Stumbling Ducks slump to another defeat

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Aylesbury United’s wretched run of form continued on Saturday when they were well beaten 4-0 by Chalfont St Peter at the ASM Stadium.

Tony Mendy scored a hat-trick for the Saints as they inflicted a sixth defeat in eight games on Tony Joyce’s United side who now find themselves down in 17th in Division One Central of the Southern League.

Though not outclassed, the ease at which the Ducks conceded some of the goals was alarming, and as their struggles in front of goal continue, there are mounting problems for Joyce and his players.

Injury kept out Sonny French and Shaun Owens, but Jake Bewley was fit enough for a spot on the bench, while Ash Farmer had recovered sufficiently to make his Aylesbury debut. New signing, 16-year old striker Nathan Tshikuna, took his place on the bench.

Aylesbury made the worst possible start as their visitors took the lead with barely 30 seconds on the clock. A long ball down the middle resulted in a panicky defensive clearance, and as the ball fell to Mendy he curled a classy finish into the top corner.

Chalfont sensed the opportunity to quickly double their lead with United looking nervy, and when Mendy had a shot charged down in the box by Greg Williams, he had another effort blocked after a short corner routine was worked into his path.

The home side’s first attempt at goal came on the quarter hour mark when Billy Adcock slashed a wild effort wide after a corner kick, which was followed by Alex Collard meeting Paul Edgeworth’s delivery but it was an easy take for the keeper.

Long shots were about the best Aylesbury were able to muster, while Chalfont looked more menacing and so it proved on 37 minutes when Kofi Lockhart-Adams played the ball inside to Mendy, who made space for himself and fired the visitors into a two goal lead at half-time.

The second half was more of the same and after United had missed a couple of chances, Chalfont put the game to bed when Aaron Lansiquot rifled home from 20 yards.

There was still time left for Mendy to wrap up his hat-trick as the in-form striker made no mistake to seal victory.

United are away to Redditch United in the Red Insure Cup this weekend.