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Hertford Match Report and Pictures

Tuesday 30 April 2013 - 10:11 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Ian Pluck's match report and Mike Snell's pictures from Saturday's game at Hertford are now online.

Click here: Hertford Town match report/pictures

 

Ducks Secure Runners Up Spot

Sunday 28 April 2013 - 10:42 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

The Ducks travelled to Goff’s Lane, to take on Hertford Town in their last league game of the season. After Oxhey’s defeat by Haringey on Thursday, the team knew their destiny was in their own hands, with just a point needed to secure second place and the high likelihood of promotion back to step 4 of the non-league pyramid. A large contingent of fans made the journey round the M25 with the hope and expectation that the club’s season long unbeaten away record (and new club record 27 game run) would be extended by the one game needed to secure the ultimate goal for the season.

However, Hertford failed to read the script and proved to be worthy opposition on the day. The Ducks started the game in bright fashion and took a deserved lead in the 10th minute when Stacey Field scored his 44th of the season following great work by strike partner Louis Austin. Hertford replied straight from the kick off and scored the equalise less than a minute later when Albert Adu beat 3 defenders on the edge of the box and fired past Sillitoe. Worse was to come 10 minutes later, a cross from the left was misjudged by Sillitoe in the swirling wind, is punch falling nicely for Mark Summers to volley in from 12 yards.

With news that Oxhey were trailing at half time, spirits were raised on the sidelines, with the fans hoping to see Aylesbury turn the match round and take the point they needed. It wasn’t to be the case unfortunately as the home side soaked up the pressure and played well on the break. With better finishing they could have extended their lead a few times, as the Ducks pressed forward in search of an equaliser. In truth, Aylesbury had their share of chances, but the conditions and a bobbly pitch made it difficult to apply the finishing touch. In the 79th minute, Malachi Brissett outpaced an undermanned defence and shot across keeper Sillitoe into the far corner of the net. It was to be the last meaningful attack of the match and brought to a rather sorry end to a very good league campaign.

At the final whistle, the players were all down on their haunches, with thoughts of what might have been. The fans tried their best to raise their spirits, applauding them from the pitch. After an agonising 10 minutes trying to track down the Oxhey score, suddenly a roar erupted amongst the fans, news had filtered through that our rivals had failed to beat Hadley, second place was ours. Cue scenes of wild celebration as the players emerged from the dressing room to celebrate with the Ducks faithful.

In the space of 10 minutes, emotions had gone from rock bottom to high as a kite as the reality of what had happened sunk in. While the final verdict from the FA on which clubs will be offered the extra promotion slots is still some time away, no one can deny what the team have managed this season. They have deserved this second place, and promotion would be a just reward. One final game awaits, the League Cup Final at Berkhamsted on Wednesday evening, and the chance to finally win some silverware.

 

21CD Meeting Summary

Wednesday 24 April 2013 - 3:44 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | 191 comments |

21CD Committee Meeting - 18th April 2013.

21CD held their latest Committee meeting on Thursday 18th April. Below is a brief summary of the discussions that took place.

Ron Syratt began the meeting by reading a Press Release by the football club regarding the Bucks & Berks Trophy; the full statement is available on the club website. The 21CD committee expressed their disappointment, and expressed a hope that the rules might be clarified for future years; 3 out of 4 semi-finalists falling foul of the regulations suggests the problem lies with the wording of the rules rather than a deliberate attempt by any club to gain an advantage. The club secretary is extremely conscientious in his duties, for him not to have spotted the potential for disqualification suggests again that the problem lies with the wording of the regulations.

The agreement for the groundshare at Leighton Town has been signed for next season, on the same terms as this season.

Ron Syratt and Alan Sherwell both attended a meeting at the Waterside Theatre recently to discuss the merger with Aylesbury Town FC. While this was mainly just an opportunity to meet the counterparts from ATFC, it was a good meeting and is expected to be the first of many as the merger progresses into next season.

Due to circumstances beyond the committee’s control, the date of the presentation evening has been changed to 3rd May. The committee apologises for this late change and hopes that it will not inconvenience or prevent anyone from attending. Following what has been a fantastically successful season, it is our chance to thank the playing staff and management for all for their efforts during the season, and it is hoped as many supporters as possible will be able to be there. The evening will follow the same format for the successful evening last year. There will be a 3 course meal, followed by speeches and the presentation of the awards. There will also be a raffle on the night. Cost will be £25 per head. The menu is as follows:

Rainbow Trout, Tian of Mediterranean Vegetables, or French Onion Soup

Plaice Meuniere, Steak & Onion Pudding or Coq Au Vin

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Strawberry Vacherin or Cherry Clafoutis

The closing date for taking bookings is Mon 29th April. Anyone who still requires a ticket is asked to see either Brian Metcalfe or Ian Pluck at the last league match of the season at Hertford Town on Saturday, or email Ian at ian.pluck@ntlworld.com as soon as possible.

