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FA Trophy - Hornchurch 2 Aylesbury United 0


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This was a comfortable win but if we'd have been a little more sure in front of goal the margin would have been greater.


We stuttered at the start and after John Keeling had a shot deflected over some hesitant defending let in Aylesbury's Danny Gray who blasted over. A Lloyd Opara shot wide from just inside the area on 11 minutes and Aylesbury's keeper Kevin Davies did well to save at the foot of the post from a Vinnie John header 3 minutes later. Shortly after though we had another scare as a long goal kick was allowed to bounce in our defence letting in Gray again who lobbed the ball Gay but over the bar. We took the lead in the 19th minute from the spot. Matt Hayward handled a Bradley Allen pass and Vinnie John stepped up to slot the ball home. Towards the end of the half we had a hatful of chances. Bradley Allen stabbed wide when well placed after a Lloyd Opara chance was blocked, Davies saved with his feet from Allen after he was put through by a great diagonal ball from John Keeling, Opara forced another good save from Davies after some wizardry by Keeling on the edge of the area and a Mark Graham effort came back off the post, once again following good work by Keeling (have we missed him or what ?!).


Virtually straight from the restart we got what we deserved when Lloyd Opara slid the ball home after Keeling had won the ball on the edge of the penalty area and Bradley Allen sent a perfect cross into the area. Opara had another great chance three minutes later when he was put clear but his first touch let him down badly and the keeper collected. Many expected floodgates to open after the second goal but with credit to Aylesbury they fought back and Danny Gay had to save with his lefs from Lewis Pritchard on 50 minutes. Opara headed just over from a Graham cross in the 57th minute and Aylesbury's Aaron Cavill volleyed over from 25 yards after a weak punch away by Gay. A John Martin corner in the 67th minute was cleared off the line by John March and Aylesbury replied 6 minutes later when Cavill clipped the post with a shot with our defence struggling to keep their shape. With 8 minutes to go came a second Aylesbury goalline clearance, Davies clawing the ball off the line after John tried to prod the ball home from close range.

A final word about the Aylesbury supporters who, with all that's been going on at the club in recent weeks and months, were many, voiciferous and a credit to their club.


Line-up:- Gay, Stephens, Kerrigan, Adedeji, John, Locke (Rowland 66), Graham, J Martin, Opara (Douglas 78), Allen (A Martin), Keeling. Subs not used:- Gooding, Collier (GK)

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Yep that sums it up pretty well. Thanks for the note on our support - we have to keep the faith. Oh, and lose the band - fast!


Full report: http://www.aylesburyunited.co.uk/reports/0304/hornchurchaway-fatrophy.php

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luke...you dont understand why we have the band..... <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />


its our version of the worst of pop idol....right behind your dugout and we all love 'em.... <img src="/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />


they've been there from the start and they're staying....


more to the point....why dont you get one.... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Ok, ok. If you must keep the band:


1. Teach them some new songs. We counted 3 they know!


2. Try joining in with them. We did, in a p*sstaking sort of way, although we couldn't keep time with them.


We did have a band, but its now defunct, although it wasn't a Salvation Army piece like yours!


Loved your bar by the way. Started going in, then turned around as I thought it was too posh to be for the common types! Very impressive.


Anyone got the attendance by the way?

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you have to take it all in the spirit thats its intended...band...ground ...bar....we're proud of it and wouldn't change it for the world....


(the pitch is probably the best in the rymans prem....)


well...not until we build a noo one next year that is.... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />...but that'll be the same as this one....we love it....


548 was the official attendance....


not bad when you consider the oppo...west ham...daggers...ricay (with noo regime in place)...all at home....

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No, no, no. OUR pitch is (officially) the best in the league. As Sven Goran Eriksson and the England squad will tell you. After all, they trained on it last season.


He he, it was quite funny driving through Upminster on the coach. We were enjoying a good game of 'Spot The West Ham Fan'...There were quite a few as well...

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