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SLD1E; Aylesbury FC pre-season + opener (v Coleshill Town) review with manager Scott Reynolds

Saturday 18th August 2018

Coleshill Town v Aylesbury

Southern League Division One East

Pack Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC start their 2018/19 campaign on Saturday with the seventy-six mile trip to Coleshill Town, one of the many new teams The Moles will face this season after the non-league restructuring this summer. A much publicised ‘club in crisis’ towards the end of last season has seen many changes in the past few weeks, on & off the pitch, but now under new stewardship and management the club are hoping they can finally find some consistency & regularity to see the club through to better times.

This week Sports Shots caught up with new manager Scott Reynolds to see how life has been since accepting the job:

Hectic to say the least!! I took the job two days before my two week holiday in Florida and since then I have not had a day off, or five minutes to myself. I was well aware of the task ahead when accepting the job, but nobody could have predicted how the last few weeks would have gone. It would have taken a manager with a huge budget and a whole team to come in to solve the issues overnight, which for me is just not the case. We have only three players remaining at the football club from the sixty odd used at Aylesbury FC last season. That said, despite some up and down results in preseason, we are very pleased with the squad going into Saturday and will continue to work hard to add the right types of quality and personnel to the squad as the season takes shape. The door is always revolving in non-league football that’s for sure, added to that I am brutally honest, but I don’t burn my bridges with players too early, so who knows what may happen in the next few weeks and months!

So how have the pre-season fixtures been for the new look squad:

Up and down to be fair, we’ve played ten, including an in house training game, and won 4 but lost 6. Way too many games and way too many weeks of training and preparation in my opinion. The attitude and commitment, to my methods and ideas, from the majority has been superb, and despite some of what I am looking for being clearly the opposite to what players have experienced here in the past, we have now managed to identify a squad that we are happy to start the season with. Our best performance in pre-season was the 3-0 win against Oxford United U23. We matched them tactically, beat them physically and took our chances that night. Since then the team has changed, trialists have come and go, we picked up loads of injuries, had to put up with holidays, players coming and players going and only in the last ten days do we feel settled and united again. If we can perform to the levels we reached against Oxford Utd week in week out we will do well, of that I am certain!

Scott Reynolds

So where does Scott feel he is at in terms of his squad:

We are happy, for me it’s all about attitude and for now I am prepared to allow ability to come secondary. I want players who are prepared to work their nuts off in training and in games, you can have a bad game with the ball, but you cannot have a bad game without it!! For those who know me, I deal in facts. I want players who have achieved previously or played at this level or higher on a regular basis. I don’t need players who think the game owes them something, when in fact they have achieved very little to date. I have learnt a lot as a manager of the past year or two. Get the basics right, be honest and approachable and work hard. I expect the players to give me the same and would never ask for anything I, or my staff, are not prepared to give them back in return

So what is a realistic ambition for Scott this season?

To be competitive and proud every time we wear the shirt. We are under no illusions, there are teams with better players than us, bigger budgets than us and the task ahead is no easy one. That said I want work rate, passion, hard work and commitment. We need to be known as a difficult team to play against, hard to beat and a group that works hard for every point we earn. If someone could offer me a mid-table finish now, I would take it. However, we will set small and realistic targets each week / month and see where the season takes us

Jordan Jenkins has stayed at the club

So two really tough games to start the season with, what do Aylesbury expect?

I do my homework, I have had Coleshill watched and know that this game will be tough. Added to the quality of the opposition they are also at home, with the advantage of a 3G plastic pitch – not my preference, give me grass and mud any day. We then host AFC Dunstable who finished 4th last season on Tuesday night, and they will want to improve that finish this time around. Tough start as you say, but there are no freebie points at this level and every game will be difficult. I just want teams to be able to think the same about us when they look at their fixture lists

And finally, what games is Scott looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to managing in the FA Cup again, and on the back of a great FA Vase run last year, I look forward to a crack at the FA Trophy, however easy to say I am excited for all of them. We’re looking forward to getting some home games under our belt and proving to the people of Aylesbury and the supporters, or doubters, of me and the club that we are going to be much improved on previous seasons. I will let our results do the talking, and all though it may take time for our team to gel and for us to find our feet at this level, this is a marathon not a sprint.

