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BBC3CR Non-League show features Ampthill Town, Aylesbury United & Flooring

This week’s non-league show on BBC 3Counties featured Ampthill manager Paul Blackman, Aylesbury United photographer Mike Snell, and Aylesbury Flooring FA Sunday Cup finalist manager George Tomlin.

Follow this link to tune in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p073cd58

To listen to Mike Snell slide the play button along to 19 minutes

To listen to Paul Blackman forward to 32 minutes

 

For Flooring tune in at 43 minutes

 

The non-league show is on every Monday evening 7.00 – 8.00pm, and is presented by Ollie Bayliss & Luke Ashmead.

SL D1C; Kidlington 2-4 Aylesbury United

Kidlington – 2
Aylesbury United – 4

30.03.2019

Aylesbury United staged a remarkable comeback at Kidlington on Saturday to put an end to their run of three games without a win, and the points sealed their place in the Southern League Division One Central for another year or at least their place at step four depending on any league restructuring in the summer, the home side blew a two goal lead to put themselves right back in the relegation dogfight after their recent fine form had lifted them away from the troubled area of the table. Two goals inside the opening half an hour looked to have the Oxfordshire side in the driving seat but their guests were level by the half-time interval with a brace which included a stunning effort from youngster Max Hercules, heads visibly dropped and after the break United always looked the more likely to score again, Hercules adding to his tally on the hour mark to put the visitor’s ahead before a late strike from Sonny French sealed the victory, which leave manager Ben Williams beaming after the final whistle feeling his side fully deserved their success after “dominating the second period and could have scored more”.

United had the first chance of the game when Tre Mitford climbed highest to get his head on a cross and his angled effort back across home keeper Sam Warrell bounced a yard wide of the post, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on eleven minutes when Anaclet Odhiambo got in behind the Ducks backline to square to Chris Jordan, his shot came back off the crossbar but fell nicely for Lewis Coyle who smashed left footed into the top corner. Kidlington midfielder Declan Benjamin did well down the right flank before feeding inside to Odhiambo but his first touch let him down when in a really promising position, the ball bouncing off his foot far enough for Ducks keeper Archie Davis to collect, a throw then found Ben Willoughby but from twenty yards he dragged wide.

The opening stages saw Aylesbury struggle to get into the game after the opener, winning two free kicks in promising positions both were lifted into the box but too close Warrell, then on twenty-three minutes the home side scored again when Benjamin released Odhiambo to drive into the area before smashing into the corner off the hands of Davis, but the flag on the nearside indicated offside to rule it out, but within five minutes they were awarded a penalty when a Jordan cross was perfectly flighted for Odhiambo to attack in front of goal, Davis advanced to try and collect and as the pair collided the striker went over the keepers leg & the referee pointed to the spot much to the visitor’s disgust, despite the protests Coyle drilled into the bottom corner for his second of the afternoon.

Lewis Coyle doubles Kidlington lead

As the half drifted into the last ten minutes a corner to the away side saw skipper Jack Wood hold off his marker and head down, the ball bouncing into the side netting which temporarily lifted the travelling supporters as it looked in, however they were given something to cheer just three minutes later when full back Anthony Ball crossed from out wide and in the box Hercules with his back to goal took it on his chest before swivelling to absolutely smash past Warrell into the back of the net. From the restart Benjamin got down the wing and fired low across the six-yard area looking for a colleague but Davis was alert enough to get down low to block, a defender on hand to clear from where the visitor’s attacked to win a corner, that eventually worked out to Greg Williams where the ball just would not come down quick enough and he hurriedly snatched his shot wide.

Benjamin again threatened when getting in behind the Aylesbury defence and even after losing his balance when he got the ball stuck under his foot he still managed to fire low across the box where sliding in Odhiambo was inches away from connecting, Aaron Berry on the centre spot then side footed over the Green backline for Mitford to give chase but Warrell was off his line in a flash to win the race and thump clear, then in added time United won a penalty of their own when Harry Jones tangled with Jack Bernasconi as they attacked a cross at the front post, Jones went down and again the official pointed to the spot, Berry drilling home to restore parity. H/T: 2-2

Early after the restart Wood sent Hercules scampering down the left channel and his pace got him to the ball first ahead of his marker, his cross looked guaranteed to find the head of Mitford who had committed himself but at the last second the outstretched fingertips of Warrell took it off the strikers head. As the hosts tried to get themselves back in front Aylesbury struggled to clear their lines allowing Coyle to try his luck from the corner of the box but far too high to threaten, their next attack saw a similar routine and the same player this time sliced his effort away from the intended target, then on fifty-eight minutes the Ducks took the lead for the first time in the encounter when a shot from Berry was blocked but rolled out to Hercules who fired home.

