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Ducks and Rovers All Square

Saturday 30 November 2013 - 6:02 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury United and league leaders Barton Rovers couldn't be separated at Bell Close this afternoon as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead ten minutes after the break when Luke Knight struck a superb long shot after a corner kick.

The Ducks battled hard throughout though and were worthy of their equaliser twenty minutes later, Stacey Field scoring with a delightful lob to level proceedings.

Barton piled on the pressure in the closing stages but United's defence with Bill Morgan - returning to the lineup after injury - superb alongside the ever-reliable Jack Wood holding firm.

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Red Insure Cup Draw

Friday 29 November 2013 - 08:39 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury face another tough task in the Red Insure Cup after the 3rd Round (last 16) draw pitted United away at Royston Town.

The fixture will be played on Tuesday 7th January, kick off 7.45pm.

Royston, who beat the Ducks 1-0 in September at Bell Close with a last minute goal, are currently managerless following the departure of Paul Attfield.

Full Red Insure Cup 3rd Round draw:

Beaconsfield SYCOB vs Godalming Town
Burnham vs Slough Town
Cirencester Town vs Hungerford Town
Dunstable Town vs St. Neots Town
Kettering Town vs Redditch United
Merthyr Town vs Yate Town
Royston Town vs Aylesbury United
Weymouth vs Tiverton Town

 

Barton Match Preview

Thursday 28 November 2013 - 11:28 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

After going down to a 3-1 defeat against second placed Dunstable Town last weekend, Aylesbury face league leaders Barton Rovers this Saturday at Bell Close. Our match preview is available now.

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Youth & Mini Teams Roundup

Wednesday 27 November 2013 - 2:05 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Juniors, Club News | |

U8 - Aylesbury United v Chesham United
U9 - Pitsone & Ivinghoe v Aylesbury United
U10 - Aylesbury United v Downley Dynamos
U11 - Aylesbury United v Seer Green United Kites
U14 Youth - Chalfont Wasps Athletic 3-2 Aylesbury United
U14 - Aylesbury United 1-5 Gerrards Cross & Fulmer
U18 - Stony Stratford Town 0-2 Aylesbury United


U8 - Aylesbury United v Chesham United
The teams for this game were again spilt down the middle with Stuart Clark taking one team and David Smith taking the other. Team one consisted of; Toby in goal, SJ, Oliver, Lee, Nico and Corey. Team 2 consisted of Kyle in goal, John, Nathaniel, Montana, Will, and new boy Jack making his debut having only joined the team the day before! Conditions were testing for all teams involved.

Game 1 for the team led by Stuart Clark was a very entertaining match with end to end action from start to finish. Both keepers earned their gloves in this match. Unfortunately Chesham scored in the dying seconds of the game to earn them a narrow victory. The boys worked very hard throughout the entire game and did not deserve this loss. Praise from the coach at the final whistle lifted their spirits ready for the next challenge which they duly rose to. In game 2 they came out comfortable winners putting the disappointment of the first game firmly behind them. Game 2 saw one change made in both teams with Jack coming over in place of Oliver. It was Aylesbury United Juniors from the very start establishing a strong and commanding lead, with goals from Corey, Nico, Lee and and own goal. Jack integrated into the team very well, considering they had only met the day prior. I asked the boys to play this game down the wings with Lee and Nico using their pace to get down the line linking with Coery up front which was very successful on numerous occasions. SJ was firm and strong in the back, ensuring that Toby in goal had a quiet second game.

In game 1, Team 2 came away with a well deserved draw from a challenging game. The defence consisting of Nathaniel and John held firm in the back meaning that the goal was well defended. Montana and Jack linked up well with Montana having a very unlucky chance as she found their keeper in top form along with our own. Will was providing excellent support in the middle linking the team. This is an amazing success for such a young team in terms of experience, to come away. with a draw against such an experienced Chesham side. They are continuing to show great promise week on week. John is doing a great job in centre defence which earned him Man of the Match this weekend.

Unfortunately game 2 saw a loss on our part. Oliver put in some excellent runs being very unlucky in goal, and Nathaniel putting the ball out with some strong kicks. Montana achieved a goal in this game, lifting the spirts of the team. Unfortunately Chesham proved to strong for such a young team on this occasion.

A special thanks to Jack's brother for referring the matches and we wish him every success in achieving his qualification.

I look forward to the next game and the lessons that we have learnt to be put into good practice.


U10 - Aylesbury United v Downley Dynamos
The U10s took on what promised to be their toughest challenge of the season when they faced Blue Division Cup winners Downley Dynamos at Fairford Leys on Sunday morning

The squad was once again missing players through injury, illness and unavailability but welcomed back Charlie D and Nathan B who missed last week's trip to Chesham Athletic and manager Lee also gave a debut to new signing Nelson who had impressed in recent training sessions.

Playing games of six a side meant the squad was split into two teams of 7 giving both teams the rare luxury of a sub each.
Team 1 was managed by Lee and consisted of Oliver F, Nathan B, Aqib Z, Elliott B, Josh H, Josh C and Andrew C.
Team 2 was managed by Helder and consisted of Toby C, Jacob O, Charlie D, Harry G, Kaelin S, Jack R and Nelson.

The first set of games saw a narrow victory from Team 1 thanks in part to a goal from Andrew C but mainly thanks to a fantastic match winning performance in goal from Oliver F who made some key saves in the second half when Downley looked like drawing level. This really was one of those games where having a confident and in-form goalkeeper made the difference between a positive result and a negative result.

