Saturday 13th April 2019
Aylesbury v North Leigh
Southern League Division One East
Aylesbury FC host North Leigh on Saturday knowing whoever loses will be bottom of the Southern Football League Division One Central table on Saturday night with just three games then left to play, the battle at the bottom now looks to be two from five as to who will finish in the dreaded bottom two relegation places. Both sides have to win, despite the Moles future next season already decided Paul Bonham’s men are desperately trying to avoid those relegation places as a matter of pride, Kidlington, Dunstable Town & Welwyn Garden City are all embroiled in the same dogfight at the bottom of the league, Aylesbury face play-off chasing Sutton Coldfield next week ahead of their local El Quackico derby on Easter Monday and finish with a trip to Welwyn meaning three points this weekend would be a welcome boost ahead of the tough run in. However, after a recent revival of fortunes they have lost their last three games whilst in return North Leigh have lost by the odd goal in seven to their National League South neighbours Oxford City in their Oxon Senior Cup semi-final, drew with Welwyn three apiece and thumped Coleshill Town by four without reply away from home, this game neither side can afford to lose…..
This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury forward man Bruno Brito to ask when he joined the club, and how it all came about:
I joined Aylesbury in July 2018; Scott Reynolds was my manager at Leighton Town the club where I played half of the previous season. When he moved over to Aylesbury he invited me to come and join him to sign for the club, at the first training session I saw a good project to go forward with quality players and staff, there was everything a player needs to be at his best so for me that made my decision easier. Lots of different things have happened during my time since joining, players and staff have left which has made this season hard especially for those who decided to stay and for those who have joined us midway but that’s out of our control and I’m still enjoying playing for the club
How good a season does he feel he has had so far in terms of fitness & contribution?
Since the first pre-season training session there have been ups and downs for me but I’m always working hard to help this club and my team mates to succeed. I didn’t have many minutes in games with the previous manager but never had an attitude & never questioned his decisions, I didn’t miss any training sessions and always tried to keep myself motivated in that period, I’ve always kept my fitness up with gym workouts on top of training for when I got my chance. With Paul Bonham as the new manager I didn’t feel I had anything to prove to him he was with us from the start, he knows me well & how I work and how I could help the team, I started getting more minutes and this gave me more confidence. Goals started coming more often and that’s what is important for every football player, I’ve stayed at the club because of him, I trust and believe in everything he does is for the best of the team and club
How good a squad does Bruno feel the club has, and which players have impressed?
It’s been a long season to be honest, we’ve had players leaving and new ones coming in at all times, unfortunately this made our team look weak for a period but now I feel we are better and stronger. We believe we can do better match after match and we can compete with any team from our league, I’ll say two of our players who really impressed me this season… Jordan Jenkins (JJ) and Davis Haule, fair play for their quality, team spirit and bravery
What is Bruno’s preferred position in the side?
I leave the tactical part to the manager, a football player has to adapt to the system the person in charge wants you to play, I’m a forward player who likes to score goals so any position close to the goal is good enough for me but if the manager ask me to play anywhere else he knows I’ll give the same effort to help this team
We asked Bruno what his previous football history has been prior to Heywood Way:
These are the clubs I’ve played for:
Grupo Sportivo de Carcavelos (Portugal)
1 Dezembro (Portugal)
Odivelas Futebol Clube (Portugal)
GMD Trajouce (Portugal)
Associação da Torre (Portugal)
Sport Clube Praiense (Açores)
Atlético Clube de Portugal (Portugal)
Frenaros FC2000 (Cyprus)
Sporting Clube de Macau (China)
Newport Pagnell Town (England)
Aylesbury United (England)
Leighton Town (England)
Aylesbury Fc (England)
The last three games have seen defeat for Aylesbury, what has happened to change the previous good run of results?
In our last three matches we haven’t performed at the best of our abilities and we all know that. We must clear our minds, keep our heads up and play the best football we can to get back to the wins we had a few weeks ago. We can compete and win against any team in our league on our day, I believe we can achieve our goal at the end of the season
At home to fellow strugglers North Leigh this week, how difficult does the front man expect this to be?
It will be a battle on Saturday against North Leigh, both teams need the points for different reasons, we know they have got a good side but let’s see on Saturday. They will face a better Aylesbury than the last couple of weeks, it will be a game where we expect to succeed and get the three points we need, I totally believe in my team mates, we have a better squad & we just have to perform. I wish to see many of Aylesbury FC fans support us in these last few matches; our team and club need to feel you are with us!
Finally, we asked Bruno if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who & what would he choose?
I definitely need to choose Ben Stevens to go on impractical jokers, I can imagine Ben setting up the punishments for the others… he’s evil! Hahaha
Sports Shots would like to thank Bruno for his time this week