Obviously, all our fans want us to beat and finish above Aylesbury Utd. They are on the back of a very successful end to last year and have an incredibly settled side. I am good friends with Ben Williams and look forward to that game. However, there are now a number of more local games and we have a lot of football to play prior, so one game at a time and let’s give it our best each week.

On behalf of my management staff, I must also put on record our thanks to Tony Masella, Steve McDonald, Mike Farquharson, Christine Martone, Rosanna Martone and all the club’s volunteers behind the scenes. The support and atmosphere behind the scenes has been incredibly refreshing for me personally. These people deserve to enjoy football again, and that is something we intend to sort out immediately with a fresh start and a new season on the horizon.

Come on you Moles !!

Sports Shots would like to thank Scott for his time this week

Southern League fixtures announced

The Southern Football League announced the 2018/19 fixtures on Thursday, and for our three local clubs the wait is finally over as they discover their fixture list in their reshuffled leagues.

Banbury United:

Banbury start their season in a new division with a trip to Walsall to face Rushall Olympic who themselves were playing Northern League football until the FA restructuring, before their first home match brings Halesowen Town to the Community Stadium, another side playing Northern Premier football last season.

Sat 11th Aug Rushall Olympic v Banbury 3pm

Tue 14th Aug: Banbury v Halesowen Town 7.45pm

Sat 18th Aug: Banbury v Leiston 3pm

To view Banbury United fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/match-info/fixtures/521363/2018-08

Aylesbury FC:

Aylesbury face a tricky start with a trip into the unknown as they travel to Warwickshire to face Coleshill Town who finished runners-up in the Midland League last season to earn promotion to the Southern League, before a home game against last years beaten play-off semi-finalists AFC Dunstable.

Sat 18th Aug: Coleshill Town v Aylesbury 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Aylesbury v AFC Dunstable 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Berkhamsted v Aylesbury 3pm

To view Aylesbury FC fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/match-info/fixtures/521407/2018-08

Aylesbury United:

United open at home to Bedfordshire side Kempston Rovers who did the double over the Ducks last season, before a trip to Didcot Town who have been transferred over from the Southern League Division One West Division, and finished sixth last season.

Sat 18th Aug: Aylesbury United v Kempston Rovers 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Didcot Town v Aylesbury United 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Aylesbury United v Thame United 3pm

To view Aylesbury United fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/match-info/fixtures/521408/2018-08

 

Saturday 25th August is FA Cup week-end, to revisit the fixtures follow this link: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=35901

Vasculitis benefits from Buckingham Charity Cup 2018/19

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that two of the clubs we cover have already confirmed their participation in the forthcoming Buckingham Charity Cup 2018/19 campaign, and after contacting us for our chosen charity of choice, we have nominated Vasculitis UK for both clubs.

For anyone unfamiliar with Vasculitis, all your questions are answered here:  http://www.vasculitis.org.uk/about-vasculitis/what-is-vasculitis

Our most recent donations were made to our other chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support, therefore we have directed both clubs towards Vasculitis for their cup campaigns.

Sports Shots would like to thank both clubs and everyone who has been involved in this incredibly kind gesture, and wish both clubs the best of luck in the competition.

To see Sports Shots coverage of the Buckingham Charity Cup follow this link: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?cat=27

Southern League Delay Div 1 KO

The Southern League have announced that the division one campaigns will be delayed for a week due to FA Cup fixture commitments.

Plans revealed this week explained the decision:

League Statement

Following information and discussions with the FA, it has been confirmed that at least 20 clubs at Step 4 will have to enter the FA Cup at the Extra Preliminary stage, which is being played on Saturday 11th August.

Therefore, the Southern League have taken the decision to delay the start of the Division One season until Saturday 18th August (Premier Divisions to commence on 11th August). By doing so this will have two advantages:

Those clubs drawn to play in the FA Cup will not have to postpone a Saturday fixture or potentially a midweek fixture if a replay occurs.

