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SL; Marlow 0-1 Aylesbury United

Marlow – 0

Aylesbury United – 1

Aylesbury followed up their excellent win at Barton Rovers at the week-end with a single goal victory at Marlow on Tuesday evening in icy cold conditions. A first goal for youngster Ben Seaton early in the second half was enough to take the points, and the Ducks back four easily soaked up any pressure Marlow put on them to ensure their first back to back wins since September. More pleasing for interim manager Ben Williams was the display his side put on, looking potent in attack and defending well as a team, they could easily have won by a greater margin, and have now taken nine points from their last twelve. This recent form was enough for the committee at Aylesbury to hand the managers job to Williams on a full-time basis after the game.

Ben Williams given managers job after the game

Marlow threatened in the first couple of minutes when Kelvin Bossman got down their right, he squared to Kameron English who saw his shot blocked by United keeper Jack Sillitoe but collecting the loose ball he then pulled back for Junaid Bell who fired straight into the waiting gloves of Sillitoe.

At the other end Horatio Hurst burst down the right flank and fizzed the ball across the six-yard box, but no one was up close enough to get anything on the ball and it sailed away to safety. Harry Jones then cut down the right wing, he got as far as the penalty area before squaring but a raised flag halted the attack before anyone could convert.

Sillitoe then kept the scoreline intact when Curtis Chapple broke from midfield for the hosts, he stumbled after a challenge on the eighteen-yard line but recovered to chase down the loose ball and fire at goal, Sillitoe on the edge of his six-yard box stood tall and blocked, & the rebound was the headed back to the keeper by a defender before any further danger materialised.

Connor Furlong was lively on the Aylesbury left and an attacking run saw him jink past two challenges before driving low at goal, but his effort was comfortable for Grant to fall to his right to smoother. Marlow were beginning to use Jordace Holder-Spooner to effect with Bossman & English, and a combination of all three then saw the ball squared to Chapple in space on the edge of the box, he flashed his shot across Sillitoe and wide of the back post.

Just before the half hour mark, Marlow put some serious pressure on the Ducks back line but could not find a way through, the ball eventually laid off to Jay Welch in the penalty arc and he thumped a vicious drive over the crossbar. At the other end a brilliant ball over the home defence from Seaton saw Greg Williams creep in behind and take the ball on his chest before turning and shooting, forcing Grant to turn away for a corner.

Another run down the wing from Furlong saw a late corner won for the Ducks, Jake Bewley found Jack Wood inside the area however the ball stuck underneath the United captain’s feet and although he got a shot away it never troubled Grant as it went wide. H/T: 0-0

United were forced into a half-time substitution bringing on Sonny French when Furlong was unable to continue through injury, & Marlow were the first on the attack when Holder-Spooner found space to explore down their left, but his shot was comfortable for Sillitoe to gather.

Ben Seaton scored winner

United took the lead on fifty-six minutes through Seaton, somewhat fortuitously, when a ball into the Marlow box was half cleared to the edge of their area, Ollie Hogg attempted to shoot but only screwed his effort across the box which fell kindly for Seaton to slot home from eight yards out.

Hirst then had a chance when fed inside the area only for Grant to block at point blank range, Hirst retrieved the ball and laid back to Hogg who thumped over the crossbar. Straight up the opposite end the home side fed the ball up to English who with back to goal, controlled on his chest before acrobatically turning and striking on the volley, however he could only drive his effort wide.

English again had a chance to equalise on seventy-two minutes when he received the ball twelve yards out, with a suspicion of handball in the build up play was allowed to continue, and the striker turned but blazed over the top.

An Aylesbury corner then saw Callum Mapley given space at the back post to take a touch before fizzing a shot wide of Grant’s near post. Despite Marlow increasing their pressure towards the end in search of an equaliser, the Ducks defence refused to be beaten with some crucial tackles & headers, and the final whistle sounded to leave United eighteenth in the Southern League East table, and more importantly sixteen points off the relegation place. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 106

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After the match Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams: 

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Aylesbury United 0-2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Aylesbury United – 0

AFC Rushden & Diamonds – 2

Wednesday evening saw the clash between two football clubs who were once lower league footballing greats, but have endured similar painful pathways in recent years, both fighting hard to get back to some former glories. Similar paths, similar stories but different directions.

