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Southern League Delay Div 1 KO

The Southern League have announced that the division one campaigns will be delayed for a week due to FA Cup fixture commitments.

Plans revealed this week explained the decision:

League Statement

Following information and discussions with the FA, it has been confirmed that at least 20 clubs at Step 4 will have to enter the FA Cup at the Extra Preliminary stage, which is being played on Saturday 11th August.

Therefore, the Southern League have taken the decision to delay the start of the Division One season until Saturday 18th August (Premier Divisions to commence on 11th August). By doing so this will have two advantages:

Those clubs drawn to play in the FA Cup will not have to postpone a Saturday fixture or potentially a midweek fixture if a replay occurs.

Provides an even playing field so that all clubs will be allocated the same number of Saturday and midweek fixtures at the start of the season and therefore no advantage can be implied

All fixtures are due to be released later this month.

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Moles manager Scott Reynolds reveals staff & summer plans

Scott Reynolds has wasted no time since being unveiled as the new Aylesbury FC manager this week & announced his back room staff and summer training / pre-season fixture plans just a few days into his tenure.

Aylesbury FC manager Scott Reynolds

Four names have been revealed with more to follow in due course, Matt Moran, Phil Duffy, Paul Bonham and Lea Coulter have all been unveiled in various roles.

These can be viewed here in more detail:

The clubs summer training schedule has also been released, with the first day of training to be on Tuesday 26th June with a 7.15pm start. Sessions will then be held every Tuesday & Thursday 7.15 – 9.00pm and also on Saturdays 1.00 – 3.00pm. The first few sessions are open trials therefore any of the Aylesbury U18 set up along with any experienced non-league players are welcome to attend. All sessions will be held at Haywood Way.

A number of pre-season fixtures have also been scheduled, a visit from Arlesey Town, before trips to Leverstock Green & Daventry Town the club then host Tring Athletic and Newport Pagnell Town. Aylesbury then travel to FA Vase winners Thatcham Town and end with a home game against Egham.

More details on the training sessions, and dates for the pre-season fixtures can be viewed here:

Thatcham Town FA Vase Winners 2018

In the meantime Aylesbury FC are on the hunt for a secretary, after April Benson stood down after three years in the position.

The club also need a physio / sports therapist to work with their management team, covering training sessions and match days.

Finally, Aylesbury FC would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to help film home matches for highlights, match analysis and publicity purposes, ideally suited to a media student looking for experience or coursework.

For either of these positions the club can be emailed at: 

Aylesbury FC are offering supporters a discounted season ticket deal, if purchased before July, details of which can be found here:

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Scott Reynolds appointed Aylesbury FC manager

Aylesbury FC are very pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Reynolds as their new first team manager.

Tony Masella welcomes Scott Reynolds

Reynolds takes over with immediate effect, and will announce his backroom staff in due course.

Reynolds began his managerial career at Grendon Rangers in the North Bucks & District League guiding them into the South Midlands League during his tenure. He left Rangers to join South Midlands Division One side Winslow United for eighteen months before joining Hellenic Premier League Ardley United but in the summer of 2016 became part of the management team at Leighton Town. Eventually taking over the reigns as manager, Reynolds had his most successful season to date this year, finishing fourth in the South Midlands Premier Division and reaching the last eight of the FA Vase.

Sports Shots caught up with Scott hours after his appointment: 


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Aylesbury FC need your help

Aylesbury FC are seeking volunteers to join the club for next season to help the game to game running of the club on matchdays.

