Ducks lose 2-0 in manager’s abscence while FC go down 3-0 in latest pre-season matches.
With manager Tony Joyce away on holiday, Aylesbury United’s coaching staff were given plenty to think about as the Ducks lost 2-0 at Leverstock Green on Saturday.
United were missing star striker Stacey Field through injury and it showed as they struggled in front of goal all afternoon.
In a bizarre twist Leverstock’s manager Steve Benitez was also away, reportedly taking eight of his players for trials in Spain, but it was the depleted hosts who took the lead on 62 minutes when Junior Bushiri ran onto a long through ball ahead of Jack Sillitoe to guide it into the net.
Green doubled their lead 11 minutes later when Ben Edwards rounded off a neat move.
Despite the scoreline, there were plus points for United as new signings Zac Reynolds and Lee Grace both flourished in respective wingback roles, the former at the heart of most of United’s best moves.
Even if pre-season results are largely irrelevant, the Ducks will hope to improve their performance on Tuesday night when they make the short trip to United.
Meanwhile, Aylesbury FC were also on the wrong end of a pre-season defeat when they entertained Hemel Hempstead Town last Thursday night.
The Moles, who were not in action on Saturday, welcomed another team from a higher league after defeat to Oxford City last time out.
Like the Ducks, FC were missing their main striker, Brian Haule, due to injury and first choice keeper Richard Roberts was away on holiday.
Boss Craig Faulconbridge was forced to shuffle his pack and welcomed several players who were keen to impress into the starting line-up.
Hemel led 1-0 at half-time through a Ben Mackie penalty. FC had some half chances, most notably through Leon Osei, but the visitors extended their lead on 50 minutes with 16 year old Ben Patty reacting quickest to a blocked shot to poke home from a very narrow angle. FC still had fight left in them as their opponents sat back satisfied with their comfortable lead. Ben Stevens had a goal disallowed eight minutes from time but then, almost on the whistle, Hemel broke clear and added a flattering third.
The Moles play their first away match of pre-season when they make the trip to near neighbours Thame United’s ASM Stadium.