Saturday 1st December 2018
Aylesbury United v Kidlington
Southern League Division One Central
Aylesbury United host Kidlington on Saturday in Southern League action looking to bounce back after two successive defeats against North Leigh & Corby and find themselves in the unusual position of sitting exactly five points off the play-off places and also off the relegation places. Having lost to second bottom North Leigh two weeks ago, Ben Williams men will not want a repeat to bottom place Kidlington, especially in those heavily congested lower reaches of the table where just five points separate the bottom eight places of the league that only holds twenty teams. The following four games after Saturday see the Ducks then tackle top seven sides, so a win is essential if they are to start any momentum going into the Christmas period where they then face three sides below them in the league as it currently stands. However the Oxfordshire side arrive at The Meadow this week buoyed by two successive victories and are just a win away from escaping the relegation places themselves.
This week Sports Shots caught up with summer signing Max Hercules, and asked how he’s settled in to the club and how the move came about:
I feel that I’ve settled in to the club perfectly and so far, everything seems to be going great, it helped already knowing a few players here. I was always interested in playing for Aylesbury United, and playing under Ben for Bucks Sports Academy helped everything go through smoothly in terms of settling in
Has Max seen a difference in the level that he’s come in to and how has he adapted?
I’ve seen a difference in the teams that we play, no game is an easy game in this league and you have to be on it for ninety minutes. I’d say that I’ve just tried to play the same way as I usually do and just be confident
Have any of the United squad impressed Max, and are there any he feels could play higher level?
I wouldn’t say there was a certain individual that has impressed me the most so far, a lot of these players have, and I believe many could play in the leagues above
How were those two previous defeats and what cost Aylesbury on the day?
The North Leigh game was one to forget for us as a team, but I believe we easily deserved more from the Corby game. I don’t think we can say we lost it in certain parts of the pitch though, we play as a team, therefore we win or lose as a team
We asked Max how he’s found the support at Aylesbury, and if Cliff Hercules had come into any conversation:
I’ve heard many stories about my Dad & the support has been great so far, many of our away journeys are quite far yet lots of people still turn up to watch us play
So far Max has scored five goals, where does this stand in terms of targets?
I’m happy with the amount of goals I’ve scored this season but it’d always be good to get more. My target is to get double figures and also to provide as many assists as I can, for me they are as good as scoring a goal
What are the squad expecting Saturday from Kidlington?
We have information that shows they have a good squad, we all know that no game in this division is easy so we will have to prepare correctly for it
Finally, we asked Max what he believes the Ducks can achieve in the league this season:
We know what we need to do to keep away from the relegation places, and we would love to finish in and around the play-off places
Sports Shots would like to thank Max for his time this week