The club have advertised for the following roles:

Match Days 1st team home games on Saturdays and some Tuesdays

Tea Bar Manager – Serving hot / cold drinks, preparing and cooking hot and cold food

Boardroom – Provide hospitality for both teams committee and officials making teas and coffees

Turnstile – Seated, selling match day tickets at the gate

Changing Room Cleaners – cleaning home, away and officials changing rooms after home games

Kit Manager – for home and away games – Ensuring kit is laid out in the changing rooms prior to players arrival, ensuring team officials wear correct league branded bench wear clothing. taking and collecting kit from laundrette

Ball boys and Girls

Programme Editor – Maintain and update the online match day programme, Squad updates, club history and sponsors adverts

Media team – Including match day announcements, website maintenance, match reports and Twitter feed

Ground Maintenance – helping to maintain the pitch and surrounding areas throughout the season

The full advert can be viewed here, including contact details:
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SLD1E; Aylesbury 0-4 Bedford Town

Aylesbury – 0

Bedford Town – 4

Aylesbury were soundly beaten on Thursday night at home by Bedford Town, and looked a side severely lacking in confidence as they began their final run in of three home games inside four days. A much-changed side again started the game; missing a regular keeper, midfielder Nathan Neale stood in, but Bedford did not show any sympathy towards their beleaguered hosts as they raced to a three-goal lead before half-time. Aylesbury now face two final home matches to try and avoid finishing second bottom in the league table, a position which any other season would result in relegation but are safe this time due to the non-league pyramid reformation happening this summer.

The game almost started in spectacular fashion, a Bedford right wing cross was met in front of goal by Jimmy Hartley who went for the acrobatic volley over the shoulder, but the ball cannoned off Moles defender Anthony Ball and was eventually cleared away. On nine minutes Ashton Grant sent Town striker David Moli away on goal, shoulder to shoulder with a marker he descended upon Neale in the Aylesbury goal, he shrugged off the challenge and fired home, but the referee blew his whistle indicating the challenge before the shot was actually a foul.

Bedford continued to press not allowing the home side a minute to relax, an attempted clearance deep in the Moles half was halted by a flailing boot and the ball crossed into David Manu to the right of goal, he mishit his shot sending the ball spinning away for a goal kick. Then on twelve minutes Bedford got their break through, Hartley collected a loose ball out on the left wing and was allowed to cut in and from a very acute angle curled around Neale and inside the far post.

Aylesbury struggled to get past the backline of blue shirts, a rare cross from their right threatened Town keeper Kyle Forster but before anyone could attack the ball, centre half Steve Gentle beat everyone to head away for a corner, playing his final game for Bedford before retiring at the end of the season. On seventeen minutes another Town corner swung in was met brilliantly by the head of Ollie Swain but if anything, he connected too well when heading down onto the turf, the hard pitch making the ball loop up and over the top.

Nathan Neale donned Moles gloves

Bedford did score again just before the half-hour mark, but an offside flag denied the celebration, and the nearest the hosts got to attacking was Ricky Gwilliam on the half-way line threading a ball through for Kynan Isaacs to race onto but he was adjudged offside before he got into his stride. Some great movement from the visitors deserved more when a multi-player passing game on the edge of the Aylesbury box resulted in Manu firing across the goal mouth with pace, the ball inches in front of the advancing Moli who couldn’t prevent the ball rolling away for a goal kick.

An Aylesbury attack then broke down and the Town defence sent the ball long for Brad Woods-Garness to scurry after, reaching the penalty area he fired low at goal, but Neale stayed big & blocked with his knees and the danger passed. A long goal kick from Forster then sent Manu away down the Town right, as most thought the ball was going out it bounced, and the spin kept it in play, Manu was away leaving his marker for dead on the touchline, he drove at goal before forcing Neale into another good save. Another pass over the Moles back line saw Hartley free on goal, as he lined up to shoot a great recovery tackle came in from Chris Clarke and the danger cleared.

Six minutes before the interval Bedford doubled their lead, on the edge of the penalty arc Moli fired low across Neale who got a hand to it, but the spin took the ball into the back of the net. Not content at two the visitors continued to attack, Moli crossed into Woods-Garness who fired wide, but with a minute left the third duly arrived when a throw out on the right saw Moli receive the ball with back to goal, he bullied his way past the defender on him and fizzed the cross into the middle where Woods-Garness couldn’t miss from close range. H/T: 0-3

The first chance after the break fell to Woods-Garness when he was played through by Ashton Grant, Neale raced out to meet him on the edge of the box but the Town striker got his shot in which bounced up off the keepers foot and for a moment looked like bouncing into the unguarded net but did eventually roll wide. The same striker was fed in again to the right of goal moments later, a fierce drive saw Neale having to use both hands to block with a defender on hand to clear away.

