After a miserable start to the season Aylesbury FC are looking at securing their fourth straight win against Ashford (Middlesex) today (Saturday).
The team were in need of a shake-up to turn their floundering season around according to boss Craig Faulconbridge, who publicly criticised some of his team and demanded improvement just over a week ago.
Whatever words it was from Faulconbridge’s lengthy and passionate statement released in the wake of their FA Cup thrashing at the hands of Shortwood, they worked.
The Moles have bounced back to win three games on the trot, including Tuesday night’s penalty shootout victory over Marlow in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup.
And Faulconbridge, who was starting to come under pressure for his team’s displays, says changes were made to freshen things up.
“I’ve never said my players were not good enough but I have questioned some attitudes and the application I had seen, particularly when games got tough, when things didn’t go our way, games that separate the men from the boys so to speak,” he said.
“We have had a little bit of a shake-up and it has given us a new energy and impetus and we are playing with confidence.”
Ahead of the visit of Ashford, Faulconbridge said irrespective of what competition his side are playing in, players now know what is expected of them each time they pull on the red and black shirt.
He said: “We have turned things around, turned a corner and we need to keep that up now, the players know each first team game is important.”