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Aylesbury 4-3 Molesey

Aylesbury United – 4

Molesey – 3

Aylesbury FC supporters went through the full range of emotions on Saturday in this FA Trophy battle of the Moles, comfortable at half time with a two-goal cushion but then pegged back by two goal in as many minutes early in the second period, then relief again as the two-goal cushion was restored but a late Molesey third then saw the remaining minutes played out with the ball in the Aylesbury penalty area and a succession of blocks and challenges that had their nerves on edge until the final whistle eventually confirmed their passage into the next round.

Within the first minute Shayne Almond warmed visiting keeper Liam Allan hands with an early drive that saw the shot stopper having to use two hands to push the ball over his crossbar. Jeanmal Prosper then threaded a perfect pass through the visiting defence for Shayne Almond to latch onto and fire narrowly wide.

Almond was constant threat

Aylesbury took the lead on fourteen minutes through Ty Deacon, a diagonal ball across the Molesey penalty area found Deacon at the back post who slotted home despite the appeals of the away side for offside. Brian Haule then went close curling over the top from the edge of the area, and as Aylesbury played the better passing moves they went close again when a three man move resulted in Almond firing over.

Allan then kept the scoreline down when another good move saw Prosper cut down the Aylesbury left and drill the ball across the area, a defender in an attempt to block stopped the ball but lost his balance, Almond pounced on the loose ball feeding in Deacon who saw his shot brilliantly saved by Allan.

They did then double their lead on twenty-nine minutes, Brian Haule worked hard with the ball sandwiched between two defenders; he managed to hold them off and flick the ball through to Deacon who got down the right and from the tightest of angles crossed the ball only for it to loop over the keeper and inside the back post.

Almond got down the left wing again and squared across the area to Deacon who laid off to Prosper who drove straight into the keepers’ gloves. Everything Molesey tried simply wasn’t working, either the final ball wasn’t good enough or Aylesbury defenders got blocks in to deny their visitor’s any chance of getting a goal back. Josh Andrew tried his luck from twenty yards only for a defender to throw himself at the ball to divert for a corner being one such instance.

Six minutes before the break some good movement from Molesey presented Manny Quarshie with an opportunity on the left hand side of the box but he smashed the ball over the fence & into next week, and this was closely followed by Antonio Simeone who drove wide from twenty yards out. H/T: 2-0

Molesey came out for the second period and took the game to their hosts, Simeone arrowing an effort inches over the bar from the corner of the area, and Shayne Almond had the first chance for Aylesbury curling a shot just past the back post.

On fifty-eight minutes Molesey were given a lifeline when a trip on the edge of the box saw them awarded a penalty. Simeone stepped up and gave Aylesbury keeper Ashley Jenkins no chance from the spot. Within a minute the tie was level when substitute Ashby Charles crossed from the wing, and with no immediate danger a defender blocked the ball but then slipped, and on hand to steal the ball was Olu Akinsanya who thumped into the top corner.

Just as Molesey got themselves back in the game, Aylesbury fought back and we ahead again within five minutes, from a corner the ball fell to Jordan Jenkins at the far post and from close range he smashed home.

Jenkins gives Aylesbury lead

Three minutes later and Aylesbury had their two-goal lead restored when Almond fired home despite the close attention of several blue shirts, when fed in around the six yard line he made no mistake firing inside the near post.

With fifteen minutes left to play Molesey almost grabbed a third when a cross was met at full stretch by Quarshie who headed a couple of yards over the crossbar. As the game seemed to be petering out to a close, Molesey grabbed a lifeline with a minute left, a simple ball up into the Aylesbury box saw Ashby Charles acrobatically jump at the ball and hook over his own shoulder, and over Jenkins head and in.

