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FAT; Aylesbury United 2-3 Mildenhall Town

Aylesbury United – 2

Mildenhall Town – 3

Aylesbury United bowed out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle on Sunday as they were beaten at home by Mildenhall Town of the Bostik Isthmian League Northern Division by the odd goal in five. The visitor’s arrived with just two league wins under their belt this season and were behind after just eight minutes when Aaron Berry netted from close range, however a quick equaliser and two goals in the final eleven minutes of the first half saw the hosts shell shocked going into the interval; a goal back with over half an hour of the tie remaining saw United dominate the remainder but they could not break down a resilient Town backline, and left Aylesbury manager Ben Williams bemoaning complacency at the end of the game.

Berry was causing the away defence problems early on, a long ball down the right channel saw him peel off the shoulder of his marker but as he threatened to connect, out raced the Mildenhall keeper Gary Malone to smoother, but moments later a great run down the left from Benjamin Aghadiuno saw him fire the ball across the six-yard box where Malone got down to his left to save but he couldn’t hold on leaving Berry the simple task of tapping home. United continued to press and a deep cross from Ben Seaton found Max Hercules unmarked at the back of the box where he volleyed wide, and at this stage it looked comfortable for the hosts in the pouring rain.

The game changed on thirteen minutes when a throw to the away side was worked through to Abouhadje Kouassi between the Ducks defence and he drove at goal before despatching into the bottom right hand corner. The goal gave the visitors belief and a cross that wasn’t dealt with caused panic in the green ranks, eventually headed away by skipper Jack Wood but waiting outside the area striker Thomas Debenham volleyed towards the bottom corner where Ducks keeper Archie Davis had to throw himself away to his right to push away one handed.

Aaron Berry scored early for home side

At the other end another United attack saw a half clearance out to Sonny French who thumped past the left hand upright, Town missed a glorious chance in front of goal when Jarid Robson cleared the bar from six yards and Hercules blazed over from a cross as the chances swayed from one end to the other. Kouassi tore into the Aylesbury defence down the left again, leaving his marker behind his shot across goal took a deflection away from the target, then on thirty-four minutes they took the lead with a simple routine, a free kick inside the centre circle saw a flick on and unattended Robson had the easy task of powering his header into the bottom corner.

Mildenhall sensed more and attacked at will, another cross right into the goal saw Debenham go up against Matt Peake-Pijnen on the line and despite the height difference the defender managed to head clear, Davis then kept the scoreline intact when Town sprung the Ducks offside trap and Debenham was in on goal, as he went to chip past Davis he stuck out a hand and got enough contact to push the ball away from goal. With two minutes of the half left Peake-Pijnen got forward for the home side and drove a fierce shot past the post, but just a minute later Debenham found Robson in front of goal who lifted into the roof of the net to send the travelling support delirious going into the break. H/T: 1-3

The home side came out from the break and immediately demonstrated their intentions of getting back into the game, Hercules got away down the right and crossed into Aghadiuno whose looping header easily cleared the bar, before Ollie Hogg fed the winger who sent a fierce drive sailing over the top. On fifty-eight minutes they got the goal their played merited, when Peake-Pijnen sent a long pass downfield to French who drifted slightly away from goal before brilliantly driving low past Malone and inside the near post. Game on again!

Host of chances spurned late on

Almost immediately after the goal the scores should have been level when Hercules found space to exploit on the left but could only slice wide of the target, and Aylesbury dominated from here but without much threat to the Mildenhall goal frame. A Hogg corner was flicked on and at the back French thumped wide, before Hercules fed Aghadiuno who controlled on his chest and held up well ahead of laying off to Hogg who drove straight into the waiting gloves of Malone.

As time ran out a Jeanmal Prosper cross out on the right bounced across the area, Wood playing the perfect dummy stepped over leaving a clear shot for Berry who flashed the ball a couple of feet over the woodwork, the last chance feel to Aghadiuno when Hogg found him just inside the box, his angled drive again over the bar and away to safety for the visitors who progress in the competition. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 142

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Ducks manager Ben Williams: 

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BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here:

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

SL; Ducks skipper Wood be quackers to leave best squad ever

Saturday 29th September 2018

Yaxley v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central

In2itive Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Cambridgeshire on Saturday to face Southern League newcomers Yaxley who won the United Counties Premier Division title last season, and have won three of their opening seven league games to date, and sit a respectable ninth position in the table. United are still struggling to find their rhythm this time around, after winning on the opening day of the season the Ducks are yet to take any league points since and before the game sit in the dreaded bottom two relegation places, but so early in the season a vital three points would propel them away from danger.

