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