Once considered the biggest non-league club in the area, and famously hosting the England national team in a friendly, Aylesbury United are currently homeless and rent a room from Chesham United, sit in the bottom three of the Southern League First Division, and earlier this week parted with manager Glyn Creaser after two wins in their last sixteen games. Dark days for the Ducks.

At the opposite end of the table are AFC Rushden & Diamonds who just twenty-five years ago merged two small Northamptonshire clubs to go on and fulfil the non-league dream of becoming a football league club (climbing as high as Division Three – in old money). The money ran out, the club sank at double the speed it rose, and eventually folded. A group of supporters refused to let the club die; they’ve since also rented from various landlords and today top the division amid their rise from the flames. Sunnier days are ahead!

United installed Ben Williams as caretaker manager with Michael Hogg as his assistant on Monday after Creaser left the club, and within 48-hours of their appointments they had to pick their squad for the visit of the table topping Diamonds. In the end the visitors left with all three points, but were frustrated for long periods of the game struggling to break down a resolute United defence who were forced to reshuffle twice after red cards were issued, and it took a very late second goal to secure the points.

It was a cagey start from both sides, neither really settling down but on nine minutes the host’s got pacey winger Connor Furlong away down the left but just as he got away from Joel Gyasi, across came Blaize Punter to block for a corner. Moments later Furlong again attacked down the left at pace, whilst the initial defender pushed him back out wide he managed to turn and get to the byline but his cross was comfortable for Ben Heath in the Diamonds goal.

Straight up the other end Diamonds won a free kick some twenty yards out, skipper Liam Dolman thumped his effort wide, before Luke Fairlamb repeated the exercise from a similar distance, curling wide of Jake Sillitoe in the Ducks goal. Both sides at this stage looked even matched despite the league positions.

Jack Sillitoe see’s red

On twenty-three minutes the home side were dealt a crushing blow when Ben Farrell attempted to lob Sillitoe after pouncing on a loose ball, as the keeper rushed out to deal with the threat the ball bounced away off his extended frame and the referee saw fit to brandish a red card for handball outside the box.

Midfielder Greg Williams donned the number one shirt as Aylesbury reshuffled their pack, and his first threat came from the resulting free kick which Fairlamb could only cannon off the wall and away for a corner. However he was soon beaten when on twenty-nine minutes Tom Lorraine received the ball inches outside the United box and flashed a shot across Williams’ goal face and inside the far post.

The expected pressure from the visitors with the extra man didn’t really materialise and the half drew to a close without many chances, Tre Mitford stabbed at a ball left by the Rushden defence which drew a smart save from Heath, and at the opposite end Williams made a good save from a Fairlamb shot from the eighteen yard line. H/T: 0-1

A couple of early long range efforts from Farrell for Rushden at the start of the second half never really troubled Williams,  the first sailing wide before Sam Brown robbed possession from the Ducks midfield to set up his colleague but again he drove wide.

Aylesbury almost saw a chance fall to Furlong when a great pass from Ollie Hogg set him away but he was closely attended by two defenders who between them managed to get a deflection that took the ball back to Heath without too much of a problem.

Greg Williams proved hard to beat

A Diamonds corner was headed over by Lorraine, before he worked some space on the edge of the box to turn and shoot but straight at Williams. Aylesbury skipper Jack Wood was penalised on sixty-three minutes for a foul and shown a yellow card, and just six minutes later that was doubled up to a red when a tackle from behind felled Lorraine as he drove towards goal, and Aylesbury were down to nine men.

Despite the unbalanced figures, Rushden found it difficult to get past Williams in the United goal, he stood up to everything they threw at him. From the free kick he threw himself to his left to turn the Gyasi effort away for a corner. By this stage the hosts were defending wave after wave of Rushden attacks, and a free kick swung in by Fairlamb saw Lorraine and Brown get in behind the backline but couldn’t connect to turn the ball home.

With eleven minutes left a shot from inside the Aylesbury penalty area from Ryan Robbins saw Williams save, following up Farrell saw his shot blocked again by Williams. Gyasi was next to be denied by the stand in keeper, cutting in from their right his shot was brilliantly tipped around the post.