Team 2's first game was equally as close and honours were even at the end of the game with Harry G scoring our goal.

The second set of games must have been fantastic games for the neutral. Team 1 were held by their opposition in an end to end game which could have gone either way and saw Josh H and Elliott B on the scoresheet for us whilst Team 2 seemed down and out at half time of their game before second half goals from Harry G, Kaelin S and Charlie D saw parity restored. Such was the impressiveness of team 2's second half performance that Helder saw fit to give all 7 players the man of the match award!

In his usual post match interview with himself manager Lee commented - "if you had offered me this set of results at the start of the morning I would have snapped your hand off. It was a daunting prospect taking on the best team in the division but we went toe to toe with them in all areas of the pitch and showed what a good squad we have become. We are looking solid in all areas of the pitch, our two novice goalkeepers are improving with every match, we are becoming much more disciplined defensively and some of our quick passing football when in the opposition's half is fantastic for a team of 9/10 year olds. I think keeping more or less the same two teams within the squad has helped as these teams have now gelled and are starting to understand each other's games. I keep looking for an opportunity to mix the teams up but I am reluctant to do so as I don't want to upset the balance of the teams and undo all of the great work we have done so far this season. I told the boys after the games this morning that this was the best performance since we started as a squad in July 2011 and I stand by that comment. Downley had some really good players within their ranks but at no point did we let those players take hold of the games which their ability suggested they were more than capable of doing. We now have three games to play before the Christmas break and we can go into that break extremely pleased with our half season's progress if we perform as we have done today."

The U10s travel to Beaconsfield Holtspur on Sunday in what is their final away game before Christmas


U11 - Aylesbury United v Seer Green United Kites
A change in formation 3-3-2 was used to fit in with the players available. Saturday game was at home to Widmer End and Sunday also at home to Seer Green

Man of the match for the two games combined was Aaron who is developing well as a fullback and looks like a player who can now read situations well and make the correct decisions. Key highlights was knowing when to step up to the man on the ball, winning the ball cleanly and playing the ball to the feet of a team mate. On another important occasion he swept across from the left channel along the centre to give cover to his teammates and put in an important challenge - it was controlled and well timed.   The Back line was made up of Jamie B, Aaron and Josh B and Jonny taking turns in the centre position.

Questions were asked about players understanding of the offside rule and this is the first season its used in matches. Any doubts or confusion must be addressed in training and talking to one another.   The midfield line was Matt, Alex and Thomas. There efforts to push forward in attack was commendable, but there efforts need to be equal in measure defending and screening in front of the back line. To see a midfielder so far up the pitch to set off the offside flag is exasperating. A midfielders position is key to the teams formation and shape.   Up front was Bradley and Josh L. They worked well and used the width of the pitch to there advantage. Placement of shot is key to success. Once inside the penalty box the shot is on and a placed shot bottom corner is enough to keep it away from the keepers reach.

Good games with more questions raised than answers given.

 

Daventry Match Postponed Once More

Wednesday 27 November 2013 - 09:19 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

The home match against Daventry Town, scheduled for 4th December, has been postponed for a third time, this time due to our visitors' county cup fixture taking precedence.

A new date will be advised once it is known, with the game now likely to take place in 2014.

 

Ducks Face Chesham Rematch

Wednesday 27 November 2013 - 09:01 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

In a rerun of the Red Insure Cup tie earlier this month, Aylesbury United have been drawn at home against Chesham United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Semi Final.

No date has yet been set for the match, but fixtures must be completed before 24th January 2014.

The Ducks beat the Premier Division leading Generals 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 Bell Close draw just a week ago.

In the other semi final, Wycombe Wanderers host Beaconsfield SYCOB.

 

Division One Central Roundup

Saturday 23 November 2013 - 8:15 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

Top two sides Barton Rovers and Dunstable Town were both victorious, 4-0 at home to managerless Royston Town and 3-1 at Aylesbury United respectively as the status quo at the top of the Calor League Division One Central was maintained.

The biggest game of the day saw third placed Slough Town host fellow challengers Daventry Town at Holloways Park, and the Rebels came out on top with a 3-1 win as Johnnie Dyer found the net twice again.

Rugby Town are still in fourth place, but needed an Alex Gudger goal two minutes from time to see of Marlow at home in a five-goal thriller which ended 3-2 to Valley.

At the other end of the table, Ashford Town (Mx), who parted with manager Paul Burgess this week, fell to an eleventh straight league defeat with a 2-0 home loss to Potters Bar Town and are now bottom of the table.

Above them on goal difference only are Chertsey Town, who played out a goalless draw with improving Leighton Town, who are now four games unbeaten having not conceded a goal in that time.

Egham Town recovered from their defeat to Aylesbury United a week earlier by thrashing third-bottom North Greenford United 5-0 on their own turf, with Ryan O'Toole scoring twice.

Despite new manager Steve Bateman in the home dugout for the first time and a raft of new signings, Aylesbury FC slipped to their eighth successive defeat with a 3-0 home loss to Uxbridge who score all their goals in the final ten minutes.

Elsewhere, AFC Hayes and St. Ives Town shared a 1-1 draw, as did Kettering Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB despite the hosts scoring in the first minute through Louis Hamilton.

Northwood made it seven league games unbeaten with goals late in each half giving them a 2-0 home win over Chalfont St. Peter.

