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Division One Central Roundup

Saturday 29 March 2014 - 7:08 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags:

With Rugby Town losing at Northwood, Dunstable Town took over at the top of the table courtesy of their own 1-0 win at home to AFC Hayes with Danny Murphy's fifth goal of the season deciding the match in the 50th minute.

Seb Lake-Gaskin scored in the 21st minute to give Rugby the lead against Northwood, but two second half goals in two minutes from Oliver Sprague and Nico Muir lost not only Town's lead of the match but also of the league table.

For the second weekend in a row, Slough Town also came from behind to win and maintain third place in the league, as Warren Harris's brace cancelled out Ryan Ingrey's early opener and gave the Rebels a 2-1 home win against Royston Town.

Daventry Town kept up their challenge with a 2-1 away win at Marlow to remain a point behind Slough, with Luke Keen scoring the winner after 69 minutes, whilst two goals from Jermaine Hall helped establish a five-point playoff cushion for Barton Rovers as they beat Aylesbury United 4-0.

Having lost 3-1 at Barton in midweek, Kettering Town's playoff aspirations took a further blow as they were beaten 4-2 by Uxbridge in a game of three braces: Matt Woods and Craig Tomkins for the hosts, and Dubi Ogbonna for the visitors all scoring twice each.

A late flurry of goals at Bell Close saw Beaconsfield SYCOB, who were beaten on the same ground by Aylesbury United earlier in the month, overcome Leighton Town 3-2. Leighton lead through recent re-signing Bilal Hassan, but two goals from Tom O'Regan in the last fifteen minutes, and a Shaun Owens strike gave them a 3-1 lead before Dom Marsala pulled one back for Town with a stoppage time penalty.

After starting March with a win, Chertsey Town have since gone six games without so much as a goal, let alone a win, and their form showed no sign of improvement as they were crushed 7-0 at Potters Bar Town, with player/manager Jack Friend leading the way as the first of six different scorers.

Fellow strugglers Ashford Town (Mx) and North Greenford United both also lost out 3-1, at Chalfont St. Peter and Aylesbury FC respectively.

Lastly, at Westwood Road, St Ives Town grabbed their second successive win with a 3-2 home win against Egham Town.

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United Battered by Barton

Saturday 29 March 2014 - 6:18 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury United fell to their heaviest league defeat of the season as they were crushed 4-0 at Barton Rovers in Division One Central.

The playoff chasers showed they were in no mood for messing about by storming to a two-goal lead after just four minutes, Jermaine Hall and Keshi Anderson the scorers.

Midway through the first half two became three when Hall scored his second from a low cross with Aylesbury second best for most of the opening 30 minutes.

Either side of the half saw the Ducks have their best spell of the game though, and had one of their near misses - such as Bill Morgan hitting the bar - found the net then the game's complexion might have been altered.

Instead, it was Rovers who added to their scoring with an excellent strike from Ricky Case rounding off their afternoon and a 4-0 win.

» Match report


Advertising in Juniors Tournament Programme

Friday 28 March 2014 - 2:39 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

Aylesbury United Juniors FC are on the lookout for local companies who are interested in taking out an A5 page advert in our tournament programme for £60 per page

We have just under 1,500 players attend the tournament over 2 days (14th and 15th of June 2014) - add parents, siblings and friends to that number and you are looking at the 1,000 programmes we print out being being seen by up to 4,000 people who generally live locally to Aylesbury.

If you are interested in taking out an advert, please email our Tournament Coordinator, Julie Neary


Ducks Double Up On Hayes

Thursday 27 March 2014 - 12:03 am | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

After the disappointment of losing against Uxbridge on Saturday, the Ducks bounced back with a resolute performance to beat AFC Hayes for the second time this season.  While the first meeting was a somewhat easy encounter for the Ducks, tonight’s was far from it, with Hayes proving worthy opponents.

On a pitch again saturated by rain, with standing water evident at kick off, it took some time before the game settled down.  However, it was the Ducks who would strike first, Paul Edgeworth converting a penalty midway through the first half, after Joey Acheampong had been brought down by visiting keeper Khiara.  Three minutes before half time Ben Baines headed home from a pinpoint Danny Jones free kick to double the lead.

Hayes came out for the second half with a more attacking formation, playing 3 pacy front men, and caused problems throughout the half.  Tony Mendy pulled a goal back after 65, minutes after appearing lucky to escape a second yellow after an off the ball incident involving Greg Williams.  Despite being under pressure as Hayes searched for the equaliser, skipper Jack Wood powered home a diving header to extend the lead in the 78th minute, before Mendy added his second two minutes later to set up a nervous last 10 minutes.  No further goals followed with the Ducks holding out for a well-deserved and confidence building 3 points. 

This was another resolute battling performance from a Ducks side down to bare bones again, with just one fit substitute available to manager Tony Joyce.  Hopefully he will have a larger squad to choose from as we travel to face promotion chasing Barton Rovers on Saturday.

» Match report


Division One Central Midweek Roundup

Tuesday 25 March 2014 - 10:52 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

There were more interesting results at both ends of the Calor League Division One Central on Tuesday evening with six matches played.

League leaders Rugby Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Aylesbury FC, allowing second placed Dunstable Town to close the gap to just a point as they won the battle of second vs third at Daventry Town with a 3-0 win - Nathan Frater scoring either side of half time before Lee Roache added the third.

As a result, Slough Town are now up into third spot courtesy of their crushing 7-1 win at North Greenford United. Scott Harris scored a hat-trick, whilst brother Warren Harris was also on target, as were Adam Cornell and Edward Smith with a brace.

The Middlesex side remain in serious relegation danger, particularly given Ashford Town (Mx) moving off the bottom of the table for the first time since November and equalling Greenford's points tally of 17 with a 1-1 draw at playoff hopefuls Northwood.

Barton Rovers completed a season double over Kettering Town, a brace from debutant BJ Christie helping Rovers re-establish a playoff place with a 3-1 win and end the Poppies' 21-game unbeaten run in the league which had stretched back to October.

Lastly, an entertaining game at Parkfield saw draw specialists Potters Bar Town score late to salvage a 3-3 draw at home to Marlow.

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Division One Central Roundup

Saturday 22 March 2014 - 7:29 pm | Added by: Admin to Calor League, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Wins for all four of the Calor League Division One Central's leading sides meant no changes following this weekend's action, but Kettering Town are up into the playoff places - overtaking Barton Rovers on goal difference.

Top of the table Rugby Town overcame the challenge of Egham Town, winning 3-1 at home with David Kolodynski scoring the second to make him Rugby's all time leading goalscorer with 125. Despite being reduced to ten-men in the second half, the hosts looked comfortable in taking all three points.

A first half goal from Leon Cashman gave 2nd placed Dunstable Town a 1-0 win at Ashford Town (Mx), who were unable to extend their six-match unbeaten run or build on their shock midweek win over Daventry Town, whilst Slough Town survived an early scare at home to Leighton Town by coming from behind to win 4-1 at Holloways Park, Johnnie Dyer netting a brace.

Daventry put their upset at Ashford behind them to win to win 2-0 at the other basement side, Chertsey Town, with second half goals from Ryan Howell and Scott Cross - returning this week after a loan spell at Wellingborough Town - coming within five minutes of each other.

