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From The Dugout With Ben

Monday 13 August 2018 - 2:30 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags:

I hope you all enjoyed the World Cup and the wonderful summer weather we’ve been having this year?

Pre-season is all about improving fitness and trying to ingrain the way we want to play into the squad. No friendly can replicate the feeling of chasing 3 points or winning a cup match, however it seems to have gone on for ages due to the league re-structure and not being drawn in extra preliminary round of the FA Cup. Pre-season has also been frustrating in respect of not being able to field a consistent team in the last few games due to player injuries and availability due to holidays etc.

We have had some really encouraging performances against very competitive teams, in fact all bar a couple of games the performances and work rate have been what I would expect.  Our final game, however, was not what we were looking for and there can be no excuses, we were a shambles in the first half. I was disappointed that a team of mine could lose any game 6-1 even in a friendly against a team from the same level, but we must move on quickly and respond in our first league and cup games.

We have managed to add 5 players to the squad at present in Max Hercules, Chris Crook, and more recently Ollie Jones, Sean Coles and Kieran Lataille, with one or two more additions on our radar.  They will add competition for places that can only be healthy for the team. Without being able to carry a big squad it is a real advantage that most of our players can play one or two positions giving us flexibility and the opportunity to compete even when carrying a few knocks.

As I said at the end of last year there will be a few bumps in the road this season due to the age of the team and also the way we want to play, but we will strive to entertain and also enjoy ourselves in the process, we must have fun in what we are doing.

Looking forward to finally getting the season going.

Ben

 

Disappointing End To Pre-Season

Saturday 11 August 2018 - 10:15 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

The Ducks travelled to Thatcham to take on last season's FA Vase winners and champions of the Hellenic League.  On a dry and bobbly pitch, the early stages of the match saw the home side dominate, with the Ducks finding it hard to get their passing game functioning.  The nearest the Ducks came to troubling the home keeper came in the 17th minute, when a Callum Mapley free kick was audaciously flicked goalwards by Ben Seaton only to see his attempt rebound back off the cross bar.   The ball was quickly moved forward by the home team, and a cross from the left saw striker Ekow Elliott convert past the exposed Archie Davis.  In the 21st minute Elliott scored his second, with a free header from a right wing cross.  Just two minutes later and it was 3-0; this time Elliott the provider, as his cross from the right found James Tennant unmarked at the back post.  On the 31st minute Tennant scored his second and Thatcham's fourth goal.  A long throw in from the left was flicked on and Tennant found himself unmarked and guided his header past Davis.   As half time approached, there was a glimmer of hope for the Ducks; good work from Ollie Hogg and Sonny French saw the ball slipped to Ben Seaton who slid the ball past the outrushing goalkeeper.  His goalbound shot was helped over the line by a defender to reduce the deficit.

Jack Hopwood made his return from injury to replace Davis at the start of the second half.  The game restarted in in torrential rain, and settled into a much more even pattern as the Ducks found it easier to play their passing game.  However, missing the physical presence of the injured Aaron Berry up front, there was little threat to the home goal.  Indeed it was the home side who increased their lead in the 75th minute.  The ball was lost in midfield by Hogg and quickly moved forward, where Matt Benham was able to score from the edge of the penalty area.  The icing on the cake for the home side came 5 minutes from the end.  Substitute George Hallahan collected the ball 25 yards from goal, evaded two tackles and beat Hopwood from just inside the penalty area.

A chastening end to an otherwise very respectable pre season programme, manager Ben Williams and his team will want to move on quickly from today's performance and regroup ahead of next Saturday's league opener at home to Kempston Rovers.

Team:

1.    Archie Davis
2.    Jermaine Prosper
3.    Jake Bewley
4.    Jack Wood (c)
5.    Callum Mapley
6.    Kerran Lataille
7.    Ollie Hogg
8.    Greg Williams
9.    Harry Jones
10.  Sonny French
11.  Ben Seaton

Subs:
Jack Hopwood (for Archie Davis 46)
Ollie Stanbridge (for Greg Williams 57)
Matt Peake Pijnen (for Sonny French 57)
Sean Coles (for Kerran Lataille 57)
Sonny French (for Harry Jones 75)
Kerran Lataille (for Ollie Hogg 80)
Greg Williams (for Callum Mapley 80)

 

Crawley Green for Ducks in FA Cup

Saturday 11 August 2018 - 6:31 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | |

Aylesbury will face Crawley Green in the FA Cup Preliminary Round after they thrashed Woodley United 7-1 this afternoon.