Ahead of the match Sports Shots caught up with long serving United captain Jack Wood to ask if he feels his squad can compete in this league:

It’s not been the best of starts for us but we have had a tough opening to our season. You could look at the teams we’ve played and say they are all looking to be promoted or pushing for the play-offs. I have no doubt that we will start picking up points sooner rather than later

Is the league tougher this time around or has the quality of players just improved?

I think this year the league has definitely got tougher, also there are quite a few teams that we know nothing about and that hasn’t been the case over the past few seasons

Jack Wood

With a free Saturday last week the club organised a friendly at Chalfont, does Jack think that helped prepare the squad for games ahead?

Having a friendly during the season isn’t ideal but it allowed players to get more minutes under their belts which can only be a benefit

And a big midweek win over Newport Pagnell Town in the County Cup must have helped with confidence?

It was a comfortable win on Wednesday night, the lads played really well and it was good to not only win but win big, hopefully we can use this result to kick on and finally get our season up and running. Any game in any competition is important for the club, this competition is no different and it’s a good opportunity to win a trophy

We asked Jack of all the squads he has been involved in, where does this one rank in terms of quality & spirit:

Since my first season at Aylesbury United there has always been a really good team spirit, whatever squad we’ve had that’s never changed. The squad we have here is, I would say, the highest in quality since my time here and I’m sure the results will prove that very soon

United skipper Jack Wood

Trip to unknown Yaxley this week, any info on the game ahead?

It’s a team we know very little if anything about, but we will just be focusing on our own game and doing our best to get three much needed points

We asked Jack who the best team they have faced so far has been:

The best team so far for me has been Bromsgrove Sporting, we had a couple of chances to take the lead but after that we were second best for the rest of the game. I’m sure they will be champions come the end of the season

Finally, we asked Jack how long he thinks he can play for, and will he be a Duck for life?

I’ve still got some years left in me I hope! I just take it season by season as in football you just never know what’s going to happen next. I can’t predict the future but I have no plans to go anywhere else just yet

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

FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of this seasons FA Cup has taken place today, and see’s Banbury United face a very difficult home tie with National League South side Bath City if they overcome their replay with Weymouth on Tuesday evening, whilst if Aylesbury United win their replay at Marlow they then face a trip to either Kempston Rovers or Chalfont St Peter who also have a replay to decide who goes through.

The draw in full:


