The final day of the Aylesbury & District 2012/13 season was full of thrills and spills as teams jostled for promotion and to avoid relegation.
The last Premier Division chase for places ended with Aylesbury Dynamos securing third spot without even kicking a ball, writes Marc Thoday.
Aston Park had two games left and just needed to beat division whipping boys and bottom side P&IC United, who had lost all previous 17 games and scored only 13 goals.
However, it was the honourable bottom side that came away with a shock 5-2 win in their final game in the top tier.
Shaun Stacey (2), Jon Fox, Darren Caseman, Ricardo Green and Richard Dawkins well all on target for United.
Division One was where all the focus was in the ADL, though. Three teams had the possibility of being promoted while another three faced potential relegation.
At the top Haddenham United had slowly started to throw away their games in hand but knew that a win over FC Mandeville in an early kick off would promote them.
However, a draw and there were two teams waiting to pip them.
Fortunately for United, Mandeville still had a hangover from their League Cup success.
And United (pictured celebrating above right) seized the opportunity and grabbed revenge for a recent defeat with a 6-2 victory to secure promotion after a few years away from the ADL big time. A wonderful Jake Rea hat-trick, James Hawes brace and Dave Daley goal sealed the crucial three points.
With second sorted Britannia’s excellent 4-1 win over champions Bierton FC Wanderers counted for little other than putting them third.
Sam Robertson (2), Craig Heywood and an own goal meant they narrowly missed out on promotion.
AFC Victoria who started the day second hoping for both sides to slip up were forced to settle for fourth.
At the bottom Aston Clinton’s remarkable late winning streak continued in midweek but was brought to a crashing halt by relegation rivals Cheddington.
Aston had secured three wins on the bounce and looked odds on to somehow escape relegation after being bottom all season.
Cheddington were the hosts for the winner takes all game with the extra factor of a draw also keeping both sides up at the expense of Wendover.
In a tense game Luke Daly put Cheddington in front before the home side were pegged back.
Despite a draw being enough for both to stay up Cheddington were not done and up popped rare goalscorer Jordan Penman to net a decisive winner with 15 minutes left to ensure their spot in Division One and send Aston tumbling down to the third tier.
In Division Two both games were awarded to the top two sides in Great Milton and Oving after both Bierton FC Wanderers Reserves and Downley Albion Reserves failed to field sides.
At the time of going to press there was a few dead rubber games left to play in the league with only Waddesdon able to change position in Division Four if they won by more than eight goals.
Thus the tables below are expected to be the finalised standings
The Aylesbury & District League have announced the return of their annual end of season presentation evening on Saturday.
After many years without a celebration of Aylesbury’s main football league the event will take place at Aylesbury FC with a representative game and a trophy evening.
The first event is the representative game kicking off at 6pm between Brian Sinclair’s ‘Aylesbury based’ side and Nick Sabatini’s ‘village based’ side.
The best of the best will be picked for a pre-season representative game against a fellow league.
At 8pm ten teams from all five divisions will be able to pick up their winners or runners up trophies.
Premier Division - Walton Court Wanderers
Division One - Bierton FC Wanderers
Division Two - Great Milton
Division Three - Tring Titans
Division Four - MDM United Reserves