FC boss Bateman frustrated despite win over United

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Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman admitted he was “frustrated” with his side’s performance despite their 1-0 win over rivals Aylesbury United on Monday.

Brian Haule scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half as the victory took FC top of Division One Central after six games.

But the Moles had to ride their luck at times with United’s Steve Hatch squandering a second half penalty.

Bateman said: “I’m very pleased with the result but I’m frustrated with the quality of our play on the day.

“This is probably the best pitch we will play on all season and the conditions were just about perfect, but the battling qualities of the group ticks another box for me.

“The final 1-0 score probably wasn’t a fair result – when the opponents miss a penalty that raises an eyebrow.

“We were nearly the creators of our own downfall there because we had the ball in the left-back position and only had to hit our target man upfront, but mis-kicked a clearance and conceded a penalty and we got away with it.

“We missed a great chance at the end with Ryan O’Toole on the break. If they had equalised earlier I would like to have think that would have sparked us and we would have raised our levels more than we did.

“Derbies are usually games of attrition and I don’t think today was any different. Both teams approached it in the right spirit but there was still a lot of passion in the game.”

The Moles came into the current campaign looking to kick-on from last season when they mounted a promotion challenge, and 13 points from six games represents a promising start for Bateman.

He added: “For us, we are building a platform for the season. We will take the three points forward and I will use the strength and depth of the squad over the coming games.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the crowd. I’d have expected a few more people. I do wish the people of Aylesbury would come out and support this fixture.

“Aylesbury is a wonderful footballing town. I think both teams deserve to play in front of a crowd that is representative of the size of the town.”

Aylesbury FC, who are also through to the next round of the FA Cup, welcome Fleet Town to Haywood Way this weekend.