Non-League Day 2017
Saturday 7th October 2017
Aylesbury v Molesey
FA Trophy Preliminary Round
Aylesbury FC (Step 4) begin their FA Trophy campaign on Saturday when they host Molesey (Step 4) of the Bostik (Isthmian) Southern Division. The Surrey based side currently sit thirteenth in their league table having won four of their opening eleven league matches and drawing one. After collecting a reasonable four points from the opening two league games, they then fell at the first hurdle of the FA Cup which was the first of a four game losing run.
Since they stopped that rot on the ninth of September with a single goal victory at Ashford United, Molesey have seen their results mirrored with a win followed by two defeats twice, and after they won Tuesday at Grinstead, Aylesbury will be hoping they can continue their guest’s cycle with a defeat.
For anyone wanting to see how the visitor’s results have gone this season so far click here: http://www.moleseyfootballclub.com/teams/47215/fixtures-results
Aylesbury themselves are looking for a good run in the Trophy, having had a difficult start to the season after an opening day draw at Hayes they then lost at home to Cambridge before tasting victory in the FA Cup at home to Cirencester, but that was then followed by a six-game losing streak including defeat in the FA Cup at home to Leiston.
However, the form was turned around with two home league wins in a week, and although defeat at Chesham this week saw their league cup campaign over, the game was used as a chance for manager Davis Haule to rotate his squad ahead of the impending Trophy fixture. The moles faithful will be hoping that the two wins last week can kick start their season and prove to be an ideal start to a length FA Trophy run.
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Sports Shots have this week spoken to three Aylesbury FC players ahead of the game.
When reflecting on whether the match would be a welcome distraction from league matters for a week, club captain Ben Stevens explained:
It’s definitely a game to enjoy but at the moment I’d say the league is more important for us, especially as we’d like to try and build some form off the back of our recent two league wins
Central defender Jordan Jenkins is looking forward to the game, especially after last week’s results:
I think the two league wins have given us a bit of momentum and a well-timed boost, those six-points have lifted us up the table and we go into this cup fixture with some of the weight lifted off our shoulders. The FA Trophy is a big competition for clubs at our level, and it can offer the chance to play against some bigger clubs the further you go, also the prize money is a big lure but our manager demands the same application in every game we play
Striker Shayne Almond believes his side can progress:
We definitely have a chance to progress on Saturday, we won’t know too much about our opposition but why not? I fully believe if we turn up and play to our full potential we can win the game
Jordan went on to describe how the Aylesbury squad has settled down since August:
Pre-season saw a large amount of players at the club, but since then the management have fine-tuned the squad and it’s no coincidence that the results have steadily improved with a more settled bunch. Davis has brought together a good mix of experience and youth, including Shayne who has been outstanding since he came in, he gives us that extra bite in attack we were lacking before
Shayne has enjoyed it since signing on:
I’ve settled very well, I came into the club quite late, they’d already played 5 or 6 games before I got here but they are a good bunch of lads that have made me feel very welcome
Ben Stevens admitted there is a lack of knowledge of their opponents:
Being honest we don’t know too much about Molesey other than what we’ve googled, but from what we’ve read we can see they’ll be a decent side and it should be a very entertaining game for everyone coming along
Shayne Almond joined the club recently after a prolific season last year for Thame Rangers:
I have two goals so far, and now my own personal target is to reach twenty league goals this season, anything more will be an added bonus for me. I fully expect us to climb that league table now and hopefully we can nick a play-off place at the end of the season
Ben discussed the team preparation for the game:
We prepare for every game in exactly the same way, the manager sets us all up in the same way whether it’s a league game or cup game, and we go out to win either three points or to get in the next round
Jordan also revealed his pre-match routine:
I have a pre match meal of pasta and a banana at 1pm, I have the same seat in the dressing room and make sure I am never late for a game. Nothing out of the ordinary really, just part of my pre-match preparation
Finally Ben looked back at the FA Trophy in his time at Aylesbury FC:
My favourite memory has to be when we went to Tooting & Mitcham United, it was a hard fought battle and we came away with a 2-1 win. Both sets of fans were magnificent that day, and I also picked up the MoM award!
Jordan recalled a game playing for Leighton Town:
I’ve played in the competition a few times, and the stand out game for me was when I travelled to Carshalton with Leighton, they had a brand new 3G pitch and we played them off the park winning 2-0. Last year here the Trophy run didn’t last long, I’m hoping we fare better this season!
Sports Shots would like to thank Ben, Jordan & Shayne for their time this week.