Two steps back for Bateman as Moles slip to loss

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman
Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman
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Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman said he was left feeling frustrated after his side lost 4-0 away to Daventry Town in the Calor League.

The Moles dominated the first half with Lamar Simpson, Aston Goss and Gareth Price all missing good chances for FC.

The hosts then took the lead just before the break, before two further goals soon after the interval gave the Northamptonshire club victory.

A fourth goal in the last 10 minutes compounded the Moles’ misery, and despite their best efforts they could not manage a consolation.

Boss Bateman said he was frustrated at the scoreline after his side dominated the first half.

He said: “We were on top in the first half and we had chances to score.

“The goal just before the break was a real killer and then we conceded two sloppy ones after the break and never recovered.

“I think Daventry adapted slightly better than us to the difficult conditions but we did play some good football and I don’t think we deserved to lose 4-0.”

The result leaves FC 19th in the Calor League Division One Central table ahead of the Boxing Day derby against Aylesbury United at Haywood Way.

Bateman said he was not concerned by his side’s league position but added FC needed to start picking up points regularly.

He said: “Although the play-offs are realistically out of reach and we are a bit behind where I would want us to be we are certainly not in a perilous position by any means.

“The teams at the bottom of the table aren’t winning games so they are not catching us.

“However, I know we can’t rely on that and during the spring we do need to start winning more often.

“Over the next few weeks we should have a full squad to choose from and hopefully that will help us push on and have a good season.”