Diamonds extend Aylesbury’s barren run

Action from Rushden & Diamonds against Aylesbury. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Rushden & Diamonds against Aylesbury. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Aylesbury FC’s winless run stretched to five games on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 by Southern League new boys AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Tom Lorraine’s early goal was the difference between the two in a tight game as Aylesbury’s barren run continued, much to the frustration of manager Steve Bateman.

FC took time to settle and an early Diamonds corner bamboozled the whole FC defence before going to safety, while Lorraine forced visiting goalkeeper James Weatherill into a smart save.

The game’s only goal arrived just six minutes into the contest when Diamonds’ Brad Harris had his shot blocked in the box and Lorraine was the most alert man on the field as he hit the rebound beyond the despairing Weatherill.

FC’s FA Cup hangover continued and the home side dominated in much the same manner as Chesham had, some four days previously when Aylesbury bowed out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat.

Diamonds clipped a post and then a Liam Dolman free-kick was thwarted by Weatherill, who remained the busier of the two goalkeepers.

FC’s first effort came via Ryan O’Toole. Although only a half chance, the striker forced home keeper Matt Finlay into his first save of the afternoon.

There had been a running battle the entire first half between Terry Dixon and the home defenders and the FC striker earned himself a booking for retaliation despite Terry being victim of an aggressive challenge.

Lynton Goss went close with a speculative effort and then James Dobson was unlucky not to equalise as he forced Harris into a save as half-time approached.

Like Tuesday night, FC had much the better of the second period. Dixon had an eventful match and the ex-West Ham striker had a full bloodied effort saved by Harris as he led the hunt for an equaliser.

Not to be outdone, Claudiu Hoban tested Weatherill with the FC keeper standing form again, while at the other end, Goss’ blazed over the bar.

FC’s final chance fell to Brian Haule. As the powerful striker bore down on goal, an outstretched defender’s boot blocked his route and the chance went begging, as did any hopes of an FC comeback.

Aylesbury, who have dropped to fifth, entertain Bedford Town this weekend.