Aylesbury’s first competitive ‘Classico’ draws ever closer

Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United
Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United
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History will be made on Bank Holiday Monday when the two Aylesbury clubs face each other for the first time competitively.

And with such a prominent fixture falling so early in the Calor League season neither FC boss Craig Faulconbridge or United’s Tony Joyce can wait for the occasion.

United boss Tony Joyce said: “Everybody’s been waiting for this game for a long time. There’s been chances for us to play in the cup but it hasn’t happened.

“It’s more important than ever now because it’s a league fixture. I’m sure it’s just more than another game because there’s the local bragging rights.”

Former Wycombe Wanderers striker Craig Faulconbridge said they would handle the occasion like any other but agreed excitement was building in Aylesbury.

He added: “That’s what make these games better all the people. It’s going to be a tough game and we need to be up for it.”

The newly promoted United face an injury crisis heading into the game with last season’s top scorers Stacey Field and Louis Austin still missing.

And Joyce predicted there will be tackles flying in Bell Close with such a match revealing the true character of his team.

The Ducks boss said: “It should be a great game of football and the players should relish the chance especially if there’s four or five hundred fans.

“The last thing you want is someone getting sent off because of the emotions running high. The players are buzzing and the more support for both sides will add to it.”

There is a publicly fraught history between the two clubs with attempts at merging in the past failing for numerous reasons and the Ducks still plying their trade at Leighton Town’s Bell Close ground.

Both coaches, who are yet to meet, insist there will be no bitterness between them but added there could be no guarantees of niceties between the fans and rival boards.

Joyce added: “Win, lose or draw me and Craig will have a beer in the bar afterwards. The animosity was before I joined when a certain number of players left and went to FC.

“Time has healed it a little bit but I’m sure there’s a few characters that will want to have a word with each other.”

Faulconbridge said: “The managers will be fine but there might be a little bit of needle between the board rooms.”

United host FC at Bell Close (kick-off 3pm).