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A disappointing second half saw Aylesbury beaten 2-0 at AFC Dunstable.
A fairly even first period produced no goals, before the hosts brought on the ever-dangerous striker BJ Christie soon after break.
With two quality forwards on the pitch they were much the superior side, and went ahead on 67 minutes when Josh Humbert guided a volley into the bottom corner.
Four minutes later and it was game over when league leading scorer Jermaine Hall converted a spot kick after a foul on Christie by the recalled Ellis Hercules.
Josh Baines came on for his Aylesbury debut, but the Ducks were unable to force their way back into the game and fell to their first away deffeat of the season.
Aylesbury United have added to their squad with the signing of Josh Baines from Thatcham Town.
Described as a player with 'true techical ability and fitness', Josh joined Thatcham this summer from Didcot Town where he had been for the past two seasons having also played for Banbury United.
Josh has been training with us this week and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to AFC Dunstable.
Welcome to the club Josh!
Following the success of last year’s Q & A prior to the AGM, Glyn offered to repeat the session ahead of this year’s AGM. Ron Syratt, Chairman of 21CD welcomed Glyn and thanked him for sparing the time prior to the evening’s training session.
Glyn began by addressing a room of around 20 supporters by sharing his feelings about the start of the season, stressing he had set the players a target for the first 10 games of W7, D2, L1. While not quite on target, he is satisfied with the efforts of the players so far, which has been first class, on and off the field. There has been the occasional under par performance, but by and large it has been a good start, meeting the standards set by Glyn and the coaching staff. Considering that the squad is predominately made up of players who worked extremely hard to pull away from relegation last season, it is no surprise to him that their form this season has been so good. The group is growing, but Glyn insisted it would only be added to with better players. He is very pleased to have both Ben Williams and Mike Hogg onboard as his coaching team, with the 3 of them working well and complementing each other.
Brian Metcalfe asked the first question of the evening: How are you going to balance 3 good centre backs in the squad?
GC: Players should be happy to be part of a winning squad, and that all players would get their chance to play as the season progressed. It’s a squad game.
Ron Syratt asked: What are the plans to use the juniors this season? How will you keep them interested so they remain available when needed?
GC: Keen to keep them involved, they have all got the ability to step up but need more experience of playing men’s football. Most are playing at other clubs lower down the ladder, but all are registered to play for AUFC. They are being kept an eye on, and join in with training with the first team, and will feature as the season progresses.
Erika Robinson: It is noticeable that fitness levels have improved, what have you done differently since the match at St Ives, which seemed like a turning point last season?
GC: Looking back at that match, conditions were poor on the day, but the players applied themselves very well, showing the desire to win the match. Training takes place twice a week when there isn’t a midweek match, which is a priority for the management. Sometimes fitness sessions, sometimes more ball work and tactics. Good commitment by and large from the players to training. Glyn explained that he takes his job very seriously, the players understand what he wants from them and they work hard to improve. Currently training on a third of the 3G pitch at Mandeville school, which isn’t ideal, but better than nothing! Always on the look out for better facilities, so if anyone knows of anywhere else that may be available, please let the club know. Ideally he would like to have a full pitch available, once a week.
Ron Syratt: Any news of a new striker. Lots of suggestions on the Message Board that it is an area that need strengthening.
GC: Speaking to a young player this evening who is currently playing for a lower ranked club. Having seen him in training he looks like he could make the step up to the Southern League. He likes the player and thinks he will fit in well with the squad and is willing to play on incentive based pay. Also talking to Andy Leese at Chesham about the possibility of loaning a striker who is in need of some game time. Glyn stressed that given the formation the team is setting up in this season, a traditional centre forward isn’t necessarily essential. Regardless of that, he is always on the look out for players to improve the squad all over the pitch.
Rob Hiscock: Vijon Sentain came on as a sub in the last couple of games and seemed to add something to the team. Have you any thoughts of putting him in the starting line up?
