Bateman calls for league to listen over fixture list

Steve Bateman
Steve Bateman

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has hit out at league bosses after his side suffered another postponement at the weekend.

The Moles boss said he was growing increasingly frustrated at the league’s unwillingness to ‘frontload’ the fixture list.

Speaking after his side suffered their fourth successive postponement on Saturday, Bateman said he felt the time had come for a restructuring of the fixture calendar.

He said: “I firmly believe teams should be playing Saturday/Tuesday every week until at least mid-October.

“I have raised my views with the league bosses before but their argument is that due to cup matches being played in midweek there would be too much uncertainty with when fixtures could be played.

“I disagree with that argument and I think they do need to take another look at things.

“Every year, around this time, we have matches called off because of rain or snow and we end up chasing our tails and sometimes having to play three times a week.

“There are definitely more postponements now than when I started in management, and it seems to be only getting worse.

“I would urge the league to look at the fixture structure and introduce these changes for next season.”

Bateman said he was hopeful that his side’s home game against Northwood would go ahead this Saturday, despite the cancellation of a planned working party, who were due to begin a clear-up operation of the pitch and footpaths at FC’s Haywood Way ground.