Bateman pleased with response after Potters Bar win

Sonny French takes a shot against Potters Bar Town. Picture by Marc Keinch
Sonny French takes a shot against Potters Bar Town. Picture by Marc Keinch

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman felt his side were full value for their 2-0 victory away at Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

Having seen their seven game winning run ended by Royston the previous weekend, the Moles bounced straight back to winning ways thanks to second half goals from Sonny French and Terry Dixon.

The result increases the pressure on leaders Kettering Town, who are now only two points clear of Aylesbury after their match at the weekend was postponed.

Bateman said: “As always at Potters Bar, it was a difficult game. I admire the way they play and both teams tried to get the ball down and pass it.

“There wasn’t much in it in the first half but we got on top after half-time and and stayed there until full-time – it never looked in any doubt that we would win.

“It’s very pleasing to get straight back winning because the players were bitterly disappointed last week but we had a good week of training and it was a pleasing response and we were full value for the victory.”

Bateman also paid tribute to the strength in depth of his squad, adding: “Sonny French has scored a dozen goals from midfield this year and he’s had to watch half of this run we’ve been on from the sidelines, as has Gareth Price, but they both had a big impact at the weekend and that bodes well for the rest of the season – it shows the depth of our squad.”

Goalkeeper James Weatherill returned to the FC starting line-up on Saturday and he was immediately called into action to guide Chris Doyle’s dangerous cross to safety.

At the other end, Gareth Price caused the home side problems with his trickery while Brian Haule headed wide and Bradley Wadkins curled a free-kick narrowly over.

Both sides had chances to take a lead into half-time but the two goalkeepers ensured a goalless first period with Weatherill three times denying Josh Hutchinson while Mike Underwood brilliantly saved Sonny French’s rasping drive.

The second half was to be a different story as Aylesbury upped their game and made the deserved breakthrough on 63 minutes when the hosts failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to French, who hit a sweet drive through a crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner.

The goal was no more than FC deserved for their good play and Jeanmal Prosper twice went close to doubling their lead before substitute Terry Dixon wrapped up the points when he was played through by Ben Bateman and rounded the keeper to slot into an empty net for his first goal for the club.

With victory secured, Aylesbury moved to within two points of leaders Kettering and will go top of Division One Central of the Southern League with victory over Daventry Town on Tuesday evening.