joey Acheampong, Ian Cooper, Paul Edgeworth

Subs used: Craig Townsend, Michael Korpala, Sam Slatter, Joe Donaldson, Mih Patel. Not used: Russell Clark (injured)


Ducks Visit Winslow Tonight

Tuesday 24 July 2012 - 07:39 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United travel to Winslow United for the third time in three years, looking to really kick-start their campaign after the disappointment of late cancellation by Wellingborough Town.

The Ducks made something of a stuttering start as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tring Corinthians ten days ago, Paul Edgeworth scoring with a fortuitously deflected effort, only for Ben Gomm to equalise moments later for Simon Lacey’s side.

There were positive flashes from Aylesbury’s new faces and they should be joined in the squad this evening by others such as Lee Bircham and Steve Hatch as Tony Joyce continues to run the rule over his players.

Winslow have had a very eventful summer. Having been dubbed promotion favourites, they endured something of a disappointing campaign in the Spartan South Midlands Division 2 last time out and eventually finished seventh.

Since then, manager Damian Wiffin defected to Buckingham Athletic, before the Elmfields Gate side appointed last season’s Buckingham Town manager – Kit Bamber – only to renege on that decision and replace him with Perry Mercer (father of former United defender Hateley).

On top of all that, the league committee made the decision at the AGM to promote Winslow to Division One to make up a shortfall in numbers.

Two seasons ago Winslow inflicted a shock 1-0 defeat on Aylesbury, but last season were handed a 5-0 thrashing thanks to a hat-trick by in-form Stacey Field and a brace by Paul Edgeworth.

Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm.


Wellingborough Friendly Cancelled

Friday 20 July 2012 - 5:30 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Tomorrows game against Wellingborough has unfortunately been cancelled.

Wellingborough had their first pre-season game last night and now find themselves with eight players injured meaning they are unable to field a team.

Next friendly is on Tuesday night.


Stalemate in Opener

Saturday 14 July 2012 - 07:50 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United's 2012-13 pre-season campaign began with a 1-1 draw at Division 2 side Tring Corinthians.

A very competitive match proved a good workout for the Ducks, but there were definite signs of rustiness after the summer break - especially in front of goal.

The first period was evenly matched, before speculative effort from Paul Edgeworth took a huge deflection to end up looping into the top corner for the opener after 63 minutes.

United lost their concentration and conceded almost immediately however, when Ben Gomm swept the ball home to round of a well fashioned Tring goal.

Aylesbury spent large periods camped in the Corries' half as the match wore on, yet nearly got caught on the break several times as both teams had chances to win the game, but it ended all square.


Subs used: Mih PATEL, Russell CLARK

Subs not used: Jack WOOD, Tony JOYCE


Pre-Season Campaign Kicks-off at Corries

Friday 13 July 2012 - 07:34 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Aylesbury kick-off their 2012/13 pre-season campaign at Icknield Way, home of Spartan South Midlands Division Two side Tring Corinthians, familiar ground for some Ducks supporters as it was also first destination for friendly action just three years earlier.

On that occasion, the ground hosted Aylesbury United vs Hayes & Yeading United, with Martin Stone’s newly assembled squad largely outclassed in a 3-0 defeat. The Ducks will be hoping the scoreline is closer to the 4-1 defeat inflicted on the Corries last season in what was the side’s only meeting to date.

The Challenge Trophy tie was an eventually comfortable win for Aylesbury, with winger Lewis Hallford terrorising the Corries late on, helping set up a brace for Paul Edgeworth and goals by Joey Acheampong and Ben Baines.

Tring are back under the management of Simon Lacey – lifelong Ducks fan who was famously thrust into the managerial hotseat in the Christmas period of 2003 after the departure of Kevin Wilson having been reserve team boss at the time.

Returning after a five-year break, Lacey guided Corries into the Spartan South Midlands League in 2005 during his first spell in charge and they have remained in Division 2 ever since.

Their side on Saturday may well feature popular ex-Ducks in the shape of veteran Mick Swaysland, and diminutive striker Danny Gray, along with former United youth/reserve players Ross Gregory, Dave Cross and Darren Miles.

