Moles Defeat Oxford Scholars
An assured performance from Scott Reynolds' new side saw the Moles defeat the youngsters from Oxford
This was the first chance for the Moles supporters to get a glimpse of the revolution taking place at Haywood Way, and FC supporters who came down to Haywood Way this evening, would not have been disappointed.
All eight of the new signings took to the field this evening with Nick Bennion in Goal. Luke Cray, Jordan Jenkins, Craig Carby and Matt Hall filled the back four, whilst in midfield Carl Tappin, Adam Morris and Ryan Morris supported a front three of Bruno Brito, Harry Scott and Aaron King.
On a hard pitch, scorched by the last months fantastic weather it was FC that took the game to Oxford but it wasn't until the fifteenth minute that the home side had the first opportunity, a ball in from a free kick from Ryan Ware found captain Luke Cray six yards out but the defender poked the ball wide of the post. The new pairing of Carl Tappin and Adam Morris in the midfield were coming more into the game and some nice interplay from the pair eventually led to the ball finding Harry Scott on the left edge of the box but his curling shot didn't really trouble the Oxford keeper.
The best chance of the half to date actually fell to the away side when an Oxford striker found himself in space twenty yards out, struck the ball first time and with Bennion beaten the ball cannoned off the underside of the cross bar and away to safety. That chance just stung Aylesbury into action and two minutes later the influential Ryan Ware picked the ball up thirty five yards out, spotting the keeper off his line the young midfielder struck a left footed shot and the ball flew into the top of the net for a deserved FC Lead.
With the half coming to an end Ware floated a free kick to the back post, found Craig Carby who's header across the six yard line was just out of reach of Bruno Brito who was following in and ball went out for a goal kick, then with the ref just about to blow for the break Ryan Ware just failed to extend the lead, again he picked the ball up just about side the box, he cut inside onto his left foot but his strike, just as Oxford had earlier in the half, cannoned off the underside of the bar and away to safety.
As ever in these pre season games Aylesbury made a number of changes at the break but that didn't really break their stranglehold on possession, Aaron King had the first chance of the second half as he struck the ball across the area but the keeper was equal to it, FC were harrying and pressing Oxford in the heat which led to mistakes from the away side and it was from one of these mistakes that FC extended their lead. Oxford lost the ball which was played into the box and after what seemed like an age the ball eventually found it's way to Ryan Coyle who poked home from six yards.
The game then started to peter out as both sides tired but there was still one chance to come to Aylesbury and it fell to Kyle Johnson just before the final whistle, a ball over the top saw the striker one on one with the keeper and his lovely little chip as he ran in on goal, nestled into the far corner of the net for Aylesbury's third.
A great workout for the team which will give the Management team a lot of heart as they move onto Saturday's game against Arlesey Town at Cedars School in Linslade