As the clock ticked into the final minute, the referee indicated a further five minutes would be played, which led to the expected Molesey onslaught, they threw everything at Aylesbury, high balls were slung in, bodies thrown at any sight of a loose ball, but credit to the home side who withstood five minutes of pressure to secure the win. F/T: 4-3

Attendance: 77

After the game Sports Shots spoke to coach Ryan Wiffin: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm6D16vm

 

Aylesbury FC v Molesey FA Trophy preview

Non-League Day 2017

Saturday 7th October 2017

Aylesbury v Molesey

FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC (Step 4) begin their FA Trophy campaign on Saturday when they host Molesey (Step 4) of the Bostik (Isthmian) Southern Division. The Surrey based side currently sit thirteenth in their league table having won four of their opening eleven league matches and drawing one. After collecting a reasonable four points from the opening two league games, they then fell at the first hurdle of the FA Cup which was the first of a four game losing run.

Since they stopped that rot on the ninth of September with a single goal victory at Ashford United, Molesey have seen their results mirrored with a win followed by two defeats twice, and after they won Tuesday at Grinstead, Aylesbury will be hoping they can continue their guest’s cycle with a defeat.

For anyone wanting to see how the visitor’s results have gone this season so far click here: http://www.moleseyfootballclub.com/teams/47215/fixtures-results

Aylesbury themselves are looking for a good run in the Trophy, having had a difficult start to the season after an opening day draw at Hayes they then lost at home to Cambridge before tasting victory in the FA Cup at home to Cirencester, but that was then followed by a six-game losing streak including defeat in the FA Cup at home to Leiston.

However, the form was turned around with two home league wins in a week, and although defeat at Chesham this week saw their league cup campaign over, the game was used as a chance for manager Davis Haule to rotate his squad ahead of the impending Trophy fixture. The moles faithful will be hoping that the two wins last week can kick start their season and prove to be an ideal start to a length FA Trophy run.

Fancy attending the game?

Click here for directions: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/contact/

 

Sports Shots have this week spoken to three Aylesbury FC players ahead of the game.

When reflecting on whether the match would be a welcome distraction from league matters for a week, club captain Ben Stevens explained:

It’s definitely a game to enjoy but at the moment I’d say the league is more important for us, especially as we’d like to try and build some form off the back of our recent two league wins

Ben Stevens

Central defender Jordan Jenkins is looking forward to the game, especially after last week’s results:

I think the two league wins have given us a bit of momentum and a well-timed boost, those six-points have lifted us up the table and we go into this cup fixture with some of the weight lifted off our shoulders. The FA Trophy is a big competition for clubs at our level, and it can offer the chance to play against some bigger clubs the further you go, also the prize money is a big lure but our manager demands the same application in every game we play

Striker Shayne Almond believes his side can progress:

We definitely have a chance to progress on Saturday, we won’t know too much about our opposition but why not? I fully believe if we turn up and play to our full potential we can win the game

Jordan went on to describe how the Aylesbury squad has settled down since August:

Pre-season saw a large amount of players at the club, but since then the management have fine-tuned the squad and it’s no coincidence that the results have steadily improved with a more settled bunch. Davis has brought together a good mix of experience and youth, including Shayne who has been outstanding since he came in, he gives us that extra bite in attack we were lacking before

Shayne has enjoyed it since signing on:

I’ve settled very well, I came into the club quite late, they’d already played 5 or 6 games before I got here but they are a good bunch of lads that have made me feel very welcome

Shayne Almond

Ben Stevens admitted there is a lack of knowledge of their opponents:

Being honest we don’t know too much about Molesey other than what we’ve googled, but from what we’ve read we can see they’ll be a decent side and it should be a very entertaining game for everyone coming along

Shayne Almond joined the club recently after a prolific season last year for Thame Rangers:

I have two goals so far, and now my own personal target is to reach twenty league goals this season, anything more will be an added bonus for me. I fully expect us to climb that league table now and hopefully we can nick a play-off place at the end of the season

Ben discussed the team preparation for the game:

We prepare for every game in exactly the same way, the manager sets us all up in the same way whether it’s a league game or cup game, and we go out to win either three points or to get in the next round

Jordan also revealed his pre-match routine:

I have a pre match meal of pasta and a banana at 1pm, I have the same seat in the dressing room and make sure I am never late for a game. Nothing out of the ordinary really, just part of my pre-match preparation

Jordan Jenkins

Finally Ben looked back at the FA Trophy in his time at Aylesbury FC:

My favourite memory has to be when we went to Tooting & Mitcham United, it was a hard fought battle and we came away with a 2-1 win. Both sets of fans were magnificent that day, and I also picked up the MoM award!