Sonny French watches as his goal seals the win

The goal scorer threatened again soon after when a loose ball on the left seemed lost but again his pace got him to it ahead of the keeper but he could only lift over the top, moments later Kidlington full back Josh Tooke was put under severe pressure by Berry as he tried to play out of defence forcing him to play his pass straight out to Hercules, he went for glory sensing his hatrick but he curled over the crossbar. A long punt downfield for French to chase after saw him get enough of a sight of goal to shoot diagonally straight at the keeper, however this was just a prelude of things to come later, the next United attack saw French played inside the area but with Mitford waiting in the middle his cross was brilliantly blocked by Warrell and diverted out for a corner.

With eight minutes left the victory was sealed when a throw out on their right saw French released into the penalty area, despite the attempts of defender Marvin Martin and his keeper to block his run he got enough on it to lift over both, albeit having to take a flailing hand to the jaw in the process, but that soon forgotten as the ball bounced off in to the empty net. From the kick off home substitute Ryan Brooks did well down the channel before firing wide of the far post, a corner soon after also found Brooks in space where he drilled low towards goal but Davis on his line got down well to save, the last chance for United again saw Mitford played into a one on one with Warrell but again the custodian was out of his box in a flash to clear. F/T: 2-4

Attendance: 83

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

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Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams speaks after win at Kidlington

Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams after his side staged a remarkable come back on Saturday at Kidlington, two goals down and seemingly heading to defeat they managed to pull level by half time, and go on to score two more after the break. He also talks about next season and gives a mention to Aylesbury Flooring and their semi-final on Sunday in the FA Sunday Cup:

SL D1C; Aylesbury United youngster keen to follow the Leader

Saturday 30th March 2019
Kidlington v Aylesbury United
Southern League Division One Central
Yarnton Road
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Southern League Division One Central in form side Kidlington on Saturday who having spent months in the bottom two places have recently picked up thirteen out of a possible eighteen points which has propelled them up that league table, and in the process has transformed the look at the bottom of the division. Whilst North Leigh sit bottom and still eight points from safety, Aylesbury FC now occupy the other relegation position despite their recent run of good form, but from them up to four places above them is separated by just six points, Dunstable Town have now been dragged into that dreaded scrap to avoid relegation and it looks as though the season for those bottom five or six positions could go down to the wire. Whilst their hosts this weekend have only lost once in their last six outings, The Ducks are on a run of just one win and two draws in their last seven league fixtures, and barring an end of season collapse or one hundred percent record will be aiming to finish as high in their mid-table status as they can, but a win this week would be great for confidence as their next three games sees them face the top three sides in the division, meaning they have a huge shout in the end of season promotion & relegation battles.

Tre Mitford

This week Sports Shots caught up with United stalwart Greg Williams and first of all we asked striker Tre Mitford how long he’s been at the club & how it’s been since joining:

I first joined on loan from Staines Town in late 2016 for a short spell and then returned back there for the rest of the season. I joined here again in November this season and also for nine games last year before going to Beaconsfield Town. I joined initially because I needed some games and the connection was through Ryan Kinanne, we went to university together. I have enjoyed myself at Aylesbury, there are a good group of people around the club and they have always been welcoming, and a small set of fans that go to every game, home and away that love to sing, which is great

Greg is now an all-time legend at the club with over four hundred appearances for The Ducks:

I have been at the club now for twelve years over two spells. I was signed by ex-ducks manager at the time Cliff Hercules when he signed me from Thame United, I was a junior Ducks player and watched them at Buckingham Road and wanted to play for them & to play on the great pitch in front of the large fan base that they had at the time. My time at the club has at sometimes been a roller-coaster but in general it has been a really enjoyable and great place to play football. I have some great memories

How does Greg feel his season has been in terms of fitness and contribution?

I feel I have only had an average season this year, last year was good for me personally but although I have been available and a regular this year, I feel I have not achieved the standards I set myself to date. But you have seasons like that and although I have scored more goals this year I certainly hope I can remain giving one hundred percent to the team for the remainder of the season and win as many games as we can. My fitness is exactly where I need it, I feel strong and fit and am already planning for playing next season

Tre is also looking for more in the remaining games:

Overall I would say good, I feel I have contributed with goals and some good performances but I also feel I have not scored anywhere near as many as I should have and that I need to be more consistent in terms of my hold up play and looking after the ball. My fitness is good but I have been working full time and travelling a lot more for work this season, more than previous years. So I have struggled to work on areas of my fitness throughout the week sometimes, but I am match fit and available for every match

How good does the front man feel this Aylesbury squad is, and which players have impressed?

Yeah the team is strong this year, the majority of us are still quite young and have a lot to learn but there is some talent in the squad. Consistency as a team has been our biggest issue and I think a lot of that comes down to experience. Max (Hercules), (Anthony) Bally and Harry (Jones) have impressed me this season, if they keep progressing and learning they will all become very good players. (Jack) Woody and Sonny (French) have always stood out for me as players as well

Greg Williams

Greg also singles out one of the younger players:

This season’s squad I feel is better than last year’s but we have let ourselves down at times, the gaffer has added some good talented young players and apart from me it is a fairly young squad. One thing I feel we do miss is a bit of experience and a few more voices, something you tend to lose with younger more inexperienced players but their growth in the game will only enhance that side of their play. All our younger players has been impressive but I have to say Harry Jones has improved and impressed me the most, seeing him develop over the last couple of seasons and improve in his ability to hold the ball up and drive past players is good to see and with that quick development I would see him playing at a higher level. He has a great attitude so I would imagine he could have a long career in the game

Greg mentioned his roller-coaster tenure at the club, how vital does he think it is to keep the club afloat?