Provides an even playing field so that all clubs will be allocated the same number of Saturday and midweek fixtures at the start of the season and therefore no advantage can be implied

All fixtures are due to be released later this month.

Moles manager Scott Reynolds reveals staff & summer plans

Scott Reynolds has wasted no time since being unveiled as the new Aylesbury FC manager this week & announced his back room staff and summer training / pre-season fixture plans just a few days into his tenure.

Aylesbury FC manager Scott Reynolds

Four names have been revealed with more to follow in due course, Matt Moran, Phil Duffy, Paul Bonham and Lea Coulter have all been unveiled in various roles.

These can be viewed here in more detail: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/management-team-update-2311598.html#.WxE8EmzmDCk.twitter

The clubs summer training schedule has also been released, with the first day of training to be on Tuesday 26th June with a 7.15pm start. Sessions will then be held every Tuesday & Thursday 7.15 – 9.00pm and also on Saturdays 1.00 – 3.00pm. The first few sessions are open trials therefore any of the Aylesbury U18 set up along with any experienced non-league players are welcome to attend. All sessions will be held at Haywood Way.

A number of pre-season fixtures have also been scheduled, a visit from Arlesey Town, before trips to Leverstock Green & Daventry Town the club then host Tring Athletic and Newport Pagnell Town. Aylesbury then travel to FA Vase winners Thatcham Town and end with a home game against Egham.

More details on the training sessions, and dates for the pre-season fixtures can be viewed here: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/pre-season-fixtures-training-dates-confirmed-2311511.html

Thatcham Town FA Vase Winners 2018

In the meantime Aylesbury FC are on the hunt for a secretary, after April Benson stood down after three years in the position.

The club also need a physio / sports therapist to work with their management team, covering training sessions and match days.

Finally, Aylesbury FC would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to help film home matches for highlights, match analysis and publicity purposes, ideally suited to a media student looking for experience or coursework.

For either of these positions the club can be emailed at: infoaylesburyfc@gmail.com 

Aylesbury FC are offering supporters a discounted season ticket deal, if purchased before July, details of which can be found here: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/season-ticket-deal-2312426.html

Scott Reynolds appointed Aylesbury FC manager

Aylesbury FC are very pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Reynolds as their new first team manager.

Tony Masella welcomes Scott Reynolds

Reynolds takes over with immediate effect, and will announce his backroom staff in due course.

Reynolds began his managerial career at Grendon Rangers in the North Bucks & District League guiding them into the South Midlands League during his tenure. He left Rangers to join South Midlands Division One side Winslow United for eighteen months before joining Hellenic Premier League Ardley United but in the summer of 2016 became part of the management team at Leighton Town. Eventually taking over the reigns as manager, Reynolds had his most successful season to date this year, finishing fourth in the South Midlands Premier Division and reaching the last eight of the FA Vase.

Sports Shots caught up with Scott hours after his appointment: 

 

Aylesbury FC need your help

Aylesbury FC are seeking volunteers to join the club for next season to help the game to game running of the club on matchdays.

The club have advertised for the following roles:

Match Days 1st team home games on Saturdays and some Tuesdays

Tea Bar Manager – Serving hot / cold drinks, preparing and cooking hot and cold food

Boardroom – Provide hospitality for both teams committee and officials making teas and coffees

Turnstile – Seated, selling match day tickets at the gate

Changing Room Cleaners – cleaning home, away and officials changing rooms after home games

Kit Manager – for home and away games – Ensuring kit is laid out in the changing rooms prior to players arrival, ensuring team officials wear correct league branded bench wear clothing. taking and collecting kit from laundrette

Ball boys and Girls

Programme Editor – Maintain and update the online match day programme, Squad updates, club history and sponsors adverts

Media team – Including match day announcements, website maintenance, match reports and Twitter feed

Ground Maintenance – helping to maintain the pitch and surrounding areas throughout the season

The full advert can be viewed here, including contact details: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/volunteers-wanted-2297676.html

