STACEY Field scored for the fifth match running to give Aylesbury United a narrow derby win and cement their fifth place credentials following a hard fought encounter with their nearest challengers Tring Athletic on Wednesday night.
The Ducks gave a remarkably tireless display given the sheer volume of games played, where recent second half woes were banished.
It was to prove a first half of limited chances as Aylesbury struggled to break down a supremely organised Tring side, whilst the visitors were unable to find a way past a determined Ducks defence with John Mulholland once again in inspired form, Jack Wood his normal self, and the improving Joe Donaldson all proving impenetrable as United kept a clean sheet for the first time in a month.
On the half hour mark a fine free-kick delivery from Daniel Jones was headed high and wide by Mulholland, before a minute later Tring had the first half’s best chance. A ball out of defence released the pacy George House from the United defence, and he tried his luck with a lob from a tight angle which dropped onto the top of the goal.
Aylesbury came again and from a flicked on throw-in Joey Acheampong somehow got the better of the defence but his low cross-shot was well held by Mike Underwood under pressure from Field
It could be argued that United have been a ‘first half team’ for several matches now, dropping off badly but doing enough to get the job done.
Field shot Aylesbury ahead with ten minutes remaining. Joe Donaldson provided a well directed cross-field ball into the area, which Acheampong levered down, and as the defence stood motionless Field finished clinically into the bottom corner for his 20th league goal of the season.
Thanks to Ken Slatter and the club’s official website www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk for pictures.