Aylesbury substitute Davide Pobbe made a driving run towards the Bedford goal avoiding a couple of challenges along the way, from eighteen yards out he pulled his shot wide of Forster’s left hand post. A long ball down the Bedford left then saw Lee Roache scamper away on goal, as Neale came out to challenge on the edge of the area the Town substitute simply headed past the Aylesbury custodian but before he could roll home a defender got a boot in to divert for a corner.

Steve Gentle up front late on

A Bedford cross then found Callum Donnelly in front of goal totally unmarked, but somehow he only managed to head the ball back out to the wing from where it had come. Hartley then took control inside the Moles eighteen-yard box, he twisted & turned only for his shot to be blocked, the loose ball fell to Gwilliam who angled his shot inches over the crossbar.

Moli flicked on a down field ball to Roache and from six-yards out his shot was bravely blocked by the feet of Neale and cleared, but the keeper was powerless to stop Bedford’s fourth goal on seventy-one minutes. Town were pressuring the Moles goal mouth when a clearance from Paul Brown hit Donnelly and with Neale committed it simply rebounded into the empty net.

An Aylesbury corner save a brief melee in the Bedford box which ended with Tony Njogu firing past Forster’s right hand post. With time running out the Bedfordshire outfit pushed Gentle up front, to see if he could score on his swansong. His first chance saw him control some eight yards out, avoiding two tackles and the dive of the Moles keeper, with the goal gaping he pulled his effort wide, much to the amusement of his team mates.

Gentle threw himself at anything his colleagues put his way, but it just wasn’t happening, a cross from Roache gave him the opportunity to rise above everyone around him, heading across goal the ball bounced a yard or two wide, and despite his best efforts the referee’s whistle sounded to bring the curtain down on his career with the away win.

Attendance: 81

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury boss Kevin Poole: 

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SLD1E; Moles on Easter Eg Hunt

Saturday 31st March 2018

Aylesbury v Egham Town

Monday 2nd April 2018

Arlesey Town v Aylesbury

Southern League Division One East

Haywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host Egham Town on Saturday looking for their first points under new manager Kevin Poole, who takes charge of his fourth game since taking over the hot seat at Haywood Way. A tough start to life at The Moles has seen three defeats so far, including the most recent on Tuesday evening where the trip down to Hampshire to face in form Hartley Wintney saw a four goal defeat. However, with new players arriving a change of fortunes are hopefully imminent, however they face a resurgent Egham side who have won three of their last five games. Aylesbury haven’t tasted victory since Boxing Day, and have picked up just two points in 2018, so another tough battle lies ahead.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Kevin Poole, and asked just how tough it’s been since taking over:

It’s been tough no doubt about that, but it was never going to be easy, we knew that. However while we obviously would have liked a win along the way, that wasn’t the main objective in the first couple of weeks. We needed to get Aylesbury players back to the club and so far we have achieved that

And how is that squad shaping up now:

We brought in what we could within the restrictions we are under, a lot of local based players responded well to the calls and made themselves available, at this late stage of the season & with other commitments it’s a credit to them that they did. We have some talented players here, but they need time to gel and reach the levels of fitness needed at this level, unfortunately time is against us on this one. Overall though I am more than happy with what we’ve brought in, our first priority was to stabilise the club

Kevin Poole

How does Kevin feel his side have played so far?

We played well against Marlow and really deserved a draw, but then against Hanwell we really struggled with sickness through the squad and it showed, we just weren’t at the races & that was disappointing as on another day we felt we’d have won that game. Then at Hartley the lads played very well, it was never a 4-0 game and we competed with them up until the hour mark and at times we outplayed them, however their strength in depth & superior fitness told

So anything different for Egham on Saturday?

