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.
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.
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
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