Aylesbury United’s inconsistent season continued with a 3-0 home defeat to St Ives Town on Saturday.
On the back of an excellent win at Egham Town, the Ducks made a strong start against St Ives with Jordan Frederick lashing a shot wide while Lewis Putman also went close, but it was the visitors who took a 16th minute lead against the run of play in bizarre fashion.
Ben Seymour-Shove sized up a free-kick on the left touchline, some 45 yards from goal, and as he delivered a definite cross, Ducks goalkeeper Tahj Bell misjudged the flight of the ball, came off his line and was left red-faced as the ball sailed over him into the net, with Seymour-Shove left almost apologetic as his team-mates celebrated.
United remained on the front foot despite the goal as Putman scuffed a shot wide when well-placed before St Ives wasted two golden chances to increase their lead, but it mattered little when Luke Knight doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Again Aylesbury began brightly in the second half but their good play went unrewarded before things went bad to worse for the hosts when a routine backpass was miscued by Bell and the ball rolled agonisingly over the line for a terrible own goal to compound a miserable afternoon for the home keeper.
Aylesbury are 12th in Division One Central of the Southern League.