In what was Crawley Green's first game at their new home at The Brache (Luton Town's training facility), the Spartan South Midlands Lwague side had to come from behind after a goalkeeping howler gifted their opponents the lead.

After that though the home side simply blew Woodley away and a hat trick from Nimi Ajigbalamu plus goals from Sam Pemberton, Danny Watson, Connor Waite and Brandon Carney saw the Clarets advance.

The Preliminary Round tie will take place on Saturday 25th August.

» Aylesbury United fixtures

 

Ducks Come From Behind Again

Saturday 04 August 2018 - 9:14 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | |

Aylesbury came from a goal behind to win 3-1 at fellow Step 4 side Northwood with goals from Harry Jones, Jamie Keen and an Aaron Berry penalty.

Northwood, who were league adversaries of the Ducks until this summer's reorganisation saw them moved to the Bostik Isthmian League, started strongest and were ahead on eight minutes when a ball over the defence gave former QPR striker Ben Pattie the chance for a well-taken goal.

It took just a minute for Aylesbury to draw level though Harry Jones' fourth goal of preseason. Greg Williams' superb ball found Aaron Berry who hung up a cross for Jones to bullet header into the net.

That was how things remained at the interval after a couple of chances had gone Berry's way, including one late on which was well saved by the legs of the goalkeeper.

Two minutes after the restart and United were ahead, Jamie Keen profiting from a set up by Kerran Lataille to find the net from close range.

As the second period reached the midway point, Aylesbury had a third - Callum Mapley taken down in the box and Berry stepping up to confidently dispatch the resulting penalty.

Archie Davis - continuing to deputise for the injured Jack Hopwood in goal - made a hat-trick of good saves to prevent the hosts finding a way back into the game, whilst substitute Maciej Tajs was denied by a similarly impressive stop as the game ended 3-1 to Aylesbury.

Aylesbury lineup:

Archie Davis
Ollie Stanbridge
Jake Bewley
Jack Wood
Callum Mapley
Kerran Lataille
Greg Williams
Aaron Berry
Sonny French
Harry Jones
Jamie Keen

Subs used:

Paul Varnica (60)
Ollie Jones (60)
Connor Hearn (85)
Maciej Tajs (85)

 

Scott Double Sees Ducks Draw

Thursday 02 August 2018 - 10:39 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | |

Harry Scott's second half double saw the Ducks draw 3-3 against Colchester United's under-23 side.

Following the five-goal game against Chesham, this was another thrilling enxounter at The Meadow.

Harry Jones and Max Hercules wnet closest for the Ducks in the first period, but it was the visitors who lead at the break with a 16th minute goal.

Colchester added a second almost immediately after the second half restart, but Aylesbury refused to be downhearted and six minutes later pulled a goal back when Jeanmal Prosper fieed into an empty net after the keeper missed a cross.

Colchester then took their turn to score and add a third as their technical skills came to the fore with a well worked goal.

Harry Scott had been introduced at half time and on 70 minutes he made his mark, taking a pass from former Aylesbury FC teammate Kerran Lataille before thumping home a screamer.

He repeated the trick seven minutes later after Ollie Stanbridge picked him out, to make a fine start to his time in green and white and ensure the game ended all square at 3-3.

Aylesbury team:

Archie Davis
Jeanmal Prosper
Jake Bewley
Jack Wood
Callum Mapley
Ollie Jones
Matt Peake-Pijnen
Greg Williams
Aaron Berry
Max Hercules
Harry Jones

Subs used:

Harry Scott
Sonny French
Ollie Stanbridge
Chris Crook
TJ Bartley
Kerran Lataille
Jamie Keen
Connor Hearn