Wins for Aylesbury’s hockey men but ladies lose away

Aylesbury vs Abingdon
Aylesbury vs Abingdon
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AYLESBURY men’s first team beat Oxford 3-1 away in what was in the end a comfortable victory.

The visitors started game brightly as they moved the ball quickly at the back to create openings. However, despite some good runs down the right by Ollie Paterson, chances were few against an Oxford defence which packed the last third of the pitch and the first half ended 0-0.

After the break Aylesbury’s patient build up started to stretch Oxford and gradually began opening up the game. Skipper Paul Gregory and Will Ebsworth both came close but it was Oxford, against the run of play, who took the lead.

With Aylesbury pressing forward, the midfield lost possession and Oxford took full advantage to score.

Aylesbury were not behind for long as they soon won a short corner which Chris Hunter placed in the bottom corner. Five minutes later Aylesbury were ahead when Hunter again converted a short corner. It was all Aylesbury now with Hunter, Jim Usherwood and Gregory dominating midfield and man of the match Mark Ferguson making some excellent interceptions in defence.

With ten minutes left Matt Kiely exploited gaps behind the defence with a fine aerial pass putting Gregory through to round the keeper for Aylesbury’s third.

The firsts now entertain Bracknell on Saturday.

Aylebury men’s second team put in a fine home performance for a 5-2 victory over Abingdon 1sts with two goals from Mark Bowes, Dan Best, Jack Rolfe and James Harrington.

The thirds travelled to Eastcote and quickly found themselves four goals behind before finally succumbing 6-1, the goal coming from Charlie MacLaughlin. Aylesbury fourths went down 3-0 at home to Maidenhead Boyne Hill.

The ladies first team were unlucky as they went down 6-3 to Oxford Hawks away despite putting in a good performance.

The visitors were quick off the mark to dominate the game and deservedly grabbed the first goal following a clever through ball from Lucy Drane to Natasha James. James took on the last defender and slipped the ball into the path of Charlotte Butler who made no mistake in finishing the chance to score her first for the team after recently returning to the club.

Hawks attacked the Aylesbury area but consistent defending from Emily Davitt at the back denied the home side an equaliser 15 minutes into the game leaving Liz Sheppard to make a precise clearance.

Aylesbury were able to regain their structure and Maz Hassall and Angela Dickson forced an opportunity that the keeper pushed to Hannah Pigott who placed her shot under the goalkeeper to double Aylesbury’s lead.

Hawks soon grabbed a goal back to make the score 2-1 and shortly after Aylesbury failed to clear following a terrific diving save by Jade Hedger

and a home player was on hand to slot home.

Hawks then converted a short corner to make the score 3-2 at half-time.

The visitors started the second half with enthusiasm but unfortunately Aylesbury soon found themselves on the back foot when a Hawks attacker dribbled into the D and found the goal to make the score 4-2. James the powered her shot into the net following an accurate pass from Kim Yeo, but it was no consolation as Hawks went on to score two more goals to make the final score 6-3.