Meanwhile, North Greenford United remain just a point above the relegation zone as they were beaten 3-0 at home by St Ives Town, whose Tom Meechan scored twice.

An Alan Hedley goal five minutes from time earned Chalfont St. Peter a 1-1 draw at Kettering Town, but the point was enough to lift the Poppies to fifth after Barton Rovers lost 3-1 at home to Potters Bar Town, who ended a run of four successive 1-1 draws (and fifteen games without a win) as a result.

Three teams still knocking on the doors of the playoffs are Royston Town, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Northwood, the former going down to a last minute defeat at AFC Hayes, whilst the other two met at Northwood Park.

Returning striker Tony Mendy scored twice as Hayes came from behind to win 2-1 after the Crows had opened the scoring through Kaan Fehmi with just nine minutes played, whilst Beaconsfield SYCOB edged the narrow encounter with Northwood 1-0 thanks to Jon-Jo Bates's 82nd minute winner.

Elsewhere, Uxbridge made it seven wins and one draw from their last eight league games as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Aylesbury United, whilst early goals from Ben Stevens and Danny Burnell gave Aylesbury FC a 2-0 home win against Marlow.

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Reds Trump Greens

Saturday 22 March 2014 - 6:06 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury lost out at home to in-form Uxbridge at Bell Close in the Calor League Division One Central, as the visitors came from behind to win 2-1.

When many were expecting a jaded looking United, this being their fourth game in eight days, their performance was actually very good and was worthy of at least the point they should have gained had a late penalty kick not been saved.

With the wind behind them Uxbridge had the better of the first half openings, but with roles reversed after the break the Ducks took the lead through Daniel Jones soon after the restart.

Alylesbury should have been two goals ahead when a header hit both posts before bouncing clear, and such are the fine margins of football that Uxbridge went straight to the other end and scored.

Aided by some attacking substitutions the visitors had shown a marked improvement, and they soon had another to turn the game in their favour.

United still had fight in them and having rallied they won a penalty, but it wasn't to be their day as Pickford saved Jones's spot kick and ensured all three points went back to Middlesex.

» Match report


Cup Disappointment for Ducks

Thursday 20 March 2014 - 11:10 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury's hopes of a cup final for the second year running were dashed by old rivals Chesham United, who beat the Ducks 3-1 in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup semi final at a sodden Bell Close.

Injuries, suspensions and player unavailability meant Aylesbury could barely name a fit eleven, whilst the Generals squad was formed almost entirely of youth and reserve team players.

A poor first half was badly affected by the atrocious conditions caused by steady, heavy rain, as the visitors edged ahead just past the half hour mark when Tashan Dwyer produced a superb finish to get his memorable senior debut up and running.

After the break Aylesbury did at least create a number of chances, but were hit by two 'sucker punch' counter attacking goals in the space of two minutes - Dwyer scoring again before Bobby Devyne nodded home the third - and it was game over with Chesham holding a 3-0 lead.

It took until stoppage time before the the hosts finally troubled the scoresheet when Joey Acheampong netted after a goalmouth scramble to make the final score 1-3.

» Match report


Family Fete at Rivets for Shay's Miracle Fund

Thursday 20 March 2014 - 12:08 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

Family fete at Rivet Sports & Social Club, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury HP21 8AD in aid of Shay Kenny.

There will be:

  • Loads of stalls
  • caribbean food
  • magician
  • kids entertainer
  • bouncy castle
  • penalty shoot out
  • raffle
  • auction
  • and a few surprises on the way

12-5pm Entry= £1 for adults & Free for u16s

Shay's Miracle Fund has been created to raise funds for the purchase of a stairlift that will enhance the mobility of a very special little boy called Shay Kenny, who has a condition called PVL (Periventricular leukomalacia), as well as cerebal palsy and epilepsy.

Shay has attended our Disabled football sessions when his health has allowed. His two older brothers also regularly attend our MiniDucks sessions so the family are really part of the club.

To donate please go to:

If you cannot afford to donate or are unable to attend the fundraiser then please raise awareness via your social media pages


Blackett's Late Winner Ends Drought

Tuesday 18 March 2014 - 11:01 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Substitute Jason Blackett scored just thirty seconds after coming onto the pitch to end Aylesbury's four-match goal drought and seven-game search for a win, as the Ducks nicked a narrow 1-0 win over Buckinghamshire rivals Chalfont St. Peter.

The Saints had reason to wonder quite how they left Bell Close empty handed having had the better of the chances overall, hitting the woodwork and missing a gilt-edged open goal chance earlier on.

But United's was a performance of attrition and hard work that ultimately paid dividends as every man in green and white put in a creditible night's work.

» Match report


Winless Run Goes On

Saturday 15 March 2014 - 6:47 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Clinical Dunstable Town completed a league double over the Ducks with a 3-0 Creasey Park win this afternoon as United's slump in form continued.

Having lost to another title-challenger, Daventry Town, four days earlier, Aylesbury have now gone seven games without a win and four without so much as scoring a goal.

In the blink of an eye Dunstable were two goals to the good, as Tony Burnett netted after just four minutes and Leon Cashman on twelve with United's reshuffled defence all at sea.

Cashman added his second and his side's third ten minutes from the break to put the game out of United's reach.

Aylesbury did improve after the break and competed much better in a game which earlier had the look of a heavy defeat, but they couldn't seriously test home goalkeeper Jamie Head who had a straightforward afternoon.

» Match report


Daventry Deny Ducks Again

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - 11:32 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | |

Daventry Town moved up to third in the league as, for the second time in the space of a week, they beat Aylesbury United 2-0 in the Calor League Division One Central.

The Ducks made a decent enough start to the match, but it gradually became a one-sided first half and it was no surprise when Tom Berwick gave the hosts a 26th minute lead with a finely executed lob, as United's defenders fumed at the linesman for the lack of his offside flag.

Some strong defending by Aylesbury kept Daventry at bay and the score at one going into half time, and Tony Joyce changed things up by swapping defensive midfielders Greg Williams and Richard Armstrong for wingers Lee Grace and Daniel Jones, and it had the desired effect as a more lively United emerged and gave a spirited display.

Despite this, making headway against the resolute and well organised Daventry team proved difficult, and it was the home side who had the perfect opportunity to seal the match with a softly awarded penalty, but ex-Duck Liam Dolman's spot kick was superbly saved by Jack Sillitoe.

Aylesbury battled on but still couldn't find a breakthrough, and instead it was the Purples who scored again when Mykel Beckley tapped in from close range with two minutes to go, capitalising on a quick counter attack when the Ducks had thrown men forward for a set piece.

Despite having nothing to show for their efforts Tony Joyce's men can take plenty of heart from their display as they travel to another of the title challengers, Dunstable Town, at the weekend.

» Match report


Mini Soccer Teams Weekend Roundup

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - 09:50 am | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

Under 7 - Pitsonte & Ivinghoe v Aylesbury United - The away fixtures bring out the teamwork factor

The teams were again divided in two with a fair age split, team (A) consisted of Jonathan, Ryan T-T, Emmanuel, Hayden, Christopher, Sam, Leo & Ryan R, and team (B) consisted of Ethan, Luca, Charlie, Owais, Jaden, Henry, Haydon & Rory.