To keep Aylesbury United FC running is so, so vital. You’ve only got to see how much it means to the fans when you see how many of them travel away with us and although we don’t play locally we still are getting better crowds than some teams that are based at their own grounds. I know that the board/committee are always working hard behind the scenes keeping the club running, we all strive to be back in the town and I think if you have that ambition to do that these guys will eventually make this possible

What is Tre’s preferred position in the side?

Striker, I don’t mind playing on my own when the number ten is near me to help out, but I think I prefer playing with two up top with this team. I think me and Aaron (Berry) play well together when we are able occupy the defence together with support from the midfield

The last three games have seen defeats to Bedford & North Leigh with a draw at AFC Dunstable in between, how were these games from Tre’s point of view?

The North Leigh game was one of our worst games since I’ve been here, on a difficult pitch. The AFC Dunstable game was a good result in tough conditions, I think we were the better team on the day but can’t complain at the result. As for Bedford we played well at times and should have scored more but we were the second best team on the day

Greg see’s those games as testimony to their season as a whole:

The last three games have summed up our season, completely awful against North Leigh under difficult weather conditions, versus AFC Dunstable we played really well, possibly should of won and against Bedford played well in bits but conceded freaky or unlucky goals

Onto Kidlington this week, United beat them earlier in the season, what does Greg remember of that game, and what does he expect this time?

The Kidlington game was probably just at the right time for us in respect that their old manager, Ady Fuller who I know from playing at Banbury with, left and they brought in the gaffer that was with them the previous season. He had literally changed a huge majority of Ady’s squad and brought back some of the old guard, I know a few of these players and they are decent footballers at this level so we knew it was not going to be easy. However recently they are on a good run so it’s not going to be easy and especially being away, their pitch is very challenging

Tre is sure of a dog fight this Saturday:

I don’t remember the game too well but I know we will have the beating of them if we play our game and defend well as a team. They have everything to play for so it will be a battle I am sure

What has been the front man’s route in football to end up in Aylesbury?

I grew up in Kent and played for Dover Athletic and Margate. I started playing men’s football at seventeen with Deal Town before moving to London, since then I’ve played for Redhill, Burnham, Staines Town, Leatherhead, Hayes & Yeading, Beaconsfield and Aylesbury

This time last year Greg told Sports Shots he would be carrying on for another season, are we hearing the same again?

The story for Greg Williams is to have another season next year! This possibly will be my last due to now being blessed with a beautiful little boy, who knows but at present it is my plan to be available next season and hopefully for the Ducks

Of all the leagues and divisions that Greg has played in with Aylesbury, where does this year compare in terms of competitiveness & travel?

Playing in my first spell with the Ducks at step two against the likes of Aldershot, Canvey Island and Bromley etc, the level of football was very good – it had to be as the next step up was the Conference. I have been surprised this season as there has been no easy game, and some very well drilled and technically good teams, but I must admit the travelling is ridiculous for step four and hopefully the FA will look at this over the close season and restructure sensibly

How has Tre viewed this division?

This league interesting as there are a lot of teams I had never heard of and some long journeys. The top three teams seem to have a large fan base and are good teams and should expect to be where they are in the league. We can compete in every game though, with more consistency I think we are good enough to be in the top third of the league

What targets did Tre set himself for this season, and has he had to readjust them as it’s worn on?

Personally I set myself a target of twenty goals in twenty-five plus games, I have fourteen or fifteen goals now and six games left to hit that target, so hopefully I will. As for the team I wanted to push for play offs but we are a little short of where I wanted us to be, with some tough teams still to play

We asked Greg if he could pick one team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose:

I would pick our skipper Jack Wood to go on Mastermind and have his chosen specialised subject as Tottenham Hotspur FC. Why, cos he hates Spurs so it would be interested hearing his answers

Tre picks his keeper to go looking for love:

I have absolutely no idea, maybe I’d have to choose Archie (Davis) to go on Love Island

Finally we asked Greg to pick his all-time one to eleven of Aylesbury United team mates:

1GK, Chris Day

2 Jack Wood

3 Zak Reynolds

4 Matt Haywood

5 Leon Barnett

6 Dean Cracknell

7 Scott Bridges

8 Greg Williams

9 Craig Maskell

10 Dwight Marshall

11 Roni Joe

Sports Shots would like to thank both Greg & Tre for their time this week

SL D1C; United midfielder reveals chance to join his childhood club was one he could not Duck

Saturday 9th March 2019
North Leigh v Aylesbury United
Southern League Division One Central
Eynsham Park
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to bottom side North Leigh on Saturday looking to put pressure on the top half of the Southern Football League Division One Central table, three points this weekend could potentially lift them to within five points of the play-off places depending on other results obviously! A roller coaster of a season for Ben Williams side now sees them comfortably away from the wrong end of the table, and with nine league games left to play they are looking up to see just how high they can finish in the table, however last weeks win over Dunstable Town brought to an end a four game run without success so if there is a right time to go on a winning run it would be now. Their hosts this week currently sit bottom of that league table and six points from safety, and have only won two of their last eighteen league games although they did beat The Ducks back in November at The Meadow by four goals to one, if United can reap revenge then the top half of this division beckons.