Division One Central Links: Fixtures & Results | League Table | Top Scorers | Attendances

 

9-man Ducks Downed by by Dunstable

Saturday 23 November 2013 - 4:58 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Two sending offs on a controversial afternoon saw Aylesbury eventually beaten 3-1 by Dunstable Town.

The visitors had to come from behind after Stacey Field's goal in the 13th minute had put the Ducks ahead.

Town levelled just before the break when ex-Duck Chris Marsh's free kick seemed to go all the way in, although Lee Roache might have got the feintest of touches.

Things continued to go wrong after the break as Nathan Frater put Dunstable ahead, before United's Richard Armstrong and then Jack Wood were sent off within three minutes of each other.

Aylesbury were forced to see out the remaining time in damage limitation mode, and Adam Watkins added a third for Dunstable on a disappointing afternoon.

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Dunstable Match Preview

Thursday 21 November 2013 - 09:59 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

Dunstable Town, currently sitting in second spot in the league, are this weekend's visitors to Bell Close. Our match preview is available now.

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Ducks Down Generals

Wednesday 20 November 2013 - 10:35 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury United produced another Red Insure Cup upset as they defeated old rivals Chesham United 4-3 on penalties after a well fought 2-2 draw.

Having already defeated then Calor League Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town 4-2 in the First Round, Chesham arrived at Bell Close as the league's current top ranked team but it was the Ducks who knocked them out in a gutsy display.

The greens took the lead through Zack Reynolds and Ben Baines in each half, but were twice pegged back by goals a minute before the respective whistle for time as the Generals equalised.

With no extra time in this season's Red Insure Cup, the match went straight to penalties and, given Aylesbury's recent poor from from the spot, supporters feared the worst as Paul Edgeworth's opening penalty thundered back off the bar.

But they were soon celebrating rapturously as Smyth, Jones, Keith Williams and Baines all scored to make it 4-3, before Alex Tokarczyk made himself the hero by saving Bruce Wilson's final kick, and Aylesbury were through.

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Youth & Mini Teams Roundup

Wednesday 20 November 2013 - 12:55 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

U14 - Aylesbury United Juniors 2-9 Great Linford (Dodgers)
Aylesbury were out fought, out played and out classed by the opposition

Despite a good start to the first half we were penned into our own half for a majority of the second and the final score for once wasn't flattering to the opposition...they really were that good! Two good free kicks leading to our two goals were our only high lights. Lets draw a line under it and move on

Man of the match: Jake for some excellent defending.


U11 - Aylesbury United Juniors 1-1 Beaconsfield Holtspur Colts
First Home game at St Marys not the perfect start hoped for. Man of the Match Dylan (Goalkeeper) kept the team in front for two thirds of the match. In the end though it was to no avail as Beaconsfield, steam rolled over Utd.

On the positives. Great goalkeeping, two decent goals scored and good full squad turn out.

Points to note:

Attacking in the final third of the pitch - A player on the ball can not run through a whole team. More creative minds are needed, diagonal play - its not a straight sprint race. Wing backs need to push up and support.

Midfield - Play in the middle of the team - equal passing distance in front of defence line and behind attack line. Pass to get back motto I always use and use the full width of the pitch.

Defending - Press up and close down the play. Deny space and break up play. Support work, you dont allow 1v1 situations to occur. Clearing the ball should be up the pitch - High wide and long from your own area - to feet in the middle third - in front of the man in the final third.

Its not the fastest players that win the game but the smartest thinking team

Two home games next week - Saturday 23rd 10.30am Widmer End and Sunday 24th 10.30am Seer Green

We should see two good games next weekend with every chance of getting a result


U10 - Chesham Athletic 1-1 Aylesbury United Juniors
Aylesbury United Juniors U10s (missing 4 players through illness, injury and unavailability) made the trip to the picturesque Chesham Moor to take on Chesham Athletic on a typically autumnal Sunday morning.

The two teams for the day were as follows:-

Team 1 - Toby C, Jacob O, Kaelin S, Harry G, George R, Jack R and Elliott B.
Team 2 - Oliver F, Ben P, Aqib Z, Andrew C, Josh H and Josh C.

Team 1's first game saw the luck go against us for possibly the first time this season as they fell to a narrow defeat in a game which saw them strike the woodwork an unbelievable 5 times! Even the opposition manager commented on our lack of luck after this game! This is to take nothing away from Chesham Athletic though who played some good football when we allowed them to do so. Elliott B found the net for AUJFC in this game.

Team 1's second game was a much better affair from our point of view as the boys brushed off their brief brush with lady (un)luck to secure a victory in which Elliott B, Harry G and Kaelin S (2) got themselves onto the score sheet. As always the victory was a team affair with the ever improving Toby C keeping the hosts at bay in goal, the tenacity of Jacob O and Jack R ensuring the opposition never got time to settle on the ball and George R's skilful approach to the game more than complementing the three goal scorers.

Team 2 found themselves with a comfortable lead at half time of their first match thanks to goals from Josh H (2), Josh C (a header!) and a first goal of the season for Aqib Z. However concentration slipped a little in the first part of the second half as an inspired half time substitution by the Chesham manager saw them peg back two goals before Josh H completed his hat trick to calm our nerves as the game neared its conclusion.

Team 2's second game followed a similar pattern. The boys found them comfortably in the lead as half time approached thanks to goals from Josh H and Josh C only to see their lead halved as the half time whistle approached. Fortunately Lee's half time words seem to resonate as two second half goals from Andrew C (who was experiencing something of a 'goal drought' having not scored for a whole game and a half!) and a further goal from Josh H secured the result to go alongside the performance.

