Late collapse sees Moles beaten

Gareth Price
Gareth Price

Aylesbury FC succumbed to their first defeat of the season on Tuesday evening when Chalfont St Peter struck two late goals to snatch a 4-3 win.

With 20 minutes remaining, Gareth Price scored one of the best goals of his career to put Aylesbury in the lead for the second time of the evening and on course for three points before the late collapse.

Chalfont flew out of the blocks and could have been sight within the openings few minutes as Anthony Mendy caused FC problems. First, he forced James Weatherill into a low save before then beating the keeper with a chipped shot and the ball looked destined for the net until a late lunch on the goal-line from Price cleared the danger.

It came as little surprise when the hosts did take the lead through Adam Louth who converted from close range.

A cracking turn and shot by Mendy from 25 yards saw the ball crash against the upright before his team mate Alex Paine nodded a header just over the bar from a free-kick.

Eventually FC settled and got a foothold in the game with Jamie Rudd whistling a low shot just wide before Price twice went close, however the home side maintained their lead through to half-time.

The second half started far better for Aylesbury and it didn’t take long for them to level when Brendan Hazlett could only parry Ben Bateman’s shot into the path of Lynton Goss, who smashed in.

Then, on 53 minutes FC took the lead. A corner from the right was headed home by a towering Brian Haule.

The game had really opened by this stage and the action went from end-to-end. FC’s James Dobson fired an effort that took a deflection but didn’t trouble the keeper fully, while in response, Ochoa cracked in a pot shot which Weatherill managed to gather.

On 59 minutes, the dangerous Mendy claimed his side’s equaliser as he attacked down the right, took the ball around the Weatherill and slipped the ball into an empty net.

Mendy tested Weatherill yet again moments later and in response Jamie Rudd had an effort saved by Hazlett.

Kyle Anthony then hit the bar with a header from a corner before Price struck.

From the right side, the winger turned and smashed the ball goalwards with it flashing into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.

That should have been enough for FC to close the game out but Chalfont had other ideas as captain Ben Stevens brought down Victor Osubu for a penalty which the same man duly dispatched.

Chalfont continued to press and as the game entered injury-time, panic ensued in the FC box and Osubu capitalised to fire home the winner.