SLD1E; Aylesbury 0-4 Bedford Town

Aylesbury – 0

Bedford Town – 4

Aylesbury were soundly beaten on Thursday night at home by Bedford Town, and looked a side severely lacking in confidence as they began their final run in of three home games inside four days. A much-changed side again started the game; missing a regular keeper, midfielder Nathan Neale stood in, but Bedford did not show any sympathy towards their beleaguered hosts as they raced to a three-goal lead before half-time. Aylesbury now face two final home matches to try and avoid finishing second bottom in the league table, a position which any other season would result in relegation but are safe this time due to the non-league pyramid reformation happening this summer.

The game almost started in spectacular fashion, a Bedford right wing cross was met in front of goal by Jimmy Hartley who went for the acrobatic volley over the shoulder, but the ball cannoned off Moles defender Anthony Ball and was eventually cleared away. On nine minutes Ashton Grant sent Town striker David Moli away on goal, shoulder to shoulder with a marker he descended upon Neale in the Aylesbury goal, he shrugged off the challenge and fired home, but the referee blew his whistle indicating the challenge before the shot was actually a foul.

Bedford continued to press not allowing the home side a minute to relax, an attempted clearance deep in the Moles half was halted by a flailing boot and the ball crossed into David Manu to the right of goal, he mishit his shot sending the ball spinning away for a goal kick. Then on twelve minutes Bedford got their break through, Hartley collected a loose ball out on the left wing and was allowed to cut in and from a very acute angle curled around Neale and inside the far post.

Aylesbury struggled to get past the backline of blue shirts, a rare cross from their right threatened Town keeper Kyle Forster but before anyone could attack the ball, centre half Steve Gentle beat everyone to head away for a corner, playing his final game for Bedford before retiring at the end of the season. On seventeen minutes another Town corner swung in was met brilliantly by the head of Ollie Swain but if anything, he connected too well when heading down onto the turf, the hard pitch making the ball loop up and over the top.

Nathan Neale donned Moles gloves

Bedford did score again just before the half-hour mark, but an offside flag denied the celebration, and the nearest the hosts got to attacking was Ricky Gwilliam on the half-way line threading a ball through for Kynan Isaacs to race onto but he was adjudged offside before he got into his stride. Some great movement from the visitors deserved more when a multi-player passing game on the edge of the Aylesbury box resulted in Manu firing across the goal mouth with pace, the ball inches in front of the advancing Moli who couldn’t prevent the ball rolling away for a goal kick.

An Aylesbury attack then broke down and the Town defence sent the ball long for Brad Woods-Garness to scurry after, reaching the penalty area he fired low at goal, but Neale stayed big & blocked with his knees and the danger passed. A long goal kick from Forster then sent Manu away down the Town right, as most thought the ball was going out it bounced, and the spin kept it in play, Manu was away leaving his marker for dead on the touchline, he drove at goal before forcing Neale into another good save. Another pass over the Moles back line saw Hartley free on goal, as he lined up to shoot a great recovery tackle came in from Chris Clarke and the danger cleared.

Six minutes before the interval Bedford doubled their lead, on the edge of the penalty arc Moli fired low across Neale who got a hand to it, but the spin took the ball into the back of the net. Not content at two the visitors continued to attack, Moli crossed into Woods-Garness who fired wide, but with a minute left the third duly arrived when a throw out on the right saw Moli receive the ball with back to goal, he bullied his way past the defender on him and fizzed the cross into the middle where Woods-Garness couldn’t miss from close range. H/T: 0-3

The first chance after the break fell to Woods-Garness when he was played through by Ashton Grant, Neale raced out to meet him on the edge of the box but the Town striker got his shot in which bounced up off the keepers foot and for a moment looked like bouncing into the unguarded net but did eventually roll wide. The same striker was fed in again to the right of goal moments later, a fierce drive saw Neale having to use both hands to block with a defender on hand to clear away.