Both games from Team 2 saw confident handling from Oliver F in goal when called upon and equally as confident defending from Ben P who joined the attack on occasions which is something that our coaches will always encourage as long as the boys ensure the position they are vacating is covered by one of their team mates as all good teams have to have a flexible approach to the game.

Manager Lee said of today's games 'yet another pleasing morning's work from the U10s. Even with four strong players missing the squad performed admirably and continued their week on week improvement which has been so evident this season. We now enter a tough period of games between now and Christmas with games against both Downley Dynamos and Risborough Rangers Blue (the two cup finalists from earlier in the season) to come in the next three weeks. I fully expect the boys to rise to the challenge of these fixtures and continue to make me, their parents and the club proud.'


U7 - Crendon Corinthians 1-1 Aylesbury United Juniors
A full squad all came away smiling...

Again the teams were divided in two by age, the predominantly older team (A) consisted of Sam, Ethan, Hayden, Emmanuel, Ryan, Owais, Charlie & Jaden, and the predominantly younger team (B) consisted of Henry, Jonathan, Leo, Haydon, Rory, Freddie, Luca & Alex.

Team A's report -

Todays matches saw the team come away with two fantastic wins!  With a full squad they all enjoyed lots of different positions, with goal keeper being the least favourite but full credit to the boys for sharing out the duty.

In the first game the goals flowed freely, with eye catching performances from both Hayden and Ethan who shared 5 goals between them.  This was remarkable as both players played in defence, which in itself is a show of how far and strong the team has come in such a short space of time!  I was pleased with the effort from all the team, so a special mention also for Sam, Emmanuel and Charlie.  They did some excellent tackles and passing throughout the first match and had a hunger for getting forward to attack, combined with a desire to run back and get some good tackles and blocks in.

In the second game the team came flying out of the traps and really started to put Crendon under pressure, with some direct running and superb passing and crossing from Ryan, Owais and Jaden stealing the show.  In the second half Jaden even pulled off some amazing saves after he reluctantly agreed to have a turn in goal.  The second half was probably the toughest half of football the team have had to face in all of the matches so far this season.  They really had to dig deep with some great tackling and saves, so full credit to all the team for showing such spirit to come through a tough half with the win intact!

A special well done to all the supporters today who were very vocal and cheered the team throughout both matches, it is great to have such support.

Shaun Teasdale U7 Assistant Coach

Team B's report -

Having the maximum amount of subs for this fixture was a good opportunity to experiment with outfield positions and allow the players to take a moment before being thrown into the mix again.

Our first match was free flowing with goals going in at both ends.  It took a while for the team to warm up but in the second half they were very unlucky not to get a draw.  In the end a goal separated the two teams, not for the want of trying to prevent a loss.  There were strong performances from Jonathan and Luca, plus fine runs from both Rory and Haydon, one resulting in a brilliant goal from Haydon that I would have been proud to have scored.  Our brave goal keepers were Alex for the first half and Luca for the second, plus Leo, Freddie and Henry worked tirelessly in midfield.  These collective efforts gave a proud display.

The second match was not so free flowing, only resulting in one goal courtesy of Luca to give us the win.  The opposite sway of result from the first game but by the same margin.  In fact the first game I felt we ended the stronger unlucky not to score.  But in the second match we were under pressure and only maintained the lead because of some fine goal keeping work by Rory, taking over from Jonathan who went in goal for the first half.  Although not a high scoring game, conceding no goals was just as important to me as scoring loads.  Well done lads!

Kris Butterworth U7 Team Coach

Well done to both our teams and also the parents/guardians for bringing there appreciated support.  Thanks especially to Stuart (Rory's Dad) who refereed both Team B matches, I am expecting to see him get snapped up by a referee scout any time soon.  :-)

 

Division One Central Midweek Roundup

Wednesday 20 November 2013 - 09:10 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

Dunstable Town closed the gap on league leaders Barton Rovers to one point, with a game in hand, as they thrashed struggling Ashford Town (Mx) 8-2 for their biggest win of the season. 5-1 up by half time, Lee Roache and ex-Duck Chris Marsh both scored hat tricks for the Blues, with Nathan Frater and Tony Burnett also on target.

After six weeks without a league game due to their various cup commitments, Daventry Town returned to Division One Central action with a 2-1 home win over Uxbridge. Tom Lorraine and Josh Blake got the goals for the hosts and although Craig Tomkins scored, it was too late to prevent a fifth game without a win for the Middlesex side.

Slough Town bagged a fourth successive win, and back to back 3-0 win, as they comfortably saw off third from bottom North Greenford United, themselves now with only one win their last ten games. Johnnie Dyer continued his excellent recent form with the third goal, after earlier efforts from Warren Harris and Darren Wheeler.

Division One Central Links: Fixtures & Results | League Table | Top Scorers | Attendances

 

Chesham Match Preview

Tuesday 19 November 2013 - 11:41 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury United take on old rivals Chesham United for the first time in three years this Wednesday, in the Red Insure Cup. Our match preview is available now.

» Match Preview

 

Ladies Storm Into U18 Semi-Finals

Tuesday 19 November 2013 - 10:20 am | Added by: Andy Foster to Ladies, Club News | |

United's youngsters made their first ever appearance in the Berks & Bucks U18 Girls competition and came out worthy 4-1 winners against local rivals Chesham United

With the sides level at a goal a piece at the break, United netting through Shannon MacLeod, Striker Katie Squire took centre stage in the second half

The youngster completing a 14 minute hat-trick including one from just inside her own half to ensure the Ducks progressed into the semi-final where they'll meet Moretonville, Woodley or Wargrave on January 12th

» Match Report

 

Management Update

Monday 18 November 2013 - 8:46 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | |

I'm writing this post after a very happy weekend with a great win and result away at Egham.