Aylesbury, meanwhile, have had a busy summer and their side could include some of the new signings announced earlier in the month, with several triallists also training with the club in recent weeks.

Kick-off at Tring Corinthians is at 3pm.


Opening League Fixtures Revealed

Thursday 12 July 2012 - 07:52 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United will face Stotfold in their first league match of the new season it has been revealed after August fixtures were released last night.

As long as there are no FA Cup replays, the game will take place on Wednesday 15th August at Bell Close.

After that follows a trip to Hillingdon Borough, and Buckinghamshire neighbours Holmer Green, before what is becoming a customary early-season clash with Dunstable Town.

The fixtures page has been updated with the schedule.


FA Competitions Drawn

Friday 06 July 2012 - 11:34 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury will face Enfield 1893 in the season opening FA Cup tie after the FA competition draws were announced today.

Enfield are a familiar name to Ducks' supporters after many years of rivalry in the Isthmian League and previous cup contests.

The current guise (1893) were formed only as recently as 2007 after the previous Enfield FC ceased to exist following a tumultuous period during which Enfield Town were formed as a breakaway club.

Aylesbury vs Enfield 1893 will be played on Saturday 11th August at Bell Close.

If the Ducks are victorious further familiar names await them in the form of Northwood FC (home) in the Preliminary Round, and then the mouthwatering prospect of old foes Chesham United (away) in the 1st Qualifying Round.

Meanwhile, in the FA Vase, United's top 4 finish last season means a bye until the First Round proper.

Our opponents will then be either Kidlington or Bracknell Town at home on 13th October.


Hatfield Town Reprieved

Thursday 05 July 2012 - 12:05 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Hatfield Town have been reprieved from relegation from the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division it has been confirmed today.

The Blues finished bottom of the league last season, but following an emergency meeting of league committee on Tuesday evening will retain their place at the expense of Broxbourne Borough.

Broxbourne have indicated plans to reform as a 'members club' for the forthcoming season, therefore having to forfeit their league place.

More details courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Times.


Ducks Team Up With Leighton to Support KidAid

Thursday 05 July 2012 - 07:28 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United have teamed up with landlords Leighton Town to donate old kits to charity KitAid.

The two clubs kindly gave all their old kit to Lealands High School in Luton so that it could sent with by the Lealands students to Africa.

KitAid showed the students a video of where the football kit would end up; for many of the children the donated shirt would double their entire wardrobe.

There were approximately 250 shirts, numerous shorts, socks, boots and shinpads in the collection.

With more kit still required, Leighton Town are appealing for anybody who has clean unwanted kit at home please bring it along and hand it in at the bar as we will send another collection off as soon as we can.

For more information about the charity, please see the KitAid website.

Lealands students pictured with the donated Aylesbury United and Leighton Town kits



Four Stellar Signings for Ducks

Sunday 01 July 2012 - 7:21 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

Four high quality new players have put pen to paper for Aylesbury United ahead of the new season.

First is talismanic Colney Heath striker Ian Cooper, who scored well over 100 goals during his three seasons with the Hertfordshire side.

Formerly with Boreham Wood, Cooper scored 38 times last season - including a hat-trick against the Ducks when the sides met at Bell Close in October.

Also signing for United are a trio of defenders from Leverstock Green's successful side - their captain Lee Bircham, young Steve Hatch, and Craig Preston.

Bircham is a right-back previously of Beaconsfield SYCOB, Ruislip Manor, Fisher Athletic, Greenwich Borough, who joined.

He joined Leverstock in summer 2009 from Kings Langley, going on to make 158 appearances in three seasons.

Hatch is described as a promising young talent who progressed through the Levy youth team, making his debut in 2010 and playing 80 games in total for the Pancake Lane outfit.

Finally, Craig Preston established himself as a key player having also joined from Kings Langley, and passed the 100-match mark for the Green last season.

We welcome all four new faces to the club.

So far nine of last season's squad have signed on for the new season. They are:

Jack Wood
John Mulholland
Ben Baines
Paul Edgeworth
Warren Garcia
Joey Acheampong
Sam Slatter
Tony Joyce
Russell Clark

Additionally, Jack Sillitoe and Stacey Field are expected to sign in the next few days having indicated their intentions to do so.