Saturday 13th January 2018
Aylesbury v Chalfont St Peter
Southern League Division One East
Aylesbury FC host Chalfont St Peter on Saturday at Haywood Way in the first of two crucial and extremely difficult home games in three days. Saturday’s visitors currently sit in tenth place in the Southern League Division One East table, and have only lost two of their ten league games away from home this term, although they still seek their first win of 2018 after a draw & a defeat so far.
A rocky start to the season for Aylesbury has turned around of late, with four wins out of their last six seeing the Moles steadily climb the table, and now sit a far more comfortable nine points off the bottom two places. Whilst things are not yet safe, and with league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds next up on Tuesday evening, another three points on Saturday would make even better reading.
Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury striker Ty Deacon and first asked goalkeeper Ashley Jenkins what the team know about Chalfont:
We know they will be difficult to break down as they are a very hard-working side who don’t concede many goals. We were hugely disappointed in our performance when we played at their place, so we will be looking to put that right on Saturday
We know they will be extremely tough to break down, they’ve had a fairly good season so far and we will need to bring everything with us to beat them
We asked Ty how the mood in the squad was, and what’s changed in recent weeks to bring the upturn in results:
Our squad morale is high with recent results & performances and I feel we should have the quality to go out and get all three points. Nothing has really changed here, we knew we had the quality within the squad, we just needed that kick to get us going and started playing the game we were asked by the gaffer, now the players are more confident and that’s showing in our results
Ash picked out one particular performance that’s got their season going:
The squad is more consistent now than it was a few months ago, and we’ve really gelled & picked up valuable points. The away game at Cambridge City was huge for us, an incredible team performance from every single player involved that day
We then asked Ash just how competitive the league is:
It seems anyone can take points off anyone this season, Marlow had a great result drawing 0-0 with AFC Rushden & Diamonds last week, and as I mentioned earlier we brought all three points home from Cambridge. I think Rushden will win this division, but Dunstable & Beaconsfield are breathing right down their necks
With Ty in double figures for the season, how many goals does he feel he can end with?
I’m happy to be in double figures and near enough the half way stage, I set myself a target of 20-25 for the season and it’s looking possible, I just need to keep working hard and hopefully I can achieve my target come the end of the season
Ash is also looking to keep working hard:
I had to bide my time to get back in the side, but since then we’ve been on a fairly good run and worked our way up the league table and strive to continue doing so. I’ve been working hard in training and Norm (Aaron Norman) gives me great feedback on match days on where I can improve & where I’m doing well
Finally, we asked both players where they believe Aylesbury FC can finish the season, Ash is positive:
We certainly feel we can finish in the top half of the table. We’ve passed the half way point of the season and if we can keep the consistency in our performances like we showed at Northwood in November for example, then there is no reason we cannot achieve that
Ty has another target in mind:
With everything we’ve been through we need to try & finish as high as we can and who knows by the end of the season maybe we could end up mid-table, or even higher. But finishing above ‘The Ducks’ is a must!
Sports Shots would like to thank both players for their time this week.