1 Chester v City of Liverpool

2 Ashton United v Trafford

3 Radcliffe v Curzon Ashton

4 Farsley Celtic v Southport

5 Mossley v Kidsgrove Athletic

6 Staveley MW v Guiseley

7 South Shields v Stockport County

8 Knaresborough Town v Newcastle Benfield or Workington

9 Cleethorpes Town v Bamber Bridge

10 York City v Ashton Athletic or Morpeth Town

11 Marine or Scarborough Athletic v Frickley Athletic

12 Dunston UTS v Irlam

13 FC United of Manchester v Colne

14 Nantwich Town v Blyth Spartans

15 Darlington v Bradford (Park Avenue)

16 Chorley v Parkgate or Leek Town

17 Witton Albion v Spennymoor Town

18 Altrincham v Whitley Bay

19 Consett v Warrington Town

20 Sutton Coldfield Town or Rushall Olympic v Alfreton Town

21 Boston United v Peterborough Sports

22 Saffron Walden Town or St Ives Town v Grantham Town

23 Kidderminster Harriers v Atherstone Town

24 Stourbridge v Leamington

25 Rugby Town v Hednesford Town

26 St Neots Town v Romulus

27 Nuneaton Borough v Brackley Town

28 Alvechurch v Corby Town

29 Kettering Town v AFC Mansfield

30 Anstey Nomads v Mickleover Sports

31 Halesowen Town v Chasetown or Gainsborough Trinity

32 King’s Lynn Town or Histon v Stafford Rangers

33 AFC Telford United v Bedford Town

34 Buxton v Coalville Town

35 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Burgess Hill Town

36 Northwood or Kings Langley v Farnborough or Lewes

37 Wealdstone v Great Wakering Rovers

38 Welling United v Chesham United

39 Hendon or Harlow Town v Phoenix Sports or Lancing

40 Woking v Tooting & Mitcham United

41 Hanwell Town v Lowestoft Town

42 Egham Town v Brightlingsea Regent

43 Chelmsford City v Worthing

44 Concord Rangers v Margate

45 Leverstock Green or Hadley v Dorking Wanderers

46 Haringey Borough v Erith Town

47 Cheshunt or Leiston v Hastings United

48 Coggeshall Town or Berkhamsted v Beckenham Town or Walton Casuals

49 St Albans City v Corinthian Casuals or Whyteleafe

50 Bowers & Pitsea v Hemel Hempstead Town

51 Billericay Town v Burnham

52 Chalfont St Peter or Kempston Rovers v Aylesbury United or Marlow

53 Hitchin Town v Didcot Town

54 Bognor Regis Town v AFC Sudbury

55 Haverhill Rovers or Long Melford v Leatherhead

56 East Thurrock United v Whitehawk

57 Brantham Athletic v Eastbourne Borough

58 Oxford City v Merstham or Cray Valley (PM)

59 Gosport Borough v Ramsgate or Sevenoaks Town

60 AFC Hornchurch v East Grinstead Town

61 AFC Uckfield Town v Dartford

62 Hayes & Yeading United v Moneyfields

63 FC Romania v Beaconsfield Town

64 Corinthian or Horsham v Heybridge Swifts

65 Dulwich Hamlet v Tonbridge Angels

66 Metropolitan Police v Needham Market

67 Merthyr Town v Frome Town or Winchester City

68 Lymington Town or Lydney Town v Torquay United

69 Chippenham Town v Swindon Supermarine

70 Bristol Manor Farm v Paulton Rovers or Basingstoke Town

71 Gloucester City v Plymouth Parkway or Street

72 Weston Super Mare v Salisbury or Yate Town

73 Tiverton Town v Wimborne Town or Dorchester Town

74 Hereford v Truro City

75 Poole Town v Cinderford Town

76 Taunton Town v Bitton

77 Weymouth or Banbury United v Bath City

78 Hungerford Town v Wantage Town

79 Binfield v Cirencester Town

80 Slough Town v Sholing or Hamworthy United

MATCH DATES All ties must be played on Saturday 22 September 2018, kick-off 3.00pm with replays on or before Thursday 27 September, kick-off 7.45pm.

FAC; Ducks hoping former FA Cup semi-finalists will not leave them feeling the blues

Sunday 9th September 2018

Aylesbury United v Marlow

FA Cup First Qualifying Round

The Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United host Marlow on Sunday at The Meadow in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, and the chance for either side to bag the six thousand pounds prize money is not one to be taken lightly. The Ducks came away from Crawley Green with a 2-3 win in the previous round thanks to goals from Jack Wood, Greg Williams and Jake Bewley but have lost both their games since, whilst Marlow progressed by a single goal victory at Kidlington.

According to their website, Marlow are the only English team to apply for entry into the FA Cup every year since it’s inception, and even reached the semi-finals in 1882 and their committee would surely love to repeat that this year, although the level of entrants nowadays is slightly different to back then!

Jake Bewley

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Jake Bewley to find out how big an opportunity this is for the squad to go further in the one of the world’s oldest cup competitions:

It’s a good opportunity for us to progress and we know full well it will be a tough game. They’re never an easy team to play against but having beaten them twice in the league last year this will give us confidence going into the game

How will the squad prepare for the game?

I think we’ll have to get back to what made us successful in the second half of last season as we’ve had a bit of an indifferent start to the season so I imagine Ben will want us to be hard to beat then build from there

We asked what Jake’s favourite memory has been playing in the competition:

Last year’s run was the furthest I’ve ever been so that’s probably the fondest memory I’ve had, and also scoring in the previous round this year was a nice moment for me personally too

So how has this season been so far in general for the team & himself?

We got off to a good winning start winning 3-1 against Kempston but haven’t managed to get any more points on the board since which is frustrating, so hopefully we can kick start our season again with a win on Sunday.