Joe Curtis was next to try, thumping a half clearance from the Ducks over the bar, before substitute Darryl Smith was set in behind the home defence but again Williams raced out and blocked with his feet. A long range effort from Farrell then saw Williams again make a fine save, and by now the Diamonds fans behind the goal were encouraging him every time their team had an effort at goal.

A glancing header saw Williams acrobatically tip the ball over his own crossbar from right underneath it, but there was nothing he could do two minutes into added time when Lorraine received the ball on the edge of the area and slotted home to ensure the points travelled back to Northamptonshire. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 141

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury caretaker manager Ben Williams: 

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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:


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!)


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Aylesbury United Ladies 0-8 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Aylesbury United Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 8

Buckingham Athletic Ladies may have had a two week break since their last game but they certainly didn’t show any signs of relaxing their amazing start to the season, scoring another eight goals against Aylesbury United at Bedgrove Park on Sunday afternoon. It took until the second half for the Athletic side to assert their dominance and once again Evie Hawkins led the scoring with four goals taking her season tally to nine in three games. Jade Copas weighed in with her first hatrick of the season, including two long range efforts that gave the Aylesbury keeper no chance at all, and even some very strange decisions from the official could not dampen the spirit shown by the Buckingham Ladies.

Athletic team spirit

From the kick-off Hawkins took the ball off the foot of an Aylesbury player to attack & cross, but Copas just couldn’t get to the ball as it rolled away to safety. Hawkins was then fed in behind the home backline but could only shoot wide, before Copas fired over from outside the box.

A Buckingham throw saw Kay-Leigh Harwood steal in behind the United defence and take the shot on early but screwed wide, and on fifteen minutes Hawkins chased down a lost cause when the ball appeared to be heading towards Aylesbury keeper Keri Clark but the Athletic striker got to the ball first, turned the keeper and with the open goal to aim at opted for power but lifted the ball over the top.

Captain Kerry Stapleton then tried her luck from distance, only for the keeper to dive to her left and parry away and quickest to react was Harwood who flashed the loose ball across goal and wide. The visitor’s then broke the deadlock on twenty two minutes, Hawkins playing a good one-two on the edge of the box before advancing and slotting home with some ease inside the near post.

Harwood then found the net soon after only to be adjudged offside, and Aylesbury went close with a glancing header from a corner however Athletic keeper Ellie Fenables was never really in any danger of being beaten. Georgia Howell then set Hawkins away on goal only to be denied by a good save from Clark. H/T: 0-1

Two minutes after the break Katie French drove into Clark’s gloves from twenty yards, and a couple of minutes later Evie Hawkins was brought down in the box and a penalty awarded much to the derision of the home faithful. Hotshot Hawkins picked herself up to convert and double her sides’ lead.

Hawkins was in again moments later but the bounce wasn’t kind and she could only shoot wide, and at the other end Aylesbury saw Sarah Jackson fire high & wide from the edge of the box. Just before the hour mark the game was put to bed when a throw to Athletic found Copas on the corner of the eighteen yard area and she took a touch before smashing over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Copas scores her first

Two minutes later it was four when Copas again thrashed home from the edge of the area, and Buckingham were on a roll and playing some great football. A Stapleton corner was headed over from close range by Copas, before a cross was met by Hawkins and Harwood but they got in each other’s way before the latter fired wide.

Jade Copas completed her hatrick on seventy-seven minutes when an Aylesbury goal kick went straight to her twenty yards from goal, and with the keeper to the right of her goal Copas kept her cool to drive home. A minute later Hawkins completed her hatrick, from the restart of the previous goal Hawkins hunted the ball down, gained possession and dribbled past several defenders before stroking home.

A minute later Hawkins was brought down in the box and again the referee pointed to the spot despite being yards away from the offence. Kay-Leigh Harwood stepped up and scored her second of the season from the spot.

A minute into added time Hawkins grabbed her fourth when a long ball wasn’t cleared by a defender and Hawkins harried her to concede possession, she turned back in and from eight yards out smashed home. F/T: 0-8

Sports Shots spoke with Kerry Stapleton & Jade Copas after the match: 


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FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round Draw

The FA Cup draw for the third qualifying round was made on Monday morning and our two teams left in the competition have the following draws:


7 Banbury United (Step 3) v Shildon (Step 5)

Banbury United have been handed a home draw, just as manager Mike Ford asked for on Saturday, and like Saturday they face a side from two steps below in Shildon FC of the Northern League Division One. Shildon currently sit seventh in their league table and are yet to be beaten in their league campaign, but face a long trip down to the Banbury Skip Hire Community Stadium with over a 420-mile round trip for the tie.


