Aylesbury FC showed no signs of rustiness in their 1-0 win at Chalfont despite having played only their third match of 2014 on Saturday.
It was news in itself that the Moles managed to get some match action. But the game soon stole the headlines as it proved an exciting and incident packed tussle.
The win also came against one of their traditional bogey sides. The margin of victory could have been much greater but in the end Gareth Price’s mid first half strike was enough. Two red cards and a saved penalty all added to a host of talking points for the Aylesbury FC faithful to discuss on the journey home.
Chalfont had the 1st attack within the opening minute however FC soon settled and started to create chances. In the 3rd minute, Connor Baker delivered a dangerous ball which Bradley Wadkins headed just over the bar. Soon afterwards the industrious Sonny French fed Adam Logie whose snap shot just cleared the post.
Alex Paine, for Chalfont, was the first player to make James Weatherill earn his wages. Paine’s snapshot stung FC keeper’s fingers on 10 minutes. Ben Stevens had a half chance a few moments later and then Bradley Wadkins lifted a delicate left foot shot towards goal however CSP’s Michael Power-Simpson easily gathered. The winning goal came just after these incidents. Again it was man of the match Bradley Wadkins who played in strike partner Gareth Price. Clear through, Gareth placed his shot into the corner away from the keeper’s grasp much to the delight of the boisterous fans behind the goal.
FC had a terrific chance to double their lead. A penalty could potentially have been awarded for a handball but just a few seconds later, Adam Logie was fouled and this time the referee awarded a penalty. Wadkins hit the spot kick low however the keeper guessed correctly and gathered the ball easily. Still FC continued to attack. On 42 minutes an excellent Price control and volley brought the best out of Power-Simpson. A minute later, Sonny French showed just why FC fans voted him their player of the seasons for 2013 when he made a lung busting 50 yard run. Perhaps he should have shot but instead his pass to a teammate was blocked and the chance went begging. In the dying seconds of injury time, Gareth Price was dismissed from the field. In a race for the ball, Gareth raised an arm and the referee saw no option other than a straight red.
The red card took the shine off the team’s first half performance however within a few minutes of the restart, Chalfont also had a man, Romaine Walker, sent off. This was another straight red, again for alleged raised arms. As the match steadied, FC’s Oliver Burgess went close for FC although the team struggled to reach the heights of their 1st half efforts. Ex Mole Ronayne Marsh Brown reminded everyone of his quality when he twisted and turned in the 56th minute unleashing a shot that Weatherill did well to hold at the far post.
Tom Cutts and Ben Stevens were as steady a partnership as you could have wished for and it was testimony to their understanding that they hardly put a foot wrong all day. This allowed the midfield and forward men time to explore. Simpson and Wadkins were two of those players trying their luck. Firstly the pair linked up to play in Connor Baker who was unlucky to hit an effort just over the bar. Wadkins then made a wrecking ball run into the box before passing to French. Sonny did all he could to score but Power-Simpson pulled off a very brave save. The Chalfont keeper again saved brilliantly from Wadkins on 83 minutes. As the FC player looked to round the keeper, Power-Simpson stretched out a hand and palmed the ball back with what seemed were just his fingertips. An enthralling and exciting move to complete what had been a fascinating match.
FC are due to travel to Ashford Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night.