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21st Century Ducks / Re: May 50-50 draw results
« on: June 20, 2022, 08:20:44 PM »
It's happened again Jim..... :D

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: New Club Website
« on: June 16, 2022, 01:41:46 PM »
I don't know all the names.

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: New Club Website
« on: June 16, 2022, 11:45:51 AM »
Not sure what you mean by that, but the balance of shares hasn't changed as far as I know.

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: New Club Website
« on: June 15, 2022, 07:58:18 PM »
Don't understand the need for 2 sites but then again I am an old fart . If I'm honest the old site still looks head and shoulders above the new one unless looking at it through my phone distorts what is trying to be achieved . My verdict...why ?

Graham, the simple answer is that the old site is of a much older vintage and the software is becoming increasingly more unreliable and difficult to manage.  The other purpose of the new website is that it has the capacity to expand and integrate the Juniors, Ladies, Disability and Walking football teams, so bringing all the Aylesbury United brand under one common site. 

The old site will be retained as an archive of the club's history, far too much good information on there to discard.  A tribute to Luke's work over the years, which will continue.

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: Ex-Ducks
« on: June 07, 2022, 08:25:03 PM »
Looks like it could be a shoot out between the teams managed by the Ex Ducks - Risborough & Leighton.  Both splashing Step 4 money on Step 5 teams.

21st Century Ducks / Re: May 50-50 draw results
« on: May 28, 2022, 08:25:25 AM »
Nothing like keeping us in suspense Jim!   ;D

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: The Relegation Race
« on: April 24, 2022, 08:37:59 PM »
Well predicted Ian! North Leigh going up having finished outside the top 5 would be something else.

Might have had a tip off yesterday! ;)

All a sorry mess really, why this couldn't have been decided before christmas I'll never know.  Personally, I would scrap the current way they do it, by allowing teams the opportunity to upgrade to the required grading level after promotion.  Both Risborough and WGC are way short of what is required.  Change it to you have to have the required facilities before you apply for promotion.

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: The Relegation Race
« on: April 23, 2022, 08:02:31 PM »
Welwyn won their appeal, so they're staying up after all. Kempston are in the relegation playoff, Colney and Wantage are relegated (again).
May still be another twist in the tale!

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: The Relegation Race
« on: April 17, 2022, 09:55:24 AM »
Welwyn have failed ground grading (pending appeal) so will be demoted as effectively bottom of the table. Everyone else gets bumped up a place, so as things stand Colney Heath go from certain relegation to a relegation playoff, while 6th-placed North Leigh take Welwyn's place in the playoffs. Kempston are now safe.

I would imagine everybody involved would prefer to have known this at least a month or two earlier.
Except that Colney are likely to be relegated also because of their own ground issues - another reprieve for Wantage maybe?

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: Ex-Ducks
« on: April 09, 2022, 08:38:12 PM »
Maybe.  Who knows what plans they have for him.  Maybe they signed him and he isn't quite the finished article or not impressing enough in training. 

If they have 'signed him for the future' I would have liked to see him stay with is on loan for the remainder of this season.  I am sure he is frustrated getting no time on the pitch. 

BTW, he did get 20 minutes today.

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: Ex-Ducks
« on: April 09, 2022, 08:12:49 PM »
One for the future? 

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: Covid
« on: April 03, 2022, 12:41:31 PM »
Sorry to hear that mate, hope you aren't suffering too badly?

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: Ex-Ducks
« on: March 30, 2022, 02:19:18 PM »
Ian no need for me to name the ones I feel are not good enough. The squad is not good enough for next season.

I think we all know that squads evolve; I have no doubt that, within his budget, Ben will be looking to make that happen.  Just remember, we have been punching above our weight for a long while now, given the sustainable budget we give the manager; that isn't likely to change much next season I'm afraid.  What I do know is I trust Ben to gather a competitive squad. 

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: Ex-Ducks
« on: March 30, 2022, 02:00:26 PM »
Yep we all knew it. Pretty poor from us and only 2 subs as well! If the plan is for Ben to continue in role he has to sign better players in the squad, some  not good enough.
It was only 2 subs from necessity - Ben would happily have filled the bench if he could have.

I'd be interested to know which players you feel aren't good enough, considering the bulk of the squad are still players who have served us well in previous seasons.

Aylesbury United Discussion / Re: The Relegation Race
« on: March 28, 2022, 06:55:17 PM »
I have to say, of all the results on Saturday, Hertford's demolition of Didcot stands out.  I certainly didn't see that coming based on their performance the previous week against us.  Perhaps it is a show of defiance in their fight to stay safe?

However, they only have 2 of 5 matches remaining at home, so the advantage of their new pitch may not be enough.  Certainly their run in is tougher than Kempston, but points on the board are important - 4 points clear with a much superior GD which is worth an extra point.

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