Steve Bateman was full of paise for his Aylesbury FC side after they took another significant step towards a play-off place by beating rivals Bedworth United 3-0.
The three points take Aylesbury above Bedworth and into second place and with rivals Barton Rovers, Rugby Town and Hanwell dropping points, the victory further cements FC’s spot in the play-offs.
Bateman’s side were in the ascendancy throughout with Aston Goss and Brian Haule putting the Moles into a 2-0 half-time lead and although Haule was controversially sent off early in the second period, the home side continued on the front foot with Bradley Wadkins’ late third capping off an excellent performance.
A delighted Bateman said: “It was a thoroughly professional and comprehensive performance all round, both in the way we played and everybody’s attitude.
“I’ve been critical behind closed doors with the players as I felt we had just dropped our standards a little bit, particularly at Leighton Town a week earlier, but to a man they responded the way I expected and it was the response we needed.”
On Haule’s red card, Bateman added: “I wasn’t overly impressed with Bedworth’s antics. They were rolling around trying to get people booked and sent off and succeeded in doing that with Brian (Haule), although the referee booked Brian for another foul but it was actually his brother Davis who had pushed him into the back of a Bedworth player. The ref tried to work out what had gone on but he made the wrong decision.
“We had to deal with most of the second half with 10 men but credit to the players, we didn’t panic, we adopted a bit of a siege mentality and all the chances in the second half were ours.
“I can’t remember a shot goal from Bedworth so to have the moments of quality in the game and work really hard and restrict them to little or nothing made it a good day all round.”
Aylesbury are next in action tonight, Tuesday, when they host Egham Town before heading to Barton Rovers this weekend.
“It was a thoroughly professional and comprehensive performance all round, both in the way we played and everybody’s attitude.”Steve Bateman