Battling Moles grab their first point of the season to alleviate pressure

Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
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Aylesbury FC finally secured their first point of the season after a hard fought 1-1 draw with Royston Town at Affinity Investments Stadium on Tuesday.

FC had veteran striker Brian Haule to thank as his powerful header gave them the lead before they were eventually pegged back by Royston penalty.

It has been a difficult start to life under new player-manager Craig Faulconbridge. However, unlike recent games, FC started more positively.

Early on Danny Jones fired in a free-kick that whistled past the post. This was followed by the opening goal courtesy of Haule. His header from a Lee Grace cross looped into the net over Royston’s William Norris.

The unexpected lead stunned Royston into action with a period of intense pressure seeing James Faulkner and George Tomlin both clearing off the line.

But the Moles held firm to head into the break a goal up.

Chances were scarce in the opening exchanges of the second half but Danilson Vicente could count himself unlucky after he broke through and rounded the keeper only for the tight angle proving to be too much.

Royston grabbed their equaliser soon after. An infringement in the box saw Luke Robins calmly slot a penalty home.

A wonderful double save from FC keeper Richard Roberts later prevented the best opportunity for either team to grab a winner as firstly he palmed away a powerful drive before blocking a follow-up shot.

FC welcome Leighton Town today (kick-off 3pm).

Elsewhere, Aylesbury United came back twice against AFC Dunstable at Creasey Park to secure a 2-2 draw on Wednesday. United face a trip to Hatfield Town today (kick-off 3pm).