Aylesbury FC boss Craig Faulconbridge slammed his side’s performance following a 3-1 defeat at AFC Hayes on the opening day of the season.
In a below par performance the Moles quickly slipped behind 3-0 and could only draw some comfort from a well taken consolation goal by Matt Hall, brother of Bolton Wanderers’ star Rob.
And FC boss Craig Faulconbridge did not hold back in his assessment.
“It was not the greatest of starts. The lads have had a massive wake up call,” he said.
“The team’s ability off the ball I was a bit disappointed with. They just need to be a bit more energetic without the ball. I think there was a little bit of a hangover from pre-season.”
Former Wycombe Wanderers striker Faulconbridge was pleased with a well worked goal but said that shirts were up for grabs ahead of the derby game against Aylesbury United on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Ducks fared little better on their return to the Southern League after promotion with a 2-0 defeat to Rugby Town.
But boss Tony Joyce was slightly happier than his FC counterpart after the Ducks put up a good fight against last year’s runners up.
He said: “It was always going to be difficult without Stacey Field and Louis Austin, our top two goal scorers last season. We looked a little bit shy in front of goal.”
The Ducks boss has moved quickly to rectify the lack of striking options by signing up AFC Dunstable player Jason Blackett but he was unavailable for the Rugby fixture due to suspension.
Both clubs are back in league action on Tuesday night as United face a trip to Chalfont St Peter while FC host Daventry Town (both kick-off 7.45pm).