After six defeats in eight games, Aylesbury FC ended pre-season on a positive note with a 4-1 win over spirited ADL side AFC Victoria on Saturday.
The runout allowed boss Craig Faulconbridge the opportunity to put the final touches to his plans whilst having a look at one or two of the Academy players at his disposal, writes Jools Thomas.
On 15 minutes, the visitors tested Rhys Marshall in the FC goal with a low shot before one of FC’s new signings from Thame United, Matt Hall, fired home the opener after playing a neat one–two with Jack Thomson. On 27 minutes the ever busy Lamar Simpson turned the opposing defence inside and out and then poked the ball home for a great goal to make the score 2-0.
Right after half time FC Victoria pulled a goal back. FC’s Derek Feyi slipped allowing Ricky Gwilliam the space to run on goal and place the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
On 70 minutes FC threatened to reinstate the two-goal cushion but Davis Haule’s shot hit the bar instead. Twelve minutes from time and that cushion was restored as Jerome Federico beat the offside trap, calmly rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into an empty net.
The scoring was concluded when the offside trap was again beaten shortly afterwards by Federico. Despite the keeper getting fingertips to the ball, the outcome was still a goal as FC brought the curtain down on pre-season.