Ryan O’Toole converted two penalties and missed another as Aylesbury FC bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over North Greenford United on Saturday.
The Moles stay second in Division One Central and need just two wins from their final four games to secure a play-off spot.
After a cagey opening few minutes, the first chance of the game came FC’s way when Ben Stevens powered a header against the woodwork from O’Toole’s cross.
O’Toole was full of running all afternoon and he carved out another opportunity for himself on the quarter of an hour mark, curling shot that deflected off target.
Shortly afterwards Jeanmal Prosper fed in Bradley Wadkins, whose powerful shot was turned away by Amadou Tangara in the Greenford goal.
It was constant pressure on the away goal and finally it paid off when a Greenford defender handled the ball in the penalty area, with O’Toole confidently converting the spot-kick to give his side a deserved lead.
O’Toole was once more in the thick of the action six minutes later. His darting run saw him round Tangara with the keeper tripping the FC striker. The referee deemed the offence as preventing a goalscoring opportunity and there was little hesitation as she gave the keeper a straight red.
O’Toole repeated his feat of just a few minutes earlier and stroked the ball home past reserve keeper Yvan Imbert.
It wasn’t until 36 minutes that North Greenford had a foray into the FC box when Orlando Rodrigues headed Anton Robinson’s cross towards goal but James Weatherill saved well.
The outstanding O’Toole then came close twice more, while Bradley Wadkins’ powerful effort towards the end of the half could also have extended FC’s lead, but as it was, a terrific goal by the away side halved the deficit. George Moore found space on the edge of the area and his daisy cutter whistled past a sprawling Weatherill and into the bottom corner.
Aston Goss had a fair chance early in the second half before Rodrigues attempted to chip Weatherill. Gareth Price had an impressive afternoon on the right and his wing work on 48 minutes created the space which neither Aston Goss or Deeney could profit from.
Davis Haule, on for the injured Kyle Anthony, produced almost a carbon copy of Moore’s earlier shot but this time Imbert produced a save of high quality.
Another moment of class came on 53 minutes when Deeney lofted a pass and Adam Logie hit a sweet volley which just cleared the bar.
A few moments later FC were awarded their third penalty of the afternoon. Away captain Yannis Ambrosine and Imbert combined to bring down O’Toole, who dusted himself down to take the penalty but on this occasion the FC man blasted the ball over the bar.
On 69 minutes, good interplay between Price and Aston Goss saw Goss hit the side netting and a few minutes later Lynton Goss played in the industrious O’Toole but O’Toole dallied, allowing home defenders to block the effort.
O’Toole capped a majestic performance as he provided the assist for FC’s third goal deep in injury time. A determined run on the right wing culminated in him playing a fine ball into Adam Logie’s path and Adam was not about to waste a golden opportunity as he crashed the ball past Imbert to make the points safe.