It was a good weekend for Aylesbury in the FA Cup as both the town’s football teams progressed to the first qualifying round.
Aylesbury United’s 160-mile round trip was rewarded as they bounced back from losing to bitter rivals FC with a 3-1 win at Cinderford Town.
The Ducks were 2-0 up at the break through headers from Paul Edgeworth and Richard Armstrong.
Cinderford hit back on 72 minutes but Jason Blackett rounded the keeper to score into the empty net to seal it for Tony Joyce’s side.
The Ducks’ reward is a fi1st qualifying round tie at Combined Counties League outfit Westfield.
Meanwhile, the 10 men of Aylesbury FC saw off visitors Thatcham at Haywood Way to continue their fine form in big games.
Craig Faulconbridge’s side faced an uphill task when key defender Ben Stevens was sent off after just seven minutes. But Stevens’ fellow Aylesbury boy Gareth Price ensured FC took a deserved lead. Price turned provider in the second half, setting up Sonny French.
French missed a penalty on 83 minutes and two minutes later Thatcham were back in the game as they threw caution to the wind.
The Moles dug in, though, and will play Shortwood in the next round.
Both clubs earned just under £2,000 each for their victories.