Aylesbury United lifted themselves back out of the Division One Central relegation zone on Saturday when they recorded a much-needed 3-0 home win over bottom side North Greenford United.
The Ducks knew that victory was a must if they were to have a real shot of surviving and Bruno Brito’s double ensured United claimed all three points to move two clear of relegation rivals Leighton Town.
Having been rested a week earlier, Greg Williams scored the third on his return to the starting line-up, where he was joined by Lea Coulter, Vinnie Shrieves and Stacey Field.
The hosts were on top from the start on Saturday with Sonny French having a couple of probing runs at the visiting defence, but there was nothing to show for their bright opening until the 12th minute.
Shaun Owens sprayed a good pass left to Jake Bewley, who in turn helped the ball over defender Sam Addae to Brito who had no hesitation in going for goal with a sumptuous, accurate volley that found nestled high into the net.
Greenford posed some threat as they forced a succession of three corners, but it was the Ducks who still looked more likely to score with Lewis Todd making a decent save to palm a French shot wide.
The resulting Bewley corner was flicked just wide at the near post by Williams, and two minutes later, Bewley was involved again when his cross was hooked over by Field.
Aylesbury kept up their search for a second goal with Owens and French both unable to profit from Lewis Todd’s flap before a Ricky Brown cross was headed wide by Brito a minute later.
Then followed Greenford’s best chance of the half, inadvertently set up by Jack Wood, but Charlie Conner’s early shot was easily dived on by home keeper Zaki Oualah.
The elusive second finally arrived two minutes from the break. Owens was involved again as he fed Field who picked out Brito in the box and the Portuguese showed great composure to bring the ball down, cut inside his marker and find the net.
That gave Aylesbury some breathing space in the second half and while Greenford improved, United wrapped up three priceless points on 63 minutes through Williams’ thumping header.
The final margin of victory could have been greater but 3-0 would suffice as Aylesbury now prepare to visit Petersfield Town this weekend.