Moles are made to pay by The Moneys
With the temperature hanging precariously just above the point of freezing, the Moles and Moneys stepped out onto the pitch for what would be, to put it lightly, a scrappy affair over the next ninety minutes.
Report by Marc Keinch
Now former manager Davis Haule started newcomer Joe Walls in right midfield, with some regular faces around the starting eleven. Three of the under 18s made up the bench.
The match started slowly with both sides unable to find any passing rhythm on the tough pitch. Joe Walls had plenty of attacking spirit with him on his debut, taking on his challengers, but struggled to keep his feet on the pitch. Early strikes from the Moneyfields front line were well wide of the mark, leaving Ash Jenkins with a quiet start in goal. Harry Scott led the bulk of the attacks on the day, his first half run down the wing produced a fine cross into the box. Joe Walls clashed with Moneyfields keeper Stephen Mowthorpe in their attempts to win the ball, the moneys keeper winning that battle.
Soon after came Moneyfields first real chance, with their attacker running towards the box, FC defender Derek Feyi brought down his opposing colleague and the referee gave a penalty. After much protestation from the Aylesbury players that the foul in fact took place outside the box, the ref consulted his linesman and a free kick was given, much to the dismay of the Moneyfields players. The resulting free kick was driven low and hard through the wall and was well saved by Ash Jenkins, who parried out the hard shot to be cleared.
Another darting run by Harry Scott later on gave FC another chance at goal, getting in front of the goal only to be met by a wall of Moneyfields players, Scott played the ball back to Anthony Ball who was unable to find the killer pass, and the danger was cleared.
Moneyfields first goal came from an unfortunate goalkeeping error, who by all accounts, Jenkins had had a fine game making many good saves. His goal kick only got so far as striker Hutchings, who gleefully took the opportunity given to him and struck the ball home.
The second half resembled something more like the Royal Rumble, as players from both sides threw in the tackles. Davide Pobbe received a yellow after he tried to get the ball from a defender and went in too late. Moneyfields then caused more commotion after a rough tackle on Alfie Touceda who was through on goal, sparking mass protests from both sides as arguments broke out. Hutchings received a yellow card, generous after his persistent howling at the ref all game. The ref then inexplicably gave it as a drop ball...then realising it was actually a free kick to Aylesbury. Soon after a Kerran Lataille late tackle led to more midfields congregations and eventually the game resumed.
As FC piled on the pressure late in the game to equalise from a free kick, Moneyfields countered when the ball came back out, and Howard Neighbour scored the Moneys second as Marvyn Watson was unable to clear the ball off the line.