Premier Division Roundup - 29th October 2011
29th October 2011
A full programme of league fixtures saw the top 5 positions remain unchanged. Leaders Royston Town won 1-0 at 4th placed Hillingdon Borough with a Kaan Fehmi goal just before half-time enough for them to take the three points.
It was 2nd vs 3rd at Pancake Lane, with honours going to Leverstock Green who beat Aylesbury United 3-2 in front of the afternoon’s biggest crowd of 90, whilst Tring Athletic in 5th place drew 1-1 at home to Colney Heath.
The two Dunstable sides occupy 6th and 7th, AFC Dunstable up to 6th with a 2-1 win at Haringey Borough, and Dunstable Town up to 7th courtesy of the same scoreline at home to Stotfold.
It was only Haringey’s second defeat of the season, and their first since August. Chris Morgan had levelled Graeme Buchanan’s first half strike, before Danny Ryan struck eight minutes from time to give AFC the win. The match at Creasey Park followed the same pattern, Blues taking the lead through Nick Leach, before Sean Herr equalised for Stotfold in the 62nd minute, only for Jon Cooper to net the deciding goal five minutes later.
At the bottom of the table, Hertford Town moved out of the relegation zone and look to be moving in the right direction under new manager Marvin Samuels. Goals from Jamie Packer and Mark Draper either side of a Sirak Bayene gave them a 2-1 win over London Tigers and their first three points since August.
Also on an improved run of form lately are St. Margaretsbury, who secured their fourth straight win in all competitions (third in the league) as they beat fellow strugglers Harefield United. Twice the Saints were pegged back before eventually completing a 3-2 win.
Hatfield Town’s woeful run continues and they remain bottom after a 3-1 home defeat to Oxhey Jets, whilst Holmer Green are back in the bottom two as they went down to a 3-2 home loss to Biggleswade United, whose Tunde Aderonmu scored a brace.
Elsewhere, there were 1-1 draws for Broxbourne Borough against Hadley, and Hanwell Town against Berkhamsted. Hanwell’s goal was scored by one-time Aylesbury man Dean Wharman.
United In Narrow Leverstock Defeat
29th October 2011
Leverstock Green came out on top as 2nd took on third at Pancake Lane, Aylesbury going down to a 3-2 defeat.
The Ducks got no reward for a much improved performance - particularly their first half - having let their hosts back into the match after taking an early lead.
Ben Baines fired United to a 3rd minute lead when he slotted home from close range.
Despite having a raft of chances, the home side levelled against the run of play with a fine strike from Louis West, and they had the game in their favour just before the interval when former Premiership striker with QPR Kevin Gallen scored.
Warren Garcia - later withdrawn injured - brought Aylesbury level again when he shot home at a corner kick.
But Green came again, and just five minutes later scored what turned out to be the winner when Butler headed in.
Aylesbury weren't able to get back into the match as they created little as the game came to an end, the home side holding on for the win.
Home Worries Continue for United
26th October 2011
Aylesbury went out of their second cup competition of the week after another hugely disappointing result, losing 3-0 to St. Margaretsbury as the inexplicable poor home form goes on.
The Ducks just can't seem to manage any kind of performance on home turf at the moment, and they struggled once again and were well beaten by full time.
The visitors lead at the break courtesy of Brett O'Connor's strike two minutes from the interval.
St. Margaretsbury pushed on and were able to extend their advantage in the second half as Aylesbury struggled to cope with their attacking pace, Anthony Anstead putting them two ahead, before Adem Salih scored in stoppage time to complete the victory.
Ben Baines had United's best attempt when his deflected shot looped kindly into the keeper's arms, but it was another night without much cheer for the Aylesbury faithful.
News From the Management
25th October 2011
It has been quite a busy spell on and off the pitch.
Firstly the departure of Dave King to Aylesbury FC. Dave is a fantastic lad and a very talented player, his attitude when playing for us was always first class. When he joined us we always knew he had the talent to push on again in his career and as early as pre-season he had interest from other clubs. We gave him back his confidence and belief and it showed in his performances. I wish him every success in his future and he is a player I would be more than happy to work with again.
