Ducks slump to dismal home defeat

Bill Morgan and Greg Williams challenge for the ball against St Ives. Picture by Jake McNulty

Bill Morgan and Greg Williams challenge for the ball against St Ives. Picture by Jake McNulty

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Aylesbury United’s inconsistent season continued with a 3-0 home defeat to St Ives Town on Saturday.

On the back of an excellent win at Egham Town, the Ducks made a strong start against St Ives with Jordan Frederick lashing a shot wide while Lewis Putman also went close, but it was the visitors who took a 16th minute lead against the run of play in bizarre fashion.

Ben Seymour-Shove sized up a free-kick on the left touchline, some 45 yards from goal, and as he delivered a definite cross, Ducks goalkeeper Tahj Bell misjudged the flight of the ball, came off his line and was left red-faced as the ball sailed over him into the net, with Seymour-Shove left almost apologetic as his team-mates celebrated.

United remained on the front foot despite the goal as Putman scuffed a shot wide when well-placed before St Ives wasted two golden chances to increase their lead, but it mattered little when Luke Knight doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Again Aylesbury began brightly in the second half but their good play went unrewarded before things went bad to worse for the hosts when a routine backpass was miscued by Bell and the ball rolled agonisingly over the line for a terrible own goal to compound a miserable afternoon for the home keeper.

Aylesbury are 12th in Division One Central of the Southern League.