Egham are a big physical side that can play football, we will need to adapt to that, but if we have the right squad available then we want to push the onus back onto them having to deal with us

Finally, a look ahead to the trip to Arlesey on Monday:

I’ve not seen Arlesey Town play so I don’t really know a lot about them, however the last game against them was played under extremely difficult circumstances, and I am confident that with full availability mixed with a good performance we can beat a lot of teams, not just Arlesey

Sports Shots would like to thank Kevin for his time this week.

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SLD1E; Moles manager looking for sparkling future

Saturday 17th March 2018

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One East

Hayden Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC face the biggest test of their season on Saturday with a trip to high flyers AFC Rushden & Diamonds, in a match that contrasts football clubs at the opposite ends of the non-league spectrum. Much has been written about the plight of Rushden since they reformed back in 2011, starting at the bottom of the pyramid and now sit top of the Southern League Division One East table with promotion seemingly a few weeks away. At the other end is Aylesbury, who this season have faced a wretched time, multiple squad changes, poor form, backroom changes aplenty, but now face life under new manager Kevin Poole. The former Thame Rangers boss was appointed earlier in the week and his first job was taking his new squad to Marlow on Tuesday night, where they only lost to a last-minute goal.

Ahead of the game on Saturday Sports Shots caught up with the new Moles manager:

Firstly, we welcomed Kevin to Aylesbury FC and at the same time Sports Shots, and asked how the first few days in the job had been:

Well first of all thank you very much. Yes, these last few days have been absolutely manic, trying to sort everything out in such a short space of time creates a lot of pressure, but everyone at the club is pitching in and helping out

We enquired how Tuesday nights game at Marlow went:

The game was as we expected really, Marlow are very strong at home and they brought some players in which they are fully entitled to do – however we played some good positive football & probably deserved a draw in all fairness, but in the end the difference in fitness levels told

Kevin Poole

We asked what impressions the squad had made in their first run out under the new boss:

There are some good lads here, but they have had a really tough season. I’ve been especially pleased to see so many young players which bodes well for the future

Any new additions or changes likely?

I will be looking to bring a few in yes, the squad is a little bit light at the moment, but I also want to use this period to look at some local players and see if they’re good enough to make the step up to this level of football. Then we will be looking to stabilise things, so we can then put our own stamp & style of play into the team

Finally, any message for the Aylesbury FC supporters:

Yes, we’d just like them to keep their heads up, Dave Morris my assistant & I will do our very best to bring some pride back to the team, and to the club as quickly as is possible, and we appreciate all the support we have been shown so far

Sports Shots would like to thank Kevin for his time this week

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SLD1E; Aylesbury 1-5 Arlesey Town

Aylesbury – 1

Arlesey Town – 5

Aylesbury FC began life after Davis Haule with a heavy defeat against bottom of the table Arlesey Town, with a young-looking squad was assembled by Ryan Wiffin, Ryan Collings & Aaron Norman who took the reins following the manager’s decision to leave ten days previously. On an evening where most spectators turned up thinking they were going to witness the home side claim their first win since Boxing Day, against the side who were rock bottom with just one single league victory to their credit this season, the away side defied all the odds and in all honesty could have scored a hatful more all but for the heroics of Ash Jenkins in the Aylesbury goal.

Ash Jenkins man of the match

For the opening few minutes the hosts looked the more likely to open the scoring, creating the better chances despite never really threatening Lewis Elsom in the Arlesey goal, but were rocked on their heels when their guests opened the scoring on fourteen minutes and from there Town enjoyed some lengths of possession and opened up the Aylesbury back line time after time. More worryingly the next three fixtures for FC see them host Beaconsfield who are second in the league, before a trip to league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds who boast the top goal scorers and tightest defence in the division, with a game at Marlow sandwiched between the two.

Aylesbury took the game to their visitors early on but lacked any real conviction in the final third and allowed Arlesey to slowly grow in to the game. On four minutes a great ball played into Tony Williams on the left of the Aylesbury box saw him force a good save from Jenkins who had to turn away for a corner. A free kick to the home side saw Garry Jones float the ball in and a glancing header from Davide Pobbe sailed over the Arlesey crossbar.