Team A's report -

Today's match against Pitstone & Ivinghoe was played in glorious sunshine and a warm 16°c (yes you heard me right).  Our opponents only had one team today so we had one game against them but set up a second game as a friendly training match between my eight players split into two teams, one managed by Hayden's Dad Tim and one managed by Jonathan's Dad Graham, which was refereed by myself.

We started the game against Pitstone & Ivinghoe with Sam in goal, Hayden and Jonathan in defence, Ryan in midfield and Christopher as our striker.  Having worked on zonal positions in training on Saturday I thought it was a good opportunity to try this out today, so I drew a grid with the 3 zones, defence, midfield and attack and explained where I wanted them and said to try and stick within their zones.  This worked really well and in the first half we limited our opponents to long shots which Sam dealt with very well.  We did struggle to get the ball forward early on but as I pushed them on we made some very fine passing moves, some of which we had been working on where the player draws the opponent in then lays off a pass to either the left or the right so this was really pleasing to see in a match!  Both teams were limited to few shots but as the half was about to end Hayden sent a pass through the defence which Ryan ran onto, he was through on goal only for the half time whistle to sound so that was really unlucky!

In the second half I made changes bringing off Ryan, Sam and Christopher, Leo then went in goal, Hayden and Jonathan continued in defence, Emmanuel went in midfield and our newest recruit Ryan who had his first name changed to 'Ryder' to prevent confusion was our striker.  We got off to a fast start pinning our opponents into their own half and early on we had attempts from Ryder, Hayden and Emmanuel but just couldn't quite get the power into our shots.  We kept battling away and continued to have the better of the possession with crosses and attacks raining in, yet still we couldn't find that elusive goal.  As the second half almost come to an end Leo made a fantastic save from a shot from distance, had Leo not been concentrating it would of definitely resulted in a goal so well done to him and also to Jonathan who was a rock in defence today, he even found time to help organise his team mates making sure they knew who they were marking (we have a Terry Butcher / Alan Hansen in the making).

Ryan ran Jonathan close today for best performance with a gritty display in midfield, he covered a lot of ground on a very large pitch!  So the match finished a goalless draw but a great display all round from the lads.

After a rest and a drink we set up the mini friendly with Tim (Red team) taking charge of Ryan, Ryder, Sam and his son Hayden, and Graham (Blue team) taking charge of Emmanuel, Leo, Christopher and his son Jonathan.

The game was end to end but after looking exhausted at the end of their first match they had soon found their legs again.  The reds had the early chances and pinned the blues in, but the blues dug deep and weathered the early storm to have a few chances themselves.  In the end it was the reds who powered forward and scored through Ryan in a good team move, they continued to have chances but some good tackling by Jonathan and Ryder kept the score at 1-0.

In the second half the coaches changed things around and the blues came into the game more but again it was the reds who broke through with a good cross field shot, across the keeper and into the far corner for Ryan's second of the match.  The blues then had one last attack which saw Leo pass the ball straight through the centre for Emmanuel to run onto and out pace the reds defence and score a great placed shot into the bottom left corner.  So the match finished 2-1 to the reds and a win for Tim, well done to both Dads who stepped into my shoes for the 4v4 friendly match I hope they enjoyed it!

Well done again to all the lads today, a much better team performance and a lot more listening and thinking helped out with today's result!  Lets hope we can keep the nice weather for our next game.

Shaun Teasdale U7 Assistant Coach

Team B's report -

Because Pitstone & Ivinghoe did not have enough players for four matches (no buddy team) we decided to play a mini friendly with our waiting team, managed by two brave parents and myself as the referee.  This proved to be a good pre-game warm up for the lads, and there should be no disillusion that they didn't give it their all because of having to play the opposition next.  In fact I was a little worried they would be out of steam but I forgot they are 6/7 year olds brimming with enough energy to power a lighthouse.  :-)

The mini 4v4 friendly teams I kept with for the two halves of our game with the opposition.  The greens were managed by Celtic supporter Will (Luca's Dad) and consisted of Luca (GK/ATT), Henry (DEF), Jaden (MID), Owais (ATT/GK) and played the first half of our game with P&I.  The oranges were managed by Wolves supporter Stuart (Rory's Dad) and consisted of Rory (GK/ATT), Ethan (DEF), Haydon (MID), Charlie (ATT/GK) and played the second half of our game with P&I.

The greens were pinned back in the first half of their mini friendly and did pay for that conceding a few good goals scored by the oranges who went on to win, but towards the end of the second half things did start to come together for them just in time for their first half against the fixture opponents.

The first half team aka the greens from the mini friendly were assisted by Rory who went in goal, allowing Luca to play up front, with Owais right midfield, Jaden left midfield and Henry our solitary defender who had impressed me in that position in our last league fixture.

As the match began it was evident this was not going to be an easy game but with Henry doing exactly what was asked of him the opposition found it hard to get into our box, which resulted in the majority of their attempts being from range something Rory was alert to.  This was a much improved defensive performance after the counter attack lesson taught to us by our last league opposition.

With Henry pushing out from the back and our midfield duo Jaden and Owais racing the opposition to the ball and threading through passes, it was not long before the pressure paid off and Luca kept strong on the ball in the opponents half to run on to goal and slot it to the side of the keeper.  Hooray!  Unfortunately that stirred up Pitstone & Ivinghoe and they soon went back at us to level the score, which is how it then remained before half time.

The second half team aka the oranges from the mini friendly were assisted by Owais who went in goal, allowing Charlie to play up front who had impressed in training the day before, with Haydon right midfield, Rory left midfield and Ethan our solitary defender.

The match restarted with fresh legs but still a level score line thanks to the first half players.  The football then witnessed put a smile on my face because we had been working on our passing at training and that was seen in abundance, along with a very strong teamwork ethic each player supporting a colleague to ensure the opposition had a very tough time.

The first goal of the second half came following a few passes out from defence down the wing ending with a cross in to Charlie who made sure it counted!  The next goal came from a very similar approach play, again with a cross courtesy of Haydon but this time Rory on the end of it to make it another!  The next goal after that was a result of a very big goal ward clearance from Ethan in defence, which had a large bounce and their keeper could not get a hold of it!  The opposition did then bring the game to us and get one back but because of some heroic keeping from Owais they were unable to get another.  I had a perfect view of one shot heading into the top corner, which Owais got his finger tips to, pushing it just wide for a corner.  When the final whistle blew I had complete respect for the first and second half players, they had worked well as a team and their group performance made the result a winning one.  Well done lads!

The result, our whole Aylesbury United Juniors performance (team A&B), our away support, along with the weather, made this a very enjoyable fixture.  Thank you all!

Kris Butterworth U7 Team Coach

Thanks to the parents/guardians, family and friends for their brilliant away support, which massively helps the team moral.  Also a big thanks to Aylesbury United Juniors only referee in today's fixture, Stuart (Rory's Dad) who officiated to his usual high standards.

