City were forced to dig deep to overcome a very much in-form Aylesbury outfit, who came into the game having won five out of their last six outings. From a purely footballing perspective, the game will not linger long in the memory of the assembled fans, but what was important was that City showed the resilience to overcome a side on a good run, and claim another valuable three points, despite being a bit off-colour in their general play.
Aylesbury caused City numerous problems in the first half and could have taken the lead in the early minutes if Sonny Frenchs close range volley had not been superbly blocked by Jordan Williams.
Minutes later and Citys new keeper, Josh Bexon, was called into his first action for the club, turning Callum Mapleys free-kick over the bar, although it was a comfortable save.
City were dealt a blow when midfield playmaker, Ebby Nelson-Addy, limped out of the action early on with a tight muscle. From that point the Lilywhites appeared to lose the midfield battle, allowing Aylesbury to have much of the play, while City struggled to produce much going forward.
Despite being on the back foot, City prevented the visitors from really creating much in the way of clear openings, while at the other end they almost went in front when a hopeful punt goalwards had Aylesbury keeper, Jack Hopwood, back-pedaling furiously, only just managing to prevent the ball dropping under the bar.
Three minutes later and City did claim the lead. Nobody picked up James Hall at the back post as Ryan Towner swung in a corner, and the City striker had the easiest of headers to score his 12th of the season.
It was a bit of a sucker punch for Aylesbury, but they almost made amends a minute before the break when City failed to clear a right wing free-kick, Ben Seaton thumping the loose ball against the bar from 18 yards.
Following a half-time pep talk, City were better in the second half, although hugely frustrating as good moves failed to deliver what they should have.
Ryan Sharman pressured Jeanmal Prosper into a rash back-pass that was pounced on by Hall, but off balance, he could only lift the ball on to the roof of the net. Then Sharman saw a low drive pushed out by Hopwood, Hall, reacting to loose ball, could not find a City shirt with his attempted pass.
Jake Bewley sent a pile-driver skimming over Bexons bar as City reduced Aylesbury to trying their luck from distance, but it was only City who looked likely to add to the scoring, but frustratingly, they just could make the most of their opportunities. A perfect example came five minutes from the end when Sharman found Hall in the box, but the normally lethal striker took too long to get a shot away and Aylesbury cleared.
With 90 minutes on the clock, it looked as though the second goal would finally arrive. Sharman won a foot race with Hopwood wide on the right, but having left the keeper in a heap and with the goal unguarded, his cross cum shot rolled agonisingly across the face of the goal with substitute Lewis Wilson, unable to apply a telling touch.
Fortunately it didnt matter, and soon after, City were celebrating another three points in their quest for a play-off birth and thoughts now turn to the visit of Marlow on Monday, one of Citys games in hand. Another win will hopefully see City start to move away from the 7th place in which they have become becalmed in recent weeks.
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