Jordan recalled a game playing for Leighton Town:

I’ve played in the competition a few times, and the stand out game for me was when I travelled to Carshalton with Leighton, they had a brand new 3G pitch and we played them off the park winning 2-0. Last year here the Trophy run didn’t last long, I’m hoping we fare better this season!

Sports Shots would like to thank Ben, Jordan & Shayne for their time this week.

Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.

 

Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/map.html

 

Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)

 

To find out more information about the campaign click here: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/index.html

 

Aylesbury 0-1 Aylesbury United

Aylesbury – 0

Aylesbury United – 1

United took all three points in the Aylesbury derby on Monday afternoon thanks to a first half goal from captain Jack Wood, in a game that was played in near thirty-degree heat and created very few real chances at goal. A healthy crowd turned up for the locally dubbed ‘El Quackico’ but some poor final third play as well as some stern defending saw chances at a premium, and neither keeper really tested all afternoon, apart from one looping effort from Wood which gave those in green and white the local bragging rights.

Both managers made four changes to their sides from Saturday looking to kick start their seasons, but the opening ten minutes were very cagey with neither really threading any flowing passes together, the closest chance for the home side saw Ty Deacon touch wide from a Jeanmal Prosper cross.

The Ducks won a free kick right in the corner on thirteen minutes, Reece Cameron swung in an inviting cross which Greg Williams met at the front post but glanced his header over. Moles player/manager Davis Haule then thumped a shot over the top from a half clearance, and Prosper got on the end of a right wing cross but surrounded by United defenders he could only blaze over.

Ollie Hogg was then inches away from connecting to a cross on a breakaway for the away side, had he met the ball when in front of goal would surely have scored, however the ball sailed past him from the cross and was cleared to safety. United grew in confidence with some good possession, and took the lead on thirty-eight minutes.

Jack Wood celebrates goal

A ball in the Moles box wasn’t cleared and eventually fell to Wood at the back post and he lifted the ball up and over home keeper James Weatherill to break the deadlock. The home side tried to respond, Keiron Schmidt blasting way over the top after seizing on a loose ball outside the box, and the last kick of the half saw Prosper sail a free kick way over Jack Stillitoe’s crossbar.  H/T: 0-1

The second half was devoid of action for fifteen minutes, the home side simply could not break down the solid back line of the United defence, and both front lines huffed and puffed but could not get near either keeper.

A Jack Wood clearance on the edge of the box cannoned back off a Moles player and spiralled across the goal mouth to Ty Deacon who at full stretch could only lift his shot over the top. Schmidt cut in from the right, across the eighteen-yard line before driving into Stillitoe’s gloves, before a United attack saw Harry Jones set away down the flank, with Dejon Noel-Williams waiting in the middle the cross was screwed over the crossbar and out for a goal kick.

Sonny French had a chance inside the box turning and shooting but straight at Weatherill, then in added time a cross from the Aylesbury left looked to be heading for Harry Scott at the back post, but Jake Bewley got in first to turn it away for a corner, and with it the chance was gone. United held on to the ball at the end to seal a much-needed win, and in the process jump above their hosts in the league table. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 356

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury FC coaches Ryan Wiffin and Fraser McLachlan: 

And Aylesbury United manager Glyn Creaser also spoke to Sports Shots: 

For match photo’s click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7EihTV

 

El Quackico preview

Monday 28th August 2017

Aylesbury FC v Aylesbury United FC

Southern League Division One East

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Bank Holiday Monday see’s the Aylesbury derby back at Haywood Way, known locally as ‘El Quackico’ the two club’s nicknames would see us witness The Moles v The Ducks, and an array of animal based puns to choose from. But we’re not one for making a mountain out of a mole hill, and certainly don’t want to ruffle any feathers.