Under 8 - Marlow United v Aylesbury United - Beautiful day for football

Green team GK Toby Defenders Jake & Kyle Midfield Rhys & Oliver Up front Lee & Corey (c)

Game one. After a slight delay we finally got under way in today's set of games against Marlow and there where to be 2 very close games indeed. I don't think the delay helped the boys at all today as it took them a while to settle into there normal rhythm. We came up against a very well organised Marlow side, this game was fast flowing with both sides giving there all Lee & Corey carried on in the same form as they have been in the last few weeks with lots of running up and down mad linking play we had the added bonus this week with having Oliver back in the side and with his endless running with Rhys supporting him the middle Jack and Kyle where again calm and composed at the back. This was a entraining game to watch and be part of with both sides having attempts on goal Toby was called on a few times but proved more than up for the task in hand making some key saves when it looked Marlow would nick it least to say it was very good 0-0 game. Game 2 Saw me swap Rhys for Shay the boys settled a lot quicker into this game and continued from where they left of from the previous game with loads of effort and running Corey went very close from a well struck free kick which the Marlow defender somehow managed to head clear. Oliver and Shay where causing the Marlow players lots of problems with there speed and well timed tackles. Kyle had a chance from a well taken corner from Corey only just missing his head. When we did come under pressure at the back Kyle and Jack where there to clean up Toby managed to pull of a terrific save with his finger tips which had the opposing manger praising him, we almost broke though at they very end as Corey raced clear and fed Lee in the box only for to miss by inches. This one finished 0-0. 2 very interesting games which either side could of taken but it just wasn't meant to be. We go again next week away to Chesham athletic. I would like to thank Marc for referring one of are games today, and as always all the parents for support the boys on in the hot weather your support and help is always appreciated. Man of the match was Jack. Written by Stuart Clark ( and yes I did write this one)

White Team.
Up front: Braden Just sitting behind was: Montana and Shay The back three was: Sj Sam and Nathaniel Goal keeper: Will Sub: Oliver

Today we travelled away form home to play Marlow United. A nervous and slow start to the first game with Nathaniel as Captain see Aylesbury united junior's concede 3 scrappy goals. But the white team didn't give up they carried on fighting right to the end of the game which see Sj with a big clearance to Braden for Braden to sneak it past the goal keeper which gave us a goal and a big boost. When the second game come I swapped Sam for a injured Will in goal and Shay for Reece then I played Oliver in defence which see the team play really well together with some great runs up the wing made by Reece and some very strong defensive play made by Oliver and Sj. But despite all of that Marlow united scored another 3 scrappy goals but yet again the white team never gave up. In the second half we came close with Sj having some free kicks and a close shot on goal which just see it go wide. There was some good link up play between the white team today but it just wasn't meant to be today.   Man of the match was Braden who was our Captain for us in our second game.

I would just like to thank Marc (Braden's dad) for doing the referring for us today and all of the parents for traveling to the game and all your support in the hot weather.Also I wanted to wish Will a speedy recovery from us all hope you get well soon. Written by the assistant manager Sean.   I will see you all in two weeks time good luck for your next game !!!!   Good luck Sean with your course from all of us.

Under 9 - Beaconsfield Holtspur FC v Aylesbury United - Early Start!

Leon’s Team

Match Report by Ian Sharp

Gk: Ted, Defence: Zico, Charlie B, Kyle Midfield: Oliver, Callum, Tomas Striker: Ben

Match 1 The match kicked off and Aylesbury were looking a little tired from there early kick off. Beaconsfield gained the upper hand and were soon on the attack. They forced an early corner which unfortunately Ted was unable to catch cleanly and the ball dropped over the line. 1-0 to Beaconsfield. The game settled down but Aylesbury were finding it difficult to create any chances. They soon forced a corner but were unable to convert the opportunity. Beaconsfield began to press looking for more goals and were only thwarted by a fine save by Ted. Again Aylesbury pushed for their opening goal and forced another corner. Unfortunately, the resultant kick came to nothing. The half ended moments later with Beaconsfield 1-0 up. The second half kicked off with Aylesbury under further pressure. Both Zico and Charlie were busy blocking tackles and protecting the Aylesbury goal. A further attack from Beaconsfield resulted is a shot and another excellent save from Ted. Beaconsfield were well on top and forced another corner which Zico expertly cleared. On another occasion he was forced into a last ditch tackle that prevented a certain goal. Aylesbury were under even more pressure and again only a Zico clearance off the line prevented Beaconsfield doubling their tally. Aylesbury were unable to create any notably chances and the game ended 1-0 to Beaconsfield but should have been more largely due to a fine defensive display. 

Match 2 The second match started badly for Aylesbury. With virtually Beaconsfield’s first attack there was a scramble in front of goal and with Aylesbury unable to clear the ball, Beaconsfield were able to force the ball over the line to go 1-0 up. Aylesbury didn’t allow their heads to drop and were soon on the attack. Ben found himself in space and was able to shoot but on this occasion it was blocked. As Aylesbury continued to press forward they forced a corner but were unable to convert the opportunity. At the other end Ted was called into action to make a good save from a Beaconsfield corner. Aylesbury were in the ascendancy now as the game opened up. A pass from Tom found Ben whose shot was blocked. Callum was able to pick up the loose ball but his shot just missed the target. With no further chances the half ended 1-0 to Beaconsfield but Aylesbury were certainly not out of this one. From the restart Aylesbury picked up where they left off. Zico made a strong run down the left and found Ben with a pass who instinctively shot and scored to put Aylesbury on level terms 1-1. The goal lifted the whole team with everyone working hard. Oliver had a fine effort on goal which was well saved by the Beaconsfield keeper. As the ball ran loose Charlie ran onto it and unleashed a thunderous shot which flew into the net. Aylesbury now 2-1 up. Further Aylesbury pressure saw Kyle moving forwards trying to create an opening. He found Tom who laid on a good pass to Callum whose shot was blocked for a corner. Beaconsfield were also soon on the attack themselves. Good defensive work and another save from Ted who was left one on one prevented a certain equaliser. With only a few minutes to go another Aylesbury attack found both Tom and Ben bearing down on goal. A fine pass from Ben found Tom who despite being heavily tackled managed to get a shot away and net Aylesbury’s third goal. Despite the best efforts of both teams neither were able to add to the score. The game ended 3 - 1 to Aylesbury. A fantastic effort boys and richly deserved. 

Ben’s Team

Match Report by Ceri Baker

Gk: Ieuan, Defence: Callum A, Charlie T Midfield: Alex, Ethan, Ryan, Fin Striker: Yannis

First match v Beaconsfield: Won 3-0

The first match kicked off with Scott sadly missing again.

It was a good start in the early morning sunshine for Ben's team who dominated the early possession and strung some good passes together. This was finally rewarded when Ryan, our left footed wizard, slid a nice shot into the corner of the goal to give Aylesbury a deserved lead which they managed to hand on to with relative comfort until half time.

In the second half the hard-working Ethan pounced on a loose ball and clinically put the ball away with the style of Dennis Bergkamp to give the boys a deserved 2-0 lead. Ryan went close again hitting the bar with a fizzing shot. However, the performance was capped off by Finn aka Roy Keane, scoring from a half cleared corner to complete the scoring. He very nearly made it four with the final kick of the match as a fizzing shot into the right hand corner was very well saved by the Beaconsfield keeper. A good performance by all the boys, with Yannis working hard up front, and Ieuan handling everything cleanly, ably supported by solid performances from Alex, Charlie and Callum who all fought to the end.