On a personal note I know I haven’t reached the levels I want to be at yet but I’m confident I can reach those levels again soon

United were heavily beaten at league top scorers Bromsgrove Sporting last week, how good were they?

They were very good, they have a massive following for this level which will obviously be an advantage for them budget wise, and I think they might be the team to beat this season

Are there any targets for Jake this season?

I don’t tend to score many so I always try to beat the number of assists I got from the previous season, and if I can chip in with a few goals on top then that would be a bonus

Finally, how good is this current squad compared to previous years?

We’re a good side as we proved last season beating a number of teams at the top of the table, I think it’s probably the best squad I’ve been in in terms of ‘playing style’ so hopefully we can find that form from last year and get the season rolling

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

Some other interesting facts on the history of Marlow taken from their site:

It was on November 22nd 1870 at the Compleat Angler Hotel on the banks of the Thames that Great Marlow Football Club was formed and so began the history of one of the oldest clubs in the country. In the last century the Club was a major force in the game and as one of the original entrants in the first F.A Cup competition in 1871/72 contributed a share of the £25 that bought the first trophy. In the very first year of the competition a certain Cuthbert Ottaway turned out for Marlow and just a year later he was to captain the national side against Scotland in the first ever officially recognised international match

FA CUP 1st qualifying round draw made

The first qualifying round of the FA Cup has been drawn today, and those sides covered by Sports Shots who are still in the competition have been given the following draws:

Brackley Town Saints have a tough away replay at Hadley (0-0 in first game on Monday) and should they progress they then travel to Leverstock Green

Aylesbury United host Marlow

Aylesbury FC host Didcot next Tuesday in their replay (1-1 in first game on Saturday) and should they progress they then travel to Wingate & Finchley

Weymouth v Banbury


The draw in full:


