Aylesbury United edged a five-goal thriller with near neighbours Thame 3-2 in their latest pre-season friendly on Saturday.
The Ducks were playing Thame at their ASM stadium just a few days after the hosts had beaten Aylesbury FC by the same scoreline.
With a number of players missing due to holiday, the Ducks had just 14 squad members at their disposal. After a lively and even first 20 minutes Aylesbury got into their stride and started to dominate the game. Geoff Mitchell, who impressed with a brace in the 5-1 win over Winslow was again lining up for the Ducks and caused all sorts of problems for the Thame defence.
Aylesbury’s first goal came courtesy of Jack Wood heading home a Danny Jones corner before a breakaway saw Mitchell collect the ball on the halfway line and burst past his marker to reach the area and lay on a simple tap-in for Dean Allen.
The second half continued where the first left off and the Ducks were in complete control. Mitchell had chances to score at least twice and again the keeper denied him with vital stops.
Thame came back into it in the last 15 minutes to square the game at 2-2. But the Ducks kept pressing for the win and were rewarded when Matt Kimani made it 3-2 in the last five minutes.
Tony Joyce’s men are next in action at AFC Dunstable on Wednesday night (7.30pm).