AYLESBURY UNITED vs LEIGHTON TON PREVIEW: Ducks “entertain” their landlords

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The Ducks are back in the league action today (Saturday) – weather permitting – when they “entertain” landlords Leighton Town at Bell Close (3pm).

The Ducks will be looking to put a rare off night in the cup behind them after they lost 6-0 at Royston Town on Tuesday night.

After seven straight postponements, it was a first game since January 14 for the Ducks. And their rustiness was brutally exposed by the high-flying Crows as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Red Insure Cup with consummate ease.

With further downpours since Tuesday, though, Saturday’s game may be another casualty of the winter washouts.

Boss Tony Joyce said that although his side had managed lots of extra training sessions there was no substitute for playing.

He said: “Nothing will replace playing matches, and after a while, it does get very frustrating when you can’t play.

“There is nothing you can do about it, because you are the mercy of the weather gods.

Joyce admitted that it was ultimately teams who progressed in the cup who suffered the worst with fixture backlogs.

He said: “It is a no-win situation for us. We then have the difficulty of trying to fit in all the extra fixtures.

“There is no easy answer, we just have to accept that as a consequence.”

The re-arrangement of the Berks & Bucks Cup semi-final has led to the hotly-anticipated Aylesbury derby being moved for a third time.

Having been postponed on Boxing Day due to a waterlogged pitch at Haywood Way, the match will now take place on Tuesday April 1, kick-off 7.45pm.

Joyce said: “Instead of the derby being three games away, it is now 15 games away.

“On the positive side, by April the weather should be a bit better so it will hopefully encourage some extra spectators.

“By then, it will just become ‘another fixture’ as we will be playing catch up, but it should still be a great occasion.

“There is nothing we can do about it, it is just the way it goes.”

The Ducks go into today’s game sitting pretty in 10th while “visitors” Leighton are struggling down in 18th.