Aylesbury United produced their third big cup upset of the season when they dumped lofty old rivals Chesham out of the Red Insure Cup 4-3 on penalties last night (Wednesday).
Going into the game against a team battling it out for the title in the division above, United boss Tony Joyce said: “We will approach the Chesham match with confidence as we have nothing to lose.”
But in fact the Ducks had it all to lose when they led 2-1 with just minutes left after goals from Zack Reynolds and Ben Baines. Just when it looked like Aylesbury would be adding another scalp to a list including Burnham from the Berks and Bucks Cup and Chesham’s main rivals for the Calor Premier crown, Hemel – from the first round of last night’s competition – the visitors equalised.
With no extra time in this season’s Red Insure Cup, the match went straight to penalties and, given Aylesbury’s recent poor form from the spot – Jason Blackett the latest to miss from 12 yards – it looked like their chance may have gone.
Supporters feared the worst when Paul Edgeworth’s opening penalty thundered back off the bar.
But they were soon celebrating as Smyth, Jones, Keith Williams and Baines all scored to make it 4-3, before Hemel loan ranger Alex Tokarczyk made himself the hero by saving Bruce Wilson’s final kick to send the Ducks through against their old landlords.