Moles bounce back to winning ways

Brian Haule
Brian Haule

Aylesbury FC bounced back to winning ways when they came from a goal down to beat Uxbridge 2-1 at Haywood Way on Saturday.

Having tasted defeat on their last league outing, the Moles recovered from a poor start as two goals in three minutes on the stroke of half-time proved enough to take all three points.

However, despite the victory, Aylesbury have slipped a place to third in Division One Central with Kettering back on top after they won their first of three games in hand.

With Terry Dixon and Kyle Anthony unavailable, manager Steve Bateman brought Connor Baker back into the side to partner captain Ben Stevens in defence, while Davis Haule started in the defensive midfield role, allowing Sonny French and Brad Wadkins to support the FC attack.

The home side made a bright start and enjoyed much of the early possession, but it was Uxbridge who went ahead when, on 16 minutes, Connor Baker committed a foul and the resulting free-kick fell to Jake Groves, who shot past James Weatherill in the home goal to put his side ahead against the run of play.

Nevertheless, Aylesbury remained on the front foot and produced some excellent free-flowing football at times, with Sonny French, Bradley Wadkins and Daniel Murphy at the heart of some slick one-touch football that ended with Gareth Price failing to find the net when through on goal.

It was only a matter of time until the equaliser arrived, however, as a Murphy corner was only partially cleared by the visiting defence with the ball falling to an unmarked Price, who rifled a shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

And within minutes Aylesbury were ahead when a long goal-kick from Weatherill was dummied by French and the ball rolled into the path of Brian Haule, who twisted and turned on the edge of the box before bending an effort around a defender and beyond a helpless Paul McCarthy.

The second period started as the first had finished with FC dominating possession, but it was a half of few chances with Wadkins the closest to scoring for either side when his shot cannoned off the post.

Aylesbury have another home game this weekend when they welcome Egham Town to Haywood Way. Kick-off is 3pm on Saturday.