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Calor League Playoff Roundup

Wednesday 30 April 2014 - 10:01 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

The Calor League Division One Central playoff final, on Mayday Bank Holiday, will be contested between Kettering Town and Slough Town following last night's semi finals.

A goal after just two minutes from defender Henry Eze was enough to decide the Northamptonshire derby between Kettering and Daventry Town, the Poppies winning 1-0 to complete a quadruple of victories in meetings between the sides this season.

At Butlin Road, Slough Town's top scorer Edward Smith scored against the run of second half play to give the visitors the lead against Rugby Town, before the hosts capitulated, eventually losing 3-0 with further Slough goals coming from Johnnie Dyer and Warren Harris.

In the Premier Division playoffs, Chesham United came from behind to beat Stourbridge 2-1 - aided by a goal from ex-Duck Drew Roberts - and progress to the final, where they will play the winner of Wednesday's game between Cambridge City and St. Albans City.

Meanwhile, Merthyr Tydfil and Paulton Rovers will face up in the South & West Division final after beating Swindon Supermarine 5-2 and Tiverton Town 3-1 respectively.

 

Division One Central Roundup

Monday 28 April 2014 - 10:11 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

Dunstable Town clinched the Calor League Division One title on Saturday, making it two league championships in two years following their Spartan South Midlands League triumph of 2013.

Going into the afternoon, four teams were still in with a chance of taking top spot, but a 25th minute goal from ex-Duck Chris Marsh - his 19th of the season - gave the Blues a 1-0 win over Uxbridge and confirmed their Premier Division status for next season.

As a result, Rugby Town had to be content with runners up spot for the second season in a row, despite their crushing 6-0 win at AFC Hayes that saw league top scorer David Kolodynski score four times, taking his tally to 35 in the league and 39 in total.

End of season form side Kettering Town won 3-2 at North Greenford United to make it nine straight victories and claim third spot, overtaking Daventry Town who were beaten at home 1-0 by Chalfont St. Peter.

At Berkeley Fields, the Poppies were leading 2-0 at half time only to be pegged back to 2-2 by the 20th placed side, before substitute Josh Moreman netted the winner with 13 minutes remaining.

Daventry's downturn in form was completed with a third straight defeat, Adam Pepera scoring just after the restart, his first Chalfont goal, to earn his side maximum points, and has cost them what looked a certain league title just a few weeks ago when they held a number of games in hand.

The final playoff spot was to go to Slough Town or Barton Rovers, as long as the former matched the latter's result, and with Rovers capitulating 3-0 at home to Northwood, Nico Muir scoring twice for the visitors, Slough's 1-0 win at home to relegated Chertsey Town was insignificant.

Just below the playoffs, Royston Town ended on a high with a 4-2 win at Marlow, but Beaconsfield SYCOB went down to a 2-0 defeat at Potters Bar Town.

Newly promoted sides Egham Town and Aylesbury United finished 11th and 12th place respectively, the Sarnies finishing in inconsistent manner - trashing Daventry Town 4-1 in midweek but going down to a 2-0 home defeat to strugglers Leighton Town on the Saturday, whose Gareth Chendlik scored twice in the opening 18 minutes.

The final of the promoted teams, St. Ives Town, also had a pleasing end to their season with two second half goals from Karl Gibbs enough to see off Aylesbury FC 2-0 at Westwood Road.

So congratulations to Dunstable Town on their league title, whilst the playoff semi finals will be contested as follows:

Kettering Town vs Daventry Town
Rugby Town vs Slough Town

Relegated from the league are Chertsey Town and Ashford Town (Mx), although there are often relegation reprieves so we wait to find out if both do indeed go down when the FA release the league allocations lists in May.

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

 

Ducks Edge To Final Day Victory

Saturday 26 April 2014 - 5:29 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

A second half Keith Williams free kick gave Aylesbury United a welcome three points as the curtain came down on their first season back in the Southern League.

In a tight game against already relegated Ashford Town (Mx), chances were at a premium, but the left back's 62nd minute winner was enough for the Ducks to secure 12th place in the table.

» Match report

Meanwhile, congratulations to Dunstable Town who claimed the league title with a 1-0 home win against Uxbridge. The playoffs will be contested by Rugby Town, Kettering Town and Slough Town.

 

Division One Central Roundup

Monday 21 April 2014 - 7:45 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

The league championship will go right to the final day of the season with four teams - Dunstable Town, Rugby Town, Daventry Town and Kettering Town all in the mix.