What pleased me most was, with our ever growing injury list, what a fantastic performance the players on the park put in.

With long term injured players John Mulholland, Lee Bircham and Louis Austin still a long way off returning we now have Jack Sillitoe, Steve Hatch and Shane Wood out, and hopefully this trio will be back in the next 3-4 weeks.

To add to this Bill Morgan (broken nose, 2-3 weeks out) and, going into Saturday's game, Greg Williams (ankle) and Joey Achampong (flu) and with Zack Reynolds and Jason Blackett only fit enough to be on the bench I make that win a credit to our squad and the quality we have.

Still more injuries as Dom Petrucci and Richard Armstrong picked them up on Saturday (hopefully both not as bad as first thought).

With Jack Sillitoe still ruled out I am pleased Hemel Hempsted have allowed us to have Alex Tokarczyk for another month's loan who has been outstanding in his first month with us. A quick mention to Young Ben Grasso who stepped up from the youth team and had an excellent debut in goal against North Greenford.

We now look  forward to the Chesham game on Wednesday evening and I'm hoping for a bumper crowd and great atmosphere and some more songs from the 'Aylesbury Massive'.

See you all Wednesday
Gaffer.

 

Division One Central/FA Trophy Roundup

Saturday 16 November 2013 - 10:18 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: , ,

Barton Rovers extended their lead at the top of the table to four points with a 2-1 win at Chalfont St. Peter, where two goals in the first seven minutes from Jermaine Hall and Kevin Kilroy, before Alan Hedley hit a response for the Saints on the stroke of half time.

Bedfordshire rivals Dunstable Town are the team in second place, as a thoroughly dominant performance saw Lee Roache (2) and Adam Watkins score in a 3-0 win over Rugby Town to leapfrog them in the table.

Only a goal four minutes into stoppage time saved managerless Royston Town scored from a home defeat against Northwood, as Joe De La Salle's effort salvaged a 2-2 draw, with Slough Town - convincing 3-0 winners at St. Ives Town where Johnnie Dyer's brace took him to six goals in three games - breathing down their necks just a point behind.

Having recovered from their blip in form, Beaconsfield SYCOB made it back to back wins and condemned Aylesbury FC, with new manager Steve Bateman taking charge for the first time, to a seventh straight defeat, as SYCOB battled back to win 3-1 despite the Moles taking a minute lead.

Also with a new manager at the helm are Potters Bar Town, and Jack Friend got off to a winning start as his team came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at home to AFC Hayes.

Another side out of form are Egham Town, who lost for the fourth time in a row as Aylesbury United bounced back from two league defeats to win 2-1 at Runnymede Stadium, but the opposite can be said of Leighton Town, whose 4-0 thrashing of Ashford Town (Mx) was not only their biggest win of the season but their third match unbeaten moving the Reds up to 18th in the league.

Finally, Chertsey Town picked up their fifth point of the season as John Pomroy scored in the 71st minute to hold Uxbridge to a 1-1 draw at Honeycroft.

Division One Central Links: Fixtures & Results | League Table | Top Scorers | Attendances

FA Trophy

Two Division One Central clubs were represented in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round, with one winning and one losing.

Daventry Town, who now haven't played a league match in well over a month due to their cup exploits, overcame Ramsgate, who themselves beat Aylesbury two rounds earlier, 3-2 at Communications Park.

There wasn't such good news for Marlow, however, who lost out 2-0 at Premier Division side Arlesey Town, who are currently under the caretaker stewardship of two-time Duck Derek Brown after the departure of Zema Abbey to St. Neots Town.

 

Determined Ducks Grind Out Win

Saturday 16 November 2013 - 4:46 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury picked out another three points on the road as they ground out a 2-1 win at Egham Town.

After an evening opening, the Ducks were gifted an 18th minute lead when a weak defensive header was seized upon by Dom Petrucci who finished clinically.

Egham raised their game after the interval as United were slow to start, and Reis Stanislaus drew his side level on 71 minutes with a well taken goal.

Parity lasted only five minutes though as substitute Jason Blackett headed home the winner from Richard Armstrong's cross.

The hosts tried to pressure late on, but United's makeshift defence - Keith Williams pressed into emergency centre half action after Bill Morgan became injury casualty number seven - held firm.

» Match Report

 

Egham Match Preview

Thursday 14 November 2013 - 11:02 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | |

Having faced Hellenic League champions Marlow last weekend, the Ducks next travel to the reigning Combined Counties League title holders Egham Town this Saturday.

Boosted by an inspiring 1-0 win over Burnham in midweek, Aylesbury will be looking to get back to winning ways after two league defeats.

» Match Preview

 

Armo's Ducks Too Strong for Burnham

Wednesday 13 November 2013 - 10:15 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury United produced another cup upset as Richard Armstrong's last minute header dumped Premier Division Burnham out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup in a 1-0 Quarter Final Ducks win.

Prior to that an uninspiring match had long seemed destined for extra time as neither side showed the required quality in the final third to break the deadlock.

The Ducks often outbattled their more illustrious opponents - Champions of the Central Division last season - and it was an excellent performance overall, particularly in keeping a clean sheet against a quality Burnham frontline.

