AYLESBURY UNITED at NORTHWOOD PREVIEW: ‘Northwood pitch will suit us’ says Ducks boss

Tony Joyce
Tony Joyce

Tony Joyce says his side are in for a ‘tricky’ game against high-flying Northwood today (Saturday) but hopes their nice pitch will suit United’s style of play.

The Ducks go into the away game off the back of a fine 1-1 draw with league leaders Barton Rovers.

Fifth-placed Northwood will pose a stiff test and Joyce thinks keeping the ball on the floor will hold the key to success.

He said: “We look forward to going to Northwood because they have a nice pitch, so we can get the ball down and play, and that should suit us.

“It will be a tricky game because they are quite high up in the league so we know it will be a tough challenge but it is one we are looking forward to.”

On the injury front, Joyce said: “Liam was able to continue after some treatment on the sidelines and he is fine.

“Jason Blackett should return for the Northwood game this weekend, so our two injured players remain Richard Armstrong and Steve Hatch.”

The former Queens Park Ranger youth player also added he was happy with the current squad at Bell Close as the season approaches its halfway point.

He said: “I am very pleased at how the season has gone so far and with the performances of the players.

“At the moment we are mid-table and that is a good achievement.

“No new signings are planned at the moment but I am always looking at how to improve and strengthen the squad.”

The match at Northwood is the first of six fixtures for the Ducks in December.

That includes the hotly anticipated return fixture between United and bitter rivals Aylesbury FC, now under new management, scheduled for Boxing Day.