Burnell off to Hungerford after less than a fortnight

Steve Bateman has defended striker Danny Burnell (pictured) after he took an offer 'he could not refuse'
Steve Bateman has defended striker Danny Burnell (pictured) after he took an offer 'he could not refuse'

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has defended striker Danny Burnell after the 25-year-old took the decision to leave Haywood Way after less than two weeks at the club.

Burnell was the first of several new signings drafted in by Bateman.

He said the striker had taken the decision to leave after receiving an ‘offer he couldn’t refuse’ from Calor League Premier Division side Hungerford Town.

He said: “Danny came to us from Slough, who play in the league above us, so there was always a chance of him returning to that level.

“He has taken the decision to move for a combination of more money and also playing at a higher level and I accept that.”

Burnell played three times for FC, scoring on his league debut against Beaconsfield SYCOB in a 3-1 defeat.

Meanwhile, after a 10th defeat in 11 league games – the latest of which was a 3-1 home reverse to Kettering Town – Bateman’s task doesn’t get any easier as he takes his troops to second-placed Rugby Town tonight (Tuesday).

Rugby are three points behind leaders Dunstable Town having won nine of their last 11 league games.

Valley first faced Aylesbury in 2011 after The Moles won promotion from the South Midlands League as Rugby were relegated to the regional Southern League Central Division. In that time the teams have met six times and FC trail 4-2 in the series with Rugny having won the last three meetings without conceding a goal.

Aylesbury will need to be wary of David Kolodynski who has already netted 13 league goals this season and has scored four times against the Moles in the past two meetings. The team’s next top scorer is Sebastian Lake-Gaskin with 10 strikes.

On the playing front Bateman has pretty much a full squad to choose from with Adam Logie and Brad Wadkins returning.