Finally, Ian Pluck informed the committee that the latest member of 21CD is a gentleman who lives in Boulder Colorado, USA. Dennis Hill joined 21CD a couple of weeks ago, and when asked what his interest in supporting Aylesbury United was, he replied that from an early age he was interested in football and was coached in America by British coaches. He visited the UK a little while back and went to see Fulham play, but rather than follow a Premier League team, he decided he would prefer to support a team lower down the pyramid that could benefit more from the support he could offer. Why Aylesbury United? He explained that he had come across our excellent website and message board and felt that the more he has read about the club, the more he wanted to support them. He hopes to visit the UK soon, and will make a point of coming to see the Ducks play. We look forward to welcoming Dennis when he next comes to the UK.

 

Cup Final Coach

Monday 22 April 2013 - 06:59 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United will be running a coach to the Premier Division Cup Final at Berkhamsted FC.

The Premier Division Cup final vs Hadley FC takes place on Wednesday 1st May 2013, kick off 7.45pm.

A coach has been arranged, picking up from the White Hart in Exchange Street, Aylesbury, at 6.15pm.

The cost is £8 and booking is preferable, although you will be able to turn up and pay on the day.

To book a seat please contact Chris Penny on 07545 093308 or email info@aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk and leave your name and a contact number.

 

Ducks Raise £300 For Help Alex

Sunday 21 April 2013 - 8:40 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United held a collection at the London Colney home game for Alex Novakovic.

Aylesbury lad Alex's family urgently need to raise £225,000 to send him to America for pioneering surgery on a rare form of brain tumour.

The bucket collection raised £198.41 which will be rounded up to £200, whilst the additional club's share of raffle and a further donation making the total £300.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

You can read more about Alex at the Bucks Herald's website here: http://t.co/EN3a3zuIgv or at alexandersfund.net

 

The Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy - A Statement

Sunday 21 April 2013 - 09:27 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United are to become the third team disqualified from this season's competition after falling foul of the player eligibility rules.

We can confirm that Daniel Jones played for us in the B&B Senior Trophy semi-final game against Ascot United. Both we and the player were unaware that his participation in a FA Trophy match for Aylesbury FC on 15/09/2012 made him ineligible for this tie.

The B&B now have in their possession the 'match' team sheet, which confirms he did play for Aylesbury FC v Grays Athletic.

Therefore our case is being reviewed by the Berks & Bucks Cups competitions committee. We will be disqualified and fined.

In mitigation:

1. Liam Smyth registered with us on the 22nd February and as we were aware that he had played for Newport Pagnell in the B&B Senior Trophy he was not included in the squad for the Ascot game, although he did play in the four games preceding that fixture and has played every game since then.

This demonstrates that the Daniel Jones issue was an administrative error and not a deliberate attempt to flout the rules.

2. If the purpose of the FA trophy rule is to stop clubs signing senior players to give them a competitive advantage, Daniel has been a regular team member playing 20 games this season. Daniel was also an established member of our team last season playing 46 times.

He briefly joined Aylesbury FC at the beginning of the season playing just seven times for them. We believe this shows that he wasn't signed to provide a competitive advantage in the B&B Senior Trophy.

The fact that three of the four semi finalists have now been disqualified suggests the rule needs looking at.

No one is saying (and we are sure that no-one believes) that any of these clubs were cheating or otherwise seeking to gain unfair advantage.

This level of technical breach and consequent expulsions is in danger of bringing the competition into disrepute. In the circumstances, we believe that the B&B should review those rules.

Failing that, as a minimum, they should review how they publicise the rules to clubs, managers and players.

However, we accept that the final responsibility lies with individual clubs but a system that results in 3 out of 4 semi-finalists defaulting cannot be said to be working.

 

Perfect Afternoon in Race for 2nd

Saturday 20 April 2013 - 5:03 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments | Used tags: , , , , , , , ,

Aylesbury United took maximum points with a 3-1 win over London Colney, whilst chief rivals for runners up spot Oxhey Jets were beaten 3-2 at Ampthill Town.

The Ducks made a flying start with yet another goal inside the first ten minutes, the alert Stacey Field running on to Ben Butler's miss hit to slot home.

