The Sumas are set to play their home fixtures at Henley Town in the new year, having been forced to switch as new FA guidelines deem their Lowther Road ground unsuitable for step five football as it does not have floodlights or a 100-seat stand.

Bateman’s side went an astonishing 18 months unbeaten in the league at Lowther Road after a groundshare with Bracknell Town ended in 2013, and the boss admitted to having mixed emotions after watching his side thrash Chinnor 4-0 on Saturday.

He confessed: “It was bittersweet at the end because we had an incredible home record at Lowther Road, but we’ll look to put together a good record at Henley. where we’ve had good success recently.

“I loved playing at Lowther Road, it’s my local club and it was good to come home. We got decent crowds and we had a lot of kids there on Saturday.

“It was a nice place to play but Henley is not too far and when we played there at the start of the season a lot of money had been spent on the pitch and facilities. I think the better the surface we play on the better because we like to get the ball down and play football.” The Sumas currently sit third in the table, and although they are nine points adrift of Brackley Town Development, they have five games in hand on their title rivals.

And Bateman said he is desperate for his side to push on as they enter 2015, claiming his side is capable of competing in the Premier Division next season.

He said: “We’re happy with where we are. We’ve got games in hand so it’s going to be a big ask because the other teams have got the points on the board. It’s going to be a big month for us because we’ve got seven games and we’ll know where we are at the end of it.

“I would put this squad against anybody in this league or the one above. We will need a bit of luck and for results to go our way, but I am happy because when we haven’t played well this season we have ground out results and when we have played well we have put teams to the sword. We’ve got to keep it going.”