United hold firm for key victory in title push

Stacey Field has struck up a strong partnership with Louis Austin
Stacey Field has struck up a strong partnership with Louis Austin

A goal each from strikers Stacey Field and Louis Austin in either half set Aylesbury on their way to a valuable three points at Haringey Borough in a gritty, hard fought encounter.

The pair have struck up a solid partnership up top in recent weeks with nine goals between them in five games.

Aylesbury went closest in a mediocre first half when Ben Butler was played in at the end of a swift counter attack, rounding the keeper and striking goalwards but his shot didn’t quite have enough power to reach the line and was swept away, writes Luke Brown.

United’s opener was something of a gift, arriving midway through the half. Zac Reynolds found Stacey Field on the left, and his cross into the box was handled by a defender resulting in the referee immediately pointing to the spot.

Field stepped up and squeezed his penalty past Erbil Bozkurt who guessed right but couldn’t reach the ball.

The lead was somewhat undeserved, and Borough looked to hit back immediately as they forced their way into Aylesbury’s box again, but blazed well over when the striker should have at least hit the target.

Borough drew level shortly before the interval during a rare moment of poor defending by United. A poor Haringey free-kick didn’t clear the first man, but the hosts were allowed to play the ball back into the box where Aylesbury were unable to clear. The ball fell to wily striker Cox who made no mistake from 10-yards.

Aylesbury were back in front just five minutes after the restart. Field did brilliantly in the box to skilfully jink past a number of challenges before picking out Austin who managed to lift the ball over the advancing Bozkurt and into the net from close range.

The game should have been sewn up before the hour mark as firstly Austin legally challenged Bozkurt for the ball but saw his header drop just over the bar.

Then, Reynolds crashed a tremendous shot towards goal that bounced down off the bar and back out for the following up Field who somehow headed over the open goal.

As a result of not finishing the game off, Aylesbury had to endure some nervy moments, particularly when a shot from Fenton was saved by Sillitoe then cleared away as Haringey retained a goal threat.

With time running out, it was the visitors who had the remaining chances with Daniel Jones seeing his shot come off a defender and fly behind for a corner, and Hatch slashed a volley wide in stoppage time after Field had fired the ball across goal to bring the match to a close.