Aylesbury were well beaten 4-1 by AFC Dunstable in their latest pre-season friendly on Wednesday night.
The Ducks are going through something of an injury crisis after strikers Stacey Field and Louis Austin were ruled out of the start of the season while key defender John Mulholland will miss the entire campaign.
United didn’t seem to miss them too much when they took a 15th minute lead through a fine Dom Petrucci strike.
But as the match wore on the lack of some of last season’s crucial players began to tell. Dunstable scored the first of four counter attacking goals just six minutes after United’s opening goal.
Then a right win cross was smuggled in at close range on 36 minutes, before a stunning top corner strike two minutes from the interval effectively settled the result as the hosts led 3-1.
Aylesbury had their chances with Ben Baines seeing a shot saved and Jack Wood heading wide from six-yards, but they struggled to contain the home side’s impressive front three of BJ Christie, Jason Blackett and Chris Francis.
Boss Tony Joyce made a number of substitutions, but the home side extended their lead midway through with yet another counter attacking goal, the ball eventually smashed home with men over.
Jack Wood saw the ball cleared off the line three times in a matter of seconds, while Dean Allen fired over.
United make the short trip to take on local rivals Tring Athletic in their next friendly on Saturday (3pm).