Red Army fail to hold on for win

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

BAT­TLING Uxbridge pushed pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Ayles­bury all the way this week but came away with noth­ing but a dirty kit.

The Red Army, con­fined to mid-ta­ble in Di­vi­sion One cen­tral, opened against the top-three side but could not hold on for the points.

Uxbridge de­served grabbed the early lead when Ryan Phillips played in Jack Groves, who crashed the ball into the Moles net.

Reds keeper Paul McCarthy made a cou­ple of stunning saves be­fore Ayles­bury fi­nally found a way through.

Gareth Price, who had al­ready been foiled once by McCarthy, made no mis­take when given a sec­ond bite at the cherry. The hosts got a psy­cho­log­i­cal goal on the stroke of half time through Brian Haule, which proved to be the win­ner as the play­ing sur­face be­came a mud bath in the sec­ond pe­riod.

AFC Hayes con­tinue to show signs of im­prove­ment and were un­lucky not to take all three points on Satur­day af­ter Ryan De­bat­tista’s opener was can­celled out by Bed­ford.

Michael Mur­ray and Nico Muir got the goals to give North­wood a com­fort­able 2-0 away win at Han­well Town.

Tony Choules’ Red Army side earned a mid­week break this week, how­ever North­wood were last night (Tues­day) due to play Bar­ton Rovers and AFC Hayes hosted Roys­ton Town.

This week­end, Uxbridge wel­come Bed­ford Town to Hon­ey­croft while the Woods travel to Chal­font St Peter and the Brook head to Ket­ter­ing Town.

Mean­while, in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier Di­vi­sion, Hare­field United beat Tring 2-1 on Satur­day while Hilling­don Bor­ough lost 3-1 at Sun Sports.

n STUNNING SAVES: Keeper Paul McCarthy tried his hard­est to keep Ayles­bury out

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