AYLESBURY FC vs UXBRIDGE PREVIEW: ‘Players must step up to the plate’

Steve Bateman
Steve Bateman

Aylesbury FC will be looking to halt a seven game losing run when they entertain Uxbridge at Haywood Way today (Saturday) and new boss Steve Bateman is leaving his players under no illusions of what he expects.

Bateman has warned players who don’t step up to the plate quickly will be replaced.

And he hopes a positive week of training can lead to an upturn in fortunes starting at home against Uxbridge before a trip to Potters Bar Town on Monday night.

“I’m pleased we have the week to prepare and lets see what we can do and I may add one or two,” he said.

“I hope for a bright week this week and to push on.

“But I’m not here to tread water, I’m here to push things forwards, hopefully starting Saturday.”

Bateman also revealed he will be bringing in someone to work alongside him as Keith Walker has stepped down due to work commitments. He is, however, keen for coach Fraser McLachlan to remain involved.

The situation regarding the man he has replaced, Craig Faulconbridge, is less clear, though.

Faulconbridge has still been playing for the team. But Bateman said it is an issue that will need to be addressed.

“I only know Craig Faulconbridge from the opposition dugout,” Bateman admitted.

“We’ll have a look at that (situation) and I’ll do what I think is right for the club. The playing scenario will be looked at and I’ll do what I think is right for the club.”

FC go into the game 19th in the 22 team Calor Southern League while Uxbridge are 14th.