A goalless draw looked the most likely outcome until Joey Acheampong won an 89th minute free kick, which Liam Smyth delivered and Richard Armstrong met with a thumping header which decided the tie.

Aylesbury could now meet old rivals Wycombe Wanderers in the semi final, or fellow Calor League sides Beaconsfield SYCOB, Chesham United, Slough Town or Marlow - all of whom still remain in the competition.

» Match Report

 

Division One Central Midweek Roundup

Wednesday 13 November 2013 - 09:01 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

Three matches were played in the Calor League Division One Central on Tuesday night.

Romaine Walker's goal on the hour mark was enough for Chalfont St. Peter to take all three points at AFC Hayes with a 1-0 win, and secure back to back wins for the first time this season as the Saints move up to 15th in the table.

At Oak Tree Road, managerless Aylesbury FC went down to a sixth straight defeat as Marlow's Jon Bennett struck twice to help the Blues to a 4-1 win.

Finally, Leighton Town took their fourth point of the month to move further clear of the drop zone by holding Kettering Town to a goalless draw at Bell Close.

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St. Ives Game Rearranged

Wednesday 13 November 2013 - 08:14 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

The away match at St. Ives Town, postponed due to our hosts' cup commitments, has now been rearranged.

The fixture will now take place on Tuesday 17th December, kick off 7.45pm

» Aylesbury United Fixtures

 

Burnham Match Preview

Tuesday 12 November 2013 - 08:59 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

Wednesday night sees Aylesbury host Burnham in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Quarter Final. Our match preview is available now.

» Match Preview

 

St. Ives Match Postponed

Monday 11 November 2013 - 10:31 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

The Calor League Division One Central match at St Ives Town on Tuesday 26th November has been postponed.

This is due to St Ives' Red Insure Cup tie having to be rearranged for this date.

A new date for the league game will be announced in due course.

 

Division One Central Roundup

Saturday 09 November 2013 - 8:02 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

The top of the table clash between Barton Rovers and Dunstable Town fell foul of the weather (as did North Greenford United vs Leighton Town), whilst previous leaders Daventry Town were in FA Cup 1st Round action where they did themselves proud, bowing out 2-0 at League Two side Chesterfield.

Rugby Town took advantage by moving up to 2nd, as two goals in the last ten minutes from Seb Lake-Gaskin and David Kolodynski condemned Uxbridge to a 3-1 defeat at Butlin Road.

In third place are Royston Town, who started life without departing manager Paul Attfield on a winning note, notching three points at Ashford Town (Mx) 2-0 with second half goals from Craig Hammond and Ryan Ingrey.

Slough Town bounced back from their shock defeat to Leighton Town, but did it the hard way by coming from three goals behind to win a seven-goal thriller 4-3 at home to Potters Bar Town. Former Leverstock Green striker Tobi Akin (2) and Josh Hutchinson put Potters Bar in control, but David Woozley and then Johnnie Dyer's hat-trick dramatically swung the game.

In front of the biggest crowd of the day (592) Kettering Town notched up their fourth win in a row as Louis Hamilton's 10th minute goal was enough for a 1-0 win over Egham Town, whilst another in-form side, Northwood, moved up to 7th with a fifth successive league victory by beating St. Ives Town 3-0 at home.

Chalfont St. Peter leapfrogged managerless Aylesbury FC, coming from behind to win at Haywood Way. Former Aylesbury United player Aston Goss scored on his debut to give the Moles the lead, but Saints came back to equalise before the break and ultimately win 3-1.

Lastly, Beaconsfield SYCOB ended a run of four league defeats with a 2-1 win at bottom of the table Chertsey Town.

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Tale of Two Penalties As Ducks Lose

Saturday 09 November 2013 - 5:00 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

It was a tale of two penalties at Bell Close, Marlow scoring theirs, Aylesbury not, that saw the Blues take the points with a 1-0 win.

A fast and furious first half saw the Ducks largely on top in the first half, but were found wanting in from of goal with Simon Grant fairly untested.

The first penalty award, very contentiously, then went to Marlow, with Ben Gladwin duly dispatching the spot kick which spurred the visitors on to a dominant spell at the end of the first period.

After the break United continued to work hard looking for a way back into the match, and they had one when Jason Blackett was sent sprawling in the box, only to see his spot kick saved - the second match running an Aylesbury penalty has been saved.

United continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser, but continued to have no joy and, with suspended top scorer Stacey Field watching from the sidelines, drew a blank.

» Match Report

 

Marlow Game ON

Saturday 09 November 2013 - 09:15 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

The standing water on the pitch at Bell Close has drained overnight, so the match against Marlow is ON this afternoon.

Kick off is at 3pm.

 

Pitch Inspection

Friday 08 November 2013 - 3:13 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

With heavy rain forecast for most of Friday afternoon and evening, and again on Saturday morning, a pitch inspection has been arranged ahead of the weekend game against Marlow.

The result of the inspection will be posted here tomorrow morning as soon as available.

 

Marlow Preview

Thursday 07 November 2013 - 10:17 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

This Saturday Aylesbury United host Marlow, read our match preview now.

» Match Preview

 

21CD AGM Report

Thursday 07 November 2013 - 08:18 am | Added by: Admin to 21cd, Club News | | Used tags: ,

The following is a brief summary of the 21CD Annual General Meeting, held at Aylesbury College on Thu 31st October 2013. Formal minutes are available to 21CD members separately.

