Clean sheet thrills Bateman after Bedford win

Bradley Wadkins celebrates after scoring FC's second goal against Bedford. Picture by Marc Keinch
Bradley Wadkins celebrates after scoring FC's second goal against Bedford. Picture by Marc Keinch

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has warned his side to guard against complacency following their fourth successive league win on Saturday.

A goal in each half was enough for the Moles to take all three points away at Bedford Town and reaffirm their promotion credentials at the top of Division One Central of the Southern League.

Bateman said afterwards: “It was very much a hard-earned victory on a difficult pitch.

“If I’m being ultra critical, we could have had two or three more but I’m pleased with the result and it was a bonus to keep a clean sheet.

“Bedford tries to intimidate us and get in our faces but I felt we stood up well and played some good stuff on a difficult surface

“I spoke to a few people from Bedford afterwards who felt we are one of the best sides they’ve faced this season, but we’ve played 21 games now and I know we’re doing something right because of our league position.

“I was pleased we kept a clean sheet. We’ve been guilty of giving away cheap goals but there was a real determination from the lads on Saturday.

“Pitches have changed at this time of year but it seems whatever team we put out, we’re capable of getting a result and that shows the hard work we’re putting in on the training pitch.”

Bateman made just one change from the side that defeated Beaconsfield last weekend with leading scorer Sonny French dropped to the bench and replaced by Ben Bateman.

The visitors had chances to take an early lead with Lynton Goss denied by Bedford goalkeeper Garry Malone when through on goal before Brian Haule headed over the bar.

Further chances went begging for Aylesbury before they eventually took a deserved lead when a free-kick from Ben Stevens was met by the sliding Bateman, who blasted home from four yards.

The Moles defence then had to hold firm to maintain their lead into half-time and FC made it two 12 minutes into the second half through Bradley Wadkins’ volley.

There were still chances for Aylesbury to extend their lead as Aston Goss and Kyle Anthony both went close, but the visitors had done enough to seal victory.

The result - FC’s sixth win in seven games and fourth in a row - keeps Aylesbury third in the table, but Bateman is keen not to get carried away, adding: “We’ve got to be careful because there’s always something waiting around the corner to bring you down if you get carried away, but we are working hard and playing well.

“It’s a happy dressing room at the moment. There’s a feel good factor around the place.”

This weekend, FC welcome another team chasing promotion to Haywood Way when they host fifth-placed Rugby Town on Saturday.