There was a double dose of defeat for Aylesbury FC and United in the first game of the new Calor League season on Saturday.
A disappointing Aylesbury FC lost 3-1 on the road to AFC Hayes with a below par performance while the Ducks, in their first game back in the Southern League following promotion last season, battled bravely but were not clinical enough to take anything from their home game against Rugby Town.
Craig Faulconbridge has strengthened his squad during the summer and ahead of the season kick-off said he was happy to ‘finally have a side he could call his own’.
But the Moles will need to vastly improve on Saturday’s display if they are to do their manager’s ambitions justice. FC found themselves 3-0 down before new left back signing from Thame United, Matt Hall – brother of professional footballer Rob – scored his second goal in as many games to give the visitors a consolation.
Despite the underwhelming start to the 2013/14 season, there was some positive news for FC with the announcement that Kwasi Frempong has put pen to paper and re-joined the club.
The powerful midfielder joined FC from Northwood at the start of last season having previously been with Harrow Borough.
Meanwhile, FC’s bitter rivals, Aylesbury United, were also beaten in the Calor curtain raiser, 2-0 at home to last season’s losing play-off finalists Rugby.
Manager Tony Joyce’s fears over a lack of cutting edge proved founded as the Ducks stood toe-to-toe with one of the division’s better sides but could not register a goal with star strikers Stacey Field and Louis Austin missing through injury.
However, Joyce has moved quickly to rectify the situation with the news that striker Jason Blackett has put pen to paper in signing Calor League forms with United for the new season. His signature was in time for the Rugby match but the player was not involved due to suspension.
Described on United’s official site as ‘a strong, powerful front man’ Blackett played the second half of the pre-season game at Biggleswade Town. He spent last season with AFC Dunstable and has previously played for Arlesey Town and Stotfold.
For full reaction from both managers see Wednesday’s Bucks Herald Sport.