Aylesbury – 0
Chalfont St Peter – 2
Aylesbury FC’s wretched home form continued on Saturday when Chalfont St Peter took all three points, continuing the Moles run of no home league win since October. A game of very few chances saw the away side take two of theirs, whilst the hosts either didn’t hit their target, or when they did they found the Chalfont keeper in defiant mood. With league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds due at Haywood Way on Tuesday evening, this wasn’t the preparation the Moles were looking for.
The opening twenty minutes was a cagey affair, neither side able to put a ball in to their front men to test the opposing defences, and the only chance fell to Chalfont on eight minutes when Maxwell Holland got away down their left and sent in a deep cross to the back post where George Beattie was at full stretch but couldn’t get any power on his header and Ashley Jenkins in the Aylesbury goal gathered with both hands.
A twenty-first minute free kick to the home side then saw Garry Jones aim for the head of Jordan Jenkins however it was deflected wide for a corner; the resulting corner was half cleared back out to Jones who drove at goal before firing into the side netting.
As the half wore on the visitors looked the more likely to open the scoring, a cross from their left found Beattie again in the box with his back to goal, he chested the ball down but could only steer wide. A free kick to Chalfont was then squared to Jack Mullan who hit the ball first time but was always spinning away from goal.
The pressure paid off with six minutes of the half left, following a throw on the left touchline the Aylesbury defence tried to clear their lines and a tackle that saw a half-hearted appeal for a foul was ignored and the ball knocked on for Beattie to shoot from the eighteen-yard line, and the ball sailed over Jenkins head and in.
The home side tried to respond straight away winning a free kick twenty yards from Carl Dennison in the Chalfont goal, but Harry Scott blazed high over the crossbar. Beattie had another chance before the break, from the edge of the area as he was being wrested to the ground he got his shot across the Aylesbury goal face and wide, however the referee pulled the game back for the free kick much to the derision of the home faithful. To their relief the free kick was thumped into Jenkins gloves by Victor Osobu. H/T: 0-1
The visitors piled on the pressure from the start of the second half, and for a few minutes Aylesbury struggled to get the ball off their guests and were camped in their own half. Just ninety-seconds in Beattie received the ball twenty-yards out right in the middle of the goal and his attempted curl into the bottom corner was narrowly wide of Jenkins right hand post.
Aylesbury had a golden chance when Scott got down the Moles left, his cross was punched clear by Dennison but only as far as the eighteen yard line where Garry Jones was waiting but he drove first time over the top, and his reaction clearly showed he felt he should have done better. Then on fifty-six minutes an Aylesbury free kick was headed home by Ben Stevens however a raised flag from the assistant on the far side ruled the equaliser out.
Dennison then ensured his sides lead was kept intact when some good movement saw Brain Haule played in despite the Chalfont defence claiming offside, with no flag the striker got his shot away from eight-yards and the keeper made a superb two-handed save and a defender was on hand to thump clear.
St Peter then put the game to bed with nineteen minutes remaining, a free kick into the Aylesbury box seemed to have been cleared however the ball was slipped between the defence for Mahlondo Martin to chase down and as Jenkins advanced, the front man slotted across the keeper into the bottom corner.
The game then petered out with both sides knowing the game was done and dusted, a late chance for Ty Deacon saw the ball knocked up to him inside the area, he turned his marker before firing wide from six-yards out. F/T: 0-2
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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury coach Ryan Wiffin & defender Garry Jones:
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