Harry Jones

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury winger Harry Jones to ask when he joined the club and how it all came about:

I’ve been with Aylesbury for two seasons now, I got into the club through Ben Williams when he asked me to come down for a few training sessions & a few pre-season matches, from there Glyn Creaser who was manager at the time asked me to sign. Aylesbury United has always been a club I would have liked to have played for, as a kid I’d watch them so being able to play for them is great. There’s a great set of lads at the club so settling in was easier than I thought it would be

How good a season does Harry feel he has had so far?

So far I feel as if I’m contributing a lot more to the team than I was last season, I can see an improvement in the way I’m playing and in my fitness

How good does Harry feel the squad is now?

The squad this season in my opinion is stronger than last year, we’ve had players come and go but the team we have now is very strong

What does Harry see as his best position in the side?

My favoured position in the team is playing as a winger on either side, playing higher and wider in my opinion gets the best out of me as it gives me more freedom in the final third

A win, a draw and a defeat in the last three outings, how were these games?

The Berkhamsted game was frustrating, we played the better football and had more possession but we were caught on the counter-attack multiple times and just switched off. The Cambridge game we could and should have had more goals, just on the day it wasn’t going our way, we also should have had a penalty in the last minute that wasn’t given. The Dunstable game is an just an example of the kind of football we want to play week in, week out, It’s probably one of our best performances of the season so far

United lost to North Leigh earlier in the season, how does Harry remember that game and what do the team need to do this time out?

Our last game against North Leigh was disappointing obviously considering they’re bottom of the league, I think we just under-estimated them on the day. For us to walk away with three points this time we need to just get our heads down and focus on winning the game and not on where they are in the league

With just nine games of the campaign left what targets do the squad & Harry have?

For our last few games the targets we’ve been set are simply to win and get as many points for the team as we can. For me I didn’t really set any targets other than to improve from last season but from now to the end of season I would like to score a couple more goals and get few more assists

Finally, we asked Harry if he could one any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose:

I’d probably pick Archie Davis to go on Total Wipeout just because it would be funny to see him attempt it

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

SL; United midfielder admits squad is so good that no one Hoggs the limelight

Saturday 16th February 2019

Berkhamsted v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central

Broadwater

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United face the very short trip to near neighbours Berkhamsted on Saturday looking to bounce back from last weekend’s home defeat to Colesville Town by the odd goal in seven, and to avenge the defeat they suffered back in December at The Meadow in the reverse fixture. In that game the Ducks went ahead early but were trailing at the break, an early second half leveller then saw the game evenly poised until two goals in the final fourteen minutes took the points back to Hertfordshire but United have lost just twice in their last eight league games whilst their hosts have just the single win in their last eight, of which the last four have been drawn and now just seven points separate sixth placed Berkhamsted and twelfth placed Aylesbury in the Southern Football League Division One Central Division table, the win could potentially lift Ben William’s squad up a further three places and into the heady heights of top half of that league table!

Ollie Hogg

This week Sports Shots caught up with United midfielder Ollie Hogg to find out when he joined the club and how his time has been there:

I came to Aylesbury about three years ago. I joined after a season with Tring Athletic and wanted to try & challenge myself a bit more. I have settled in well since I have been here and now feel like one of the more senior players even though I am only twenty-two

How does Ollie feel his season has been so far?

I don’t feel like I have had the best season so far, with the restructure of the leagues we now have less games so I feel like I’m not playing as much football as I have in previous seasons. I have been available most weeks as I love playing

How strong does Ollie feel the squad is this year & have any players stood out?

Our squad this season is probably one of the strongest I have played in since I have been here. Unfortunately the results haven’t always shown that but we do have a very strong squad even though it is very young, we have some excellent players all over the pitch so it is tough to single any one player

What is Ollie’s preferred position in the team, and in what formation does he feel is best for him?

I love playing in the middle, I feel that is where I am strongest but I am happy to play wherever the team needs me. I feel the four-three-three gets the best out of me as it gives a little bit more rotation in the middle to get further up the pitch but also pick the ball up deep

We asked Ollie just how difficult this new division has been this season:

It was a tough start to the season playing some very strong sides that we knew very little about, it’s a very competitive league & everyone can beat everyone. It probably is the toughest league I’ve played in so far purely due to the fact we didn’t know a lot about the teams we are facing

Prior to this midweeks cup game, the previous three United games have been settled by the odd goal in seven, five & three respectively, how were these fixtures?

