Coulter rescues a point for United

Tony Joyce
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Aylesbury United’s Division One Central campaign continued to dwindle towards an uneventful finish with a 1-1 home draw against third from bottom Beaconsfield SYCOB.

With the Ducks sitting safely in mid-table and the visitors safe from relegation, this was a typical end-of-season affair that saw little in the way of goalmouth action.

Stacey Field returned to the United starting line-up, but it was Beaconsfield who were quickest out of the blocks and their bright start was rewarded on 10 minutes when Aaron Berry slotted past a hesitant Dan Green in the home goal.

Aylesbury sought a quick riposte as Jack Wood’s firm header from a Sonny French corner was just off target, while at the other end, Victor Osobu could only screw a shot wide in a chance for the visitors to double their early advantage.

United at the this point were struggling to gain a foothold in the game with both Greg Williams and Jordan Frederick off the mark with wayward long shots before Berry and then Field spurned chances in a first half short on quality.

As the minutes ticked by, Aylesbury gradually improved but Field, Jack Wood and Frederick were all unable to capitalise and the home side remained behind at the break.

A triple substitution early in the second half saw Bill Morgan, Shane Wood and Lea Coulter all entering the fray and that seemed to finally spark Aylesbury into life as Wood slotted a final ball through for Coulter to run onto and place a shot across Sam Bunting for the equaliser.

The closing quarter of the game could have seen either side claim a winner as Beaconsfield’s Charlie Losasso saw a deflected effort saved by Green, who also had to deny the ever-dangerous Osoby, while United went close themselves in the final 10 minutes with Wood’s header cleared off the line, but the game ended level.

The Ducks remain 13th in Division One Central of the Southern League and could climb to as high as 10th with a win against Barton Rovers in the final game of their league campaign this weekend.