Lets us play! Managers hope fixture frustrations are behind them

Aylesbury FC and United hope they can get some action today
Aylesbury FC and United hope they can get some action today

Aylesbury United and Aylesbury FC will hope to finally get some match action when they are due to entertain AFC Hayes and Northwood respectively today (Saturday).

The Ducks saw their big Berks and Bucks Cup semi-final against Chesham United called off on Wednesday night at Bell Close due to an unplayable pitch.

That was off the back of their trip to Daventry being postponed yet again last Saturday. But Tony Joyce hopes today’s match against AFC Hayes will buck the recent trend of washouts.

He said: “It’s frustrating.

“I am confident the pitch will improve enough to allow the game to go ahead.

“We have a fully fit squad and plenty of competition for places.

“We will approach it the same way as any other game and everyone is really looking forward to the challenge.”

Meanwhile, United’s rivals FC have had even less game time so far this winter, particularly at their infamous Haywood Way base which floods easily.

Exasperated boss Steve Bateman has slammed league bosses for poor planning and insists more games should be played in the early part of the season.

Speaking ahead of today’s proposed home game against Northwood, 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 would go ahead, despite the cancellation of a planned working party, who were due to begin a clear-up operation of the pitch and footpaths at the ground.