​Late equaliser denies Ducks

Rocko Tamplin celebrates his first goal on Saturday. Photo: Mike Snell.Rocko Tamplin celebrates his first goal on Saturday. Photo: Mike Snell.
Rocko Tamplin celebrates his first goal on Saturday. Photo: Mike Snell.
​Boss Jack Wells cut a frustrated figure after seeing his Aylesbury United side denied all three points at home to Kidlington on Saturday.

​Rocko Tamplin had scored twice to have the Ducks ahead in the closing stages, but Owen James netted in the 89th minute to ensure a share of the spoils.

The result saw Aylesbury drop into the relegation play-off zone, and Wells lamented the fact his side couldn’t hold on.

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He told the club’s media channels after the game: “It was two points dropped today rather than a point gained.

"It’s really frustrating if we’re being quite honest. In the first-half we were really good and dictated the possession – we made 19 consecutive passes at one point – but we just lacked that little bit of quality in the final third.

"It was really important we started the game better in the second-half as that’s where we’ve been a bit weak and to be fair to Kidlington they changed what they did a little bit.

"We watched them on Wednesday and knew they’d be very direct and get around the knockdowns and we stopped them doing that in the first-half, but maybe allowed them to do it a bit too much in the second-half and ultimately that’s probably what’s cost us all three points.

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"But there were still loads of positives to take – we had a really good performance last week against Biggleswade with nothing to show for it and while I felt we should have been out of sight at half-time given how we dominated possession, in the second-half we couldn’t back it up and a draw was probably fair in the end.”

The Ducks are now without a game until Saturday, November 25 when they go to Ware in the league.

That gave Wells a chance to reflect on his first year at the club and how he feels progress is being made.

He said: “I read a lot of people saying ‘it’s a shame what’s happening at Aylesbury’ and there’s a lot of agendas outside when I talk about what we’re doing, but I’m really happy with where we are.

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"We’re in a better position then when I came in and have more points then a year ago too, plus a group of players than that I took over.

"There’s so many positives as a football club but we have to start turning these one points into threes and the nils into ones because if we can do that consistently we’ll be absolutely fine.”

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