Ducks slip into the drop zone after heavy defeat

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A comprehensive defeat at the hands of title-challenging Royston Town saw Aylesbury United slip back into the relegation zone after fellow strugglers Leighton Town won away at Potters Bar Town.

The Ducks were due to have the opportunity to immediately atone for that defeat two days later but Monday’s crunch game against Leighton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, meaning United remain in the bottom two of Division One Central.

Royston, in stark contrast, have now gone top of the table following Saturday’s victory.

Whilst Royston’s win was eventually a comfortable one, the Ducks were matching them until a controversial handball decision midway through the first half gave the visitors a lead, and when they immediately added a second there was no way back for Aylesbury.

United boss Glyn Creaser chose to leave out Greg Williams and Lea Coulter, and with Vinnie Shrieves injured there were a number of changes to the line-up as youth team midfielder Jack Beech came in for his senior debut, alongside recalled duo Reece Cameron and Alvin Rajaram.

Royston were first to threaten when Scott Bridges struck the crossbar before a neat move saw Rhys Hoeness’ effort deflect straight into the arms of Zaki Oualah.

Bruno Brito had Aylesbury’s first shot, albeit an ambitious one from distance, however Royston then struck first blood on 25 minutes when the referee deemed a cross from the right to have been handled in the area and up stepped Jack Bradshaw to convert the spot-kick.

Royston wasted no time in adding a second just two minutes later. A cross from the left was knocked down by giant striker Thomas for Ryan Towner to clinically tuck into the bottom corner.

Only 27 minutes had been played and the game already seemed over as Royston maintained their lead through to half-time before extending it nine minutes into the second period through Bridges after a stunning solo run.

Royston had more chances in the remaining time while Sonny French came closest for United when having a shot saved by Ronnie Yates, before Bridges’ cool finish completed the scoring 12 minutes from time.

The Ducks are now second from bottom, a point behind Leighton, and face a must-win game at home to basement side North Greenford United this Saturday.