On thirteen minutes the away side attacked down their right through Dammy Nickels-Benson, he squared across the eighteen-yard line to Billy Lannon whose fierce drive was brilliantly tipped around the post by Jenkins again. However, from the corner the ball was crossed from the left and in front of goal Williams headed home to give Arlesey the lead. From that point they grew in confidence, and Aylesbury started to look nervous every time their opponents got on the ball.

Jenkins kept his side in the game minutes later with another fine save from close range, before a cross from the right from Arti Krasniqi saw him having to back pedal rather hurriedly before claiming with both hands. Aylesbury then had a free kick which saw Ben Stevens flick on to Pobbe, he got a shot away that was blocked by a defender, just as it looked as though he would get a follow up shot in he slipped allowing the ball to roll nicely into the waiting gloves of Elsom.

Not much cheer for the Moles faithful

On twenty-six minutes a wayward cross from the home side saw Joe Walls retrieve the ball and cross to the back post, running in Stevens thought about heading the ball, before switching to consider the acrobatic bicycle kick, but before he could do either the ball had gone for a goal kick leaving him frustrated on the floor. Just ninety seconds later the away side doubled their lead with a classic counter attack, as Aylesbury tried to mount an attack in midfield Rafe Goodman seized on a loose pass, he knocked the ball down the right channel for Lannon to attack with pace, his pinpoint cross found Williams who thumped home off the underside of the crossbar.

With the second goal Arlesey seemed to take the foot off the gas for the remainder of the half, although just before the break a neat pass over the home defence saw Taylor Rhiney beat the offside trap despite some furious claims from those in red, his attempted lob over Jenkins bounced wide much to the relief of the home back line. H/T: 0-2

Aylesbury started the second half with a good move that resulted in Garry Jones firing over the crossbar from the edge of the box, but just before the hour mark they were stunned by a third Town goal. A ball slipped in behind the defensive line saw Williams run on despite the calls of offside and despite a save from Jenkins the ball rolled home, giving the Town man his treble. Before Aylesbury had time to regroup they were four goals down, a free kick awarded out on the right wing saw the ball floated into the box where skipper Joe Steele beat everyone to loop a header over Jenkins and in to spark some wild celebrations amongst the Town squad.

Again Arlesey seemed to relax a little, and were given a warning when a free kick to their hosts saw the ball half cleared to the edge of their area where running in Pobbe fired at goal, the ball brushing the side netting as it went wide. Aylesbury did pull a goal back on sixty-six minutes when Alfi Touceda fed in Harry Scott on the right of the Arlesey area, as Elsom went out to meet the striker he fired low across the keeper into the far bottom corner.

Harry Scott scored Aylesbury goal

This lifted the beleaguered hosts who found a little more belief going forward, a cross from Scott found Pobbe in the middle but under heavy pressure he could do no more than stick out a boot and lift the ball high over the crossbar. However, with fifteen minutes left Arlesey killed off any Aylesbury sprit with their fifth of the evening, a cross from their right saw an initial shot come back off the post, a second Town player attempted to shoot but completely missed but behind him Krasniqi made no mistake blasting past Jenkins.

The remainder of the game was played out at a much slower pace, both sides realising the game was done. A Jones corner was met by the boot of Touceda but he could only lift high over the top, whilst at the other end a through ball for Town substitute Keanu Williams to chase down saw a good recovery and a last ditch tackle from Jordan Jenkins to divert for a corner. In the dying moments, another through ball split the home defence again, this time substitute Sam Tamakloe faced a one on one with Jenkins with the keeper making one final great save, one of the many that earned him the Aylesbury FC man of the match award at the end of the game. F/T: 1-5

Attendance: 57

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ESS,D1: Haule resigns as manager of Aylesbury FC

Aylesbury FC manager Davis Haule has resigned as manager of the EvoStik South, Division 1 East outfit this evening.

Haule announced his decision on Facebook this evening.

More to follow …

Davis Haule

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SL; Aylesbury FC 0-2 Chalfont St Peter

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.

Garry Jones found 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.

Mahlondo Martin scores second goal

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

Attendance: 79

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury coach Ryan Wiffin & defender Garry Jones: 

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