Preview: Moles set to host Bedworth in play-off semi-final

Ryan O'Toole is a doubt for tonight's clash
Ryan O'Toole is a doubt for tonight's clash
  • Aylesbury FC set for play-off semi-final clash with Bedworth
  • Winner will face Royston or Barton in next Monday’s final
  • Kyle Anthony and Ryan O’Toole doubts
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Aylesbury FC host Bedworth United at Haywood Way later today, Tuesday, for the Division One Central play-off semi-final.

With only one leg, the winner of tonight’s game will progress straight through to next Monday’s final, and Aylesbury hold home advantage having finished higher in the table.

The Moles also hold the psychological advantage having beaten Bedworth twice already this season without conceding a goal.

However, Steve Bateman insists that those victories will play no part on the outcome of tonight’s clash.

Speaking this week, the Moles boss said: “Just because we’ve beaten Bedworth home and away this season, it means nothing now.

“The season’s over and now we’ve got to do it all again and they’ll be desperate to win the game as much as we will be, so we’ll have a real good go at it.

“It’s going to be tough. Play-offs are very much about turning up on the day. You’ve got one 90-minute shot at it – there’s no two legs, it’s one game and we’ve got to make sure we turn up and ask the right questions of Bedworth.

“I really hope in a week’s time the players have got maximum reward for their efforts this season but I’m under no illusions - it’s going to be difficult.”

Aylesbury go into tonight’s game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, in which time they have conceded just one goal, while Bedworth are also in good form having won three of their last five.

Bateman is hopeful of having a fully-fit squad to pick from although both Kyle Anthony and Ryan O’Toole are doubts.

“We’ll possibly have one or two who have been out injured back and available in the squad,” he added. “We’ll assess that before the game.

“But whatever side we put out I’m confident they’ll do what they have done all season. We’ve shown we can get results.

“Our achievements this season have been very much down to the squad and a collective effort. We have no superstars but we’ve got some good players who have enjoyed playing together and embraced what we’ve asked of them.

“I don’t need to force the issue because we’ve been getting results regardless of the 11 players I’ve picked.”