Ducks slump to Godalming defeat

United manager Tony Joyce
United manager Tony Joyce

Aylesbury United’s erratic form continued with a disappointing 4-1 away defeat against Godalming Town on Valentine’s Day.

The Ducks have had an up and down 2015 with Saturday’s loss making it four defeats, three wins and a draw from their eight matches since New Year’s Day as they remain 15th in Division One Central.

On their first ever visit to Godalming, United boss Tony Joyce was forced into one change from the win over Rugby with leading goalscorer Lewis Putman replacing Zack Reynolds, who has joined Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with Paul Edgeworth’s free-kick straight at Richard Ossai in the home goal while United keeper Tahj Bell turned over Darren Wheeler’s effort.

The first clear-cut chance fell the way of the visitors when Jason Blackett headed wide from Stacey Field’s cross before Putman cleared the bar as United probed for the breakthrough.

However, Aylesbury failed to capitalise on their chances and Godalming made them pay midway through the half when ever-dangerous Darren Wheeler calmly rolled home a penalty.

Three minutes later United were left reeling as they found themselves two behind after a swift counter-attack was superbly worked by the hosts as they cut through the Ducks, ending with Liam Roberts clinically dispatching the ball into the bottom corner.

Aylesbury ended the half on top with Jack Wood, Shaun Owens and Field all shooting off target before the visitors were handed a route back into the game through a stunning free-kick from Putman, whose 30-yard effort flew into the top corner.

Any hope of a second half comeback was quickly extinguished by the hosts, however, as Adam Cornell headed Town into a 3-1 lead seven minutes after the restart before Wheeler netted his second to all but wrap up victory.

Steve Brown then struck the bar for the home side and Aylesbury’s misery was compounded when three players suffered injuries with Blackett, Jesse Waits and Jake Bewley all forced off.

Godalming were reduced to 10 men when Graeme Purdy was shown a second yellow card, but it mattered little as the hosts eased to a comfortable victory.

The Ducks are in action again tonight, Wednesday, when they host Potters Bar Town, and this weekend, Joyce’s side welcome Royston Town to Bell Close.