With a game in hand - at Egham Town on Wednesday night - Daventry Town are in the driving seat despite their 2-0 defeat at Kettering Town, in front of a bumper Latimer Park crowd of 1228, the Poppies scoring twice in the second half through Eliot Sandy and Dubi Ogbonna.

Dunstable Town moved back to the summit, and helped their goal difference, by crushing Bedfordshire neighbours Leighton Town 6-1 at Bell Close, as Lee Roache scored twice, as did Terry Dixon with two late penalties.

Rugby are second, just a point behind, after they beat playoff chasing Barton Rovers 2-0 at home with a goal in each half from Seb Lake-Gaskin and Jamie Towers.

The race for 5th spot and the final playoff place will also go to the final day, with both the challengers Slough Town and Barton losing, although Slough only need to match Barton's result to clinch the place despite their 3-1 defeat at former manager Steve Bateman's Aylesbury FC.

At the other end of the table, Ashford Town (Mx) and Chertsey Town's respective relegations were finally confirmed, despite the former drawing 2-2 at home to Egham Town, whilst Chertsey went down to a miserable 4-1 home defeat to 18th placed AFC Hayes who built on Saturday's long awaited win.

Even in losing 4-1 at Uxbridge - ex-Ducks Kieran Knight (2) and Melford Simpson amongst the scorers - third bottom North Greenford United are now safe from relegation, and could yet overtake Leighton Town in the table.

Both Royston Town and Northwood were playoff contenders earlier in the season, but the Crows crashed to a heavy 4-1 defeat at home to St Ives Town, Jon Stead scoring twice for the visitors, whilst Northwood suffered a 2-1 reverse against Potters Bar Town at Northwood Park.

Elsewhere, the South Buckinghamshire derby saw Marlow come from behind, scoring two late goals to win 3-2 at Chalfont St. Peter.

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

 

Problems Mount as Ducks Defeated

Monday 21 April 2014 - 6:09 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Player unavailabilty and injuries took their toll as depleted Aylesbury were beaten 4-1 at Beaconsfield SYCOB.

The hosts took the lead from the penalty spot on 33 minutes, against the run of play, but an early second half goal doubled SYCOB's lead.

Aylesbury's already thin squad were then struck by injuries to Greg Williams and Paul Edgeworth, meaning Lee Bircham was brought on for his first appearance in over fifteen months since his horrific leg break, playing an unexpected full half hour.

Liam Smyth scored to give Aylesbury hope of a comeback, but two further goals in four minutes from the hosts meant an unhappy end to the the last away match of the season.

» Match report

 

End of Season Presentation Evening - Amended Menu

Saturday 19 April 2014 - 9:25 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

The menu for the Presentation Evening at Harding's Restaurant on Friday 9th May has been changed, and is now a choice of hot or cold buffet as detailed below.  Cost for attendance is now £12-00 per person.

The menu choices are as follows:

Hot Fork Buffet:  Curry and rice, Chilli con carne and rice, Pasta Bolognese, or Lasagne and tossed salad (A vegetarian option is available)

Sandwich Buffet, including Sausage rolls, a selection of Hors D’oeuvres, Chicken Satay and Cocktail Sausages.

Anyone wishing to attend what has been a very successful and enjoyable evening for the past 2 years should book their place with Brian Metcalfe or myself at the game on Monday or next Saturday.  Payment will need to be received at the same time, along with your choice from the menu.  Alternatively, email me at ian.pluck@ntlworld.com with your booking.

 

Division One Central Roundup

Saturday 19 April 2014 - 6:51 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, Calor League | | Used tags: ,

With midweek results seeing Daventry Town establish themselves at the top of the league, their lead was cut to two points by virtue of a 0-0 home draw with Royston Town, and nearest rivals Dunstable Town winning 3-1 at home against Aylesbury FC.

The Moles had taken a surprise first half lead at Creasey Park through top scorer Gareth Price, but three second half goals in the space of nine minutes - from Marc Leach, Nathan Frater and Lee Roache - swung the game in Dunstable's favour.

Two of the other leading sides met at Holloways Park, as Rugby Town came from behind to win 2-1 at Slough Town, and as a result Kettering Town - 3-0 winners at Aylesbury United - overtook Slough to move up to fourth.

The race for the final playoff spot looks set to go right to the wire, with Barton Rovers thrashing struggling Chertsey Town 7-2, Keshi Anderson scoring a 35 minute hattrick, to draw level on points with Slough. 

