Bateman left to focus on play-offs after Leighton draw

Ryan O'Toole has a shot saved by Leighton keeper Zaki Oualah. Pictures by Marc Keinch
Ryan O'Toole has a shot saved by Leighton keeper Zaki Oualah. Pictures by Marc Keinch
  • Moles held to draw by lowly Leighton
  • Bateman to focus on securing play-off place
  • FC entertain second-placed Bedworth this weekend

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman says his side are fully focused on securing a play-off place with six teams competing for four spots ahead of the final eight games of the season in Division One Central.

The Moles briefly flirted with top spot and the single automatic promotion place, but leaders Kettering now appear uncatchable following an 11-game winning run, leaving FC and Bateman to focus on securing a play-off place.

Bradley Wadkins celebrates after scoring the equaliser

Bradley Wadkins celebrates after scoring the equaliser

The race for one of the four spots is tight with Aylesbury’s next opponents Bedworth United currently in second place on 69 points, two clear of FC, who in turn are two ahead of both Rugby and Royston.

At the weekend, Aylesbury were left frustrated after they could only muster a point from their trip to lowly Leighton Town with Bateman labelling the result as “an opportunity missed”, especially given that promotion rivals Bedworth, Rugby and Hanwell also dropped points.

Leighton took the lead through Mark Bunker’s 20th minute goal following a mix-up in the visiting defence, but Bradley Wadkins hit back 10 minutes later to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Bateman said afterwards: “It was one of those frustrating days. We weren’t at our best, we were flat and not really at it.

“It was one of those disappointing days but we didn’t lose the game, we picked up something and there’s no real damage.”

Steve Bateman

“You have to give Leighton some credit because they were keen to come out with a better result after we had put eight past them at home.

“Having been poor in the first half, I felt we still had enough chances throughout the game to have taken all three points but just one or two things aren’t going for us at the moment.

“You’ve got to say that it’s Kettering’s title to lose so now we’re looking at second to fifth and a lot of those results fell in our favour at the weekend.

“It was one of those disappointing days but we didn’t lose the game, we picked up something and there’s no real damage. It’s allowed Royston and Barton to close the gap and now you’re probably looking at four from six teams for those play-off places.”