Former FC striker Dean Brennan came back to haunt his old club as manager of Hemel Town in their 4-1 win at the Affinity Stadium on Tuesday night.
Again the opposition were from a higher standard of football but unlike Saturday’s game the difference – particularly in efficient finishing – was wholly apparent, writes Jools Thomas.
Eight minutes in and an audacious chip which just sailed over the bar from Hemel showed they had brought their shooting boots.
FC responded when after a passage of flowing pay down the right saw Wayne O’Sullivan just losing out in a challenge with the Hemel keeper.
Hemel attacked immediately afterwards and from a good passage of play, the attacker header just over when in a very good position. The visitors continued to press and what followed were the best chances of the first half.
A blocked shot by the keeper’s with his legs was lost in a melee only to be rifled back into the danger area with another leg block protecting the FC goal.
Later, a Lee Grace free kick which whistled past the post proved to be one of the few remaining chances of an intriguing if not spectacular first half.
FC had played excellent one touch, pass and move football in the first half and the early part of the second half continued this trend with first O’Sullivan and then Lemar Simpson having decent efforts on goal.
On 53 minutes however Rhys Marshall was adjudged to have brought down the Hemel striker when through on goal. Hutchins took the penalty which was placed low and almost down the middle to give Hemel a 1-0 lead.
On 60 minutes a calamitous mix up between Marshall and his defence saw Hemel’s Pearce nip in to slide the ball into an empty net for 2-0. Four minutes later and Rhys redeemed himself saving wonderfully to his left from a very powerfully taken free kick.
Further Hemel goals from Judge and also from Mpi both as a result of sleeping defences gave the score line a somewhat lop-sided look before a very late Ryan Blake penalty added some respectability to events.
A solid first half display from Aylesbury coupled with the regular chopping and changing of a typical friendly game shouldn’t take the credit away from an impressive Hemel Hempstead display.
There is still however much for manager Craig Faulconbridge to be pleased about and as FC face Bedford Town, a team from a higher division, in the next friendly Craig and his staff will be hopeful they can learn even more.