The speculation of other players was a little bit of a pain but as a manager it is part of the job and this will always happen when you have good young players playing well.
On that note I am pleased that Warren Garcia is staying put at Aylesbury United, Warren has been with me on and off for 3 seasons and after a good chat with the player I'm pleased that he decided to stay with the best Aylesbury team.
New signing Lucas Flood had a very good debut away at Hatfield. Luke is a player that we had been after for a while and I am sure he will have a good season with us in a green and white shirt.
Our league form has got back on track with two wins at home to Hanwell and Hatfield.
Risborough Rangers, fair play to them, they thoroughly deserved the win. As a manager it is hard to legislate when all 14 of your players them have a poor game. After the defeat I was not best pleased as I'm sure you were not as supporters.
We had what you call a good dressing room discussion and the players that myself Gary and Glyn believe in put it right Saturday with a controlled and professional performance away at Hatfield.
I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday night.
Premier Division Roundup - 22nd October 2011
22nd October 2011
With the FA Vase taking central stage, just the seven Premier Division fixtures took place.
Biggest win of the day went to Holmer Green, who moved out of the relegation zone with a 6-3 win at Colney Heath. Andy Shed was Holmer’s hero with a hat-trick, whilst Dean Allen weighed in with a brace and Sean Christie also scored one.
Looking higher in the table, Dunstable Town lost for the first time this season with a 2-1 defeat at Broxbourne Borough. Former Aylesbury defender Nick Leach gave the Blues a 13th minute lead, only for second half goals from Dean Williams and Chris Doyle turning the match on its head.
Meanwhile, Leverstock Green’s recent downturn in form continued as Terence Cariba’s 34th minute goal proved decisive as they lost 1-0 to London Tigers in a match switched to Pancake Lane due to problems with Tigers’ home ground.
St. Margaretsbury claimed three points with a rare away win, beating AFC Dunstable 2-0 at Creasey Park courtesy of two goals from Leigh Rose after the break.
In front of the afternoon’s biggest crowd of 127, Berkhamsted saw off a Harefield United comeback to win 3-2 at Broadwater with a Tyler Hatherly goal two minutes into stoppage time. Hatherly had earlier given Berko the lead, before Lawrence Bunker made it two just after the break. But the Hares came back strongly and Jack Reader and Neal Perrin had levelled the match, only for Berko to win it at the death.
Finally, Chris Bangura made it 2 goals in his first 2 Hertford Town games, as his 62nd minute equaliser cancelled out Theo Swaine’s opener to earn his new side a point at Stotfold.
In the FA Vase, congratulations to the four SSMFL teams who progressed to the 2nd Round: Royston Town, Ampthill Town, Haringey Borough and Tring Athletic.
Patience Pays As Ducks Win It Late
22nd October 2011
A late goal from Stacey Field saw Aylesbury take maximum points and move up to third in the table with a 1-0 win at Hatfield Town.
The first half was evenly matched, the home side and Ducks sharing chances without finding a breakthrough.
After the break was a different story though, as all the pressure went Aylesbury's way.
It looked like being an afternoon of frustration though as the ball just wouldn't go in, until Field popped up to roll home a calm finish eleven minutes from time.
After that Aylesbury had three glorious chances to extend their lead through Baines, Field and Barnett, but the solitary goal did the job.
Ducks Add Flood To Squad
21st October 2011
Aylesbury United have signed central defender Luke Flood ahead of Saturday's trip to Hatfield Town.
Flood is a 23-year old centre back whose previous clubs include Dunstable Town and Leverstock Green.
He made nearly 50 appearances for Dunstable last season, having re-signed for the Blues after a short spell with Leverstock.
We welcome him to the club where he will go straight into the squad for our weekend fixture.
Dismal Night For Faltering Ducks
19th October 2011
Aylesbury United were unceremoniously dumped out of the Challenge Trophy by a 3-1 defeat to Risborough Rangers' giantkilling act.
In what could justifiably argued to be United's worst ever result, the SSMFL Division 2 outfit - currently sitting in the bottom five team, below the Ducks' town neighbours Hale Leys United - Risborough were worthy winners on a dismal night for Aylesbury.
Ivaylo Dimitrov did pull an Aylesbury goal back but it was too late to matter.