Aylesbury substitute Davide Pobbe made a driving run towards the Bedford goal avoiding a couple of challenges along the way, from eighteen yards out he pulled his shot wide of Forster’s left hand post. A long ball down the Bedford left then saw Lee Roache scamper away on goal, as Neale came out to challenge on the edge of the area the Town substitute simply headed past the Aylesbury custodian but before he could roll home a defender got a boot in to divert for a corner.

Steve Gentle up front late on

A Bedford cross then found Callum Donnelly in front of goal totally unmarked, but somehow he only managed to head the ball back out to the wing from where it had come. Hartley then took control inside the Moles eighteen-yard box, he twisted & turned only for his shot to be blocked, the loose ball fell to Gwilliam who angled his shot inches over the crossbar.

Moli flicked on a down field ball to Roache and from six-yards out his shot was bravely blocked by the feet of Neale and cleared, but the keeper was powerless to stop Bedford’s fourth goal on seventy-one minutes. Town were pressuring the Moles goal mouth when a clearance from Paul Brown hit Donnelly and with Neale committed it simply rebounded into the empty net.

An Aylesbury corner save a brief melee in the Bedford box which ended with Tony Njogu firing past Forster’s right hand post. With time running out the Bedfordshire outfit pushed Gentle up front, to see if he could score on his swansong. His first chance saw him control some eight yards out, avoiding two tackles and the dive of the Moles keeper, with the goal gaping he pulled his effort wide, much to the amusement of his team mates.

Gentle threw himself at anything his colleagues put his way, but it just wasn’t happening, a cross from Roache gave him the opportunity to rise above everyone around him, heading across goal the ball bounced a yard or two wide, and despite his best efforts the referee’s whistle sounded to bring the curtain down on his career with the away win.

Attendance: 81

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury boss Kevin Poole: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjDdcrH

SLD1E; Moles on Easter Eg Hunt

Saturday 31st March 2018

Aylesbury v Egham Town

Monday 2nd April 2018

Arlesey Town v Aylesbury

Southern League Division One East

Haywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

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

Kevin Poole

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.

SLD1E; Moles manager looking for sparkling future

Saturday 17th March 2018

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One East

Hayden Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC face the biggest test of their season on Saturday with a trip to high flyers AFC Rushden & Diamonds, in a match that contrasts football clubs at the opposite ends of the non-league spectrum. Much has been written about the plight of Rushden since they reformed back in 2011, starting at the bottom of the pyramid and now sit top of the Southern League Division One East table with promotion seemingly a few weeks away. At the other end is Aylesbury, who this season have faced a wretched time, multiple squad changes, poor form, backroom changes aplenty, but now face life under new manager Kevin Poole. The former Thame Rangers boss was appointed earlier in the week and his first job was taking his new squad to Marlow on Tuesday night, where they only lost to a last-minute goal.

Ahead of the game on Saturday Sports Shots caught up with the new Moles manager:

Firstly, we welcomed Kevin to Aylesbury FC and at the same time Sports Shots, and asked how the first few days in the job had been:

Well first of all thank you very much. Yes, these last few days have been absolutely manic, trying to sort everything out in such a short space of time creates a lot of pressure, but everyone at the club is pitching in and helping out

We enquired how Tuesday nights game at Marlow went:

The game was as we expected really, Marlow are very strong at home and they brought some players in which they are fully entitled to do – however we played some good positive football & probably deserved a draw in all fairness, but in the end the difference in fitness levels told

Kevin Poole

We asked what impressions the squad had made in their first run out under the new boss:

There are some good lads here, but they have had a really tough season. I’ve been especially pleased to see so many young players which bodes well for the future

Any new additions or changes likely?

I will be looking to bring a few in yes, the squad is a little bit light at the moment, but I also want to use this period to look at some local players and see if they’re good enough to make the step up to this level of football. Then we will be looking to stabilise things, so we can then put our own stamp & style of play into the team

Finally, any message for the Aylesbury FC supporters:

Yes, we’d just like them to keep their heads up, Dave Morris my assistant & I will do our very best to bring some pride back to the team, and to the club as quickly as is possible, and we appreciate all the support we have been shown so far

Sports Shots would like to thank Kevin for his time this week