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Friday 06 December 2013 - 3:01 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors | |

U9 - Aylesbury United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe
U10 - Beaconsfield Holtspur v Aylesbury United Juniors
U11 - Bourne End JSC Colts v Aylesbury United Juniors
U14 Youth - Widmer End United 3-3 Aylesbury United Youth
U16 - Aylesbury United Juniors 2-2 Chalfont Saints Athletic
U18 - Aylesbury United 5-2 Wycombe Town AFC

U9 - Aylesbury United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe - U9's continue unbeaten run
The U9's continue to improve and remain unbeaten for the 3rd week running.

Leon’s Team Match Report by Ian Sharp

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

Match 1 The match kicked off and quickly settled into a nervous and tense affair. Ted was soon called into action to make a good save. The defence were again resilient with a goal mouth scramble that somehow saw Zico, Charlie and Kyle all involved to get the ball away to safety when a goal for Pitstone looked a certainty. Aylesbury then forced a corner which Ben took that unfortunately Aylesbury were unable to convert. The first half ended 0 – 0 with little to choose between the teams. The second half kicked off with Aylesbury starting to take control and carve out some half chances. At the other end Ted was again called into action and saved everything that Pitstone could throw at him. As the game opened up Aylesbury were making good progress down the right flank when a cross from Oliver found Callum who with excellent maturity hit a shot first time which found the bottom corner of the Pitstone net. 1 – 0 to Aylesbury. The goal gave Aylesbury renewed confidence and they continued to attack. Ben took a great pass from Oliver and as he ran on goal was unlucky to hit the post as the keeper came out to narrow the angle. Further Aylesbury pressure saw Oliver sending a shot goal ward which took a deflection and landed at the feet of Charlie who expertly lashed the ball into the back of the Pitstone net. 2-0 to Aylesbury. The next action of the half was met with the final whistle. Another excellent hard fought win. Well done boys.

Match 2 The second match took a similar path to that of the first with both teams trying hard to pass the ball and create opportunities. Aylesbury forced a corner which Ben took. The ball broke and Zico fired in a good shot which the Pitstone keeper was able to scramble away. At the other end Aylesbury were defending well with the change of personnel which saw James come in. As Pitstone piled on the pressure Ted was again called into action with a fine double save to keep the Aylesbury goal intact. The half ended 0 – 0 will little to choose between the two teams. From the restart Aylesbury started to get hold of the ball and Sam managed a powerful shot from outside the box which unfortunately missed the target. Further Pitstone pressure again saw Ted called into action. Sam managed a further shot that was again off target but Aylesbury were certainly trying hard to get the elusive first goal. Indeed another pass from Oliver found Ben and a great cross from him saw another chance missed as no one was able to finish off a fine passing move.  The game ended 0 - 0 largely thanks to a fine man of the match performance from Ted in the Aylesbury net.

Ben’s Team Match Report by Mark Webber

Gk: Iuean, Defence: Callum A, Charlie T, Scott Midfield: Ethan, Ryan, Tomas Striker: Yannis

The return match against Pitstone started slowly, but soon gathered pace. With Callum and Charlie mainly at the back the two results was built on rock solid defence. With a deadly smile on his face, Charlie didn't miss a tackle all day and Callum cleaned up any loose balls and set our attack on their way. A good strong tackle from Callum set up one goal to cap a fine display.

Ieuan had another quiet day, wisely directing his defence to try to preserve his clean sheet, and having safe hands when required. He made a vital save at 0-0 to keep his team in it, and enabled us to go on to the win.

The energetic Ethan kept running all day and could possibly teach his dad a thing or two! Constantly sprinting down one wing or the other. With one particular solo effort starting in front of our penalty box, all the way down the sideline, ending up with a powerful shot and deserved goal. Still needs to work on his celebration though!!

Yannis stayed on the last defender's shoulder all day and calmly collected 5 goals. Lethal is the only word to describe our little front man, and it is reassuring to know we have an assassin up front.

Tomas and Scott were both effective in midfield, breaking up attack after attack. Tomas had several marauding runs through the middle, crunching through tackles. And after a brief stint in defence, Scott moved into midfield for part of the second match and scored his first goal of the season after finding space at a corner and slotting home.

And finally Ryan, our left footed magician. "The next Ryan Giggs" was being shouted from the terraces. A constant threat, keeping the defence under pressure and shooting whenever possible. One thunderous shot winded one of the opposition but Ryan kept going and got his goal.

U10 - Beaconsfield Holtspur vs Aylesbury United Juniors - Depleted Ducks Maintain Good Form
The U10s completed their away fixtures for the calendar year with a trip to Beaconsfield Holtspur on Sunday morning

The illness jinx that has bugged the squad in recent times continued with 5 absentees this morning meaning that we only travelled with 13 players which forced us to field one team of 7 players and one team of 6.

The team of 7 was managed by Helder and consisted of Toby C (GK), Igor C, Harry G, Kaelin S, Aqib Z, Charlie D and Jack R whilst the team of 6 was managed by Lee and consisted of Oliver F (GK), Josh H, Andrew C, Elliott B, Ben P and Josh C.

In all truthfulness the two squads were evenly matched throughout and all four games could have gone either way. Helder's team's first game saw the visitors record a narrow victory whilst their second game saw both teams score a goal a piece and share the spoils with the young ducks having the lead until the very last knockings of the game. Kaelin S continued his fine recent goal scoring form in this match.

Lee's team narrowly edged their first game by the odd goal in 5 thanks to goals from Josh H, Andrew C and Josh C and more excellent goalkeeping from Oliver F whilst their second game saw us defeated by the only goal of the game although we did rattle the crossbar through Andrew C in the second half as lady luck decided not to be on our side for possibly the first time this season.