Whilst the Ducks had a makeshift look to their side, and had to contend with further injury problems during the game, it was still a strong team which Tony Joyce sent out - yet it all looked a far cry from the weekend 6-0 defeat of Hanwell Town.
The best Aylesbury can do now is forget about this match, move on quickly and look for a positive result at Hatfield Town.
18th October 2011
The directors of Aylesbury United have asked that the following statement be published.
"Aylesbury FC put in a seven day approach for Warren Garcia on 14th October and were asked to honour the seven day rule. We have subsequently been informed by the player concerned that he was approached by phone on Sunday 16th October. We have therefore reluctantly informed Aylesbury FC that we shall be reporting them to the appropriate authourity for a breach of the Seven Day Approach Rule.
Whilst we do not wish to stand in the way of our players progressing we feel that we also have responsibility to supporters and other players to ensure that we minimise potentially disruptive actions by other clubs."
Premier Division Roundup - 15th October 2011
15th October 2011
Aylesbury weren’t the only side to score six Premier Division goals, as AFC Dunstable beat struggling Hatfield Town 6-2. Danny Ryan opened the scoring inside the first minute, BJ Christie and Hayden Wills making it 3-0 with 17 minutes on the clock. Christie went on to complete a hat-trick, with Ryan Quinn completing the scoring 10 minutes from time from the spot.
Hatfield are now third bottom due to St. Margaretsbury’s 3-1 home win over Hertford Town. New manager Marvin Samuel looked to be getting off to a good start when Mark Draper gave the visitors an 18th minute lead, but two goals in two second half minutes from Rose and Anstead turned the game on its head, before Adam Lawton added a third late on.
The top 5 in the league remains unchanged: Royston, Leverstock, Hillingdon, Tring and Aylesbury. Leverstock were the odd one out of the 5 who lost on the day, going down 2-1 at Colney Heath, now under the leadership of former Aylesbury, Barnet, Hemel Hempstead etc. manager/goalkeeper Gary Phillips.
Royston beat Holmer Green 2-0 at home, a goal in each half kept Hillingdon’s strong start to the season going as they beat Hadley 2-0, also at home, whilst Tring twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Oxhey Jets, with Stewart King netting a brace.
Haringey Borough are hot on the heels of the top 5 thanks to a 4-0 win over Broxbourne Borough, Richard Worrell scoring another 2 goals to re-take the top of the goalscorers chart, with Roland Namquita and Chris Benjamin also on target.
Two goals in four minutes just before the midpoint of the first half gave Berkhamsted a 2-0 result at home to Stotfold, Lawrence Bunker and Tyler Hatherly on target for the Comrades, whilst elsewhere London Tigers won 2-0 at Biggleswade United courtesy of strikes from Mohamed Bettamer and Gregory Ngeno.
Hanwell Hit For 6 By Soaring Ducks
15th October 2011
Aylesbury spectacularly returned to form with a 6-0 thrashing of struggling Hanwell Town at Bell Close this afternoon.
The majority of the match was actually closer than the scoreline suggested, but a blitzing last twenty minutes saw United net four times as their opponents capitulated.
After back to back defeats, the Ducks needed a positive start and they got it when Stacey Field scored an 18th minute goal, turning in Baines' low ball across the box.
But Hanwell were very much in the game and hit the woodwork three times in the first half, with Aylesbury's defence looking shaky.
After the break was a different story, and the visitors rarely got a sniff of goal as United put in an excellent performance.
Enzo Silvestri scored early on to settle the result, before a well deserved goal from Baines made it three in the 79th minute.
Aylesbury sensed more goals, and with more attacking resources in Simpson and Dimitrov entering the fray they duly got them - with the latter scoring two goals with his first two touches after coming on.
It was left to Joey Acheampong to round off an excellent afternoon's work by scoring the sixth with what was literally the last kick of the game.
The result is Aylesbury's biggest win of the season, and the second time they've netted 6 league goals so far in the campaign.
Cooper's Troops Too Good for Ducks
12th October 2011
Aylesbury's Bell Close strife continued and their poor home form extended as a hat-trick from Colney Heath's Ian Cooper helped his side to a 3-1 win.
