For once its goals raining down on Haywood Way as striker returns

Danny Burnell
Danny Burnell

It was a welcome return to Haywood Way for Aylesbury FC and striker Danny Burnell as the Moles played their first home game since mid-December with a 3-3 draw against Beaconsfield SYCOB.

Although, the 3-3 score line suggests a game of high impact and drama, the reality is this was a game where the heavy pitch and careless defending contributed more to the result than any skilful attacking or finishing.

Beaconsfield, on the balance of chances, should have comfortably won the game however resolute defending especially from FC keeper James Weatherill meant the teams shared to points.

Striker Burnell, returning to the club after a few months away, had the first real chance of the game when he was fed by Sonny French as early as the 3rd minute however an away defender intercepted as Danny looked to shoot. Soon afterwards, Becky has their 1st chance, a curling freekick from Tom O’Regan that Weatherill punched over the bar. O’Regan was involved in the next move of note, down the less boggy right hand side of the ground before knocking a cross to ex-Mole Brian Haule. Brian’s snapshot was saved well by Weatherill before being cleared to safety. This period of pressure finally told in the 14th minute when Haule floated in a high ball for fellow FC old boy, Lee Grant, to head home for 1-0.

A few minutes later, Becky broke the offside trap as they threatened to run riot. Again Brian Haule had an effort saved and partner O’Regan followed up with Weatherill preventing a goal. Brian tried once more on 28 minutes with his low shot almost sneaking in at the near post. Football is often a game of tactics but Beaconsfield used the most simple tactic of all; attack down the dry side of the ground whilst FC were often stuck in the mud as they attempted to play football on the riverbank side of the ground.

FC’s shape was disrupted further in the 29th minute as Tom Cutts left the field injured to be replaced by Kevin Mealor. FC, through Dan Burnell, had their first chances for almost half an hour as two quick fire shots looked for a route to goal. Around this time, Lamar Simpson was beginning to find his feet and whilst it was difficult to play on such a boggy surface, he looked at all opportunities to play in teammates. As FC settled a little, a through ball from Sonny French found Gareth Price with Gareth crashing the ball past James Reading in the away goal for the equaliser. FC were level for just three minutes. A decent turn and shot by Jonjo Bates was followed by another effort from Brian Haule with the big man stabbing the ball home after confusion had reigned in the home 6 yard area. Amazingly FC dragged themselves up off the floor and equalised again. The goal was similar to FC’s opening goal in that it was a ball from the right met at the far post, this time it was Connor Baker who applied the finishing touch.

On 51 minutes FC took the lead for the 1st time in the game. Gareth Price delivered an inviting cross for Dan Burnell who made no mistake from 10 yards. After another reshuffle which involved Sam Batemen replacing Ben Stevens, the teams were yet again all square. FC lost the ball deep in the opposition half and away full back Jack Hutchinson sprinted the length of the field to deliver a cross to the back post. James Weatherill could only palm the ball into the path of substitute Kofi Lockhart-Adams who converted from close range.

With time running out Sam Batemen put in a useful cross with Burnell unable to reach the ball ahead of Reading. Sonny French then tried his luck seeing his goalbound shot deflect off a defender for a corner. It was the visitors who finished the game strongest however. Haule and then O’Regan had half chances to score whilst at the other end FC’s Adam Logie was denied by a brave Reading save at his feet. It was a welcome return to Haywood Way for Aylesbury FC as they played their first home game since mid-December. Although, the 3-3 score line suggests a game of high impact and drama, the reality is this was a game where the heavy pitch and careless defending contributed more to the result than any skilful attacking or finishing. Beaconsfield, on the balance of chances, should have comfortably won the game however resolute defending especially from FC keeper James Weatherill meant the teams shared to points.

Danny Burnell, returning to the club after a few months away, had the first real chance of the game when he was fed by Sonny French as early as the 3rd minute however an away defender intercepted as Danny looked to shoot. Soon afterwards, Becky has their 1st chance, a curling freekick from Tom O’Regan that Weatherill punched over the bar. O’Regan was involved in the next move of note, down the less boggy right hand side of the ground before knocking a cross to ex-Mole Brian Haule. Brian’s snapshot was saved well by Weatherill before being cleared to safety. This period of pressure finally told in the 14th minute when Haule floated in a high ball for fellow FC old boy, Lee Grant, to head home for 1-0.

A few minutes later, Becky broke the offside trap as they threatened to run riot. Again Brian Haule had an effort saved and partner O’Regan followed up with Weatherill preventing a goal. Brian tried once more on 28 minutes with his low shot almost sneaking in at the near post. Football is often a game of tactics but Beaconsfield used the most simple tactic of all; attack down the dry side of the ground whilst FC were often stuck in the mud as they attempted to play football on the riverbank side of the ground.

FC’s shape was disrupted further in the 29th minute as Tom Cutts left the field injured to be replaced by Kevin Mealor. FC, through Dan Burnell, had their first chances for almost half an hour as two quick fire shots looked for a route to goal. Around this time, Lamar Simpson was beginning to find his feet and whilst it was difficult to play on such a boggy surface, he looked at all opportunities to play in teammates. As FC settled a little, a through ball from Sonny French found Gareth Price with Gareth crashing the ball past James Reading in the away goal for the equaliser. FC were level for just three minutes. A decent turn and shot by Jonjo Bates was followed by another effort from Brian Haule with the big man stabbing the ball home after confusion had reigned in the home 6 yard area. Amazingly FC dragged themselves up off the floor and equalised again. The goal was similar to FC’s opening goal in that it was a ball from the right met at the far post, this time it was Connor Baker who applied the finishing touch.

On 51 minutes FC took the lead for the 1st time in the game. Gareth Price delivered an inviting cross for Dan Burnell who made no mistake from 10 yards. After another reshuffle which involved Sam Batemen replacing Ben Stevens, the teams were yet again all square. FC lost the ball deep in the opposition half and away full back Jack Hutchinson sprinted the length of the field to deliver a cross to the back post. James Weatherill could only palm the ball into the path of substitute Kofi Lockhart-Adams who converted from close range.

With time running out Sam Batemen put in a useful cross with Burnell unable to reach the ball ahead of Reading. Sonny French then tried his luck seeing his goalbound shot deflect off a defender for a corner. It was the visitors who finished the game strongest however. Haule and then O’Regan had half chances to score whilst at the other end FC’s Adam Logie was denied by a brave Reading save at his feet.