Any outside hopes Beaconsfield SYCOB still had were brought to an end at Marlow, the Oak Tree Road outfit scoring a goal in each half to win 2-0.

After nine defeats in a row, AFC Hayes finally secured a win as Tony Mendy's 55th minute strike earned them a 1-0 win over 9th placed Northwood, whilst in 10th Uxbridge won 4-1 at Egham Town with Matt Woods scoring a hattrick.

At the bottom of the table, North Greenford United took a huge step towards safety with a 3-0 win against basement side Ashford Town (Mx). Anthony O'Connor and two from Gary Senior saw Greenford move four points clear of the drop zone.

After going down to a 4-1 defeat at Potters Bar Town, Leighton Town still aren't mathematically safe, although Chertsey Town would need to win both their remaining games and see a massive swing in goal difference to overtake the Reds.

Lastly, mid-table sides St. Ives Town and Chalfont St. Peter played out a seven-goal thriller, with the visitors scoring seven minutes from time to win 4-3.

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

Elsewhere, congratulations to our neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town who clinched the Southern League title this season and gained promotion to the Conference South.

 

Playoff-Chasing Poppies Too Good for Ducks

Saturday 19 April 2014 - 5:25 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags:

Aylesbury were unable to build on a four-match unbeaten run as three second half goals had them beaten 3-0 at home by playoff-chasing Kettering Town.

The teams were equally matched in a goalless first half, but with just 69 seconds of the second on the clock Kettering were ahead through Jonathan Thorpe.

The Poppies found the net again on 68 minutes and a stoppage time third completed what was then a comfortable second half for the visitors.

On a lighter note, congratulations to three players who reached appearance milestones: Paul Edgeworth (250), Ben Baines (200) and Keith Williams (50).

» Match report

 

All Square in 'Game of Two Halves'

Wednesday 16 April 2014 - 10:11 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

The proverbial 'game of two halves' ended all square at Bell Close, as Aylesbury United and landlords Leighton Town drew 1-1.

After the ecstasy of a late winner at the weekend, tables were turned as the Ducks conceded an 87th minute equaliser - Gareth Chendlik hooking home to deservedly draw his side level.

Aylesbury had the better of a poor quality first half, and had taken the lead with the best moment of quality as Steve Hatch struck a belting 25-yard shot to score after just nine minutes.

The second period was an entirely different affair, and for a spell it was Leighton vs Jack Sillitoe as the Ducks stopper performed heroics to keep his side ahead.

Having weathered the storm, the sides were then evenly matched for the remainder, but plucky Leighton refused to give up and their late leveller allowed them to leave the pitch celebrating a vital point in their quest for survival.

Full report to follow...

 

Next Season

Tuesday 15 April 2014 - 10:13 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

The Board have announced that agreement has been reached for Aylesbury United to continue ground sharing at Leighton Town next season.

Work will be done on the pitch during the closed season and two of Leighton's teams will no longer play there. So both clubs are hoping for an improved playing surface next season.

We are grateful to Leighton Town for their continued hospitality and the efforts that they have made to make us feel welcome at their home.

 

Acheampong Stunner Wins It For Ducks

Saturday 12 April 2014 - 5:02 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Joey Acheampong's stunning late winner, crashing home a 25 yard half volley, have battling Aylesbury a 2-1 win at Royston Town.

Jack Wood had given United a 9th minute lead from a corner, which was cancelled out early in the second half before Acheampong's goal secured all three points. 

» Match report

 

Aylesbury United End Of Season Presentation Dinner

Friday 11 April 2014 - 8:15 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to Club News, First Team | |

The End of Season Presentation Evening will once again take place in the Harding Restaurant at Aylesbury College, on Friday 9th May 2014, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

The format for the evening will be a three course sit down meal (Menu below), followed by the presentations.

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

The supporters player of the year poll will take place at the last home match of the season, against Ashford Town on Sat 26th April.

Presentation Evening Menu Presentation Evening Menu

 

Date set for U18's SBYL League Cup Final

Thursday 10 April 2014 - 07:58 am | Added by: James Byrne to Juniors, Club News | |

South Bucks Youth – League Cup Final Sunday May 4th 2014

Aylesbury United v Chalfont Saints 

Venue – Thame United FC KO 3.00 pm


It would be be great to see as many people as possible from within the club come down and cheer the lads on. Many of the squad have been with the club (from the Aylesbury Town days) since they were knee high to a grasshopper. For many it will be their final ever game for the club as they go off to uni / adult football.