Well done!

Second match v Beaconsfield: Lost 2-0

In the second match, whether it was a lack of a fresh substitute, the spring sunshine, or the early start, the boys lost a little of their energy as they didn't get their passing or tackling game together as well as I know they're capable of. In the end Beaconsfield made us pay as we defended a little too deep and failed to clear a loose ball which was chipped over Ieuan to give Beaconsfield a 1-0 lead at half time.

In the second half the boys tried hard but appeared a little tired (you may regret that at training next week lads!). Despite the best efforts of the hard working and ever dangerous Finn and Ethan, we were caught again by Beaconsfield who made it 2-0 despite Ieuan's best efforts. The boys kept plugging away and Ethan appeared unlucky not to win us a penalty and the boys weren't helped with a few 50/50 decisions going against them, but I suppose they may as well learn now - life's not always fair!

They tried their best, but it wasn't to be this time as Beaconsfield clung on for a 2-0 win.

Never mind lads, make up for it next week!

Under 10 - Aylesbury United v Aylesbury FC/Haddenham - Opponents Claim Spoils in Close, Close Derby Day

The squad was split into its usual two teams (with a few slight adjustments to take into account absentees and returning players), one team captained by Andrew C and the other by Kaelin S.

The first game against Haddenham Youth saw a victory for the visitors. We found ourselves two goals down at half time before pulling level through the ever reliable Andrew C and Josh H. Haddenham then regained the lead as the ball squeezed in at the near post from a corner before adding a second as we got caught out chasing the game.

The second game against Haddenham Youth saw us gain our only victory of the day thanks to goals from Kaelin S and Elliott B.

Both games against Aylesbury FC ended in single goal victories for our visitors. The first game saw FC victorious by the odd goal in three with our goal coming from Charlie D whilst the second game saw FC take an early lead and try as they might the boys could not force an equaliser thanks mainly to two exceptional saves from the FC goalkeeper towards the end of the game. These were two keenly contested games between two squads who could be friendly rivals for years to come.

Men of the Match awards were made to Josh H and Elliott B.

Manager Lee commented after the game "I think everyone will be a little disappointed to only get one victory from this morning's game when we secured three victories in the corresponding development fixture earlier in the season. That having been said there are no results in our remaining matches that could take away from the u10s' achievements and progression this season, we have had a fantastic season and both teams will come together to form a fine u11 nine a side squad next season.

We have our final group game next Sunday away versus Wycombe Saints and I hope we can do enough there to secure a place in at least the 5th/6th place play off the weekend after (our final mini conference game of the season) as I do not believe we deserve to be playing for 7th/8th place when taking into account the season as a whole."


Stalemate At Bell Close

Saturday 08 March 2014 - 10:19 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

Aylesbury United returned to action this afternoon facing Egham Town at Bell Close.  The visitors arrived on a 6 match winning run in league and cup, having scored 20 goals and conceded only one in that time - perhaps not the ideal opposition following Wednesday evening’s disappointing result against Daventry.  Changes were made to the starting line up, as Tony Joyce chose to rotate the squad again.  The 5 subs from Wednesday were restored to the starting line up; Keith Williams returned at left back in place of Zack Reynolds, who was rested after reporting a slight knee strain, Liam Smyth returned to partner Greg Williams in the centre of midfield with Lee Grace on the left and Paul Edgeworth on the right.  Top scorer Stacey Field replaced Dom Petrucci up front. 

The game soon settled down into a midfield battle, with scoring opportunities scarce in the opening exchanges, although the visitors had the best of the play.  The nearest either side came to scoring in the first half was when Egham centre back Ryan Lake had the ball in the net, but saw the goal chalked off because he had put it in with his hand - and rightly earned himself a yellow card.  The second half followed the same pattern, both sides cancelling each other out in the midfield battle, with neither side having the ability to get the ball in the net when chances were created.  Despite making positive substitutions, and playing more cohesively than the first half, the Ducks were unable to force the issue, although Stacey Field had a great opportunity 2 minutes from time.  A great move down the right saw Jason Blackett cross to him unmarked in the 6 yard box.  His firm header was superbly saved by visiting keeper Norris at point blank range.

The game ended goal-less, which considering Egham’s recent form should perhaps go down as a point gained rather than 2 points dropped.  Worryingly with the return match at Daventry on Tuesday evening, Steve Hatch limped out with a leg injury in the first half, and both Jack Wood and Richard Armstrong picked up knocks in the second half, although both completed the match.  The Ducks will want as many fit players as possible available on Tuesday evening, for what promises to be another testing evening against a team in top form.

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U12 and U16 Disabled/Special Needs team enjoy Inclusive Football Tournament in Maidenhead

Friday 07 March 2014 - 2:21 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Juniors, Club News | |

Our U12 and U16 Disabled/Special Needs teams took part in their first ever tournament at the weekend. Opposition for both teams was provided by Marlow and they both played 2 entertaining games

The Under 16s went first, the squad was made up of Mobeen, Sam, Abdul, Joshua, Adhil, Asim, Mushqat, Lee and Jamie. The match was a real end-to-end affair with both teams having chances to score and some excellent passing football displayed by both teams. Whilst this game was going on the Under 12s went outside for a training session with the coach from the B&B FA.

The Under 12s were next up to play, the squad was made up of Ciaran, Cameron, Brad, Emma, Mohamed and Harry. This was the first time most of them had ever played in a match before and they all did really to work hard as a team and create a few good chances to score. Whilst this game was going on the U16s went outside for a training session with the coach from the B&B FA.

Both teams then had a second match against the respective Marlow teams. The Under 16s again won a very close match whilst the Under 12s pushed Marlow a lot harder second time around and even scored their first ever goal when Emma forced the ball over the line following a corner.

We would like to thank Jon Wood from the B&B FA for organising the event, Marlow for providing such friendly opposition, Dave Miller for bringing the U16s over on the minibus and to the parents for their constant support. Most of all though we want to thank the girls and boys who represented the club on the day, you all did yourselves proud and we hope that this is the first match of many for you all

Further photos can be found here:

The U12 and U16 Disabled/Special Needs teams are both on the lookout for additional players. We are also in need of someone to manage the U16 team at BOBi league games. Anyone interested can either show up to training, which is every Saturday from 9-10am at Ashmead Combined School or email


Daventry too strong for the Ducks

Wednesday 05 March 2014 - 11:56 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

Following a bruising encounter at Marlow last Saturday, Tony Joyce rested a number of players as he rotated his squad for the visit of in-form Daventry Town.  The midfield was completely changed, with Ben Baines, Greg Williams, Richard Armstrong returning to the starting line up, joining Jack Wood who started the game in an unfamiliar left sided role.  Zack Reynolds replaced Keith Williams at left back, with Dom Petrucci and Jason Blackett starting up front in place of Stacey Field and Paul Edgeworth. 

Daventry have a number of games in hand on the teams at the top of the league, thanks to a number of postponements due to an extended FA Cup run and bad weather.  With only 4 defeats so far in the league, this always promised to be a hard match for the Ducks, and so it proved.  The visitors passed the ball around well, and at times their running off the ball was joy to watch.  It was the visitor’s Luke Keen who had the first opportunity of the match, seeing his shot from the edge of the box rebound down from the underside of the bar and away to safety.   The Ducks were forced to reshuffle the team when Shane Wood was forced off injured after 25 minutes, brother Jack moving back to play alongside Bill Morgan, with Keith Williams coming on at left back and Reynolds moving forward to the left side of midfield.  Chances came for both sides during the half, but it was in added on time that the visitors took the lead, through striker Keen, with a fine shot from the edge of the box. 

