United beaten by promotion hopefuls

Ducks keeper Jack Sillitoe was kept busy against Daventry and played his part in damage limitation
Ducks keeper Jack Sillitoe was kept busy against Daventry and played his part in damage limitation

Aylesbury United lost back-to-back league games for only the second time this season when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Daventry last night (Wednesday).

After seeing their matches called off FIVE times this season, United finally played Daventry with boss Tony Joyce warning his side it would be no easy task.

The Ducks went into the game off the back of a 3-2 Bucks derby defeat at Marlow and without a win in three.

With the club safe and secure in the Calor Southern League midtable, Joyce rested a number of players as he rotated his squad for the visit of in-form Daventry.

With only four defeats so far in the league it proved a tough task for United.

The visitors passed the ball around well, and at times their running off the ball was joy to watch.

The Ducks were forced to reshuffle the team when Shane Wood was forced off injured after 25 minutes, brother Jack moving to play alongside Bill Morgan, with Keith Williams coming on at left back and Reynolds moving forward to the left side of midfield.

The reshuffle unsettled the Ducks and in added on time in the first half the visitors took the lead, through striker Keen, with a fine shot from the edge of the box.

The second half resembled last week’s superb 1-1 draw at Rugby, with the Ducks on the defensive for much of the time.

Keen and his striking partner Robinson were lively all evening and 10 minutes from time combined to score the goal which sealed the points.

Keen had a header well saved by home keeper Jack Sillitoe and when the ball rebounded to him his second attempt was cleared off the line by Jack Wood but unfortunately went in the net off Robinson who was following up.

It was a dominant display by the visitors who will surely be in the reckoning for promotion when they have played their games in hand.

Joyce will be hoping his side can up their game when they travel to play the return match next Tuesday. Before that though, on Saturday another home match against Egham Town awaits as the club tries to fit in 15 matches before the end of the season.