An uneventful first half ended in dramatic fashion as firstly Lewis Hallford had to be stretchered from the pitch with apparent breathing difficulties, later being taken to hospital.
In stoppage time the visitors took control of the game when Cooper scored a brace - the first a neat finish, the second a highly debatable penalty.
After the break United still weren't able to raise their game, and Cooper scored again to kill of any hopes of a comeback from the Ducks.
Aylesbury did pull a goal back from the spot, and improved to a level looking something more like their normal selves for the last ten minutes, but by then another disappointing game for the Ducks had long been decided.
Premier Division Roundup - 12th October 2011
12th October 2011
Just the three games played in the Premier Division, the first of which saw Dunstable Town extend their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 4-0 home thumping of Berkhamsted.
The Creasey Park side were 3-0 up by half time thanks to a brace from Nathan Frater and a solitary Peter Holmes effort and extended that when Joe Bruce scored late on, Dunstable up to 6th as a result.
Also 3-0 up at half time were Royston Town, who have overtaken Leverstock Green to lead the pack. They crushed strugglers Hatfield Town 6-0 away to equal the league’s biggest away win of the season.
Kaan Fehmi scored on of their first half goals to return to the top of the high scorers leader board with 10, Ryan Lockett and Ricky Young also on target before the break. The second half saw further goals from recently re-signed from Cambridge City winger Luke Robins, and midfielder Matt Standen.
Finally, Hertford Town put an end to their seven match losing streak with a 2-2 home draw against Oxhey Jets as new manager Marvin Samuel watched from the stands. It could have been a win though, as Town twice let their opponents equalise, but a point was enough to move them off the bottom of the table, leapfrogging Holmer Green.
Hatfield Match Pencilled In
11th October 2011
Aylesbury United have been given an away trip to Hatfield Town to fill their 'free' Saturday on 22nd October.
The match at the Gosling Sports Park will kick off at 3pm.
Premier Division Roundup - 8th October 2011
8th October 2011
Today’s action saw the top of the table clash between Leverstock Green and Royston Town saw the visiting Crows take maximum points courtesy of a goal in each half from Ross Collins, their 2-0 win meaning Royston are now just one point behind with a game in hand.
Dunstable Town moved up to 8th with the day’s biggest win – a 7-0 home thrashing of St. Margaretsbury. Ex-Ducks Nick Jackson (2) and Craig Henney put them 3-0 ahead before Joe Bruce added a further before the break, with second half strikes from Nathan Frater and Lee Roache (2) giving them the largest victory of the league season so far.
Up to third in the table, leapfrogging Tring who drew 1-1 at home to Biggleswade United, and Aylesbury who lost 2-1 at home to Harefield United, are Hillingdon Borough. Goals from Adam Willis, Chris Drake and Murray Williamson gave them a 3-0 at strugglers Hatfield Town.
Sharing points were 10th place Berkhamsted and 6th place Haringey Borough, who drew 1-1 at Broadwater with first half goals from Matt Wardle and Richard Worrell respectively (Worrell now the league’s top goalscorer with 10), as well as Broxbourne Borough and AFC Dunstable who drew 0-0.
There was no improvement in form for struggling Hertford Town as they crashed to a 1-5 defeat at Hertingfordbury Park by Hadley, who moved up to 13th as a result.
Also down at the bottom, Holmer Green lost 2-0 at Stotfold where goals from Stuart Lochhead and Lee Harman gave the Roker Park outfit the win, and Hanwell Town who were beaten 2-1 at home by Colney Heath.
London Tigers home game with Oxhey Jets was postponed.
Hares Succeed at Disappointing Ducks
8th October 2011
Aylesbury lost out in their first home Saturday league game of the season, 2-1 to Harefield United.
The Ducks were disappointing in their defeat, despite lining up with the same personnel which had earned a good point against Dunstable.
An awful defensive mistake let in Sam Gomez to score after 25 minutes, after which United huffed and puffed to try and force their way back into the game without ever reaching their best.
They still had the chances though, but poor finishing let them down, and it was left to Harefield to extend their lead 3 minutes from time.
Late drama was to follow as the Ducks did stage a mini comeback, Edgeworth forcing the goal home from close range before they won a penalty.