The second half resembled last week’s match at Rugby, with the Ducks on the defensive for much of the time.  Keen and his striking partner Robinson were lively all evening and 10 minutes from time combined to score the goal which sewed up the points. Keen had a header well saved by Jack Sillitoe; when the ball rebounded to him his second attempt was cleared off the line by Jack Wood but unfortunately the ball appeared to have gone in off the body of Robinson who was following up, although the goal has officially been awarded to Keen.  In truth, this was a dominant display by the visitors who will surely be in the reckoning for promotion when they have played their games in hand.  Certainly Aylesbury will need to up their game when they travel to play the return match next Tuesday.  Before that though, on Saturday another home match against Egham Town, when the Ducks will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

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Ladies Fundraising Quiz Night

Wednesday 05 March 2014 - 10:22 am | Added by: Andy Foster to Ladies, Club News | |

Aylesbury Utd Ladies Section are holding a Quiz Night to raise funds

The event will take place at 7pm on Saturday 15th March at the Bierton Sports Centre, Burcott Lane Bierton HP22 5AS

Teams are to be of between 4 and 6 members and entry fee is £5 per person on the night

Everyone is very welcome and we would love to see as many teams as possible take part and help out the cause so thinking caps on and see you there

Please bring your own drinks

For further information or to reserve a table please contact Bethan Cameron on 07799 633543 or find us on Facebook - Aylesbury United Ladies FC


Junior Teams Roundup

Tuesday 04 March 2014 - 1:27 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

Under 7 - Aylesbury United v Wendover Juniors - Hard fought battles!
It just didn't come together as well as it did for the opposition.

The teams were again divided in two with a fair age split, team (A) consisted of Jonathan, Ryan T-T, Emmanuel, Hayden, Sam, Leo, Freddie & Christopher, and team (B) consisted of Ethan, Luca, Charlie, Owais, Jaden, Henry, Haydon & Rory.

Team A's report -

Todays match saw us up against a very good Wendover side.  On a much dryer day I decided to change things around for our first match, playing a few players in unfamiliar positions to gain them experience in different roles around the pitch.  Starting with the ever reliable Sam in goal, Emmanuel and Christopher in defence, Freddie in midfield and Leo as Striker.

We did struggle to keep hold of the ball early on, our tackling and passing was not as good as its been in past games and the pace of the game was very pedestrian.  It seemed at times the players were still half asleep and all we had been working on in training seemed to have been forgotten!  But we stayed in the game after conceding a sloppy goal and with a couple of minutes to go in the first half we finally managed to pass the ball down the wing, cross it, and have a shot.

After a few words at half time and some tweaks to the line up I brought on Ryan, Hayden and Jonathan.  This did inject a bit more pace to our game which is one of our strengths, but we were still struggling to get going and we seemed to loose out in most of our tackling.  Ryan and Hayden went close fizzing shots across the goal but we couldn't break through a good organised Wendover defence and conceded a couple of goals where we were caught napping at the back.

So to summarise the first match I would have to say more talking, passing and a bit more bite in our tackles would have improved our all-round game.

Again we had a chat between games to encourage the boys, saying that although the first game was poor we still had the chance to improve in the second.  Unfortunately we started the second game very sloppy giving the ball away and seemed to be chasing after the ball in packs instead of keeping our positions.  We were a bit all over the place, getting caught ball watching and without good saves from Christopher who had taken the gloves for this match we would of been a few goals down within minutes.  As the half drew to a close we again were very sloppy and found ourselves two down, so I had some sorting out to do in the half time break.

In the three halves we had played so far we had failed to score and only had about three shots.  But after a good team chat they seemed more up for the fight in the second half, with better passing and much more strength in the tackles.  But for all that we got caught with a counter attack, something we ourselves had been working on in training these past few weeks.

So at three down with five minutes to go it seemed the comeback was over, but I was wrong and I'm pleased to say it!  From the restart I pushed the players forward and they started to believe again and with shots at goal from Ryan and Sam we finally pushed Wendover back.  A good passing move involving the whole team saw Sam strike a goal to get us our first of the day and a slim hope of a draw.  I then made a quick sub something I don't normally do as I had made changes at half time but I could see Emmanuel was struggling, so on came Hayden and within a minute he passed and tricked his way through and scored across the keeper to bring us within one goal.  The team now had that smile back and belief was in their game.  As soon as Wendover kicked off we were pressing them into a mistake and after good tackles and passing our pressure paid off with another great run from Hayden, shooting again across the keeper to gain us a fantastic draw and a fine comeback!

It seems our team enjoy the thrill of a comeback and I hope now they can use these two very different matches to look at the positives, which were mainly in the final half of the second game and the errors which they were all guilty of during the rest of the match.  But that is why we all put the hours in on Saturday mornings to improve and make ourselves better, for a team of 6 and 7 year olds they will learn from winning well, playing well, along with the fight backs to draw, as well as the lessons learnt in defeat.  However much work is needed but the team is growing and these two matches will help them learn, as it has done for me too.

Good effort lads, we will go again next match.

Shaun Teasdale U7 Assistant Coach

Team B's report -

It was good to get back to some matches after a long break because of the bad weather, thankfully our home pitches are quite hardy and were relatively dry compared with others in the district.  The lads seemed equally as happy to return to match football after the last two tough training sessions I put them through, done to blow off the cobwebs in advance of this fixture.

The starting line up for the first match saw Charlie begin in goal, Ethan the solitary defender, Haydon on the right wing, Luca controlling midfield and Rory the lone attacker.

The lads had been practising on their passing game ahead of the fixture but the excitement seemed to get the better of them and quite a few times players ran with the ball as opposed to taking the easier option of passing the ball around the opposition.  Having said that Haydon had quite a few successful wing runs that ended with a crossed ball but unfortunately nothing was on the end of it.  Luca tried a similar approach in midfield but the opposition reminded us why we had been learning possession play in training.  Counter attacks seemed to be the theme for the day and a couple from the opposition punished us to take them into the half time break two goals up.

For the second half of the first match Owais replaced Charlie in goal, Henry replaced Ethan in defence (a change of role from his previous appearances), Jaden replaced Luca in midfield but as a winger, with Haydon staying in place on the other wing and Rory still upfront.

The fresh players brought about a change of approach play and the fortunes of the game did turn, with one of Haydon's runs paying off this time and Rory dispatching the ball into the net!  Wendover continued counter attacking and despite some good stops and closing down attackers by Owais, a corner ball was finally what beat him bouncing off his legs into the net.  It did seem like we could claw it back as Henry also deterred the opposition to keep the ball away from our goal but they had a shot from distance with a decent bounce to give them a fourth goal which took the wind out of our lads sails and ended the game with a three goal deficit.

The starting line up for the second match saw Luca begin between the posts, Henry on his own in defence, Ethan and Owais in midfield and Charlie the only attacker.

