Moles on verge of play-offs after Beaconsfield draw

James Wetherill makes a save for Aylesbury. Pictures by Marc Keinch

James Wetherill makes a save for Aylesbury. Pictures by Marc Keinch

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Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman was pleased with his side’s resilience after they were held to a 1-1 draw away at Beaconsfield on Saturday.

The Moles were far from their best and looked on course for defeat after Aaron Berry gave the home side a 1-0 lead with just 14 minutes remaining, but Brian Haule’s spot-kick rescued a point.

Bradley Wadkins sees his shot blocked by Beaconsfield's Guram Guramishvilli

Bradley Wadkins sees his shot blocked by Beaconsfield's Guram Guramishvilli

The draw, coupled with Royston Town’s thumping 4-1 victory at Leighton Town, sees Aylesbury drop to third place in Division One Central, but with Barton Rovers losing 3-0 at home to Kettering, the Moles now need just a single point from their remaining two matches to guarantee a play-off place.

Bateman said afterwards: “It’s frustrating because obviously we have our eye on the play-offs and finishing as high as we can.

“Beaconsfield needed a point to be absolutely certain of staying up and they played like it. They were full of energy and it was a tough game for us.

“We rode our luck a little bit and looked a bit flat but the positive I take from it is that we came back and got something out of the game.

Jeanmal Prosper is taken out by Alex Murray

Jeanmal Prosper is taken out by Alex Murray

“They’ve taken points off other sides that have been up there so we knew it’d be tough and so it proved to be, but we came away with something.

“We don’t need to or want to focus on other teams – it’s about what we do.

“We’ve been a little bit flat recently but still picked up points when we haven’t been at our most fluent. I look at the derby game against United and then Beaconsfield on Saturday and for different reasons they both asked questions of us but we’ve not been beaten in those games games so it shows we’ve still got a fair amount of resilience.”