Penny has dropped for Aylesbury FC ahead of tough FA Trophy match at Grays

Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge

Craig Faulconbridge says the penny is finally dropping for his Aylesbury FC side after they earned their first points of the season with back-to-back draws.

The player-boss was delighted with the workrate and application of his players as they got their season off the mark with the recent 1-1 draw against Royston before their repeat scoreline against local rivals Leighton Town last weekend.

While the former Premier League striker admits FC should have perhaps won both matches, he saw enough to declare he would not swap any of his players for anyone else ahead of the weekend FA Trophy game at Grays.

“The information I have given to the players the last two games has gone in and it has stuck,” Faulconbridge said.

“Honestly I wouldn’t change any of the players I’ve got now for anyone else because those guys have worked so hard for me and we are moving in the right direction now.”

While the former Coventry man was happy with his side, he admitted there was still a lot of hard work ahead.

“I’m under no illusions. We’ve still only got two points and there is a hell of a lot of hard work to do but we are getting somewhere now.

“We had a fantastic result at Royston and led for the best part of 70 minutes and against Leighton we definitely should have got three points.

“But it was one of those games where if you don’t take your chances, it leads to frustration and again it comes down to strikers sticking the ball in the net.”

Chief culprit in that respect was young Ryan Blake, who spurned a host of chances before a late Danny Jones penalty gave FC the point the deserved.

It levelled up a Leighton penalty in the first half, conceded by Faulconbridge after he was adjudged to have handled in the box.

FC travel to former Conference side Grays in a game Faulconbridge says they must ‘earn the right to play or be torn to pieces’.

But he added he was ‘not expecting any major’ from the tough draw and feels it will allow his side to play without pressure.