Preview: Bateman wary of Chalfont threat

Aylesbury manager Steve Bateman
Aylesbury manager Steve Bateman

Aylesbury FC will be looking to take a step closer to securing a play-off place in Division One Central when they welcome Chalfont St Peter to Haywood Way this weekend.

The Moles bagged their first three points in almost a month on Tuesday evening when Jeanmal Prosper’s goal in first half stoppage time was enough to see off AFC Hayes.

The result took FC back up to third place and maintained their five-point cushion over Hanwell Town, who are one place outside the play-offs.

In contrast, Aylesbury’s opponents this weekend, 13th-placed Chalfont St Peter, have endured a dismal run of form in 2015. The Saints are currently on a nine-match winless run with their last victory coming back on New Year’s Day.

But Moles manager Steve Bateman, who bolstered his squad this week with the signing of midfielder David Deeney, is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “Chalfont will be another difficult game. We salvaged a draw at their place earlier in the season and to me they’re always a side that punches above their weight in terms of their budget.

“They have a bright manager in Danny Edwards and they’ll set themselves up so they’re difficult to beat and they’ll want to upset one of the sides in the current top five.

“We need to bounce back. If we can make it six points out of six this week then it sets us up nicely and all of a sudden everyone has a spring in their step up again.”