Preview: Moles travel to Northwood looking to secure play-off berth

Steve Bateman. Pictures by Marc Keinch
Steve Bateman. Pictures by Marc Keinch
  • FC need just a point to guarantee play-off place
  • Bateman targets maximum points from final two games
  • Moles third in Division One Central

Aylesbury FC travel to mid-table outfit Northwood this weekend needing just a point to confirm their place in the Division One Central play-offs.

Following Saturday’s draw at Beaconsfield, the Moles third in the table but with Barton losing to Kettering, they now need just one point from their final two games to secure a play-off spot.

Brian Haule's penalty rescued a point against Beaconsfield

Brian Haule's penalty rescued a point against Beaconsfield

However, FC manager Steve Bateman is keen to not look too far ahead ahead of tomorrow’s game at Northwood.

He said: “Northwood are never an easy side to play against. They’re very pacy and have a lot of energy and we have to make sure we work hard and get something from the game.

“The first priority is to make sure we’re in those play-offs and we still need a point to be absolutely certain.

“We’re six points ahead with a better goal difference but we’ve still got two games left and we have to see if we can get maximum points.

“As I’ve said to the players, I don’t even want to talk or think about play-offs. It’s been a target of ours from the moment the season started and we’re still in control – anything else is a bonus. I’d like to finish runners-up to Kettering because it will say that over the season we’ve been the second best side and tables don’t lie.

“We don’t need to or want to focus on other teams – it’s about what we do. We’ve been a little bit flat recently but still picked up points when we haven’t been at our most fluent.

“I look at the derby against United and then Beaconsfield and for different reasons they both asked questions of us but we’ve not lost either of those games so it shows we’ve still got a fair amount of resilience.

“We’ve just lacked a little bit of spark that we had for the vast majority of the season but I’m sure that’ll come back. We’ve got pace and energy out wide and with the pitches now starting to quicken up, we’ll be looking to utilise that.”

Bateman is hopeful of having a near fully fit squad available for the trip to Northwood after Gareth Price (flu) and Kyle Anthony both missed out last weekend.