Aylesbury United made it five wins in a row with the scalp of Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town after a 4-2 win at Vauxhall Road in the Red Insure Cup tonight (Monday).
The Tudors showed where the Red Insure Cup lay on their list of priorities for the season by changing their entire line-up from their last game.
But Tony Joyce’s men, who went into the match off the back of a 1-0 “away” win over landlords Leighton Town, knew they had their work cut out against a side from a higher level.
And United were in inspired form, no-one more so than talismanic striker Stacey Field who grabbed what the club’s official website has described as ‘two world class goals’.
The Field brace prompted Hemel boss and former Aylesbury FC player Dean Brennan to introduce two first team regulars before the break.
United had to deal with plenty of pressure in the second half, and then lost goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe to a nasty looking shoulder injury described as “possibly a dislocation” by United’s website.
With substitute Liam Smyth taking over in goal, Town immediately pulled a goal back, only for Richard Armstrong to reinstate the two-goal cushion.
Another Hemel strike reduced the arrears to 3-2, but that man Field rounded off a memorable performance by securing the matchball – with his easiest of the night, a simple tap-in, to make it into the second round.