A goal 10 minutes from time from veteran midfielder Davis Haule was enough to defeat Daventry Town on Tuesday night and send Aylesbury to the top of the Southern League Division One Central table.
Daventry boss Allan Smart was without scholars Robbie Cundy and Miles Welch-Hayes who were playing for parent club Oxford United Under-21s at St George’s Park, and young winger Harry Southern was suffering from illness.
Midfielder Ben Farrell returned from suspension and Diamonds dual registration left winger Joel Gyasi made his debut.
The first half provided few chances for either side but Daventry were disappointed when striker James Tricks appeared to have been pulled back by former Dunstable midfielder Kyle Anthony. Anthony received a caution for his efforts.
Daventry keeper Ben Heath blocked a shot from Terry Dixon and Jamal Clarke ran on to a fine cross from Gyasi but was unable to keep his shot down.
The Aylesbury Moles came out stronger in the second half showing more of the form which has taken them to the top of the table, enjoying a lot more possession, passing the ball more fluently and creating a lot more goal scoring opportunities. Smart bought on Jack Howard to try and change the game for what could be his last appearance in the Purple of Daventry, as the young midfielder is likely to join Godalming within the next few days.
Daventry created several chances themselves, Andrew Musungu hitting a shot from distance without too much power or direction and Anthony O’Connor having a series of shots easily saved by keeper James Weatherill.
Moles Striker Sonny French volleyed narrowly wide and centre forward Dixon put another effort high over the bar before the Moles scored what proved to be the winner.
Aaron Parkinson was unable to get much distance on a clearance which went straight out to Davis Haule who composed himself and thumped the ball back through a crowd of players.
Heath managed to get down and put his hands on the ball but was unable to prevent it crossing the line, sending the Moles to the top of the table pushing Kettering into second place. Substitute Jack Howard almost scored for Town late on, but his shot went the wrong side of the post.
On Saturday Daventry return to Communications Park hosting Aylesbury’s neighbours Aylesbury United and next Tuesday Chalfont St Peter are the visitors.
Last Saturday, Daventry claimed a 1-1 draw at Marlow.
James Tricks was the goal star for Town, popping up with the equaliser 11 minutes from time.
Aylesbury 1 Daventry Town 0
Tuesdday, January 20, 2015
Competition: Southern League Central Division
Daventry Town: Ben Heath, Ashley Deeney (Capt), Ricky Hill (Aspuri Gurung 85mins), Ryan Zidyana (James Weale 80mins), Jamal Clarke, Aaron Parkinson, Joel Gyasi (Jack Howard 55mins), Ben Farrell, James Tricks, Andrew Musungu, Anthony O’Connor
Cards: Daventry Town: Yellow – Jamal Clarke 77mins
Scorers: Moles - Davis Haule 79mins
Manager’s Man of the Match: Aaron Parkinson