37 Folkestone Invicta (Step 3) v Aylesbury United (Step 4)

Aylesbury face the long 240-mile round trip down to Folkestone for their game, and a tough game it will be against higher level opposition. Currently occupying ninth in the Isthmian Premier Division Invicta have only lost one of their six league games to date however United have been in fine form since their Bank Holiday win kick started their season at Aylesbury FC and will go onto this fixture with some confidence.


Both games will be played over the week-end of 30th September.

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: 

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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!

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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.


Buckingham Athletic 2-2 Aylesbury United

Buckingham Athletic – 2

Aylesbury United – 2

A youthful looking Buckingham Athletic side held Southern League Aylesbury United to a creditable two all draw on Saturday at Stratford Fields in their latest pre-season friendly. Athletic withstood some early pressure from United and took the lead somewhat against the run of play in the first period, and after doubling their lead after the break looked to be set for the win, however Aylesbury showed their strength in finding two goals to share the spoils.

Aylesbury showed the bigger threat early on with Bruno Brito forcing Buckingham keeper Nick Bennion down low to his right to smoother a low drive after eight minutes, and within a minute Aylesbury trialist Loic saw Bennion dive to his left to brilliantly deny the front man, earning applause from the crowd.

Bennion keeping Aylesbury at bay

Lea Coulter then broke away and headed for the Athletic goal but a well-timed tackle from Mason Trowell saw the ball rebound of the United man straight into Bennion’s gloves. Nathan Skelton had the first effort for Athletic, pouncing on a loose ball in the box but firing wide, but the home side did then take the lead on twenty one minutes. A ball through the Ducks defence saw Tom McElroy away, and sensing united keeper Jack Sillitoe off his line chipped the ball superbly over his head and into the back of the net.

Aylesbury responded immediately and won a corner, the ball was swung in and invited numerous heads to challenge for it, some deflections and last ditch blocks denied what seemed an inevitable equaliser and eventually the ball was hooked over the crossbar.

Jack Menday ventured forward just before the half hour mark and angled a shot just over the United bar, an Athletic free kick then rebounded to Caleb Bolton who curled an effort over the top, and the final action of the half saw Rory Busby force Sillitoe into clutching the ball at the second attempt underneath his own crossbar. H/T: 1-0

Within seconds of the restart Buckingham substitute keeper Charlie Jones made a brave save at the feet of Loic deflecting the ball out for a corner, before a Jake Bewley cross from the left found Lea Coulter in the middle but he couldn’t connect properly and the chance was gone.

Brito then received a ball up on the eighteen yard line, with back to goal he manoeuvred some space to turn and fire over his shoulder but well over the top, and a cross from the right then saw the Aylesbury striker trying the spectacular overhead kick but he could only steer wide of Jones’ right hand post.

Ben Acquaye was introduced to the action on the hour mark and within thirty seconds doubled Athletics lead, played in behind the Aylesbury defence he raced in on goal and despite a last gasp challenge from Ducks skipper Jack Wood, the Athletic youngster stroked past Sillitoe with some ease.

Substitute Acquaye scores

Aylesbury got themselves together after the setback and pulled a goal back six minutes later, a ball into the box wasn’t dealt with, and the loose ball was squared to Ryan Coyle running in at the back post to knock home.

With fifteen minutes left Mason Trowell got a touch on a free kick into the United box, as the home crowd thought the ball was going in a last ditch block saw the goal bound effort stunned and eventually cleared away, and up the other end a Brito free kick sailed harmlessly into Jones’ gloves.

Aylesbury got their equaliser on eighty four minutes, some sustained pressure saw the ball fall to Alex Collard just inside the Buckingham area and he half volleyed into the back of the net giving Jones no chance what so ever.

A scuffed shot in the final minute saw Aylesbury hit the post, and in added time Tom McElroy had an initial shot blocked, but he pounced on the rebound to curl just over the crossbar. F/T: 2-2

After the match head coach Leigh Sylvester spoke to Sports Shots:


Sports Shots also spoke to Aylesbury United manager Glyn Creaser:


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