They were all very tough games for different reasons. I think our biggest problem is our consistency from game to game, we know on our day we can beat anyone but the margins between winning and losing this season are so fine and the odd mistake really can cost you

Away at Berkhamsted on Saturday, played them already this season, what are Ollie’s memories and thoughts on the game ahead?

We have played them twice this season once in the cup and once in the league. Both were very tough games, especially the home game where the weather was awful and I felt we had a couple of big decisions go against us, especially for their third goal where I thought it was a clear handball. We just need to play our own game and move the ball as well as we can to get a result

Finally we asked Ollie to nominate any team mate he’d like to see on a television programme:

I would have to go on Takeshi’s castle with Ben Seaton just because I’d love to see him get whacked about

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

SL D1C; Sutton Coldfield Town 2-3 Aylesbury United

Sutton Coldfield Town – 2
Aylesbury United – 3

02.02.2019

Aylesbury United upset the odds by beating Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday at the Central Ground, taking the lead early on they were quickly pinned back but scored twice more to find themselves three-one up with less than half an hour played and protected their lead until almost midway through the second period when Sutton pulled a goal back, this set up a nervous ending to the game where the hosts bombarded the away defence looking for an equaliser, but the visitor’s backline stood firm albeit with the help late on of the goal frame to record the second successive win to push themselves up to eleventh in the Southern League Division One Central table. After the game Ducks manager Ben Williams could not hide his delight with the win that ended the West Midlands side run of eight without defeat, and sees his side extend their run to one defeat in the last seven; despite the defeat the home ultra’s were in full flow with their rendition of ‘tequila’ but in freezing temperatures during the afternoon surely brandy would have been more suitable for those on the sidelines!

The game got off to a flying start when Aylesbury took the lead after just four minutes from a corner, Jake Bewley swung the set piece in towards the front post where Callum Mapley was unmarked to thump his header past Sutton keeper Lewis Gwilliams, but that lead lasted just five minutes when an excellent cross from the left wing was too high for Jack Wood to reach and waiting behind Ryan Nesbitt had time to pick his spot heading into the bottom corner. A clever throw in routine from Town saw the ball aimed towards Ryan Moore who allowed it though his legs and turning his defender he collected to advance to the byline and pull back to Mitchell Piggon, on the six-yard line he could only lift high over Archie Davis in the United goal.

Callum Mapley celebrates opener

The visitor’s stunned their hosts once again on twenty-three minutes by regaining the lead, midfielder Harry Jones drove down the right wing and lost his marker before powering a shot at goal that Gwilliams had to parry, the ball worked back to Greg Williams and as he shot Tre Mitford got the final touch to direct it inside the post. Coldfield came back and a fierce drive from Nesbitt looked dangerous until a deflection saw it spin away for a corner, and the home side had a number of corners in quick succession without threatening of which the last was easily cleared and saw United break to extend their lead on twenty-eight minutes, Jones sent away down the right wing from where he crossed, it looked comfortable for Gwilliams to come & collect however Alex Moore instinctively stuck out his head and could only watch as the ball rolled into the back of the net.

Aylesbury scored again before the break, Max Hercules angled a pinpoint cross into the back post where Jones flashed his effort across Gwilliams and into the far top corner, however a raised flag ruled offside, at the opposite end a great cross from James Hurst found his skipper James Mutton in the box but he could only head over, and the final action of the half saw Alex Moore fed on the edge of the eighteen yard area and his low shot escaped the despairing dive of Davis but flew inches wide of the far upright. H/T: 1-3

Ryan Nesbitt is congratulated after first goal

Sutton came out for the second half with two substitutions to try and get back in the game, and almost immediately one of those Jonathan Letford caused chaos in the United box skipping a couple of challenges as he drove towards goal, eventually running into a brick wall he tried to square to a colleague however Wood got the slightest of touches to allow the ball to then be cleared long downfield, ahead of Nesbitt being fed in the area with his back to goal he managed to turn and fire across goal but Davis got down well to smoother.

A throw to Aylesbury saw Hercules collect twenty yards from goal and turning his marker he explored space across the middle of the pitch before sending a dipping drive narrowly over Gwilliams crossbar, then just past the hour mark the home side got a goal back when Nesbitt saw a long range effort evade the grasp of Davis & roll over the line, and with it Aylesbury had twenty-seven minutes to hold on for the win. The pressure from there was relentless, although Mitford did have a chance when he was fed inside the penalty arc with his back to goal, he out fought his marker to turn and shoot but a huge deflection saw the ball spiral out for a corner.

United all smiles after final whistle

As Sutton tried to head the corner away they only found Mitford at the back of the box where he controlled on his chest before volleying over the top, at the other end a corner found Mutton who had time to steady himself before drilling his shot wide of the near post. As time wore on every time the home side gained possession they aimed everything into the box, one such long ball for Letford to chase after saw hesitancy from Davis who stayed on his line, but the substitute managed to put a boot out to flick across the box and covering was Mapley, who with an empty goal had to launch the ball into the darkening skies over his own crossbar to clear the danger.

