Aylesbury women battle bravely but are edged out by Reading

Aylesbury Ladies 3rds v Reading 4ths
Aylesbury Ladies 3rds v Reading 4ths
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Aylesbury ladies’ thirds could count themselves unlucky as they lost 2-0 to Reading’s fourths at Meadowcroft.

A late goal meant Reading finished the game 2-0, a score which was harsh on a hard working Aylesbury side.

While the thirds were full of spirit, Aylesbury’s seconds were thoroughly outplayed by Leighton Buzzards’ seconds.

Aylesbury could not find their stride as they succumbed to a 6-1 thrashing.

Despite being a player short Aylesbury fourths controlled their game against Bicester thirds and Simone James got them off to a flying start with an early goal.

However, the extra player advantage began to tell and eventually Bicester took full advantage with a late goal to break Aylesbury hearts.

There was some good news though as the firsts dominatedagainst Bracknell firsts. Natasha James fired in a hat-trick to help her side to a 3-1 win.

Meanwhile, Aylesbury men’s firsts proved they can handle tough tests after they came back twice to hold unbeaten league leaders Oxford Hawks seconds to a 3-3 draw.

After going two down Aylesbury came out firing in the second half to get one back. However, a third Hawks goal seemingly put Aylesbury out of the contest.

This seemed to galvanise Aylesbury, though, and Scott Beach added two more to salvage a deserved draw.

They now welcome OMT to Halton next week knowing that they must build on the Hawks performance to get their season back on track.

While the firsts fared well, the seconds came undone against the Hawks with the Oxford side claiming an easy 3-1 win.

It was not so inspiring for the thirds facing Oxford’s fourths and Aylesbury’s fourths playing Reading Rovers, either.

Both were easily outclassed and dealt embarrassing 8-0 and 5-0 defeats respectively.

Oxford’s sixths again showed their strength in depth as they