Bleak January for Moles as they fail to kick a ball

More postponement frustration for Aylesbury FC boss Steve Bateman as Haywood Way was still covered in water on Tuesday afternoon
More postponement frustration for Aylesbury FC boss Steve Bateman as Haywood Way was still covered in water on Tuesday afternoon

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has spoken of his annoyance at the fact the Moles have gone a whole month without kicking a ball following the postponement of their match against AFC Hayes tonight (Tuesday).

The postponement of FC’s last two home games, against Northwood and Hayes, means they have not played a competitive match since December 28, when they won 1-0 at Egham Town.

The Hayes game was called off after the obligatory, but rather unnecessary, pitch inspection this afternoon.

Bateman added he was also frustrated that his pleas to restructure the fixture calendar in time for the start of next season, had fallen on deaf ears.

He said: “I bumped into a league official last weekend when I went to watch a match at Chesham (after the Northwood game had been called off). He was aware of my comments and he said that the situation was unlikely to change.

“There was an air of resignation about him, as though he was saying ‘what can I do.’

“It’s frustrating because I feel they could do more and it does make me wonder if they’re actually listening to us.”

Bateman said the effect of the constant call-offs was felt right through the club.

He said: “The club loses out in so many ways because of the weather.

“The fact we can’t play matches means we lose out on bar takings, gate receipts, the list goes on.

“Although the weather has hit all the teams in the league, we do seem to have suffered particularly badly this year.

“However, the ground is near a river so we have to accept that we are very vulnerable to the weather here.”