Nesbitt fed full back Ben George on the edge of the United area where he controlled before swivelling to escape his marker but then could only scoop his shot over the top, with two minutes left the hosts were a lick of paint away from their equaliser when chaos again inside the area saw bodies throwing themselves at the ball to block but it fell to Piggon who toe poked past Davis but it came back off the post allowing the keeper to pounce.  In added time Letford did well down the flank and beating his defender got to the byline and with bodies in the box he fizzed the ball too high and too fast across the six yard box and it despairingly flew away for a United throw, and with it their last chance had gone. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 170

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to Aylesbury manager Ben Williams: 

 

Spend some tequila time with the STFC ultra’s:

 

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SL D1C; Ducks defender hoping his side are back on the Ball this week at Welwyn

Saturday 19th January 2019

Welwyn Garden City v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central

Herns Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday unsure of what they’ll be facing after turmoil at the Hertfordshire club last week saw manager Adam Fisher resign just a couple of days before they were due to face Peterborough Sports, that resulted in the game being postponed when the squad walked away from the club; Dean Barker then took on the role and managed to assemble a side that drew on Tuesday night with Sutton Coldfield Town. Both sides are on twenty-six points for the season so far in the Southern Football League Division One Central table although Welwyn do have a game in hand, nine points off the relegation places and fourteen of the play-off places would suggest they are looking both up and down that table as the season nears its final third of games yet to play, a good run for either could see a dramatic end of season whilst a poor run could drag either into that dreaded fight at the bottom. Going into the game the visitors have won one in their previous seven games whilst their hosts haven’t tasted success in their previous eight games, both will be desperate for the three points to ensure they keep looking up!

Anthony Ball

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Anthony Ball to ask how he ended up at the club and how he’s enjoyed it so far:

I joined Aylesbury United on the twenty-eighth of December, myself & Ben had been in contact and he offered me the chance to come down. I’ve always seen United as a very strong and organised team that were always tough to play against, so to be involved in a side like this is great. Since I joined I have already experienced the highs of a derby win, the frustrations of draws at Barton & Kempston, and then also the lows with last weeks defeat at Didcot, however I am really enjoying the football I am playing at the moment, and the team morale is great

What has been Anthony’s career before signing on?

I started my senior career out at Aylesbury FC last season which provided me an in depth insight into the Southern League & the levels expected to be able to progress at this level. I then had a very short spell at Berkhamsted at the start of this season, I then played the rest of my football up until Christmas at Winslow United

So what position does Anthony play and does he have any favoured formation?

I prefer to play at right back, the reason for this is I really enjoy the defensive side of the position but also the way it allows you to have the creative side to your game as well when going forward. I enjoying playing in various systems as each has their own advantages

How does he feel his season has been so far?

I feel great fitness wise which subsequently has allowed me to be available for all of the games that I’ve been eligible for so far. I feel in myself that I have performed well in the games I’ve played, although I am slightly disappointed after last Saturday & not performing to the standards I’ve set in the three games prior to Didcot. I do feel I have contributed positively to the team since arriving

We asked Anthony if any players in the squad have stood out since he’s played with them?

Since joining Aylesbury United I have been impressed with everyone here, it’s hard to single players out like that when the whole team works so hard towards the same goals. Also the coaching is great, taking things we’ve been working on in training into games and also taking things from games we haven’t been good at into training

Onto Welwyn Garden City this weekend, with their recent upheaval what are the Ducks expecting?

Every game in this division is going to be a tough one regardless, and each of us have our own point to prove following last weeks disappointment. So we will all go out on Saturday and work our hardest to put right what went wrong last weekend

Since the turn of the year the club has seen a win, a draw and a loss, how were all those three games?

Nothing comes bigger for the players and supporters than a derby day win here at United so the buzz that gave everyone associated with the club was great. Barton was one of those games that could have gone either way and we are obviously frustrated it didn’t go our way on the day, missing out on those two extra points. Then last week’s disappointment was a hard one to take due to the standards we set in games previously

Finally, we asked if there was anyone in the world that Anthony could be for a day who would he pick and why?

Paul Scholes, just to know what it is really like to be a good footballer!

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

SL D1C; Aylesbury United 2-0 Aylesbury FC

Aylesbury United – 2

Aylesbury FC – 0

01.01.2019

The eagerly awaited ‘El Quackico’ on New Years Day saw the home side take the bragging rights with two quick fire goals early in the second half, after a lacklustre first period that created very little in terms of goal scoring opportunities, Aylesbury keeper Nick Bennion with a solitary save to make before the break. The breakthrough came on fifty-one minutes and the visitors then had a chance to level moments later which was spurned and that was to prove costly when Tre Mitford sealed the win driving low across goal into the far bottom corner. The win see’s the gap increase to eight points between the two clubs, United now look towards mid-table safety whilst their rivals still hover around the dreaded relegation spots, but after the game both managers were adamant the season still has a very long way to go.

