Aylesbury FC have moved back up to fourth and within a point of top spot following an excellent 2-0 away win at fellow promotion hopefuls Royston Town on Saturday.
A victory would have taken Royston top in a tight Division One Central table, but instead it was the Moles who prevailed thanks to a goal in each half from Ryan O’Toole.
With Kyle Anthony and Danny Murphy injured and with Ben Stevens unavailable, it was an unfamiliar back four that took to the pitch with Nathan Bowden-Haase partnering Grant Fryer in defence.
FC came into this match without a win in their previous three games but they made a fast start and required just three minutes to break the deadlock when O’Toole burst through the home defence before slotting past the helpless Royston goalkeeper.
Royston responded with a spell of possession but despite winning a succession of corners, they struggled to properly test James Weatherill, though they did have a goal disallowed for a push on the Aylesbury goalkeeper.
Royston continued to apply pressure up until half-time, however they were met with some resilient Moles defending as the away side limited their hosts to few clear-cut chances to maintain their lead through to half-time.
Royston’s lack of penetration in front of goal was ultimately to be their downfall and on 65 minutes, O’Toole’s second goal killed off any chance of a come back as he again slotted under keeper Ron Yates for a neat finish.
That was enough to seal a victory which takes FC to within a point of leaders Chalfont St Peter, although third-placed Rushden & Diamonds have four games in hand.
Next up for Steve Bateman’s side is a home game against Northwood this weekend before they make the trip to Wantage Town next Tuesday for a cup fixture.