Goals from strikers Lewis Putman and Jason Blackett gained Aylesbury United a league double over rivals Marlow with a 2-1 victory on Saturday – their first away win since September.
The win was even more satisfying given United conceded in the first minute, missed a penalty and also lost midfielder Shaun Owens and goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe to injury, with Greg Williams having to go in goal for more than half the match.
An eventful first half saw the hosts go ahead with just 38 seconds on the clock as Jamal Branker scored from close range after the Ducks failed to clear their lines and the Blues hit the crossbar.
Aylesbury were immediately gifted a golden chance to restore parity when Blackett went down under a challenge from Rhys Paul, only for Lewis Putman to blaze the resulting penalty over.
The frantic start continued as Lee Barney hit the bar for Marlow while Owens twice went close for United.
Aylesbury had been growing in stature and deserved their equaliser when it arrived on the half-hour mark through Putman, who this time made no mistake from Jake Bewley’s pass.
Putman then came close to putting United ahead when he superbly brought down a cross and jinked past two defenders before dragging his shot wide.
Back up the other end, the lively Branker slammed a shot wide and in the process, Sillitoe dislocated his shoulder and was forced off.
With Paul Edgeworth coming on, Williams went in goal and further chances came and went for both sides with Nathan Ashton shooting over before Putman was denied by Oneal Garnes.
The second period was far less eventful and saw a dogged defensive performance from United with Williams relatively untroubled.
Marlow had their moments, as did United, and it was the visitors who grabbed what proved to be the winner when Blackett netted from Jesse Waites’ free-kick.
Aylesbury have two more local derbies coming up, first against Leighton Buzzard on Saturday before Aylesbury FC on New Year’s Day.