The weekend that was: Non League Day to Four-get

Sports round up
Sports round up

Round up of weekend sport including news from Aylesbury FC, United, Aylesbury Rugby Club and the Italian Grand Prix.

It was a weekend to four-get for Aylesbury United and FC as both sides conceded four goals on their way to defeats on Non League Day. United’s 4-3 loss at troubled Kettering was more creditable than that of their bitter rivals FC who were thumped 4-0 at home by Dunstable Town.

At Kettering a goal four minutes from time denied the Ducks a point as a seven-goal thriller went the way of the side currently in the process of being wound up by the High Court, in what is expected to be their last match.

While the defeat is disappointing for Tony Joyce’s men, it was nevertheless a great advert for non league football. In a pulsating game the Poppies were 2-0 up before the Ducks surged back to take a 3-2 lead. Kettering then missed a penalty but still found time to snatch two late goals to swing an emotional game in their favour.

In Aylesbury at Haywood Way, Craig Faulconbridge’s men were well beaten 4-0 in a display that lacked quality, determination and effort, writes Jools Thomas.

Whilst even the most ardent FC fans could not fail to be impressed by Dunstable Town, their own team had contributed to their downfall. Two goals before half time and two goals after sealed FC’s fate. The only shining light was a statuesque defensive and then attacking display from Ben Stevens who refused to be intimidated by the powerful Dunstable forward line setting a shining example of how to perform under pressure.

FC will drop into the bottom three of the fledgling league table if Kettering are, as expected, expunged from the Southern League after being ‘wound up’ at the High Court.

Over in Risborough, Rangers bounced back from their local derby defeat to Winslow with an emphatic 5-1 SML Division One win against Wodson Park at Windsors.

Lewis Dean scored after 10 minutes with a penalty and Jack Welch doubled the score straight from an inswinging corner in the 25th minute, Wodson improved towards the end of the first half and pulled one back with a justified penalty. The visitors hit the ground running at the start of the second half but Rangers weathered the storm and went on to extend their lead on the hour when Lewis Dean and Lawrence Clark exchanged a well worked one-two finishing with Dean chipping the keeper. More goals were to follow with Lawrence Clark scoring a rare header and Dan Finch deflecting Joel Read’s shot into the net in the last minute.

In the FA Vase, Tring Athletic progressed with a 1-0 win over Eaton Manor at the Grassroots Stadium. The first qualifying round match was settled by Tring full back George Tomlin who curled an excellent shot into the far top corner of Eton Manors goal with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Winslow United are also through in the FA Vase after a thrilling 6-3 win after extra-time against Leverstock Green.

Meanwhile, over in Italy, Aston Clinton’s F1 racer Mark Webber got his first ever podium at Monza in what was his last ever European grand prix as his retirement from the sport looms at the end of the season.

Webber started second on the grid behind teammate and arch rival Seb Vettel. Despite some gearbox trouble for both Red Bulls Webber finally held on to claim his first podium finish at the circuit he dubbed a cruel mistress before the race.

Speaking after the race, the Aussie said: “It’s a great place here and it’s very special to finish on the podium. It’s not the circuit where I’ve had the best results in the past, so it’s a bit of a personal best for me in qualifying and the race. I felt better on the soft tyres today; I had a good battle with Fernando, fair play to him on that and then afterwards I settled in to getting my head down and getting on with the race.

“We got Felipe on the stop, which was great. I was happy with my in-lap, the pit stop was great and then my out-lap was strong, so we cleared him reasonably comfortably. We had to nurse the gearbox a bit at the end, but overall it was a good result. Seb is very strong around here and it was great to get such a good result today.”

Finally Aylesbury Rugby Club geared up for the start of the new season with a 25-12 victory on the road to Wasps FC. Gary Horne, Jim Dodds and James Woodfall got the tries for the Ducks, with Woodfall kicking the rest of the points.