Threadbare FC facing the ‘fortnight from hell’

Grin and bear it: Aylesbury FC boss Craig Faulconbridge
Grin and bear it: Aylesbury FC boss Craig Faulconbridge
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Aylesbury FC face a ‘fortnight from hell’ according to boss Craig Faulconbridge with an astonishing seven games in 14 days – the equivalent of one every 48 hours.

An already threadbare but battling FC were beaten 3-0 by promotion chasing Rugby Town on Easter Monday sporting just one substitute.

That came off the back of consecutive wins over Woodford (7-0) and Beaconsfield (2-1) but now the test really begins as FC play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday twice.

Injuries and player absences saw the Moles thin on the ground on Easter Monday and while players are on the way back, Faulconbridge hopes they get through the run of games unscathed.

“We have one hell of a fortnight, it’s the fortnight from hell actually with so many games!” Faulconbridge said.

“But actually I’m looking forward to it.

“I just want us to get through this run of games with no major problems to be honest.

“We did really well for 60 minutes against Rugby, but there was a capitulation in the last half hour.

“We only had one sub on Monday, which was very disappointing. We had injuries and sometimes when you don’t have a big squad you can’t even raise a bench. We did well to a point against Rugby, I’m proud of the players but we, with I myself included in that, were guilty of some sloppy errors.”

The player-boss is unhappy with certain players who did not play on Monday and says he will remember who he can count on when it comes to shaping his squad in pre-season.

Meanwhile, Faulconbridge has yet again been vindicated that his last words to departing players are always “see you in a few weeks” after influential defender Ronayne Marsh-Brown re-joined FC from Wingate and Finchley.

Faulconbridge said: “I don’t like saying to players ‘I told you so’ but you have to think why were you playing well in the first place. Ronayne is a top guy and player, he gives us steel.”