Five star display gets Ducks’ pre-season up and running

Ducks keeper Jack Sillitoe faced two penalties, saving one of them    PHOTO:
Ducks keeper Jack Sillitoe faced two penalties, saving one of them PHOTO:

Triallist Jeff Mitchell was the star of the show as Aylesbury United finally got their pre-season up and running with an emphatic 5-1 win over local rivals Winslow on Tuesday night.

It was the Ducks’ first win and goals of the close season after defeats to Leverstock Green and AFC Kempston Rovers and they did it in style by scoring five at Winslow for the second year in a row.

The hosts had the first clear cut opening but Greg Williams showed all his experience to clear the ball off the line.

In manager Tony Joyce’s absence it was Aylesbury who had the lead with just six minutes played when Bill Morgan headed home Lee Grace’s perfect corner.

An innocuous penalty award was saved by Jack Sillitoe to maintain the clean sheet, and it was the Ducks who added to the scoring when Dom Petrucci nodded the ball on for Ben Baines to head beyond the keeper.

After a goal within two minutes of the restart when triallist striker Jeff Mitchell set up Dean Allen for a tap in, it looked like being a comfortable night’s work, only for Winslow to score from the penalty spot as Sillitoe was sent the wrong way this time.

Mitchell was the undoubted star of the second half, the burly striker adding two more goals for Aylesbury by clinically rounding the keeper to convert Liam Smyth’s through ball, and then heading home a right wing cross.

The Ducks make the short trip to Thame United for their next friendly on Saturday (3pm).