On a day when Aylesbury FC sponsored the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, the team extended this generosity to their visitors from Kings Langley, who cruised to a dominant 3-0 win.
A viscous swirling wind played its part but a lack of cohesion and inept defending gave the away side a deserved a 3-0 half-time lead and the match was effectively over as a contest.
FC, playing in a fetching pink strip to support their charity, struggled to adapt to the conditions straight from the off as home keeper James Weatherill had to twice save from Langley’s Mitchell Weiss in the opening exchanges.
Aylesbury created their best opportunity of the first half on 10 minutes when a cracking through ball found Gareth Price but the striker’s low shot was well saved by visiting keeper Ant Ladyman.
Langley then proceeded to dominate the remainder of the half as Stuart Deaton nearly opened the scoring with a header before Weatherill was again forced into action.
Eventually the away side’s pressure told when, on 22 minutes, Jack Stevens found space and as Weatherill advanced, the Langley midfielder guided the ball under FC’s keeper and into an empty net.
One quickly became two as, in the very next attack, a ball played into the box was met by Steve Ward, whose looping header defeated both defenders and keeper before nestling into the FC net.
Ryan O’Toole had a glorious chance to pull a goal back for Aylesbury on 37 minutes however he appeared unsighted when all that was required was a straightforward header to either side of the keeper.
FC were made to pay for this mistake almost immediately when another ball into the penalty area was swept home by a gleeful Weiss.
With FC now kicking with the wind, the second half was a slightly more even affair although Langley continued their search for goals as both Stevens and Lorenzo Ferrari were unlucky not to extend the away side’s lead.
For Aylesbury, Grant Fryer, Kyle Anthony and O’Toole all had chances but the game had long since gone as FC’s promotion hopes suffered a blow.
The Moles are ninth in Division One Central of the Southern League ahead of a trip to struggling Leyton Town this weekend.