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.
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
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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