Moles sweep aside Bedworth to go second

Aston Goss fires the Moles ahead against Bedworth. Pictures by Marc Keinch
Aston Goss fires the Moles ahead against Bedworth. Pictures by Marc Keinch

Aylesbury FC took another significant step towards securing a play-off place when they swept aside Bedworth United 3-0 to go second in Division One Central.

The visitors began the game two points ahead of the Moles and with only eight games remaining, this was a crucial encounter in the race for a play-off spot.

Brian Haule heads home Aylesbury's second

Brian Haule heads home Aylesbury's second

Aylesbury had Conner Baker and Adam Logie both available again. although Ben Stevens was still out.

With a strong wind on their back, FC started brightly and an early move saw Aston Goss on the left hand side cut a ball across which was chested down by Haule and found Bradley Wadkins in the box but his first time volley went over the bar.

In general though the first half was a cagey affair with both sides testing the other. Brian Haule was booked on 15 minutes for what seemed to be a leading elbow and the situation was made worse by almost the entire Bedworth team surrounding the referee.

The first real opportunity produced the opening goal, Aston Goss picked the ball up on the right hand side of the pitch cut inside a couple of players and fired in a shot with his left foot across Keeper Denham Hinds which nested into the corner of the net.

Brian Haule is controversially sent off

Brian Haule is controversially sent off

Nine minutes later and the lead was doubled. A low Danny Murphy corner was swung in, missed everyone and Haule stooped down at the far post to knock in the ball from two yards and as the half drew to a close, it seemed like the three points were wrapped up.

With FC now in control, the second half started as the first had finished with Aylesbury on the front foot but and incident after 59 minutes could have changed the game. Davis Haule jumped for a header over his brother Brian, sending both Brian and the Bedworth player to the ground, with Brian receiving a second yellow and a red card.

It was now Bedworth in the ascendancy as they pumped long balls forward, looking for a way back into the game, but they struggled to cause the home side any real problems and instead it was Aylesbury who put the game to bed with a third.

A back pass from Bedworth was cut out by Bradley Wadkins, who rounded the keeper and slotted home for 3-0 and the three points which takes Aylesbury back to second.