Simpson to the rescue as Aylesbury FC snatch a point

Ryan O'Toole. Picture by Marc Keinch
Ryan O'Toole. Picture by Marc Keinch

Lamar Simpson came off the bench to rescue Aylesbury FC a dramatic late point in a 2-2 draw with Hanwell Town.

There was little to write home about in a laboured first half as Ben Gill spurned the away side’s first opening before James Dobson’s swinging cross sailed over the keeper but cannoned off the crossbar.

Gareth Price then saw a powerful effort blocked and Ryan O’Toole blazed over in an otherwise uneventful 45 minutes that ended goalless.

It was a completely different tale after half-time, however, as a moment of madness from the normally solid FC defence five minutes into the half gifted the visitors a lead.

A mix up on the halfway line saw the ball break to Tyler Christian-Law and he cracked a low shot into the bottom corner of the net, giving James Weatherill no chance.

If that lapse in concentration was a worry, the next move was a disaster. A superb shot from close range was wonderfully saved by Weatherill, but the rebound was collected by ex-Mole Denilson Vincente, who lashed goalwards to increase Town’s lead.

The shell-shocked Moles regrouped and replied within a few minutes. Jeanmal Prosper, a growing influence in the FC midfield, played in O’Toole and the nippy striker slotted underneath Davies’ body to reduce the deficit to just one.

Lynton Goss saw a golden chance for an equaliser thwarted in 59 minutes with the keeper racing from his line and a couple of minutes later O’Toole’s snapshot from a corner just cleared the left post.

Aylesbury were now piling forward and Simpson placed a perfect cross with the on rushing Price unlucky to volley the ball over the Hanwell bar.

Still the chances arrived and went, with Simpson cracking the ball against the post, Price taking one touch too many when well-placed and Brian Haule heading wide.

Hanwell resorted to desperate defending, hacking the ball clear at every opportunity as they fought to cling on.

But, in the final minute, O’Toole played in Simpson from the left and he checked and turned and despite being under pressure from the keeper and two defenders, coolly slipped the ball under all of them before being mobbed by his ecstatic team-mates.

The Moles are at Risborough Rangers for an FA Cup tie this weekend.

Report by Jools Thomas