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Sat 11th Jan

Arlesey Town

SSML Premier Division


Brown (pen)





Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

De Brito (2)

After last weeks win confidence was fairly high at Arlesey although as it turned out this didn’t reflect in the size of crowd that this game attracted which was again poor.


Aylesbury looked a big physical side and although they started well Arlesey quickly got into their stride looking confident on the flat pitch. In the 5th min Ross Taylor was fouled by the sideline and the FK was headed out for a corner that Jardell Stirling got a good header to but it hit the bar before Charvey Mahoukou hit the rebound that was cleared off the line.


Just a min later Taylor attacked into the box and hit a good shot that was blocked but Ryan Lamond came in at the far post to shoot home for 1-0 to Arlesey. A break by Charlie Moss saw the keeper come out quickly and they met on the edge of the box, Moss went down over him but the ref waived away the appeal for a foul. Arlesey kept up the pressure, from a corner Mahoukou had a shot from the back post that was well taken by the keeper.


Arlesey were defending well and looked dangerous on most attacks and on 25mins Lamond received the ball in the box and was pushed over by the somewhat Hefty left back and the ref pointed to the spot. While the ref talked at length to the player he failed to notice the other full back doing some “gardening “ at the spot but after a delay Josh Brown fired his 2nd penalty in 2 games home for 2-0.

Aylesbury won a corner that was cleared without many problems before Lamond put in great cross that just missed Oussama Bennani in a great position. Another great chance came on 39 mins as Josh Brown put in a deep cross that found Moss who headed the ball down but it bounced up over the keeper and hit the bar allowing the keeper to recover and put the ball out for a corner which was well taken by keeper Wetherill under pressure at the far post.Mahoukou broke well into the box and hit a good shot across the keeper that just cleared the far post and just before the break Bennani hit a good curling shot around the keeper but Weatherill saved it really well keeping it at 2-0 at half time but it really should have been more.

The 2nd period started with a polar opposite as Aylesbury attacked from the start as they won an early corner and a good long shot was well saved by Robbie Ponting. From a FK a good ball in found the burly left back and he controlled it really well and hit a good shot that Ponting saved well pushing the ball over the bar. Arlesey took 10 mins to eventually control this sustained pressure as Charlie Black put Lamond through but Weatherill did well to come out quickly to save at his feet. On 57 mins Aylesbury got a FK 20 yards out and a great shot from Bruno Brito curled over and around the wall beating Ponting into the top corner for 2-1.

A couple of bookings for either side then came before the Aylesbury skipper was sin binned for the constant badgering of the referee at every decision.

Another good ball put Moss through and again the keeper came out of his box, Moss shot early and the ball appeared to strike the keepers arm but nothing was given and the shot went wide. Moss then beat his man in the next attack and fed Mahoukou in but his shot went just over the bar. Yet another good break saw sub IaIa Jau fed through with just the keeper to beat and he tried to get the ball past him but it had no pace and was cleared before it crossed the line, another good chance slipped away.


A good pull back by Lamond to Jau was missed totally by the Arlesey player. As the normal time elapsed a break from Aylesbury saw Ponting make a great save pushing the ball onto the bar for a corner that was put out for another corner. The game needed one more piece of concentration but the defender moved off the post and Brito squeezed his corner into the gap catching Ponting off guard and the ball squeezed in to condemn Arlesey to their 10 draw of the season and another from a firm winning position.

When Arlesey are good they are very good but the season says they have trouble in keeping it up for 90 mins plus. They next travel to 2nd placed Tring which will be a tough test but they are definitely capable of creating an upset to form as they play very good football and actually usually play better against the better sides that allow them to play.

Report By Chris Sterry