Perhaps the first match had helped but the second match saw us start like they had been listening at training, with some good passing moves adopted from the start.  Ethan seemed to enjoy breaking free from his previous defensive duties and with knowledge that Henry had performed well there in the last match he moved up the pitch and several passes from the back resulted in Ethan slotting one through to Charlie, who without hesitation made sure this time we started in front.  Unfortunately just like with the first Wendover team, the second team adopted some good counter attacking play and made us pay, levelling the score and then putting us a goal behind within a short space of time.  That was disappointing because to me the score line did not reflect the game and I was very happy when Ethan took a shot that didn't quite make it into the goal (touching the post) but was finished off by a delighted Henry.  My happiness was unfortunately deflated a little while later when yet another counter attack saw Wendover again go into the lead and finish the half perhaps wondering how they were one goal up.

For the second half of the second match Rory replaced Luca in goal who then went upfront, Ethan dropped back into defence, allowing for the two wingers Jaden and Haydon to come on in place of Henry and Owais.

The second half did not begin with as strong a morale as the other restarts and when Wendover netted another two goals I did wonder if it was going to be a rout.  However as it turned out we did have quite a few attacks but it proved not to be Luca's day with a shot going either side of the goal and one getting caught up under him as he tried to get closer to the keeper.  The lads perhaps slightly dejected finished three goals down which I do not feel fairly reflected the game but I guess that's football for you.  :-(  We will pick ourselves up, dust down, practice in training and hope our better away form returns us to winning ways.

Kris Butterworth U7 Team Coach

Thanks to the parents/guardians, family and friends for their appreciated continued support and also to our two referee's in today's fixture, Justin (Freddie's Dad) and Stuart (Rory's Dad) both who were very professional with their duties.

Under 8 - Aylesbury United v Flackwell Heath - Another cracking week!

Green Team Goalkeeper Toby Defence Kyle & Jack (c) Midfield Will Up front Corey & Lee Sub - Rhys

Jack was given the captains armband this week.

Game one saw a strong start with Corey and Lee once again working well together up front, with Will supporting. The defence was solid with Jack and Kyle and of course Toby in goal. We had an added player this week in the form of Rhys making his debut for the club after only two training sessions. We took control of this first game early on by taking the lead within minutes of the kick off. It was a fine goal supplied from Corey with support from Lee. Lee again attempted another cross that ended up hitting the mark adding to his impressive goal record. I will certainly be encouraging him to cross the ball more often! The defence stood firm when ended making some important tackles keeping Toby out of danger. Will was running up and down the pitch providing excellent support. Corey added to the score shortly before half time taking an already impressive tally for the season one step higher. They boys didn't faltered in the second half, with Lee adding his second of the game. Toby was called on a couple of times towards the end of the game but proved solid making one good save and one terrific save a short time afterwards which had the opposing coach praising him to me.

Game 2 saw us swap Rhys for Shay giving another debut performance to the second of our new players. We came against so a strong and confident Flackwell side but the boys were more than up for the challenge of taking this side on. I knew this would be an uphill battle when Toby had to make four saves in a row, inside the opening minutes if the game. Kyle and Jack's defending meant that Flackwell were denied more than once supporting Toby well in goal. Shay made his debut at half time after Will was winded after making an excellent defensive block. Lee ran like the wind three quarters of the way down the pitch and was rewarded with the only Aylesbury goal in this match.

Well done boys, you should be proud of the performances this week.

Thank you to Adam for refereeing two of the games.

Written by Stuart Clark (come on, didn't you read last weeks!)

 White Team Up front: Braden/Montana (C) Just sitting behind: Shay Defence: Nathaniel/Samual Goal keeper: John Sub: Oliver   Game one was a slow start today against Flackwell heath. We kicked our game off with Flackwell heath scoring very quickly against us in the first half of the game. We had some good link up play and some good passing from all of the white team today. We had a very near miss today from Braden that see the ball just go over the cross bar but Flackwell heath seemed to have the luck on there side today. The second half of the game showed some good footballing going on up and down the pitch from the white team today with us having a few near misses with Flackwell heath scoring there second goal in the game.   Game two see John swap with Samual in goal and shay swapped with Reece in midfield. The captain in the first game was Montana and then the captain in the second game was John. Game two started a lot better then game one with much better football coming from all of the white team with Nathaniel and John at the back making our defence very strong witch see Montana scoring us white team a goal witch lifted the spirits of them all. We had some fantastic running up and down the pitch from John and Nathaniel. When the second half of the game happened I brought Oliver on for Reece to come off then I put John in midfield to support Montana and Braden witch made Flackwell heath’s defence breakable witch see John Montana and Braden work together to give Braden a goal. Man of the Match was very close between the to strikers witch just see Montana edge in front to receive the Man of the Match Trophy. I would just like to thank all of my players for working hard today and thank you to all the parents for your support that you give us. Written by the Assistant Manager Sean.   I look forward to seeing you all next week.      

Thank you as always to the parents for their support both to the teams and to myself and Sean. Special thank you again to Jackie for keeping us warm with hot drinks.

See you all next weekend.

Under 9 - Aylesbury United v Chinnor - A match at last!
Following a month of fixtures called off we finally got a match on.

Leon’s Team

Match Report by Jon Foster

Gk: Ted, Defence: Zico, Charlie B, Kyle, Midfield: Oliver, Callum, Sam Striker: Ben

Match 1 Due to a shortage of numbers from the opposition the game kicked off as a 6 a side match and on a big pitch is was a very wide open affair from the off. We somehow found ourselves 2 nil down very quickly but we kept going and a number of mazy runs from Oliver and surging runs from Sam created chances which were well saved by the keeper. Ben then had his turn and twice raced clear only for the keeper to pull off 2 good saves. Finally just before half time Ben picked the ball up and ran through from the half way line striking the ball powerfully in to the corner from the edge of the area, 3rd time lucky. The second half saw the defence reinforced with the introduction of Charlie and Kyle. The game quickly picked up where the 1st half had left off with countless attacks coming from midfield. Not long into the half again Ben ran clear through from the half way line but the keeper pulled off a good save from the first effort but had no chance from the rebound. 2-2. We were now in the driving seat and it was only a matter of when we would score again. Another powerful run was finished by Sam, we were in the lead! It was now one way traffic and a rare adventure up field from Kyle saw the keeper pull off the best save of the match. From the resulting corner Sam unleashed an unstoppable volley, great technique! Not long after following yet another run Sam completed his first hat-trick for the club. Chinnor still had time to pull a goal back but the game was over. The match finished 5-3.

Match 2 The team for the second match saw Charlie pull on the gloves to replace the unwell Ted in goal and due to players dropping out from Chinnor our 2nd game was 5 aside match. Surprisingly the first half wasn’t as open as the first game with the match confined mainly to the middle of the pitch. The half ended 0-0. The second half was going the same way until the goalkeeper handled the ball outside the area and a free kick was awarded. The ball was placed on the angle of the area, perfect for a left footer. Without hesitation up stepped Ben to unleash an unstoppable free kick that curled in to the top corner of the net, the keeper and defender on the line had no chance 1-0. From there on the performance stepped up and as the boys confidence once again grew and they started to create chances as the game became more stretched. As the game opened up Zico started on one of his runs from the back and quickly found himself on the edge of the area, he steadied himself and stroked the ball in to the bottom corner 2-0. Finally following another attack Oliver found the ball at his feet just inside the box and placed the ball in to the net to pick up his customary goal.  A clean sheet from Charlie in goal saw the match finished 3-0.