London Colney proved to be a tough outfit, as they did in the last meeting between the sides, but Aylesbury still had the better first half chances and were unlucky to only hold a one-goal advantage at half time.

For the second Saturday home game in a row, the crowd topped the 200 mark and they were in good cheer when Paul Edgeworth rammed home a penalty early in the second half, after a foul that saw a Colney player sent off.

The ten men proved easier to break down and Field added his second with a precise finish to well and truly kill the game off.

Still the visitors refused to go quietly, and their most dangerous man, Matt Newman, pulled back a consolation goal his performance deserved.

There was never any threat of a comeback though, and with Jets defeated at Ampthill, sets up a very interesting last week of the Premier Division season.

Our full match report is now available.

 

Ducks Are SSMFL Team of the Month

Saturday 20 April 2013 - 07:52 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury United have been awarded Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Team of the Month for March.

The team are currently on a 26 match unbeaten run in all competitions, are fighting for 2nd place in the league and have reached the Premier Division Cup Final.

Congratulations to all the players and management team!

 

Presentation Evening Date Changed

Friday 19 April 2013 - 1:25 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Due to circumstances beyond the club's control, the date of the End of Season Presentation has changed.

The new date is: Friday 3rd May.

All other details remain the same, as per the original article:

The End of Season Presentations will once again take place in the Harding Restaurant at Aylesbury College this year, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

The format for the evening will be a three course sit down meal (please see this menu for menu choices), followed by the presentations.

Cost of the function will be £25 per person. Ticket numbers are strictly limited, so to ensure your attendance at what promises to be a fine evening see Ian Pluck, Brian Metcalf or Ron Syratt. Alternatively email to ian.pluck@ntlworld.com, to book tickets.

The supporters player of the year poll will take place at the last home match of the season, against London Colney on Saturday 20th April.

To allow us to finalise numbers with the Restaurant, the final date for bookings will have to be Saturday 27th April (last match of the season, away to Hertford Town).

 

Saturday 20th April

Tuesday 16 April 2013 - 07:40 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Fourteen comments |

A reminder of all the goings on at Bell Close this Saturday, 20th April.

- Last home game of the season

The Ducks entertain London Colney in their final home Spartan South Midlands League game of the season.

Still gunning for second place, Aylesbury need to take maximum points if they are to realise their ambitions.

All support is welcomed - lets see if we can better the superb crowd of 223 from earlier in April.

- Vote for Supporters Player of the Season

The competition looks tougher than ever with any number of players surely in the running.

The secret ballot of supporters will take place at Saturday's game, so make sure you cast your vote.

- On Pitch Entertainment from Aylesbury United Juniors (Aylesbury Town)

Aylesbury United Juniors (Aylesbury Town) under 9s and under 10s will be playing mini matches before the game and at half time.

These were hugely popular with supporters last time out - can you pick out the Ducks stars of the future?

- 21CD Quiz Night

After the match (starting at approximately 5.45pm), the second 21CD Quiz Night will take place.

Open the everybody, entry costs £5 per person in teams of up to six, drinks will be available on the night whilst the teabar will be providing food.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Bell Close on Saturday!

 

Aylesbury Rout in the Rain

Saturday 13 April 2013 - 6:03 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Ruthless Aylesbury scored three goals in six second half minutes to help them to a 6-2 win at London Tigers.

Having twice taken the lead, through Joey Acheampong and Paul Edgeworth, Aylesbury twice gifted their hosts equalisers as half time arrived with the sides level at 2-2.

Eight minutes after the restart Edgeworth scored from the spot, then added another penalty five minutes later for his hat-trick to give United a commanding 4-2 lead.

Austin completed Aylesbury's quickfiring just before the hour mark, and Stacey Field added the sixth later on.

Tigers fell away badly and lost their discipline, eventually down to nine men following Atour's earlier dismissal conceding a penalty and then a red card for Manuel in an incident that also saw Aylesbury's Liam Smyth sent off.

It was the only sour note from a good afternoon's work from the Ducks which sees another game added to the long unbeaten run.

Our full match report is now available.

 

London Tigers: Game ON

Saturday 13 April 2013 - 10:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Today's game at London Tigers has passed a morning pitch inspection, so will definitely go ahead.

However, due to the recent rainfall and wet conditions around the ground, supporters are advised to take wellies!

 

Pitch Inspection at London Tigers

Friday 12 April 2013 - 9:07 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Following the showery weather, a pitch inspection will be held prior to tomorrow's game at London Tigers.

