St Ives Town 2 Aylesbury United 4
Man of the Match: Jon Stead (St Ives Town)
The Ducks come away with all three points
By Simon Clark
With both sides sitting in a respectable mid table position of the Division, we knew this was going to be a tough match on a very difficult pitch after the recent poor weather. It was United who defied the Saints to take all three points back to Bedfordshire.
The Ducks frustrated themselves in the opening half an hour when they twice saw the ball crash the back of the Saints net but to be ruled offside. Aylesbury’s Zak Reynolds ran the United midfield in the first half and caused havoc amongst the home defenders. Karl Gibbs went close on 14 minutes when he saw his long range effort drift just over the United crossbar and Avelino Vieira found himself him a excellent position on 19 minutes but he pulled his effort wide of Alex Tokarczyk’s far post.
On 32 minutes, Danny Jones found himself with time and space on the edge of the St Ives penalty area but he could only see his well driven shot hit the netting behind the goal. It wasn’t until the 36th minute that the stalemate was broken and United’s Paul Edgeworth slotted home after some clever midfield play by Reynolds. Edgeworth could of and maybe should of made it 0-2 almost straight from the restart but he saw his headed effort swerve just wide of Barney McLaughlin’s post.
With only 2 minutes left of the first half, Jon Stead felt that he should have brought the scores level but saw his effort shave the far post. Dan Banister rescued the first half for the Saints on 44 minutes when he found space on the edge of the penalty area to drive in his second goal in three games. The scores were all level at 1-1 as the players walked off the pitch for half time.
Three goals in the first 15 minutes of the restart got this game going and on 49 minutes, United were once again in the lead with Zak Reynolds getting a deserved goal for his first half efforts. Stacey Field made it 1-3 to The Ducks on 57 minutes but Tom Meechan’s second goal for the club brought the scores back down to just one goal at 2-3.
The game was all over on 71 minutes when Paul Edgeworth’s goal took a wicked deflection, whilst goal bound, to wrong foot the diving McLaughlin. Jon Stead hit the post with an 80th minute curling effort, leaving the Ducks custodian rooted to the floor. Dan Banister was keen to make in 3 in 3 late on but was thwarted by some resolute defending. In the closing minutes, Saints centre back; Will Fordham saw his low, well driven, free kick cleared off the line. On another day, all three of the Saints last gasp efforts would have rippled the back of the net and the scoreline could have easily read 5-4 but Aylesbury United deserved the three points and avenged their previous defeat in the FA Vase in 2010.