Ben’s Team

Match Report by Mark Webber

Gk: Ieuan, Defence: Callum A, Charlie T, Nathan Midfield: Ethan, Fin, Ryan, Tomas Striker: Yannis

Match 1 It is fair to say we were in control from start to finish and haven't had many easy Sunday mornings. Ieuan had nothing to do in the first match. And without an 11 year old keeper between their sticks, it could have been double figures for the ducks.

After several chances, Ethan unleashed a great shot which was saved well but Fin was first to react and thumped it home. More good work from ol'twinkle toes Yannis but their keeper was on good form and made some saves to keep it to 1-0 at the half.

After some half time subs, and a debut for little Weber jnr, Ryan picked the ball up from our area dribbled 3/4 of the pitch before trying to put Tomas in with a slide rule pass. Their defender may have blocked his effort but Ethan was there to complete the pass and Tomas walked the ball in with a cool finish.

Throughout the two matches, Callum and Charlie kept their excellent defensive partnership going. Little and large frustrating the opposition. With a couple of good runs from Callum to release pressure.

Half time super sub Ryan went on another run again with the ball, past one defender and whilst his first shot was blocked he slotted home the rebound for our third. Finished 3-0.

Match 2 Big pitch for 5 aside and we were undone by the space for the first goal. Caught on a counter attack. But we started to grow into the game. Big efforts by Tomas and Ryan kept the ball out and then Ryan turned defence into attack, He raced clear and smashes home the equaliser inside the near post.

After more pressure, a shot comes in which the keepers saves but it bobbles out and Tomas snatches his second of the day. Comeback complete

Change of players at half time and immediately Fin puts them under pressure. His stamina and work rate has been impressive all day. From a short corner, Ethan unleashes one of his trademark thunderbolts straight through the keeper. 3-1

Ethan gets a well-deserved rest, he must get his enviable speed from his mother’s side.

There was one sticky moment for us, but Ieuan (aka The Cat) saved the shot and scrabbled to jump on the ball first before their striker could react.

After breaking up the play again, Fin races clear, then slows as he approaches the keeper and tucks it calmly away. 4-1.

And to end the match, Fin has an audacious shot from just past the half way line which is whiskers wide.

Finishes 4-1 comfortable job done.

Under 10 - Preswood Colts v Aylesbury United - Improved Performances and Points on the Board

It was deja vu for the U10s as they took on their opponents from last weekend, Prestwood Colts, again, this time in the first group match of the end of season Blue Division Cup.

With 12 points on offer from the day's four games it was important that the team got off to a good start against potentially the strongest team in the group ahead of the next two group games against Aylesbury FC / Haddenham Youth and Wycombe Saints.

The boys managed to secure 4 points from the games which puts them on a good footing for the remainder of the group campaign.

What was most pleasing was that the boys improved on both their performances and results from last week's development fixture against Prestwood. This is what was asked of them before the games and once again both teams produced in this regard.

Men of the Match for the day were Ben P who played excellently in goal for his team and Jacob O who continues to impress with his determination and continued improvement.

Next up for the U10s is the group game against Aylesbury FC / Haddenham Youth next Sunday, 11.00 kick off at Fairford Leys

Under 11 - Widmer End United v Aylesbury United - Aylesbury kept there nerve and broke down a resolute defence by Widmer

U11 kept there 100% win record in tact and didn't let a stubborn defence put them off

At half time it was 0-0 and clearly a new fresh approach was required to break down the Widmer defence and man of the match keeper. Matt and Bradley who started at the back in the first half - switched to up front in the second half and this gave Widmer new problems. Jamie H and Josh L moved back to midfield and Luke and Nadine pushed back to defence also. The whole dynamics of the game shifted slightly and three goals to Aylesbury in the second half sealed the victory. Josh L scored well and Nadine stepped up to tap home a goal - Thus both demonstrating a player can score regardless of the position he is given in the team - you dont have to be a striker!

There are three key games coming up in March which should decide if Aylesbury qualify for a cup final.

Full Team Line Up: Dylan in goal, Matt, Bradley, Nadine, Luke, Jamie H, Josh L, Thomas, Jamie B and Aaron wing backs, Jonny centre midfield and Josh B up front in the second half


Ducks Get The Blues

Saturday 01 March 2014 - 9:14 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

Following an outstanding performance at top of the table Rugby in midweek, it was perhaps no surprise that manager Tony Joyce elected to field an unchanged starting XI for this afternoon’s match at Oak Tree Rd.  Jason Blackett and Greg Williams both returned to the squad and took their places on the subs bench.  Playing on a very heavy pitch, the Ducks struggled to come to terms with the direct style of the home side, and were on the back foot in the opening exchanges.  However, it was Duck’s leading scorer Stacey Field who had the best opportunity to open the scoring in the 24th minute, breaking the offside trap and advancing on goal, only to see the home keeper save with his legs.  Marlow capitalised a minute later, opening the scoring through Michael Bartley after a cross from strike partner Jon Bennett.  Marlow extended their lead before half time, with Richie Whittingham finding the top corner from a free kick 25 yds out.  Tensions flared shortly after, with home centre forward Bartley lucky to escape with a yellow card after elbowing Jack Wood during an aerial challenge, after which the Ducks skipper required a lengthy period of attention before he could continue.  

Going in behind at half time, the Ducks management made a substitution, replacing the quiet Danny Jones with Zack Reynolds, who provided a little more energy on the left in the second half.  Despite starting the half much brighter, it was Marlow who extended their lead just before the hour mark, Whittingham scoring his second after the Aylesbury defence failed to clear their lines.    Before the match, manager Tony Joyce had stressed that Marlow were a very physical side, and that was the way the rest of the match panned out.  The second half saw another 4 yellow cards to add to the two they had received in the first half, and a red for keeper Simon Grant who was sent for an early bath after taking out Jason Blackett as he pushed the ball past him.  Just one minute after the keeper saw red, Steve Hatch scored his 3rd of the season, easily beating the stand in keeper from the edge of the box.  A second goal followed in the 1st minute of added on time, from skipper Jack Wood, but despite having opportunities to equalise in the 8 minutes added on by the referee, it was not to be.  The final disappointment was seeing Zack Reynolds also shown the red card after vocally expressing his displeasure at an opponent after another heavy tackle.  Unfortunately for Reynolds, the referee adjudged that his comments had been directed at him rather than the opposing player and sent him off for foul and abusive language.

A frustrating afternoon in which it took the Ducks too long to get into the game, and at times looked as though they were suffering from the exertions of Tuesday evening’s backs to the wall display at Rugby.  Thoughts now turn to the next match, on Wednesday evening at home to in-form Daventry, a match that has been postponed 4 times so far this season.  Let’s hope the weather is kind and we finally get the match played!

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Saturday 01 March 2014 - 11:03 am | Added by: Ian Pluck to Club News, First Team | |

Following a pitch inspection this morning, the pitch at Marlow has been declared playable, kick off at 3pm.