Aylesbury United showed they can mix it with the big boys when they were denied a much-deserved draw in a thrilling 3-2 defeat to Premier League side QPR on Tuesday.
Only a late winner from United’s professional opponents, who fielded an inexperienced XI, denied Tony Joyce’s men at Bell Close.
The visitors were largely made up of under 18 players but they showed off their footballing ability by taking the lead after 10 minutes.
Aylesbury were not to be outdone, though, and more than matched their opponents scoring a brilliant equaliser through that man Stacey Field.
After the break Steve Hatch bundled in from close range after Field’s ball into the box had been headed back across goal by Paul Edgeworth.
The Rs equalised from the penalty spot and with the match heading for a draw, few could have argued it was a fair result.
Rangers had other ideas, though, netting a stoppage time winner.
Meanwhile, the Ducks used the high-profile match to unveil their new home kit which is priced at £30 and is available to buy through the Ducks Shop at www.ducksshop.co.uk
On Wednesday, United were drawn against Sandhurst Town away in the first round of this season’s Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy.
The tie must be played before the week ending November 16, with an exact date to be confirmed by Sandhurst.