Poor discipline, an insipid performance and wasted penalties cost Aylesbury FC as they were defeated 4-1 by Fleet Town at the Affinity Investment Stadium on Saturday.
Despite taking an early lead through a Brian Haule penalty the Moles were never really at the races, writes Jools Thomas.
Ben White grabbed Town’s first and their equaliser after he cooly lifted the ball into the top left hand corner over a despairing Simeon Charles.
Haule had another chance from the spot after he was taken out by Fleet’s keeper but he slipped as he ran up and smashed his shot off the post and away from harm’s way.
Unbelievably a third penalty was awarded on 25 minutes but this time against FC. Kwasi Frimpong committed a handball offence and Fleet’s Craig Davis gave his side the lead.
Five minutes into the second half, Fleet continued to pressure with Jack White turning and snapping in a shot that Charles did well to parry.
The fourth penalty of the game was awarded to Fleet on 57 minutes and Frimpong further damaged any hopes of a fightback after he was given his marching orders for dissent.
Fleet scored but the penalty was ordered to be retaken for an infringement. Davis made no mistake the second time sending the keeper the wrong way and the game was over with over half an hour still to play.
Aylesbury however did make more of a game of it as Fleet preferred to sit back and try and hit their opponents on the break.
Luke Abraham hit a shot that just cleared the post and Davis Haule hit a fierce dipping drive which the keeper could only fumble.
It was thanks to Fleet’s breakaway tactics that their fourth goal arrived with some quarter of an hour to play.
Good work on the right saw the ball played into the middle where substitute Mark Watkins only had to stroke the ball past the keeper.
With ten minutes left to play, James Faulkner was involved in an off the ball incident and was shown a second yellow card to rub salt into the wounds.
An all round bad day at the office for the FC and one they will need to forget before hosting Rugby Town on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm.