Bateman plays down title talk ahead of Daventry clash

Steve Bateman
Steve Bateman

Steve Bateman says his Aylesbury FC side are only worrying about themselves ahead of tonight’s clash against Daventry Town at Haywood Way, where a win would take the Moles to the top of Division One Central.

Aylesbury have performed above expectations so far this season and they currently sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Kettering Town having played a game more.

However, despite his side’s excellent form, which has seen them win eight of their last nine games, Bateman says his side are only focused on securing a play-off place.

He said: “I feel it’s still Kettering to lose.

“We’re just worrying about ourselves. Our first target is to make sure we are firmly inside the top five. We want to secure a play-off spot and then put pressure on Kettering and see how they cope.

“A few clubs are putting together runs but we’ve got a good group here and we’re enjoying our current form and long may it continue.”

The Moles will be looking to extend their winning form against Daventry, who have endured an up-and-down season and currently lie down in 17th place.

Ahead of tonight’s game, Bateman added: “I’ve never had an easy game against Daventry and I’m expecting it’ll be another tough game on Tuesday.

“We’ve got an attacking group of players who can create chances and we’ll be looking to utilise that again.

“Daventry are one of the few sides to beat us this season so we’ll be looking to address that and keep ticking over and picking up results.We could go top with a win which is an added incentive.

Aylesbury are also in action this Saturday when they entertain Godalming Town.

“It’s nice to play two or three games quite quickly and it’s very important we take advantage of that, but they’re all tough games in this league,” Bateman added.