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Aylesbury FC - Match centre

C Massey (37' Pen)
Full time
A King (86'), M Madkour (90' Sent Off)
Mon 27 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One Central Attendance 174

Berkhamsted 1 Aylesbury FC 1

One Point Gained or Two Points Lost?

After the much better performance in the FA Cup at Didcot, Aylesbury went into this Bank Holiday fixture at local rivals Berkhamsted trying to secure the first League point of the season. There was added spice to the game with the home side being managed by ex Mole Manager Steve Bateman and with a number of ex Moles in their squad.

Manager Scott Reynolds made one change to the starting line up with cup tied striker Aaron King replacing the unavailable Bruno Brito. The game started scrappily with again the Moles persisting with a three man defence and two wing backs. It was Berkhamsted who had the first chance with Liam McCroman shooting over from distance after just four minutes.

Carl Tappin also had a half chance with a twenty five yard shot which flew high over the away goal. The system FC were using appeared to allow Berkhamsted to over run Aylesbury in the midfield, again as had happened at the weekend, putting pressure on the defence and making it difficult for the away side to retain possession.

Nick Bennion was bought into action on eighteen minutes when a ball in the from the flank was flicked toward goal by Matt Bateman but Bennion was equal to it and saved well. The opening goal from Berkhamsted, which had been coming for some time, eventually came on thirty six minutes when the pressure, which had been building during the half, led to a hand ball being committed in the penalty box and Courtney Massey fired home from the spot.

Aylesbury should have equalised two minutes before the break, Luke Crays long ball out to the right found Carl Tappin and his cross found Kyle Johnson three yards out but somehow conspired to fire wide when scoring looked to be so much easier.

Half Time Berkhamsted 1 Aylesbury FC 0

Ten minutes after the break David Femiola was replaced by Josh Williams, the team went to a flat back four and everything changed. All of a sudden the team looked more comfortable and balanced, Temi Oladejo fired in a ball from the left, it was met by Tappin but his flicked header was saved by Weatherill.

At every opportunity the ball was being played down the right to Josh Williams who was causing panic in the Berkhamsted defence, on seventy minutes he fired in a cross which Ryan Ware bought down instantly in the penalty box but somehow managed to screw his shot wide. It was all Aylesbury now, attacking at every opportunity, looking comfortable in possession. Mohab Madkour, having just replaced Johnson then flicked a Tappin cross at goal which was again saved as FC strived for the equaliser.

Madkour then had a header cleared off the line from a Carl Tappin corner, it looked like time might be running out but on eighty six minutes at last the goal that FC had deserved came. Williams again got past the defender on the right crossed the ball and a stooping Aaron King fired home to make it 1-1.

Aylesbury were now on a roll and would have thought that the winning goal was potentially in sight, then for no apparent reason Madkour sythed down a Berkhamsted player which caused uproar both on the field and in the stands and referee S Barry had no option to show him a red card. That incident ended any chance FC had to take the three points.

This was a game of two halves and Aylesbury will be delighted with a point but possibly thinking it could and should have been three.

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Derek Feyi

Player of the Match

Derek Feyi

Key moments

Scored Penalty Courtney Massey scores a penalty for Berkhamsted
Goal Aaron King scores for Aylesbury
Red Card Mohab Madkour is sent off for Aylesbury


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90:00 Player of the Match
Derek Feyi is awarded player of the match for Aylesbury
90:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Mohab Madkour is sent off for Aylesbury
86:00 Goal 1 - 1
Aaron King scores for Aylesbury
72:00 Sub On
Kyreece Martei is substituted on for Aylesbury
72:00 Sub Off
Lewis Strafford is substituted off for Aylesbury
68:00 Sub Off
Kyle Johnson is substituted off for Aylesbury
68:00 Sub On
Mohab Madkour is substituted on for Aylesbury
53:00 Sub On
Josh Williams is substituted on for Aylesbury
53:00 Sub Off
David Femiola is substituted off for Aylesbury
End of period 1
37:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Courtney Massey scores a penalty for Berkhamsted
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Berkhamsted
  • Aylesbury
  • 0
  • Courtney Massey Scored Penalty 37:00'
  • Josh Williams Sub On 53:00'
  • David Femiola Sub Off 53:00'
  • Kyle Johnson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Mohab Madkour Sub On 68:00'
  • Kyreece Martei Sub On 72:00'
  • Lewis Strafford Sub Off 72:00'
  • Aaron King Goal 86:00'
  • Mohab Madkour Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

  • 1. James Weatherill
  • 2. James Towell
  • 3. Dan Jones
  • 4. Liam McRoman
  • 5. Ryan Kinnane
  • 6. Emmanuel Folarin
  • 7. Courtney Massey
  • 8. Jack Stevens
  • 9. Matt Bateman
  • 10. Andrew Ofusu
  • 11. Milano Sanches
  • 12. Marcus Campbell
  • 13. Ross Adanu
  • 14. Anthony Ball
  • 15. Ryan Young
  • 16. Sean Coughlan

League round up

Other Division One Central results

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Dunstable Town
Aylesbury United
Bromsgrove Sporting
Welwyn Garden City
Barton Rovers
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Barton Rovers 16 18
14. AFC Dunstable 15 17
15. Aylesbury 17 16
16. Yaxley 15 16
17. Dunstable Town 15 15
18. Kempston Rovers 15 13
19. Kidlington 15 11

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