1 Radcliffe v Stalybridge Celtic

2 Droylsden or Squires Gate v City of Liverpool or Glossop North End

3 Lancaster City v Trafford

4 South Shields v Garforth Town

5 Warrington Town v Burscough

6 Runcorn Town v Irlam

7 Whitley Bay v Whitby Town

8 Marine v Scarborough Athletic

9 Colne v Hyde United

10 Newcastle Benfield v Workington

11 Dunston UTS v North Ferriby United

12 Knaresborough Town v Kendal Town or Selby Town

13 Atherton Collieries v Kidsgrove Athletic or Ramsbottom United

14 Albion Sports or Guisborough Town v Farsley Celtic

15 Congleton Town v Consett

16 Witton Albion v Bottesford Town

17 Clitheroe or Sunderland RCA v Ossett United or Mossley

18 Ashton Athletic v Morpeth Town

19 Maltby Main v Frickley Athletic

20 Parkgate v Litherland Remyca or Leek Town

21 Bamber Bridge v Tadcaster Albion

22 Basford United v Staveley MW

23 Highgate United v Stourbridge

24 Loughborough University v Walsall Wood or Cleethorpes Town

25 AFC Mansfield v Stourport Swifts

26 Romulus v Belper Town

27 Nantwich Town v Worksop Town

28 Sutton Coldfield Town v Rushall Olympic

29 Quorn v Atherstone Town

30 Coalville Town v Racing Club Warwick

31 Hednesford Town v Tamworth

32 Grimsby Borough v Stafford Rangers

33 Matlock Town v Halesowen Town

34 Barwell v Buxton

35 Daventry Town v Grantham Town

36 Mickleover Sports v Haughmond or Market Drayton Town

37 Anstey Nomads v Oadby Town

38 Wednesfield or Chasetown v Gainsborough Trinity

39 Redditch United v Rugby Town

40 Stratford Town v Alvechurch

41 Leverstock Green v Brackley Town Saints or Hadley

42 St Neots Town v Bishop’s Stortford

43 Burnham v Bury Town

44 Cambridge City v Brightlingsea Regent

45 Aylesbury United v Marlow

46 Heybridge Swifts v Newmarket Town

47 Hanwell Town v Potters Bar Town

48 Brantham Athletic v Spalding United

49 Corby Town or Dunstable Town v Hertford Town

50 AFC Sudbury v Royston Town

51 Ware v Lowestoft Town

52 Hendon v Harlow Town

53 Brentwood Town v Haringey Borough or Sporting Bengal United

54 Haverhill Rovers v Long Melford

55 AFC Hornchurch v Harrow Borough

56 AFC Dunstable v Woodbridge Town or Swindon Supermarine

57 FC Romania v Biggleswade or Soham Town Rangers

58 Chesham United v Biggleswade Town

59 Chalfont St Peter v Kempston Rovers

60 Great Wakering Rovers v Northampton Sileby Rangers or Wisbech Town

61 Romford v Kettering Town

62 King’s Lynn Town v Histon or Eynesbury Rovers

63 Hayes & Yeading United v Deeping Rangers or AFC Rushden & Diamonds

64 Northwood v Kings Langley

65 Coggeshall Town or Witham Town v Berkhamsted

66 Saffron Walden Town v St Ives Town

67 Walthamstow v Beaconsfield Town

68 Wingate & Finchley v Didcot Town or Aylesbury

69 Cheshunt v Leiston

70 Hitchin Town v Godmanchester Rovers

71 Bowers & Pitsea v Takeley

72 Basildon United v Stamford or Peterborough Sports

73 Barton Rovers v Needham Market

74 Enfield Town v Bedford Town

75 Ramsgate v Sevenoaks Town

76 Hastings United v Kingstonian

77 Metropolitan Police v Cray Wanderers or Rusthall

78 Faversham Town v Worthing

79 Farnborough v Molesey or Lewes

80 AFC Uckfield Town v AFC Croydon Athletic or Hanworth Villa

81 Fleet Town v East Grinstead Town

82 Phoenix Sports v Lancing

83 Merstham v Cray Valley (PM)

84 Raynes Park Vale v Loxwood or Erith Town or Spelthorne Sports

85 Hythe Town v Tonbridge Angels

86 Egham Town v Staines Town

87 Corinthian Casuals v Whyteleafe or Saltdean United

88 Margate v Horndean

89 Moneyfields v Thamesmead Town

90 Whitstable Town v Bognor Regis Town

91 Horsham YMCA v Tooting & Mitcham United

92 Corinthian v Horsham

93 Pagham v Whitehawk

94 Leatherhead v Herne Bay

95 Beckenham Town or Epsom & Ewell v Walton Casuals

96 Burgess Hill Town v Folkestone Invicta

97 Dorking Wanderers v Hartley Wintney

98 Sittingbourne v Gosport Borough

99 Weymouth v Banbury United

100 Melksham Town v Merthyr Town

101 Bitton v Westbury United

102 AFC Stoneham v Cirencester Town

103 Salisbury v Yate Town

104 Bodmin Town or Cadbury Heath v Cinderford Town

105 Binfield v Buckland Athletic

106 Frome Town v Winchester City

107 Wimborne Town v Dorchester Town

108 Shaftesbury v Poole Town

109 Sholing v Hamworthy United

110 Plymouth Parkway v Street

111 Taunton Town v Thatcham Town or Bemerton Heath Harlequins

112 Paulton Rovers v Basingstoke Town

113 Bridport v Tiverton Town

114 Bishop’s Cleeve v Slimbridge or Wantage Town

115 Chipping Sodbury Town v Bideford or Bristol Manor Farm

116 Lymington Town v Royal Wootton Bassett Town or Lydney Town


All ties must be played on Saturday 8 September 2018, kick-off 3.00pm with replays on or before Thursday 13 September, kick-off 7.45pm.

SLD1E; Aylesbury United pre-season + opener (v Kempston) review with manager Ben Williams

Saturday 18th August 2018

Aylesbury United v Kempston Rovers

Southern League Division One East

The Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United begin their Southern League Division One campaign on Saturday when they host Kempston Rovers, a side that took six points from The Ducks last season, so an early chance for United to try and reap some revenge. Just two defeats in the Aylesbury United pre-season schedule will lift the squad as they look to continue the fine form they ended last season in, after Ben Williams took on the managers role during the 2017/18 campaign.

This week we asked Ben how he feels his sides results have been in those friendlies:

We are not too worried about results in pre-season although they have been great against higher level opposition like Banbury United, Chesham United & Colchester United, but we have struggled against teams from our level and below, something we need to rectify going into the new season

How is the United squad shaping up this term?

I’m very pleased that all of last seasons end of year squad have re-signed, and with some new players coming in I am happy with what we have signed on; although our eyes are always open and our ears always to the ground!

