Bateman attacks league over ‘draconian rules’

The scene at Haywood Way ahead of Aylesbury FC's last scheduled match at home to Chertsey Town

The scene at Haywood Way ahead of Aylesbury FC's last scheduled match at home to Chertsey Town

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Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has hit out at Calor League bosses after his side suffered another postponement at the weekend.

The Moles manager accused the league of ‘draconian thinking’ after their match at home to Chertsey Town was called off with the Haywood Way pitch underwater, pointing out that they were unwilling to extend the season, resulting in a backlog of fixtures.

Bateman said: “This prolonged spell of wet weather has really hit clubs up and down the country, including us, and I really feel the league could do more.

“They seem unwilling to be flexible with the rules and we are being left to fend for ourselves.

“Ever since I started in management, about 13 years ago, we have faced similar situations season after season with bad weather causing fixture backlogs but nothing changes.”

FC did at least manage to break their run of seven postponed matches in a row last week, when they lost 2-0 away to Slough Town.

He said: “We were obviously a bit rusty because we had not played for over a month.

“Overall, we played very well and had enough chances to win the game.

“I was happy with how we played, but the frustrating thing is that it is impossible to get any momentum going because you never know if you are going to play from one week to the next.”

The Moles’ next Calor League fixture is scheduled to take place on Saturday February 15, when they travel to Royston Town (ko 3pm).