Aylesbury FC grabbed another vital win in their quest for a play-off place when they overcame Beaconsfield SYCOB 4-2 in an entertaining encounter at Haywood Way on Saturday.
While the game remained in the balance until Gareth Price’s last-minute penalty, FC were more than worth the victory as two penalties and two sendings off provided the major talking points of an action-packed contest.
The Moles made a quick start with Sonny French going close in the opening minutes, but Beaconsfield weathered the storm and began to turn the tide as Aaron Berry crashed against the crossbar before a goalmouth scramble resulted in the visitors taking the lead.
Guram Guramishvilli then headed over before an audacious chip from Beaconsfield Aaron Berry had to be clawed away by James Weatherill as the home goal lived a charmed life.
Eventually FC asserted their superiority with Aston Goss and French both having chances before the game turned on its head in a dramatic four-minute spell.
On 39 minutes, Sam Bunting took out Lynton Goss in the box with the goalkeeper receiving a yellow card and Brian Haule duly tucked away the spot-kick before, just a minute later, FC were in front when the ball was lofted high into the box and in one swift movement, French fired into the corner of the goal.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors as, on 41 minutes, Guramishvilli was sent off for pulling back Goss when the FC winger was in on goal and moments later, Aston Goss had the simplest of tap-ins after good work from Lynton.
Leading 3-1 at the break with a man advantage, FC appeared in total control, but with the second half less than a minute old, Beaconsfield reduced the deficit to just one through Aaron Crouch’s spectacular effort.
Aylesbury went about trying to restore their two-goal cushion with chances falling to Haule, who hit the bar, and French, but the home side had to be alert at the other end as Ben Stevens produced a goal-saving last-ditch tackle while Denilson Vicente was unable to convert from an acute angle.
The game was heading to its conclusion and still there was no clear winner, but with the final action of the match, Price was fouled by Bunting and the goalkeeper received his marching orders with Price stepping up to slot home the penalty and make certain of all three points.
The victory takes FC third ahead of a trip to Bedford Town this weekend.