Saturday 20th October 2018
Aylesbury v Peterborough Sports
Southern League Division One East
Aylesbury FC saw a managerial change this week as Scott Reynolds stepped down with Paul Bonham taking charge for the interim, and a baptism of fire awaits as his squad host third placed Peterborough Sports at Heywood Way on Saturday. Whilst the Moles look for the first win in eight, Sports are flying high with four wins and two draws in their opening six league games, although they have not won in their last four games in all competition & haven’t tasted league success since the first of September, however this will be a stern test for Aylesbury as they line up for the first time under the new manager.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Paul to ask how the last week has been:
It’s been a crazy week so far, getting over the disappointment of going out of the FA Trophy last weekend to then hear the sad news that Scott had stepped down. We’ve had a positive chat with the committee and a great training session on Tuesday night, we are now focusing on getting ready for a very tough fixture against Peterborough Sports
And is this a long term appointment for the new boss?
At this moment in time we have been appointed to settle the ship after the weekend, going forward any decisions will be made by the committee
For anyone who doesn’t know Paul Bonham, what is his footballing history?
So I’ve been involved with coaching & managing for the last four years now, three of those have been at Aylesbury FC. I started with the under eighteens development side & then assisted former managers Davis Haule & Danny Gordon in the first team set up, in between this I spent half a season with Tring Athletic which was a great experience. Last season I was coaching at the Oxford United academy for whom I am still doing a few sessions this year as well as being involved here. On the coaching side I am near completion of my UEFA B qualification
We asked Paul how good a job has Scott done in his time at the club:
Scott in my opinion did a very good job here, considering he started with three or four players from last year’s squad, it’s been a total rebuild which has been really challenging
So will there be any immediate changes to the squad?
Matt Moran & I have been working really hard to communicate with the players and we are really pleased that currently the squad has stuck together. With regard to bringing in new faces we have been speaking to some clubs regarding availability of certain players but nothing has been confirmed as yet. I’m really pleased that Phil Duffy, Lucy Hume & Phil Cave have also decided to stick around, all of these have been fantastic this season
So will there be any changes to training or playing methods?
Currently we will be keeping the same schedules from Scott’s reign, playing style and training methods will change but it has to be a slow process otherwise it might have a negative effect on the team and possibly results if we change things overnight
And what about Saturday’s opponents?
Very tough game for us this weekend but our best performances have come against the top sides this season. We have done our research on them & have a good idea on how they will approach the game so the management team & I have the job to make sure the team is fully prepared for the weekends match
Finally, we asked Paul how difficult he thinks it will be to get his side up the league table:
We are under no illusion that it will be a difficult task to climb up the league table as this has to be the most competitive league the club have been involved in for the last three years, but this squad is ready for the challenge ahead & I’m confident we can start picking up some points, it is very close and just one win could catapult us up the table by five or six places
Sports Shots would like to thank Paul for his time this week