Saturday 31st March 2018
Aylesbury v Egham Town
Monday 2nd April 2018
Arlesey Town v Aylesbury
Southern League Division One East
Aylesbury FC host Egham Town on Saturday looking for their first points under new manager Kevin Poole, who takes charge of his fourth game since taking over the hot seat at Haywood Way. A tough start to life at The Moles has seen three defeats so far, including the most recent on Tuesday evening where the trip down to Hampshire to face in form Hartley Wintney saw a four goal defeat. However, with new players arriving a change of fortunes are hopefully imminent, however they face a resurgent Egham side who have won three of their last five games. Aylesbury haven’t tasted victory since Boxing Day, and have picked up just two points in 2018, so another tough battle lies ahead.
Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Kevin Poole, and asked just how tough it’s been since taking over:
It’s been tough no doubt about that, but it was never going to be easy, we knew that. However while we obviously would have liked a win along the way, that wasn’t the main objective in the first couple of weeks. We needed to get Aylesbury players back to the club and so far we have achieved that
And how is that squad shaping up now:
We brought in what we could within the restrictions we are under, a lot of local based players responded well to the calls and made themselves available, at this late stage of the season & with other commitments it’s a credit to them that they did. We have some talented players here, but they need time to gel and reach the levels of fitness needed at this level, unfortunately time is against us on this one. Overall though I am more than happy with what we’ve brought in, our first priority was to stabilise the club
How does Kevin feel his side have played so far?
We played well against Marlow and really deserved a draw, but then against Hanwell we really struggled with sickness through the squad and it showed, we just weren’t at the races & that was disappointing as on another day we felt we’d have won that game. Then at Hartley the lads played very well, it was never a 4-0 game and we competed with them up until the hour mark and at times we outplayed them, however their strength in depth & superior fitness told
So anything different for Egham on Saturday?
Egham are a big physical side that can play football, we will need to adapt to that, but if we have the right squad available then we want to push the onus back onto them having to deal with us
Finally, a look ahead to the trip to Arlesey on Monday:
I’ve not seen Arlesey Town play so I don’t really know a lot about them, however the last game against them was played under extremely difficult circumstances, and I am confident that with full availability mixed with a good performance we can beat a lot of teams, not just Arlesey
Sports Shots would like to thank Kevin for his time this week.