Up stepped John Mulholland, but his spot kick thumped back off the crossbar meaning Aylesbury were unable to salvage a point.
Ducks and Dunstable Draw
5th October 2011
Aylesbury and unbeaten Dunstable Town shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 Premier Division draw after a game which could have gone either way.
Both sides could creditably claim to have deserved all three points as they both had spells of dominance and both missed a number of chances.
It was Dunstable who struck first when Jon Cooper fired home following a helped on throw-in.
It forced Aylesbury to raise their game, and they responded well by scoring two goals in two minutes just past the half hour mark.
Town levelled proceedings early in the second half when Nathan Frater crashed home the goal of the game.
From then on it was wide open, end to end stuff, as both teams pushed hard for a winner without being able to find the net, and had to settle for a point apiece.
Premier Division Roundup - 4th October 2011
5th October 2011
The top two sides Leverstock Green and Royston Town both dropped points in their Tuesday night matches, Royston suffering their first league defeat Garden Walk this season after a rollercoaster 2-4 defeat by Berkhamsted, whilst Levy were pegged back to a 2-2 draw at Holmer Green.
Matt Wardle gave his visiting Berkhamsted side the 9th minute lead, only for the in-form Kaan Fehmi to bag his 5th goal in three games to level before the break. Royston went ahead through Ricky Young, only for the Comrades to storm back with goals from Tyler Hatherly, Adam Bellotti and Josh Chamberlain to take the points.
In the battle of the ‘Greens’, Leverstock had appeared to be cruising when a goal either side of half time from Dan Griggs gave them a commanding lead. But the league strugglers – who slipped back into the bottom two despite the point – hit back through ex-Duck Andy Shed and newly signed former Marlow and Burnham man Aaron Couch.
Hillingdon Borough moved up to 5th spot with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Colney Heath, who are looking down at the wrong end of the table after such an impressive season last time around, whilst in 6th place is Haringey Borough who are having another strong campaign and whose impressive front pairing of Darrell Cox and Richard Worrell both scored again in a 3-0 win over London Tigers.
At the bottom of the table are crisis club Hertford Town, who remain manager-less following the resignation of Scott O’Donoghue and subsequent sacking of his replacement Matt Allen. A dramatic home game against fellow strugglers Hanwell Town ended 2-1 to the visitors courtesy of a goal nine minutes into stoppage time, Hertford having already equalised beyond the 90.
Hatfield Town also recorded a much needed win to pull out of the bottom two, winning their own ‘six pointer’ 2-1 at home to Harefield United, Ryan North hitting the Hatfield decider two minutes into time added on.
St. Margaretsbury built on the attacking promise they’d demonstrated against Aylesbury with a 5-2 home demolition of mid-table Oxhey Jets, where Adam Lawton scored a brace for the reds.
Elsewhere, Hadley racked up something of a surprise 3-0 win at Stotfold – who had high ambitions prior to the season start but now sit 11th, and a goal in each half gave Broxbourne Borough a 2-0 home win over Biggleswade United.
Field Treble Sets Ducks On Their Way
1st October 2011
Stacey Field's hat-trick helped Aylesbury to a comfortable 5-2 win at basement side St. Margaretsbury this afternoon.
In the scorching hot conditions, United were gifted a two-goal lead inside twelve minutes as Field twice gratefully capitalised on defensive blunders to net.
The home side, with only four league points to their name so far, continued to defend poorly and it was no surprise when the Ducks added a third on the half hour when Wood headed home Jones' pinpoint free-kick delivery.
The second half saw St. Margaretsbury improve, and they capitalised on Aylesbury's own defensive faux pas when Mulholland headed over Sillitoe into his own net.
The gap was restored to three when Field converted a contentiously awarded penalty for his hat-trick, and Paul Edgeworth came off the bench to rattle home number five for his side.
St. Margaretsbury weren't done though, and were a better side - going forwards anyway - than the scoreline or their league position suggested, and they pulled another consolation back late on when Anstead cracked home a great strike.
It proved only that though - consolation - as the result had long been decided, and another three-point haul for Aylesbury with a pleasing five away goals to their tally.