Aylesbury United are rock bottom of Division One Central after losing 6-2 to Petersfield Town in Glyn Creaser’s first match since being appointed permanent manager.
Despite the result, this was a much-improved performance, but some calamitous defensive moments in the final quarter of the match saw United slump to the heavy loss.
A customary early goal and then a second on the half-hour mark had the Ducks trailing by two at the interval before Lewis Osborne won a penalty, converted by Jake Bewley, to bring them into contention.
But at 2-1 and the game in the balance, a pivotal moment saw the ball hit the referee and eventually lead to the visitors winning a corner which they scored from to once again give United a mountain to climb.
After that, the game belonged to Petersfield, who added three further goals, while United’s Sonny French did manage to pull back one for the Ducks with what was his first goal for the club.
This all came after Creaser was appointed Aylesbury manager last Thursday.
Under his stewardship, there will be a stronger link to the reserve, youth and academy sections of the club with a clearer path for development through to the first team.
Creaser will be joined by Steve Tucker and Gary Hawksworth who will carry out coaching and scouting duties.
The new Ducks boss said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to manage Aylesbury United.
“It’s been made clear what the expectations are and we’ll do everything we can to help the club realise their short and long-term ambitions.
“It’s clear to me that the fantastic and loyal fan base Aylesbury have will be crucial in achieving all future successes and would ask that this support is prominent over the next few weeks.”
A statement released by the Aylesbury United Supporters’ Trust has backed the appointment. It said: “It was disappointing to see the Ducks capitulate in the final 15 minutes on Saturday which sees them drop to bottom of the league on goal difference.
“Some fans will no doubt be questioning the appointment of Glyn Creaser as the new manager. However, before getting too uptight about the appointment, we should recognise that on Saturday he could only work with the players that were available.
“With three players jumping ship during the week and a number of long-term injuries, his squad this Saturday was always going to be a weak one.
“Glyn is his own man and he has already identified the need for greater fitness and players are now training twice a week. He has identified a number of players that he would like to approach but before he can do this he has to give their clubs seven days notice of an approach.
“The board clearly discussed the future in detail with Glyn before making the appointment and all we can do now is wait and see what changes occur on the field.
“We have the reputation of being loyal fans and this is certainly a time to be loyal to Glyn and the players whoever they may be. It is important that he is given time to strengthen his playing staff who will also need time to settle in.
“Glyn wants the club to succeed and has ideas of how he can achieve this. He is keen to meet the fans and explain his vision for the club and 21CD will arrange this meeting which will probably be before one of scheduled training sessions.”
Aylesbury face a crunch game this weekend when they face fellow strugglers North Greenford United, who are second bottom and level on points with United.