Home truths result in home win as FC boss gets players back on the winning trail

Departing Aylesbury FC striker Jonathan Constant in action against Uxbridge
Departing Aylesbury FC striker Jonathan Constant in action against Uxbridge
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Aylesbury FC boss Craig Faulconbridge says a few home truths helped his side record a much-needed home win as the Moles dismissed Uxbridge with consummate ease on Saturday.

Last week the player-manager told Herald Sport that some of his players had dropped the high standards that had seen them go on an eight game unbeaten run as they slipped to back-to-back defeats.

But after speaking to certain unnamed individuals and delivering a few home truths, the manager feels his players are ‘back in a good place again’.

It certainly showed as Sonny French and Brian Haule put FC in command at the break. Faulconbridge gave away a penalty to give Uxbridge hope in the second half at 2-1 but another goal from Haule restored the two-goal advantage.

Uxbridge would not lie down, though, and pushed for an equaliser. But, a late Jonathan Constant brace - his last goals for the club after Faulconbridge confirmed he is set to leave for Hitchin - gave the scoreline a deserved gloss.

“It was a good week all round last week,” Faulconbridge said.

“I spoke to certain individuals and they know where I am at.

“We had some good training sessions last week and I think the time off we had (10 days without a game) had made us very sluggish.

“Our minds wanted to do things but the body wouldn’t follow and that bit of slackness set it.”

So what did the former Coventry player say to turn things around after the mini-rut?

“I went through in depth what our responsibilities are and I was identifying triggers, which I use a lot when I am managing. If you see something happening go and stop it before it does, or keep doing it if it’s working for you or the team,” Faulconbridge explained.

The manager singled out his midfield men Haule, French and Jamie Connor for special praise saying he ‘couldn’t fault any of them’.

And while he admitted he is sad to see Constant leave the club, he could not stand in the way of his desire to play at a higher level.

He said: “I had a long chat with Jonathan last night (Monday) and for him its the chance to play higher league football and I really do wish him well.

“He’s had quite a hard time of it in his career so far. He had a nasty bike accident while he was at Chelsea. I said to him we are the right club for you but you have to consider the player’s ambitions and he will be missed.”

FC are close to bringing in a new signing and another ‘exciting’ player will be training with the club this week with a view to linking up with the squad.

Faulconbridge added: “Players want to come and play for us. We are a very entertaining team, we just need to work on keeping it a bit tighter at the other end now.”

FC travel to Daventry on Saturday before entertaining Slough Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup next Tuesday night (7.45pm).