AYLESBURY FC did the town proud on Saturday when they battled to a 0-0 draw against Stevenage, who are in League One after back-to-back promotions.
Mark Eaton’s men showed they have what it takes to compete with successful sides as they put on a show of fight and determination against Graham Westley’s visitors.
Elsewhere, Aylesbury United edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 against near neighbours Thame United.
The Ducks added another three goals and a win to their pre-season recorat the Oxfordshire hosts’ impressive new ASM Stadium.
Mickey O’Farrell notched a brace and Stacey Field was also on target for United in the victory over Mark West’s Hellenic League side.
Thame had a couple of early efforts before Aylesbury went ahead on 12 minutes through Field. A quick throw in found Warren Garcia and he passed square for Field who looked up before unleashing a fabulous dipping shot which had the keeper beaten all ends up.
Eight minutes later and it was two, with Ben Baines the architect. His hard work and persistence paid off on the right as he was able to tee up O’Farrell who scored from close range.
The home side hit back as the half hour mark approached, Alex Stewart heading home virtually unchallenged from a corner kick, but the two goal advantage was soon restored.
It came through a goal which would grace any pitch, with some sublime flowing one-touch passing involving five or six players culminating in another for O’Farrell.
Stewart then pulled another goal back for Thame at the end of the first half to reduce the arrears once more.
After the break things were less eventful, and as the hosts rang the changes, it was Tony Joyce’s men who were largely on top with Field and Barnett going closest as it ended 3-2.