Ben Williams

So who are the new boys?

New signings for us are Max Hercules from Tring Athletic, Sean Coles from Winslow United, Ollie Jones from Beaconsfield, then Kieron Lattille & Chris Crook who were both unattached. These are all significant as the add competition for places all over the team

We asked Ben if Aylesbury United can continue that run they ended last season on?

It will be very hard to continue that especially as we are going into a new league as such, we had a great run from January this year but that has gone now and we start a fresh on Saturday. Although it’s a long season we must start the first two months well, as momentum & confidence are key as shown in that run last season

Sean Coles has arrived from Winslow United

Who does the manager see as the main contenders this season for the top few places in the division?

On paper it looks a very tough league with lots of teams we don’t know about, teams that immediately stand out as being there or thereabouts are Kempston, AFC Dunstable, Cambridge City, Peterborough Sports & Bedford Town but there may well be others we don’t know about yet

Finally, we asked Ben on his thoughts for the opener this week against Kempston:

It’s a very tough fixture to start with, but then all these fixtures are. Kempston are historically strong with a settled squad, they are big and strong as are most teams at this level, so its something we need to start dealing with as our model of player is different to that. It will be interesting to see where we are at against one of the teams I see as being around the play-offs at least

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

Southern League fixtures announced

The Southern Football League announced the 2018/19 fixtures on Thursday, and for our three local clubs the wait is finally over as they discover their fixture list in their reshuffled leagues.

Banbury United:

Banbury start their season in a new division with a trip to Walsall to face Rushall Olympic who themselves were playing Northern League football until the FA restructuring, before their first home match brings Halesowen Town to the Community Stadium, another side playing Northern Premier football last season.

Sat 11th Aug Rushall Olympic v Banbury 3pm

Tue 14th Aug: Banbury v Halesowen Town 7.45pm

Sat 18th Aug: Banbury v Leiston 3pm

To view Banbury United fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link:

Aylesbury FC:

Aylesbury face a tricky start with a trip into the unknown as they travel to Warwickshire to face Coleshill Town who finished runners-up in the Midland League last season to earn promotion to the Southern League, before a home game against last years beaten play-off semi-finalists AFC Dunstable.

Sat 18th Aug: Coleshill Town v Aylesbury 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Aylesbury v AFC Dunstable 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Berkhamsted v Aylesbury 3pm

To view Aylesbury FC fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link:

Aylesbury United:

United open at home to Bedfordshire side Kempston Rovers who did the double over the Ducks last season, before a trip to Didcot Town who have been transferred over from the Southern League Division One West Division, and finished sixth last season.

Sat 18th Aug: Aylesbury United v Kempston Rovers 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Didcot Town v Aylesbury United 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Aylesbury United v Thame United 3pm

To view Aylesbury United fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link:


Saturday 25th August is FA Cup week-end, to revisit the fixtures follow this link:

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.

SLD1E; Hartley Wintney 3-4 Aylesbury United

Hartley Wintney – 3

Aylesbury United – 4

Aylesbury United finished their season on a high after this superb win at play-off contenders Hartley Wintney and further boosted their credentials looking ahead to next season, proving they can compete with the higher placed sides in the division. The transformation in the club since Ben Williams took charge has been incredible, and with a couple of additions in the summer could be seriously challenging higher in the league come this time next year.

Hartley dominated the opening twenty minutes or so but were rocked when Sonny French opened the scoring ten minutes from the break. They pulled level on the stroke of half-time but an early second half strike from Aaron Berry restored the visitor’s lead, and from there The Ducks never looked back, even an equaliser fifteen minutes from the end didn’t interrupt their stride as two goals in the final ten minutes gave them the lead again, a late Hartley goal gave them hope but a couple of late saves from United keeper Jack Hopwood ensured that the points were safe.

An early attack from the home side saw Nick Hutchings cross from their left into Nic Ciardini in front of goal, he got his shot away and somehow Hopwood got something on the ball to divert for a corner. Ciardini did then get the ball in the back of the net seconds later however a raised flag denied the opener, before Paul Hodges collected the ball on the eighteen yard line & drove across field before firing low past Hopwood’s left hand post.

