FA CUP PREVIEW: Aylesbury FC vs Shortwood

Aylesbury FC vs Shortwood
Aylesbury FC vs Shortwood

Craig Faulconbridge says he is looking forward to this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Shortwood Town following a 4-0 defeat against Dunstable Town in the Calor League.

The Moles boss has told his players to ‘step up or get out’ ahead of the tie as he bids to get the drubbing out of his system at the first available opportunity.

And the visit of Shortwood, who play in Division One South and West, gives his side the chance to evoke the more positive memories of their last FA Cup outing two weeks ago – a 2-1 win with 10 men over Thatcham.

Faulconbridge said: “We are obviously looking to progress as far as we can in the competition.

“It is also a great opportunity for the club to benefit financially if we can get on a good run.”

The former Wycombe player added that the different nature of the game could also play into his side’s hands.

He said: “This match is not about form, it is a winner takes all occasion almost like a penalty shoot-out.

“The boys know there are no second chances in this competition, and after our performance against Dunstable, I really am looking for the players to stand up and be counted.

“I want a response and a reaction to last weekend’s result because for some players this could be their last chance to prove themselves as I will definitely be making changes for the Shortwood game.”

One change could see the introduction of new signing Danny Dyer.

Dyer, who joins from Hendon FC, is a full back-cum-winger and could go straight into the team to face Shortwood on Saturday.

The crucial FA Cup first round qualifier is worth £3,000 to the winner with £4,500 at stake in the next round.

Meanwhile, FC have announced a fundraising initiative with the chance to sponsor players.

Fans or businesses can now sponsor players for the entire 2013/14 season for a minimum of £50.

As part of the scheme sponsors will get their name or business in the programme and on the club’s website.

+ Interested? To take part in player sponsorship email Aylesbury FC at Info@aylesburyfc.com