Moles boss backs rival’s calls for a winter break

Steve Bateman has echoed calls for a winter break
Steve Bateman has echoed calls for a winter break
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Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has joined his United counterpart Tony Joyce in calling for a winter break in the Calor League.

The Moles have seen three of their four games over Christmas and New Year postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Bateman said he feels the league should look at restructuring the fixture list to include a festive break.

He said: “I think the time has come where the league really need to think about a winter break.

“Although the situation is not yet as bad as last year, where we had to play 14 league matches in April, it is in danger of going that way if the wet weather continues.

“Although we do get good crowds if the matches are played on say Boxing Day, more often than not the weather defeats us.

“I feel that if we played Saturday then Tuesday every week until mid-October it would allow matches to break over Christmas which would possibly be better for everyone.”

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 on Saturday (3pm), but 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.”