Aylesbury had the first chance just three minutes into the contest when Ty Deacon got down the flank and pulled back to Ryan Young who lifted high over United keeper Archie Davis’ crossbar, the first shot of note for the home side saw a free kick from Jake Bewley just outside the eighteen yard box tipped over by Bennion. Mitford saw a run down the right wing create enough space for him to arrow a cross into Ben Seaton whose shot was brilliantly charged down by Carl Tappin sliding in, the corner swung in from Bewley saw Bennion claim in the air underneath his own bar despite under pressure from Ducks skipper Jack Wood.

Nick Bennion had to tip over early on

FC defender Craig Carby sent Deacon scurrying away down the left channel where he advanced into the area and as he shaped up to shoot Wood covered some distance to slide in and divert for a corner, at the opposite end a long ball down field found Mitford who managed to twist and turn but with the outside of his boot he spun the ball away from goal. Dan Carr and Harry Scott then combined well down the Aylesbury right resulting in a vicious drive over the bar, but as much as they tried neither side really tested either keeper; an FC free kick was flicked on by a green shirt & at the far post Luke Cray headed back into the mix but again a United head got to it and the danger cleared, whilst a half cleared Ducks corner found Mitford who lifted high over the top. H/T: 0-0

Any predictions the game was heading for stalemate on the first forty-five minutes showing were undone just six minutes after the restart when Horatio Hirst did well in midfield to set up Ollie Hogg who from just outside the penalty arc drilled low into the bottom corner. The scores should have been level just two minutes after the goal when a ball simply knocked into the home side’s half saw the green backline caught short & Young outpaced United full back Anthony Ball to face up to a one on one with Davis only to fire past the advancing keeper but wide of the post.

The next Moles attack broke down high up the pitch and very quickly the ball was moved to the opposite end where Seaton crossed over to Mitford who from the right of the box fired into the side netting. That was just a sight setter, as just less than sixty seconds later Mitford received the ball out on the right of midfield and escaping the attentions of Carby drove forward into the box to fire across Bennion into the far bottom corner to double his side’s advantage. The visitor’s as much as they tried to get a foot back in the game were then always subject to the counter attack, one such saw Hirst collect in midfield and drive into the heart of the Moles defensive area before firing wide.

United celebrate opener

A free kick awarded to the away side was taken quickly to release Scott down their right where he skipped a challenge and from the eighteen yard line he fired low across goal and the ball flew a yard wide of Davis’ post, hesitancy in the opposite defence then saw Hogg rob possession out on the touchline and head for goal, from the edge of the area and an acute angle he curled around Bennion but also around the back stick. With less than ten minutes left an FC corner into the six-yard box saw a host of bodies fling themselves trying to get anything on it, and whilst a shout of handball went up the loose ball fell to Deacon who fired into the ground but got his angle all wrong and pulled his effort wide.

The next Aylesbury corner was cleared out to the corner of the box where former Duck Bruno Brito who had come on as a substitute for Aylesbury fired over the shoulder but across the box and wide of the target, in the final minute a back pass from midfield towards Bennion saw Greg Williams chase it down and almost catch the keeper out, getting a touch the ball rolled loose but the keeper chased it out to the touchline before clearing, the retreating Williams given a huge round of applause by his supporters on his return down field. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 232

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with United boss Ben Williams: 
And also with FC boss Paul Bonham: 

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SL; Holy Quack-a-Moley – It’s El Quackico

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Aylesbury United v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One Central

The Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

The Meadow

New Year’s Day see’s the first of the seasons ‘El Quackico’ encounters at The Meadow as the Ducks welcome the Moles to Chesham, and a chance for either the hosts to pull further away from their guests in the Southern League Division One Central League table, or for the Haywood Way side to close the gap on their hosts to just two points. United drew on Saturday at Kempston Rovers to end a three game losing streak, whilst FC also drew at home to Coleshill Town which leaves them three games without a win, and with both sides having completed half of their league fixtures for the campaign they will both be looking to start 2019 with the win to at least have the bragging rights over their deadly rivals, until Easter at least when the return fixture awaits!

Last season both sides enjoyed a win apiece at the cost of their enemy’s hospitality, if Ben William’s team claim all three points it could push them into the top half of the table, whilst Paul Bonham’s squad would relish the victory as it could open a nice gap between themselves and the dreaded bottom two places. All to play for in more ways than one, can the Ducks blind the Moles, or will the Moles pluck the Ducks?

