AYLESBURY FC vs RUGBY TOWN PREVIEW: ‘Pitch could be a leveller’

Aylesbury FC's pitch has been badly flooded recently and the club will be hoping it subsides so they can get today's game against Rugby on
Aylesbury FC's pitch has been badly flooded recently and the club will be hoping it subsides so they can get today's game against Rugby on

Aylesbury FC boss Steve Bateman admitted today’s (Saturday) proposed match against high flying Rugby Town is ‘very much 50/50’ due to the recent flooding of the club’s home pitch.

FC have seen home matches against rivals Aylesbury United and AFC Hayes postponed over the last fortnight.

Their trip to Slough Town, scheduled for New Year’s Day was also called off, and has been re-arranged for Tuesday January 21 (kick-off 7.45pm).

FC are due to host high-flying Rugby Town at Haywood Way at 3pm this afternoon, but speaking ahead of the game Bateman said that fixture was also in doubt.

He said: “The pitch is still very heavy and there is quite a bit of standing water around so I would say the game is very much 50/50.

“If the game does go ahead, it will be a difficult match because they are fighting hard at the top of the table.

“If the pitch is a bit awkward it should help us because it could be a bit of a leveller.”

FC are currently 18th but will be looking to close the gap on 17th placed Potters Bar if arch rivals Aylesbury United can do them a favour at their Bell Close ground.

Ominously, though, a win for Rugby could put them top of the Calor Southern League Division One Central.