GC: He will definitely get his chance to show he’s worth a place in the starting XI. He is fitter now than he was at the start of the season and improving with every match. He’s definitely capable, comes with a good pedigree of former clubs.
Rob Hiscock: How do the team react to a rollocking?
GC: Very well, as evidenced on Saturday after going in at half time one goal down to Bedford. Much improved second half, resulting in a deserved win.
Ian Pluck: Who is the team’s penalty taker after missing one and scoring one on Saturday?
GC: Whoever picks the ball up and is confident enough to take it!
Lino Fenuta: If the current success continues and players get poached by other clubs, have we got the strength in depth to remain strong?
GC: Definitely! We have a squad of around 24 players who can all play in the first team. If a player is offered a deal by a higher ranked club, obviously we wouldn’t stand in their way, but we would like to think we can persuade them to stay and continue our success.
Glyn then moved on to some questions raised on the message board by Ian Lowe and Jim Rayner:
IL: What did you do to make us harder to score against?
GC: Nothing! It is down to the players and their organisation and ability to maintain a good defensive shape. They defend simply, know when to play football at the back and when to kick it out. They communicate well with each other.
IL: What did you do when you got the manager’s job to stop the rot?
GC: Built their self belief and confidence. Trained them hard and benefitted from great influence in the changing room from the likes of Greg Williams and Jack Wood.
IL: Can we stay in the top 6?
GC: It’s in our hands. We definitely want to – can we? No promises, but we will try our best to maintain a play off position!
IL: Who’s your key man in this season’s squad?
GC: Couldn’t pick one, all are equally valuable. To pick one or two out would be wrong, but Jack Wood is his usual consistent self, as he has been for the 6 years he has been at the club. The older heads in midfield, Greg Williams and Olly Stanbridge are an inspiration to the younger players with their outstanding attitude and fitness levels. The squad has benefitted from having so many of last season’s squad retained, learning from the experiences of last season’s struggles, but also the positive end to the season. The camaraderie that brought them the wins to escape from relegation has developed and is being built on this season.
IL: What’s your favourite colour smartie?
GC: I love them all – just like my players! If he had to choose one, it would be the blue one because he’s a Chelsea fan.
Jim Rayner: What plans are in place to keep the squad match fit?
GC: As mentioned earlier, many are playing for clubs lower down the ladder, maintaining their fitness to be ready if we need them.
Ron Syratt: What are your thoughts on the FA Cup and Trophy? We are well overdue a successful run in both competitions and the money is always useful for a club like AUFC.
GC: To me, it’s not about the money, it’s about winning a game of football, nothing else. Any reward that comes with a win is dependant on the result and the performance on the day. If we lose the match, we don’t deserve to win the money. Prize money is not the motivation for the management or the squad, winning the matches is what matters.
That concluded the Q & A session, a very worthwhile hour which was well received by the supporters who appreciated the honest, frank and open answers and opinions which Glyn shared with them. Our thanks and best wishes to him for a successful season.
Dates for two Aylesbury United cup fixtures have now been confirmed.
The Ducks will travel to Maidenhead United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup 1st Round on Tuesday 4th October, kick off 7.45pm.
In the Southern League Challenge Cup, Aylesbury will host Wantage Town at The ASM Stadium on Wednesday 12th October, also with a 7.45pm kick off.
Aylesbury were unable to keep their 100% away record going, but did secure a useful point in a 1-1 draw at Northwood.
Despite plenty of first half posession, the Ducks were unable to break down a resolute home side.
It was the hosts who went ahead when Ryan Debattista scored from close range after 34 minutes.
The equaliser came after the break courtesy of Sonny French netting from an almost identical position after the goalkeeper had made a mess of a risky Mark Burgess back pass.
From that point it was anyone's game, and whilst Zaki Oualah made a string of fine saves, it was United who spurned the best chance when Vijon Sentain was clean through, and the sides had to settle for a point apiece.