Ducks put a dent in league leaders’ title bid

Paul Edgeworth
Paul Edgeworth

Paul Edgeworth was again the hero as he scored for the second game in a row to secure a superb 1-1 draw at Calor Southern League Division One Central leaders Rugby Town last night (Tuesday).

After a relatively even first half where the two sides traded a goal apiece, it was pretty much one way traffic in the second as the Ducks defended resolutely.

United started brightly, although it was Town that had the first real effort of the game when Seb Lake-Gaskin’s great run down the left ended with a low cross to Greg Kaziboni at the far post, but the ball stuck under the winger’s feet and he was unable to help it home.

Aylesbury took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Liam Smyth’s perfectly flighted free-kick was helped on by Edgeworth, and Town defender Niall Cooper could not get enough behind the header to keep it out.

Ducks stopper Jack Sillitoe was in fine form for Tony Joyce’s side but after repelling another Rugby attack he was powerless to stop Justin Marsden equalising.

Danny Jones could easily have restored United’s lead before the interval when he latched onto an Ellis Myles’ mistake, but he flashed his effort across the face of the goal instead.

The second half belonged almost exclusively to Rugby, with chance after chance going begging and the Ducks proving obdurate opponents.

Sillitoe was the star of the second half as Aylesbury held on for a hard earned and deserved point which sees them sitting 10th above St Ives on goal difference.