Steve Bateman returned to his old stomping ground Slough with Aylesbury FC last night (Tuesday) but were comfortably beaten 2-0.
It was the Moles’ first football since December 28, when they beat Egham. And it showed as they struggled to shake off the natural rust from having no football in more than a month.
In wet and windy conditions and with a healthy crowd of 230, FC actually started the brighter, Jerome Anderson getting a shot away on goal. Slough grew into the game, though, and had a couple of half chances before Warren Harris gave them the lead before the half hour.
Former Slough forward Danny Sonner, one of several FC players and staff to be returning to their old club, had a few sniffs at goal while Moles man of the match Sam Bateman had an increasing influence on proceedings.
Key defender Ben Stevens had to come off injured before the break but it did not unsettle FC too much as they pressed for an equaliser in the second half.
Bateman, Anderson and Bradley Wadkins all had efforts on goal while FC keeper James Weatherill kept his side in the game with a crucial save at the feet of a Slough attacker.
With time running out, though, his good work was undone when a poor goal kick set Slough straight into attack and that man Harris scored again.
FC will hope to get back on track when they entertain Chertsey Town at Haywood Way (weather permitting) on Saturday (3pm).