AYLESBURY FC at LEIGHTON TOWN PREVIEW: Can FC play their first game of 2014?

Postponed games meant more frustration for FC boss Steve Bateman
Postponed games meant more frustration for FC boss Steve Bateman

Aylesbury FC boss Steve Bateman hopes his side can finally play their first game of the year when they make the short trip to Leighton Town today (Saturday).

Bateman said he felt frustrated after his side suffered a third successive postponement last weekend.

The Moles have yet to play a game in 2014 after their match at home to Rugby Town was called off as parts of the Haywood Way pitch are still waterlogged.

FC have now had four of their last five games called off due to the weather, after their Boxing Day derby at home to rivals Aylesbury United was also postponed.

Bateman said he was disappointed after FC were left kicking their heels again.

He said: “There is no substitute for playing games and after we won our last match at Egham I had hoped to get some momentum but unfortunately the weather has got the better of us in recent weeks.”

As a result of the bad weather, FC have spent time training on the 3G pitch at the Aylesbury Vale Academy, an experience Bateman said was beneficial.

He said: “We have been training three times a week indoors, at the 3G pitch and also indoors at Berkhamstead.

“Hopefully that will ensure the squad is ready for when we do manage to get back into league action.”

FC are hoping that will be the case today at Bell Close, a ground the hosts share with FC’s main rivals Aylesbury United.

Bateman said: “I know United played at home there last week so I am optimistic the game will be on.

“Leighton are just below us in the table and these are the sorts of games we must win if we are going to push towards mid-table, which is our target for the rest of the season.

“All the teams around us though are scrapping for points, so it will be not be an easy match by any means.”