Following a report from the Board the following matters were considered:

- The merger with Aylesbury Town was progressing well and had been consolidated by the appointment of two new Directors to the Board of Aylesbury United FC Ltd - John Neary & James Byrne formerly Chairman & Vice Chairman at Aylesbury Town. This shows that the merger is all about the mutual support between the senior team and the youngsters.  The fruits of this were seen against North Greenford when youth team goalkeeper Ben Grasso made his debut in goal as a late replacement for the injured Alex Tokarczyk.

- Much of the discussion with the College and others about returning to Aylesbury inevitably remains confidential. Relations remain extremely cordial and progress remains steady. There appear to be no insuperable obstacles but, inevitably, a project of this sort takes time – partly because of the planning process but most importantly because all parties only have one chance to get it right.

- The Club essentially broke even during the year

Chairman Ron Syratt thanked the committee for their support over the year, particularly Brian Metcalfe for keeping the books and submitting the accounts for audit and Ian Pluck for preparing the agendas and paperwork for meetings and prompting him whenever necessary!

Ron noted that it has been a successful year for the club, seeing us win one cup, win a second (without having to contest the final) then have it taken away just as quickly.  More importantly, a season of highly entertaining football saw the club rewarded with promotion back to the Southern League. The season concluded with another highly enjoyable 21CD Presentation Evening. The team has started the season well, having some success in both the FA Cup and Trophy and making a solid start in the league. Tony and his management team have all stayed with the club, and have strengthened the squad wisely with some exciting new players added to the nucleus of last season’s squad.

Ron commented that the club had also completed the purchase of the Leisure Leagues franchise for the area and will now be operating 6-a-side football competition under the Leisure Leagues brand. This will provide the club with a steady revenue stream while providing local footballers with a 6-a-side league to play in.

Once again 21CD contributed over £4000 to the football club, showing the serious material contribution supporters make to success. However, it was noted that 21CD could to more with more members and more folk participating in the 50:50 draw. Details are available on the web-site.

Ron finished by asking the members present to consider how the Trust could increase revenue streams and raise more funds. 

Brian Metcalfe gave the Treasurer’s Report. Essentially, like the club itself, 21 CD broke even last year and we expect to donate £4000 again this year.

It is recognised that while we are comfortable financially in this league, to challenge for promotion or to survive in the league above we would probably need to at least double our playing budget.  It was understood that the Board are looking at this but the rest of us need to identify ways of increasing revenue too.

The following officers were elected:

Chairman - Ron Syratt; Vice Chairman - Alan Sherwell; Secretary - Ian Pluck; Treasurer - Brian Metcalfe; Fund Raising Officer - Erika Robinson.

The following were elected to the Committee:

Stuart Andrews; Wendy Brandon; Colin Brandon; Luke Brown; Nigel Clowe; Stephen Clowe; Graham Durban; Andy Foster; Ian Lowe; Steve Woodage;

 

Division One Central Midweek Roundup

Wednesday 06 November 2013 - 08:48 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | |

Two games were played in the Calor League Division One Central on Tuesday night.

Marlow ended a run of two league defeats by beating struggling North Greenford United 4-2 at Oak Tree Road, courtesy of a brace from Ben Gladwin and one each from Michael Bartley and the prolific Jon Bennett. The result was Neil Shipperley's side's eighth defeat in nine games which has seen the Middlesex club concede 19 goals in their last four matches.

Elsewhere, Uxbridge were unable to build on their weekend win over Aylesbury United as they slipped to a 5-2 home defeat to St Ives Town, who moved up to sixth as a result.

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Youth Teams Roundup

Monday 04 November 2013 - 3:22 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Juniors, Club News | |

Under 16 - Aylesbury United Juniors 2-5 Haddenham Youth
The sun was shining, it was dry and there was a bit of breeze, that was about as good as it got for us.
We kicked off and straight from the first whistle we looked sluggish, not knowing what to do with the ball and lacked ideas. When we did eventually get the ball in the Haddenham half we panicked in front of goal, blasting over and wide, not really testing their stand in goalkeeper. We made 3 mistakes in quick succession and let in 3 goals, Haddenham were able to take the chances offered to them, not like us. We continued to create chances but lacked in the final third.
At half time it was 3-0 which did not reflect how the game was going, the only difference between the teams was Haddenham could finish and we couldn't.
The second half started better but we still couldn't find our shooting boots and lacked what it needed in front of goal, still not testing their goalkeeper. Haddenham had 2 quick strikers who knew how to finish, this was the main difference between the two teams and they knew it. With a quick break from one of our attacks they made it 4-0, yet another sucker punch. We did not lie down however and continued to press, Scott scored with a looping shot and Alessio had a tap in, it should have been more but as I have said we lacked in the final third and in front of goal. Haddenham caught us on the break yet again and made the final score 5-2 with one of their strikers getting 4 goals, I think that alone tells the story of the game and the difference between the two teams.
Oh for a proven goal scorer, my players do try but it's the confidence they lack, not the first time I have said that!
Next week will be a much tougher game against Chalfont Saints Athletic, we need to get things sorted before then if we want to get anything out of the game.