This week Sports Shots caught up with United keeper Archie Davis and Aylesbury FC defender Craig Carby, and we asked the shot stopper how he ended up joining the club:

I came in about a year ago when Ben (Williams) was looking for cover in goal when his then keeper got injured and I came in as back up to Jack (Hopwood), I then signed on again this year after a positive pre-season. The squad here are a great bunch of lads and they made settling in very easy

Craig has taken his move even more seriously:

I joined Aylesbury due to my long term friendship with the previous management team of Davis and Brian Haule who called me last summer, and after seeing the squad they’d assembled I decided to sign up. I’ve settled in really well, and the players & coaches have been great helping me to settle in. I feel really at home here, so much so that I’ve recently moved to the area!

Craig Carby

How does Craig think his own season has been so far as well as his teams?

My season has been a little stop start so far, it didn’t help getting injured in the very first game of the season after working so hard to get fit during pre-season, and then with the management and player situation it’s been difficult to get properly settled in due to the amount of changes that have taken place so far during the campaign. However, the squad is finally starting to settle down and we’ve been able to name some strong squads the last few weeks which hopefully result in improved performances from the team. I believe I’ve done ok this season so far but there is still definitely room for improvement

Archie has enjoyed stepping up some levels since joining:

It’s been a big challenge this season as it’s my first full season at this level, it’s been a big step up from playing step six and seven football from last year, but it’s been enjoyable and I feel I’ve contributed well in the games I’ve played in, but would like to make more of a contribution on a more regular basis

Archie Davis

How has Archie found the supporters at United this season?

They have been great this year, travelling in numbers to home & away matches, and making themselves heard. I tend not to listen to what’s being said on the side lines during a game because I like to concentrate on the game and nothing else, but I always read their thoughts of the game on Twitter after the game

Craig admits he does hear the crowd during play:

The supporters here have always been good to me even if results haven’t always been great, they’ve always supported the team and will continue to do so. You occasionally hear mumbles from the crowd but I try to block it out and anyway it’s never been too bad, just frustration really which is just what us players feel sometimes too

FC have two draws and a defeat in their last three outings, how has Craig found this run?

Much like our season so far to be honest, in our last five games we’ve struggled to build upon our encouraging performances. There have been a few reasons for this, but with the squad settling down now I am confident that our performances will start to get more consistent now, on a personal level again I feel I’ve done ok recently, but I’m more focused on the team performing well and if I can help contribute to that then I’ll be very happy

United haven’t won in four but did get that late draw on Saturday, how has Archie viewed that run?

The four game run has been challenging as three out of the four games were against sides that are competing at the top and around the play-offs, so it was always going to be difficult, but the games against Peterborough & Thame could have gone either way with the key moments going against us. The draw at the weekend showed a lot of character as we were two-one down going into the final ten minutes, and we were unlucky not to score with the last kick to win three-two. Personally the run for me has been positive coming back into the team and I feel like I’ve contributed to the games, just not getting the results we desire

So onto the first Derby of the season, how is Archie looking forward to it?

I’ve never played in or been involved in this derby but it is one I am very excited about as there is a lot of personal pride and local pride for the fans at stake, so it’s a must win game not just for the three points but for local pride also. It will be my first New Year’s Day game and I’m looking forward to it, it should be a good crowd and a game that both teams want to win

It is also Craig’s first ever derby:

Strangely enough this will be my first ever ‘El Quackico’ having been suspended for one and missing another through injury so I’m really looking forward to playing in this one. I’m expecting it to be fiercely contested and a close game, I’m not really nervous but am excited that I’ll get to experience this game and hopefully get the result that our club deserves. I’m used to playing on New Year’s Day now having done so throughout my non-league career so it’s not an issue for me, but can imagine it being so for some of our younger lads

Does Craig view victory as important as avoiding defeat?

The points are vitally important to us considering our current league position, and closing the gap on our local rivals is also important so defeat isn’t really something we’re thinking about, we’ll be doing our best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Every point now is important, none more so than against our rivals

We asked Archie how important the win or disappointing a defeat would be?

The three points is crucial for us coming off a good draw in the circumstances, which will mean nothing if we don’t win on Tuesday, so it’s a must win game for us to get back heading in the right direction and towards where we want to be

Are there any players in the FC Archie is wary of ahead of the fixture?

I don’t know many of their players but like all games this season it’s going to be a challenging game, knowing what is at stake and being the local derby that it is

How many of the United squad is Craig aware of?

I know a few of their squad as some of them were here last season, Kierran Lataille and the recently signed Anthony Ball & Ash Jenkins, brother of our skipper Jordan. I’ve also played with their striker Aaron Berry at Beaconsfield, but I’m not at all concerned about any of them as I believe that if we perform to our abilities then we’ll get the result

Rounding up, we asked Craig what the most important from the game will be for his side:

The derby is all about bragging rights, not only for our supporters but us as players too, so we’ll all be giving one hundred and ten percent to make sure it’s us that has them, and hopefully use it as a springboard for our season too. An Aylesbury FC win will be the perfect way to start the New Year

And does Archie have any friends at Aylesbury he’d like to beat?

I used to go to Sports College with Harry Scott so it’d be good to get the win against him, but the three points is the priority and that’s all we’ll be concentrating on

Sports Shots would like to thank both Craig & Archie for their time this week