Cambridge City suffered their first home league defeat of the season as they lost 3-2 to Aylesbury at Bridge Road.
The Lilywhites had to play the best part of 65 minutes of the match with 10 men following the sending off of Jack Wilkinson, and despite many periods of possession it was the visitors who returned to Buckinghamshire with all 3 points.
City boss Robbie Nightingale had to make changes to the starting line-up after Ebby Nelson-Addy joined Bedford on Friday evening. Ryan Towner came in as his replacement with striker James Hall starting on the bench. Aylesbury included striker Ty Deacon in the team who had re-signed for the Moles on Friday from Kempston Rovers.
It was Towner who had the first opportunity as his long range effort went narrowly wide of the Aylesbury goal. However, despite early pressure City did what is turning out to be a weekly habit, and that is to concede an early goal. Sam Odusgoa hit a speculative effort that Liam Gooch tipped round the post, and from the resulting corner, the ball found its way out to Martin Griggs who hit a fine effort high over the outstretched hand of Gooch for the opening goal of the game.
City though were then on the front foot and bossed the next passage of play winning several corners, and after knocking on the door they finally forced it open when Josh Oyinsan converted from close range for the equaliser.
The match then took a twist when Aylesbury broke and in a tussle Jack Wilkinson was harshly penalised and the referee had no hesitation to point to the spot. At the same time, Wilkinson was shown an even harsher red card for the challenge. Griggs made no mistake in scoring his second of the game.
With a man light, and chasing the game City did well to get back into the contest and Joe Robinson converted from close range to once again bring the Lilywhites level.
Playing personnel could have got worse for City when Liam Gooch came charging out of the penalty and appeared to handle the ball, but somehow escaped with just a yellow card.
City finished the first half on the front foot, but it was Aylesbury who got themselves back in front in the early stages of the second period. A ball was played over the City defence, and Ty Deacon found himself in space, honing in on Gooch, he provided a fine finish to put his team back in the lead.
Once again City were chasing the game and with 10 men they threw everything at the visitors. Youngster Isaac Maynard was introduced for Lewis Whitehead and James Hall replaced Nathan Olukanmi. However, the best chance for City to get level was when Oyinsan and Ben Robinson linked up well, and it was the latter that provided a great cross for Ryan Sharman who headed narrowly past the post.
As the clock ticked down, the Lilywhites continued to press, but it was Aylesbury who were determined to preserve their lead and despite almost 5 minutes of injury time the Moles had done enough to record only their third league win of the season.
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