This will take place at around 10.30am, and the results will be posted here as soon as known.

London Tigers have advised that chances of game going ahead are currently rated as 50/50.

 

Third Away Draw for the Ducks

Thursday 11 April 2013 - 08:13 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury made it 25 matches unbeaten with a third successive 1-1 draw on the road, at Hanwell Town.

The first half wasn't the greatest spectacle, but Aylesbury edged it courtesy of Steve Hatch's 26th minute goal.

Hanwell raised their game after the break and their front pairing of Healey and Taravov were a regular threat.

It was winger Kyle Watson who found the equaliser however when his 70th minute shot bounced off the turf past Sillitoe.

Both sided had further chances right up until the end when substitute Ben Hill's last minute free kick dipped just over the bar.

Once again, the Ducks looked dead on their feet by the end of the game and came under heavy pressure at times, but held on for a hard earned point.

The full match report is now available.

 

Ducks Held To Frustrating Draw

Tuesday 09 April 2013 - 08:17 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

A goal in the first minute from Louis Austin wasn't enough for Aylesbury as they were pegged back in the second half and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Our full match report is now available.

 

Aylesbury United End Of Season Presentation Dinner

Tuesday 09 April 2013 - 07:37 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The End of Season Presentations will once again take place in the Harding Restaurant at Aylesbury College this year, on Friday 10th May 2013, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

The format for the evening will be a three course sit down meal (please see this menu for menu choices), followed by the presentations.

Cost of the function will be £25 per person. Ticket numbers are strictly limited, so to ensure your attendance at what promises to be a fine evening see Ian Pluck, Brian Metcalf or Ron Syratt. Alternatively email to ian.pluck@ntlworld.com, to book tickets.

The supporters player of the year poll will take place at the last home match of the season, against London Colney on Saturday 20th April.

 

Jets Blown Away

Saturday 06 April 2013 - 6:18 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Roared on by a season's best crowd, Aylesbury beat their main rivals for second place, Oxhey Jets, 3-0 at Bell Close this afternoon.

Two goals in the first ten minutes blew the visitors away, with strikers Louis Austin, on three minutes, and Stacey Field, on nine, both hitting the target.

The afternoon took an even better turn when 67-goal Oxhey striker Lewis Putman was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge, leaving his side to play 50 minutes with ten men.

Unsurprisingly, the second half was very one-sided, but only yielded one further goal with Zac Reynolds scoring a beauty midway through.

Jets continued to play some nice football but without the presence of their main man up front couldn't make a breakthrough, and Jack Sillitoe was largely untroubled in goal.

It was an excellent afternoon for the Ducks, and most of the bumper 223 crowd went home happy.

Full match report is now available.

 

Resounding Win For the Ducks

Wednesday 03 April 2013 - 08:01 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

After their Bank Holiday draw, Aylesbury returned to winning ways with a resounding 3-0 victory against Haringey Borough.

Paul Edgeworth got the ball rolling with a 10th minute goal, firing home after Borough failed to 'play to the whistle' as the referee correctly overruled his assistant.

Stacey Field doubled the lead before half time, firing home amongst defensive uncertainty.

The match had started late after traffic problems had meant the visitors arrival was delayed, and after lengthy injury stoppages it was 22:10 before proceedings ended.

Ben Butler rounded the night off with a well taken penalty after a handball in the box to make the final score 3-0.

Full match report is now available.

 

Aylesbury to Face Hadley in Final

Tuesday 02 April 2013 - 9:31 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United will face Hadley in the Premier Division Cup final, after they were victorious in this evening's semi final.

Hadley clinched a dramatic 6-5 win on penalties having drawn 1-1 at Tring Athletic, with Selmet Karagozlu scoring the decisive spot kick.

Having been involved in two thrillers against Hadley already this season - winning 6-4 and 4-3 - the Cup Final is a mouthwatering prospect.

The game will take place at Berkhamsted FC on Wednesday 1st May.

 

Ducks Held by Hares

Monday 01 April 2013 - 6:09 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Twelve comments |

Aylesbury were held to a 1-1 draw at Harefield United after a poor quality game at Preston Park.

After an uninspiring first half, the Ducks finally broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart when a combination of Ben Baines and Ben Butler turned home Stacey Field.

Aylesbury went on to have a number of good chances and on another day would have racked up a healthy lead.

But a moment of sloppy defending allowed the hosts to equalise through substitute Lee McManus.

The Ducks tried hard to find a winner, but, as for much of the game, struggled for a cutting edge in attack and as a result had to settle for the draw.

The full match report is now available.