With the season just three games old both sides will be looking to register their first win, and for United their first point(s) as three opening defeats sees them sitting uncomfortably in twenty-first place in the table, with their hosts just a point and three places above them with a solitary draw in their opening games.

Both teams have tasted success this season in the FA Cup, Aylesbury saw off Cirencester at Haywood Way by the odd goal in three, whilst United scored four past Leverstock Green although it did take a replay to settle the tie.

Saturday’s league results both ended in defeats so what better way to kick start your season than a local derby, on a Bank Holiday Monday that promises to be a scorcher on and off the pitch, with temperatures forecast of up to 26°C.

So if you’re digging around for somewhere to go, get down to The SRD Stadium, you’d be quackers to miss it!

How to get there: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/club-info/455615

 

B&B Senior Cup: 1st Round draw

Didcot Town FC First VS Holmer Green First

Beaconsfield Town FC First VS Aylesbury United FC First

Bracknell Town First VS Aylesbury FC First

Chalfont St Peter FC First VS Windsor First

Woodley United First VS Abingdon United FC First

Flackwell Heath FC First VS Binfield First

Wantage Town FC First VS Burnham FC First

Highmoor/Ibis 1st VS Newport Pagnell Town First

Matches to be played 24th September.

 

Aylesbury FC start season tomorrow at Hayes & Yeading

Aylesbury FC start their new season tomorrow with a trip to Hayes & Yeading, a club who not so long ago were in the Blue Square Premier (Conference in old money!)

Taken from the AFC website:

This weekend we travel to the SkyEx Community Stadium in Hayes for the first game of the season and the first competitive game at the SkyEx.

Hayes & Yeading have had back to back relegations, In The 2015–16 season they finished second from bottom in the National League South despite the reappointment of Garry Haylock as manager, resulting in relegation to the Southern Football League Premier Division. Former Oxford United coach Mickey Lewis took the manager’s reins for the 2016–17 season in the Southern League but dropped down to youth team duties in October after a poor run of form. Paul Hughes and Ritchie Hanlon were appointed as joint managers in November, joining from Kings Langley but they were then relegated from the Premier Division to complete their 3rd relegation in 5 seasons.

Despite this Hayes & Yeading today and Cambridge City on Tuesday will be a tough test for the new Moles side.

Manager Davis Haule has some tough selection decisions to make after an excellent pre season, he has a squad of 26 all eager to gain a starting spot. The only absentees will be Ben Stevens and injury doubts are Brian Haule and Aston Goss.

KO is 3pm on Saturday and entrance is £10.00

Announcement: Sports Shots portfolio increasing

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that we have agreed to cover some new clubs from around our area with immediate effect.

With the new season looming, we are adding the following clubs to our list:

Aylesbury FC – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Davis Haule, finished last season in 19th position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/

Aylesbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Glyn Creaser, finished last season in 13th position. http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Banbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Premier Division, managed by Mike Ford, finished last season in 6th position. http://www.banburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Brackley Town Saints – Hellenic League Premier Division, managed by Gordon Kille, finished last season in thirteenth position. http://www.00svrh.brackleytownfc.com/category/saints/saints-news/

Leighton Town – South Midlands Premier Division, managed by Scott Reynolds, finished last season in sixteenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leightontown

Newport Pagnell Town – United Counties League Premier Division, managed by Darren Lynch, finished last season in tenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/newportpagnelltown

Olney Town – United Counties League Division One, managed by Neil Griffiths, finished last season in fourth position. http://www.olneytownfc.com/

We look forward to working closely with these, and all our existing clubs over the coming months.