Manager Lee's thoughts on the game were as follows "I think the demands of the first half of the season are starting to catch up with us and we are all in need of the forthcoming Christmas break. In the second game my team played the boys seemed tired and whilst they seemed alert mentally they were suffering from heavy legs which is understandable given we have had a game a week since the middle of September (apart from half term) which when also taking into account the boys' commitments to both their schooling and other extra curricular activities means they have been very busy. I don't want to be seen to be making excuses but it is easy to forget we are only dealing with 9/10 year old players here.

That having been I remain impressed by the progress made across the squad, especially in the team managed by Helder today where I have tried to give greater responsibility to players like Kaelin S, Charlie D, Harry G and Igor C as I know they are capable of taking this responsibility on and they are all well on the way to becoming fantastic footballers. Aqib Z has been the find of the season so far for me, his man of the match performance today shows how quickly he has adapted to the holding midfield role he has played since joining us in the summer.   My two goalkeepers - Oliver F and Toby C are improving week on week and are gaining more and more confidence as a result and we all know that if you are playing in a position that involves throwing yourselves at people's feet the one thing you need is confidence. To have the luxury of two players so keen to take on the role of goalkeeper and learn the trade of a goalkeeper is something I have not previously experienced in my time with the club.   We have players experiencing their first season of regular football like Ben P and Jack R who are both learning more about the art of defending as each week passes. Jack has drawn praise for his continued improvement over recent weeks whilst Ben is without doubt one of the toughest tacklers in the squad and a real asset to us as a result.

Players like Andrew C, Josh H and Elliott B bring so much creativity to our squad and may grab the headlines with their goal scoring exploits but such players are always reliant on having a strong team behind them as this enables them to express themselves. Josh C has already matched his best goal scoring season for the club (8 goals) with still over half a season to play and being his Dad I am his harshest critic as he learns to play as a forward rather than a striker.

This is not to mention of the 5 players we were missing today - Edward K, George R, Jacob O (who came to watch us despite being under Drs orders not to play - outstanding commitment), Nathan B and Nelson who all bring their own qualities to the squad and I hope will be available for selection again in the coming weeks.   I find myself almost wishing the second half of the season away as I am really looking forward to taking this squad onto nine a side football next season as after two years of hard work, commitment and quite a few ups and downs we have the makings of a special squad - there is however only so much I can do to make this happen, the majority of it will be down to the boys and I know the achievements of the last 12 months are only the beginning'.

The U10s round off 2014 with home games against Risborough Rangers Blue (this coming Sunday) and Chalfont St Peter (Sunday 15th December).

U11 - Bourne End JSC Colts v Aylesbury United Juniors - U11's travelled to Bourne End and it was a great success
A squad of 10 turned up at Bourne End and the starting line up was 2-2-2 plus two wing backs

A great start and the momentum to half time saw Aylesbury have a commanding lead and just as importantly a clean sheet. Second half was a much closer affair and Bourne End edged it slightly.   Three goal scorers and good passing moves showed Aylesbury are growing in confidence and ideas.

Simple ideas dont need changing and in particular corners. Stick to the game plan - fewer bodies in the box gives more space to attack the ball. players push up outside the area forcing defending players to come out of the area to mark.   Man of the match Alex was instrumental in Aylesbury keeping the score line to a minimum. Anything past him and he had the determination to track back and make an important challenge. Anything in front of him and he was winning the ball cleanly, dribbling the ball beyond the half way line and passing forward.   Dylan in goal was a statue in the first half with nothing coming his way. second half though was a different story and he was the busiest player on the pitch making some terrific saves.

Josh B (Jonny 2nd half) supported in the centre of defence and Matt and Bradley played centre midfield. Good interplay with the wing backs - Thomas and Aaron meant we had good options in possession of the ball and pushed forward very well.   Quality football from the front two Josh L and Jamie H, gave us good opportunities in front of goal.

one key highlight was the ball played up to the feet of Jamie H, who turned well and dribbled in the area, only for the defender to bring him down for a penalty. Bradley scored from the spot and it was a good team goal.   The emphasis I put on the players before the match was to switch the play - move right with the ball to pass left and left to go right. Good diagonal passes with depth. This unlocks defences by stretching them out of position and creating space for us to exploit.

Two more games (both at home) before we have a well earned Christmas break.

U16 - Aylesbury United Juniors 2-2 Chalfont Saints Athletic
A much easier match report to write from todays game. We played in our new green and white kit, may be that made a difference, I know something had. From the first whistle we were up for it, Chalfont created some half chances while we had 2 clear chances to score ourselves. Chalfont's main threat came from balls over the top, which we dealt with very well all game, where we struggled a bit was midfield, we left too many gaps allowing Chalfont to play. A ball down our right was crossed in, we didn't deal with it and Chalfont forced it over the line to go 1-0 up, a sloppy goal to give away. In days gone by our heads would have dropped, but not today. That was how it stayed till half time and we were still in the game.

The second half we started of the way we finished the first, creating chances while continuing to defend well. We went 2 up front and it paid off with Robin hitting a screamer, curling it into the top left hand corner after cutting in from the right hand side. 1-1 and we were back in this game. With only a couple of minutes left on the clock we attacked again, Robin had a one on one and he coolly chipped it over the oncoming keeper. This set up a nerve racking end, Chalfont went guns blazing from the restart and from a free kick managed to scrape the ball into the net to make it 2-2. From the restart the ref blew his whistle, a gut wrenching end when we had just got our noses in front. All in all I think a drawer was a fair result, a win would have flattered us a bit, but having said that it would have been a just reward for some earlier performances in the season. Many positives to take out of this game into next week against Holtspur, if we play like we played today we will have a great chance.