Aylesbury FC cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory against Godalming Town to keep up their promotion challenge in Division One Central of the Southern League.
Ben Stevens returned to the centre of defence to partner Nathan Bowden Haase, Jeanmal Prosper joined the midfield and with Brian Haule unavailable, Kieron Schmidt, a member of the 2009 Spartan League title winning team, returned to make his second debut for the club.
It was Schmidt who had the first chance of the game, a long range effort on eight minutes, before Gareth Price saw his effort well blocked by visiting captain Tom Willment, and Aston Goss had FC’s third attempt in as many minutes with Town keeper Richard Ossai this time in the way.
It was an entertaining opening quarter and Ben Stevens then blocked a Hallunu Mesembe shot before Daniel Bassett’s curled effort was held by James Weatherill in the closest Godalming came to the breakthrough.
Aylesbury’s James Dobson was unlucky as he saw his delicate chip tipped over the bar by Ossai and that was followed by a free-kick from Gareth Price which went begging with no one able to connect properly.
As half-time approached, a galloping Price was bundled over in the box with three Godalming defenders challenging the FC striker and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. In the absence of Brian Haule, Ryan O’Toole stepped up to the mark and didn’t disappoint, sending the keeper the wrong way with a coolly-taken spot-kick that gave Aylesbury a deserved lead at half-time.
And shortly after the restart it was 2-0 when good interplay between Kieron Schmidt and Aston Goss, allowed Goss a run on goal where he placed a subtle shot to the left of keeper Ossai and into an empty net.
Godalming had a half chance to grab a goal back 10 minutes later but Bassett was thwarted by Weatherill, and the same man then had Godalming’s best chance of the game as his deft flick caused problems in the home defence but with Grant Fryer, Nathan Bowden Haase, James Dobson and Stevens on the top of their game, the FC goal remained undisturbed.
The victory sees Aylesbury sit sixth in the table ahead of Tuesday’s cup game against Wantage Town.
This weekend, the Moles visit Egham Town.