FC young guns give club cause for optimism

James Smith - who stood in for his brother Steve who is manager of Aylesbury FC
James Smith - who stood in for his brother Steve who is manager of Aylesbury FC

AYLESBURY FC may have lost to Biggleswade at the weekend but there were plenty of positives according to stand-in manager James Smith.

In what was almost their seventh match in 20 days, the Moles matched high-fliers Biggleswade until they were undone by sloppy defending in the second half.

The gruelling schedule meant that Smith, standing in for FC boss and brother Steve, handed debuts to 16 year old Alex Collard and Dave Brown, 18.

With 15 minutes to go, Collard was brought on and Smith was full of praise for the centre-back’s display.

“He’s a big lad but he’s very composed. He came on and did very well,” he said.

“He wasn’t afraid and he started talking immediately and played as if he’s been there all season.”

Despite his encouraging debut, Collard will be hard pressed to steal Andrew Gunn’s place, who impressed yet again with a man-of-the-match display.

Brown got his chance off the bench after 60 minutes and could have played his way into the side for FC’s next match, after a decent display in an unfamiliar right midfield role.

“Dave usually lines up in the middle but we needed him on the right today and he came on and did a great job.”

The strength in depth FC have shown has meant the side have managed to stave off the threat of relegation in recent weeks and they now sit six points clear of Fleet Town.

With Steve Smith setting 40 points as the magic total for survival, FC have to win at least one more game to be safe.