The gloomy morning brightened up just prior to the kick-off and it was pleasant to see the Wey Court pitch once again sporting a fair covering of grass with just a few dark soft spots.
The G’s where without Will Hutton and Graeme Purdy both of whom where not available, however they lined up with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton made a return at right back, although apparently still nursing a hamstring injury, with Julian Sills and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. Ashley Lloyd was in front of the back four.
Piers Oldland, Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton and Darren Wheeler made up the midfield with new signing Jake Kempton wearing the number 9 shirt.
Joao Andrade, Danny Bassett and Iven Kumanda made up the bench together with Rory Sellick returning from his ankle injury sustained at Bedford.
Also returning to Wey Court for Aylesbury United was Zaki Oualah ex G’s keeper during our time in the South and West when he did us proud.
In the opening minutes the Aylesbury no 11 hit a long shot, which Oneal Garnes had to stretch full length to turn round for a corner. At the other end Darren Wheeler hit a pretty friendly tester from wide of the AU penalty area, which was held easily.
The pitch was looking pretty good considering the boggy state of it at the end of the Ware match. The first 25 minutes where pretty even until Charlie Hutton made a great run into the Aylesbury half and squared the ball across the face of the goal but behind the G’s players who had got forward.
On 28 minutes the Aylesbury No 9 get yellow carded for a harsh tackle. Darren Wheeler made another good break and cut into the penalty area but could not get a shot in. G’s were now imposing themselves more on their opponents.
Louis Hutton hit a fine long range effort that the AU keeper did well to turn round for a corner. Moments later Steve Laidler had a similar effort.
AU No 5 Alex Collard suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by Sonny French. Shortly before half time the AU No 6 Shaun Owens was also yellow carded.
- Half time.
At the start of ten second half Darren Wheeler hit a fine free kick from the edge of the area that the AU keeper did well to tip over the bar. Moments later a slip up in the AU defence left Jake Kempton advancing on the goal with only the keeper to beat but his looping effort well cleared the bar.
Rory Sellick was on for Charlie Hutton at right back. Darren Wheeler was the main threat for the G’s and on another run pulled the ball back to the G’s number 9 but his shot went wide. It was noticed that Jake has a resemblance to Jack Mazzonne, former G’s striker.
Piers Oldland came off to allow Joao Andrade to come on alongside Jake.
Nick Hutchings drove down the left wing and into the penalty area only to see his shot blocked and turned around by the former G’s keeper at close range.
Then later as Louis Hutton advanced towards the goal area he played the ball forward and was taken out afterwards. The ball however hit the AU keeper and bounced free off one of the defenders and in the confusion into the path of Jake Kempton who took the opportunity well to finally put the G’s in front. 1-0.
A few minutes later a good Louis Hutton free kick saw Chris Musgrove get his head to the ball first, knocking it up in the air again and the ball, when it dropped was headed by Julian Sills towards goal bringing another fine save from Oualah.
Darren Wheeler had another attempt that went just wide of the near post whilst at the other end on a rare visit to the G’s area AU got the ball in the net from a header ruled offside.
Before the end there was time for Jake Kempton to get one more super long shot in, which again Zaki Oualah save at full stretch.
Can I also say that following some truly awful refereeing performances on our travels the ref and officials today were excellent kept on top of everything without ruining the game.
So although not that impressive, a win is a win and keeping a clean sheet is always good particularly when the performances at home have not always matched expectations.
Surely the G’s management and players had more than half an eye on the trip to Sutton United on Tuesday, which may explain why Danny Bassett and Iven Kumanda did not leave the bench.
Can the G’s fans expect to get another win at Sutton? Memories of the Scott Harris match winning goal are fresh in the memory. A good night indeed.
Stats below from “Stats man Michael” who also gave Darren Wheeler M o M for the G’s
Attempts God 19 Aylesbury 10
On target god 12 Aylesbury 3
Corners God 4 Aylesbury 4
Fouls God 7( includes 3 offside ) 17 Ayl ( 3 off side )
Possession 1st half God 53 Ayles 47
2nd half God 59 Ayl 41
Bookings 0 for God and 2 for Ayl