Please come along in your green and white gear and cheer the lads on!

 

Acheampong On Song In Ducks Win

Tuesday 08 April 2014 - 10:56 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Joey Acheampong was star of the show, scoring twice and setting up another, as Aylesbury United won 4-3 at North Greenford United.

The first half saw goals from Acheampong and then Steve Hatch both cancelled out, and the sides were level pegging 2-2 at the interval.

Ben Baines made it 3-2 to the Ducks on the hour mark, but the hosts were still in the game until Acheampong scored his second and his side's fourth in the final minute.

Even then, Greenford substitute David Manu scored a stunning solo effort to reduce the arrears yet again in stoppage time, but time had run out for the hosts and it was a hard earned three points heading back to Buckinghamshire with the Ducks.

» Match report

 

Under 18s Head To Adams Park For The South Bucks Youth League Cup Final.

Monday 07 April 2014 - 07:50 am | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

Aylesbury United Hit 6 as they beat Bourne End Youth in the League Cup Semi Final.

Aylesbury United under 18 reach the Bucks Youth League Cup final after a convincing 6-0 win against Bourne End.
After a slow start Aylesbury took control and went in at half time 4-0 up. They continued to control the match in the 2nd half and added a further 2 goals.

In other news, a win on Thursday night away to Penn & Tylers will see the U18s crowned as South Bucks Youth League Division 1 Champions!

 

Division One Central Roundup

Saturday 05 April 2014 - 6:03 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags:

With faltering Rugby Town, now three games without a win, held to a 0-0 home draw against Chalfont St. Peter, Dunstable Town were able to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.

Aside from Rugby and Northwood - who also drew 0-0, at Aylesbury United, to lose ground in the playoff race - the entire top nine were all victorious, with Slough Town also overtaking Rugby (on goal difference) to move second.

After Adam Watkins had scored an early penalty, Dunstable scored four second half goals to win 5-0 at struggling Chertsey Town, whilst Slough also scored early in their 1-0 win at AFC Hayes, Warren Harris scoring the decisive goal after nine minutes.

Fourth placed Daventry Town, who still have three games in hand over all the teams above them, also found the net five times in a big 5-1 win over St Ives Town, who have now conceded 14 goals from three straight defeats.

In-form Keshi Anderson scored Barton Rovers' 46th minute winner in a 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened Ashford Town (Mx), whilst Kettering Town ended Aylesbury FC's 10-match unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win at Latimer Park.

Two teams with outside hopes of a top five finish are Royston Town, who beat Leighton Town 2-1 at Garden Walk, and Beaconsfield SYCOB, who saw off Uxbridge 3-1 at Holloways Park.

Marlow's poor form, which saw them beaten by North Greenford United in midweek, extended to a fourth straight loss and ninth without a win since beating Aylesbury United as they were thrashed 4-1 at Egham Town.

Greenford came close to making it four points in a week, but a last minute goal from Potters Bar Town saw them lose 3-2 as the bottom three remained unchanged.

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

 

Rot Stopped with Woods Draw

Saturday 05 April 2014 - 5:20 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

After two disappointing performances in defeat, Aylesbury stopped the rot with a well deserved goalless draw and a promising display against Northwood.

Woods visited Bell Close needing a win to keep alive their slim playoff hopes, and were on a high having beaten Rugby Town a week earlier.

But the Ducks, showing a number of changes as Tony Joyce tried an experimental formation, played well and had chances to win an end to end, entertaining encounter.

» Match report

 

No Triumphant Homecoming for Ducks

Tuesday 01 April 2014 - 10:28 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury United's first match in the town since 2006 was not a triumpant homecoming as, for the second time this season, they were beaten 3-1 by Aylesbury FC.

Unlike the August meeting between the sides, this game went according to form as the Haywood Way outfit extended their unbeaten run to nine matches whilst the Ducks were condemned to a eighth defeat in their last eleven games.

A scrappy match burst into life on twenty-five minutes with two goals from the hosts in two minutes, Jamie Rudd and Gareth Price netting.

Price scored the opener when the teams last met, and he scored again to make it a somewhat flattering 3-0 a minute from the break, but United gave themselves a lifeline when Paul Edgeworth pulled a goal back from the spot in first half stoppage time.

The sencding off of FC's Bradley Wadkins gave the visitors further hope of comeback, but in truth they made little headway and few chances in the second half against a resolute and well organised home side, who gleefully took home all three points.

» Match report