Crucial win steers Aston clear of trouble

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Aston Clinton faced a crucial six-pointer at the weekend when they travelled to fellow strugglers Grendon Rangers.

Aston made a number of changes for this game following the draw against Pitstone as Josh Dance missed out due to injury and Jay Williams dropped to the bench, meaning starts for Dylan Walker and Billy Harrison at centre-back.

In terrible conditions, with the rain battering down, and on a soggy pitch, Aston made the brighter start and adapted to the conditions better than Grendon to dominate early on.

The visitors created a number of openings before eventually taking the lead courtesy of an error from the Grendon goalkeeper, who kicked the ball straight to Lamar Mason-Williams and the Aston man made no mistake from 30 yards.

Aston’s lead should have been far more than just one at half-time but wasteful finishing kept Grendon in the game and the second half proved more difficult as the home side upped their performance albeit without seriously troubling Liam Smith in the away goal.

Substitute and new signing Byron Goodman had half a chance to add a second following good work by Mason-Williams, however one goal would have to do as Aston held on for three vital points that steers them away from the drop zone in SSML Division Two.

Head Coach James Smith said afterwards: “We need to push on after this. January is a massive month for us, full of six-pointers, so we need to make sure we stay professional and get the points we deserve.”

Prior to that win, Aston Clinton were held to a 2-2 home draw against Pitstone & Ivinghoe United last Monday.

Luke Woodward and Mason-Williams were both on target as Aston recovered from a goal down to lead 2-1 but Pitstone salvaged a point with a second half equaliser to end what was an entertaining local derby.

Joint manager Jordan King said: “First half we weren’t really at the races but second half I thought we were the better side.

“We created numerous amounts of chances to kill the game off but failed to do so.

“We must start becoming more ruthless at both ends of the pitch. We have strengthened the squad well in the last couple of weeks and we are much stronger than we were at the beginning of the season.”

Aston entertain Stony Stratford Town this Saturday at 2pm.