Under 18 - Chesham United Rangers 1-7 Aylesbury United
United U18's were in Seventh heaven today as a blistering performance left their opponents completely Shell Shocked.
With no keeper available today as Ben Grasso attended England Schoolboy trials and we await our 2nd keepers transfer form to go through up stepped Liam McElhinney who put in an outstanding Man Of The Match performance he commanded his area,marshalled the defence very vocally and to add to that his fantastic shot stopping and safe hands it was a justified decision on his part.
The lads started a little slowly but controlled the game and looked dangerous in attack but to everyone's surprise fell behind after a big clearance bounced over the defence and despite the United defender having it covered he eased off despite no call from the keeper and the Chesham striker struck a powerful shot which Liam got his hands to but as the ball rolled towards the line the United defenders clearance bounced off the Chesham strikers leg straight into the net!!.
No panic though as the lads kicked off and within minutes had equalised with a stunning free kick from Striker Ken Feyi  won after a mazy run by Mitchell Collins ended with him being scythed down which is becoming the norm due to his amazing box of tricks that seems to leave opponents,team mates and indeed spectators wondering what's coming next!!.
Ken whipped home a spectacular effort and from then on it was business as usual.
From the restart United stole the ball and forced a good save from the Chesham keeper and from the well taken corner from Giorgio Magnacavello winger Kingsley Sibbs was the first to react and he drove home from 5 yards out.
Without sounding harsh on a very hardworking Chesham team it was one way traffic . Kingsley Sibbs made way for Strike Ace Tyler Delpratt who almost immediately took up where he left off from the last game with an shot that sailed just over.
The silky Mitchell Collins was the next on the scoresheet after great work from  Declan Tomlinson who made a fantastic last ditch challenge to thwart an attack then after winning the ball he then hit a peach of a pass  to Mitchell who beat 3 players then committed the keeper before slotting home.
The lively Tyler Delpratt was next on the score sheet as his through run was spotted by Ken Feyi and as the keeper advanced he chipped in a sublime goal.
Half time and the lads were chomping at the bit to get back out.From the restart despite Chesham trying to make a game of it it wasn't to be as United scored again with Callum Tottman getting a shot away after yet another goal mouth scramble and he toe poked home.
The next goal from Tyler Delpratt just left us speechless you would pay an entrance fee just to see it!, with seemingly nowhere to go he turned his defender and in one movement curled the ball into the top left hand corner it was so spectacular it drew laughter from us all and even the Chesham defender asked "what has he just done to me!".
The final goal of the game went to the hard working and impressive Jack Bennett who doesn't stop from the first whistle until the last and after yet another United attack the ball was cleared but Jack arriving at pace just picked a slot through a mass of bodies and drove home.
A much improved performance again lads very well done all.

Man Of The Match
Liam McElhinney

 

Latest News From Ladies

Monday 04 November 2013 - 3:21 pm | Added by: Andy Foster to Ladies, Club News | |

Mixed news from the Ladies section this week despite two defeats on Sunday

With seven First team players unavailable for various reasons two very different looking line ups took to the field for the latest round of Thames Valley League matches

The First team coped less well with the changes going down 8-0 at Carteton Town but a very young Reserve side almost caused an upset at home to much fancied Wealdstone Reserves

Only a marginal offside decision and a fortuitous lob prevented them from taking anything from the game

The side containing six teenagers eventually went down 2-0 to the Middlesex side

» Ladies Reserves match report

 

Weekend Match Report

Monday 04 November 2013 - 08:43 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

A match report from the weekend's defeat at Uxbridge is now available. Many thanks to Ian Pluck for this contribution.

» Uxbridge match report

 

Uxbridge Short Report

Sunday 03 November 2013 - 10:13 am | Added by: Steve Baker to Club News | |

Following an impressive win against North Greenford on Wednesday evening, Aylesbury United made the trip to Uxbridge full of confidence but without two influential players, hat trick hero Stacey Field and midfield supremo Richard Armstrong, both missing through suspension.

In a match played under a sunny sky, but a strong wind, the first half was fairly even.  The Ducks, with the wind at their backs did their best to make the advantage count, but were unable to make the breakthrough, despite being awarded a penalty just before half time.  Keith Williams spot kick was well struck but at a comfortable height for the keeper to reach and turn around his post.

The second half started much better for the Ducks, Jason Blackett scoring his seventh goal of the season with a powerful drive from the edge of the penalty area after good work from Dom Petrucci.  Unfortunately the lead was to last only 2 minutes, as ex-Duck Kieran Knight was in the right spot in the six yard box to tap the ball home after it was squared across the face of goal.  His strike partner Craig Tomkins, having made the first goal, got in on the act to score the winner in the 64th minute after good work from full back [player name removed].

Despite plenty of effort, this won’t be a match the Ducks will look back on with much fondness, the absence of Armstrong and Field proved to be crucial as they failed to find a way back into the game.  Indeed, the home side finished the stronger and it wouldn’t have been a surprise if they had extended their lead.  Defeat means United drop two places to 10th in the League this evening.  With no game midweek, Tony Joyce and his team have a week to reflect on a disappointing afternoon and recharge their batteries before facing Marlow at home next Saturday.

Steve,

Match Timeline:

40:  Uxbridge Sub:  Matty Woods off, Craig Tomkins on

45:  Yellow Card:  Mark Dennison (Uxbridge)

45 +1:  Missed penalty, Keith Williams

49:  AUFC Goal - Jason Blackett

51:  Uxbridge goal - Kieran Knight

62:  AUFC sub:  Ben Baines off, Danny Jones on

       Uxbridge sub:  Jack Todd off, David Thomas on

64:  Uxbridge goal - Craig Tomkins

76:  AUFC sub:  Lee Grace off, Joey Acheampong on

90 +3:  Yellow Card:  Joey Acheampong

       AUFC sub:  Greg Williams off, Tony Joyce on

Attendance 115