ATHLETIC’S recent good run of three successive victories came to end on Tuesday night against Aylesbury United.
Although the visitors enjoyed a comfortable win in the end Tring were the architects of their own downfall by gifting a goal at a crucial time in each half.
The game started at a frantic pace with both sides opting for ugly long balls.
United’s Stacey Field had the first shot, which was well wide, and in the 10th minute Tring produced the first decent move of the game, which resulted in a nice turn and shot by Andy Humphreys that flew wide of the goal.
The play was even and the first decent effort on goal came from Tom Barnett who struck a firm shot from distance but Mike Underwood was equal to the task.
Five minutes later Athletic failed to deal with a routine cross and when the ball fell nicely to Danny Jones on the edge of the area he guided his shot past Mike Underwood to give United an important edge at the break.
In the second half United’s giant new signing, Melford Simpson, caused a lot of problems. In the 58th minute he put pressure on Andy Hughes, who handled the ball. A penalty was awarded but Underwood’s brilliant kept Tring in the game.
With the game still finely balanced Athletic conceded a second goal and effectively the match in the 69th minute.
A minute into added time Tring had the chance of a consolation goal when Stewart King was tripped and a penalty was awarded.
But Tony Fields’ effort crashed against the underside of the bar and when the ball reached him again he fired over, summing up Athletic’s evening.
The result sees Tring drop two places from sixth to eighth.