Josh Webb then got forward for the hosts, exploring space behind the Aylesbury defence he pulled back for Jack French who lifted over the top from close range. Aylesbury had their first chance when Jeanmal Prosper got away down the left and his cross found Sonny French running in from midfield, however he cleared the bar with some ease. A Berry cross then flashed across the Hartley box and at the back post French at full stretch could only help it away for a goal kick.

Jack Hopwood made crucial saves

A long punt upfield then saw Wintney almost in, as Hopwood came out Hodges lobbed the ball over the keeper and as the ball appeared to be heading home, Ducks skipper Jack Wood raced back to clear to safety. Hopwood then kept the scoreline intact when a cross from the right found Ciardini right in front of goal and he got his shot away first time from seven yards out but Hopwood again denied, getting something on the ball instinctively & again Wood was on hand to clear.

Hartley skipper Dean Stow then fired a free kick inches over the bar from twenty yards out, before Hodges drove his way through the United backline to fire low and force Hopwood into another good save down to his left. Hodges then latched onto a clearance twelve yards out but blazed high over the top, whilst at the opposite end a ball aimed for Prosper was blocked but sat nicely for Ben Seaton to take on first time but high over home keeper Paul Strudley and his crossbar.

Aylesbury then took the lead on thirty-seven minutes when Prosper picked out French on the edge of the eighteen yard box, he had time to compose before despatching right-footed into the bottom corner. The home side fought back and a free kick some twenty-five yards out saw Stow go for the top corner however Hopwood was comfortable to gather with both hands, then straight up the other end French was fed in behind and forced Strudley into a good block with his feet.

On the stroke of half-time the hosts levelled when a ball into the six-yard box saw Hopwood stranded, he made an initial block but the ball sat nicely for Jack French to smash home. There was still time for a Sonny French shot to take a huge deflection on its way towards goal, this wrong footed Strudley and he had to watch the ball roll slowly towards the open net but hit the base of the post and go out for a corner. H/T: 1-1

If the home side thought they would start the second half looking to go on and build on their equaliser, they were rocked just six minutes in when Berry attacked the right hand side of the box before firing across Strudley and into the bottom corner to regain his side the lead. Back came Hartley, Ciardini down their left flashed the ball across the box and just wide of the back post. Berry was again fed in through the home back line, as he waited for a flag the entire defence for Hartley called for offside but no flag came, Berry seemed surprised to be allowed to play on but wasted the golden opportunity by blasting over the top.

United continued to threaten, Berry feeding through to Prosper and only his poor touch allowing the ball to roll out for a goal kick, had he got it under he would have been clean through, Seaton then saw a shot heading goalwards until a defender threw himself at the ball in the six-yard box to block, whilst Wintney midfielder Steve Duff cut in from the right and forced Hopwood down to his right to two handed push away.

Aaron Berry celebrates second goal

Jack French then showed great technique when striking a cross from the right, having to reposition himself he managed to keep the shot low however the bounce saw the ball loop over everyone and the crossbar. The on seventy-six minutes the home side equalised for the second time in the game, Ciardini crossed from the right and Hopwood got down well to save, but his parry sat nicely for Hodges to run in and fire home.

Aylesbury refused to lie down, from the restart Prosper got down the right and drove across the box before curling effort twelve inches over the top, but with ten minutes left Aylesbury retook the lead for the third time. A long ball upfield saw Seaton attack the loose ball, as it bounced Strudley came out but the young striker got there first and headed over the keeper, it took an age for the ball to bounce and eventually roll in.

As Hartley pushed forward trying to level, Ciardini forced a superb save from Hopwood when it looked certain the front man would score, and from there United scored their fourth with just three minutes left when the long clearance set Berry away on goal, as Strudley came out Berry fired at goal and the ball deflected up off the keeper’s leg and up into the roof of the net, to spark wild celebrations among the crowd gathered behind the goal.

Aylesbury then won a corner, the ball splayed out to Callum Mapley who dragged his shot across goal and wide, and two minutes into added time Hartley grabbed a late consolation when a cross into the box saw a scramble when two shots were blocked & saved but Ciardini finally buried home to get his goal for the afternoon. There was still enough time left for another shot from the home side to be saved brilliantly at the foot of his near post by Hopwood, and the clearance was greeted by the final whistle, to end a thrilling game of football. F/T: 3-4

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