Boss lays down gauntlet to keep players on toes

Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge

Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge says he feels like he has failed in his aims for this season.

The straight-talking player-boss was speaking candidly as he assessed his side’s progress now they are comfortable in the Evo Stik Southern League Division One Central.

FC, like most of the football clubs up and down the country, were again without a match last Saturday as the wintry weather continues and face a huge backlog of games before the end of the season.

While the former Coventry striker’s mood would have been tempered by FC’s resounding 7-0 win over the league’s whipping boys Woodford midweek, Faulconbridge is challenging his players to show they want to be at the club next season in the remaining matches.

“I’m disappointed that we haven’t pushed this year,” Faulconbridge said.

“I feel I have failed a little bit this year to be honest.

“The squad has been severely upset, ripped apart and put back together again and it’s been a rollercoaster season.

“Without too much incident, a lot has happened if that makes any sense?”

“I think I’ve expected things too often from players. Expected them to know things, to know their positions, because there is that expectation in senior football that players know their positions.

“But that is something I have overlooked and it’s partly all our faults but it’s unusual for me because I am very meticulous.

“Players do have to take some resonsibility, though. There is a general air of expectation and positivity already ahead of pre-season.

“I know we have 14 games to go or something silly still and its a long time in football but we can start to plan for next season a little bit now.

“I think we’ll be in a very strong position to challenge next season.

“My aim will be the play-offs and the games are all cup finals for the boys now because they need to be showing they want to be here next season.”

Weather permitting FC were hoping to entertain Woodford on Tuesday night and Beaconsfield on Saturday before an Easter Monday trip to Rugby Town.

Meanwhile, the club’s Academy hosts its first trial next Tuesday. For details visit ASL website