B&B CUP SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: Ducks raring to go ahead of Chesham clash

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Tony Joyce says his Aylesbury United side are raring to go ahead of their Berks & Bucks Cup semi-final against former landlords Chesham United tonight (Wednesday).

The Ducks are now just two wins away from more silverware after winning the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Cup last season.

Joyce said he felt cup runs were good for the team.

He said: “It is one of the biggest games of the season because we have the chance to get into a cup final.

“It is always nice to have a good cup run and the players are looking forward to the game.”

The Ducks have reached the last four of the Berks & Bucks Cup after home wins over Thatcham Town and Burnham.

In order to reach the final, the Ducks will have to claim a second successive scalp against opponents from the league above them.

Their latest obstacle Chesham currently sit second in the Calor League Premier Division, eight points behind leaders Hemel Hempstead.

Joyce added he was hopeful the match at Bell Close would go ahead, after their landlords Leighton Town’s home game against bitter rivals Aylesbury FC was postponed at the weekend.

He said: “I am confident the pitch will improve enough to allow the game to go ahead.

“We have a fully fit squad and plenty of competition for places.

“We will approach it the same way as any other game and everyone is really looking forward to the challenge.”

The winner will play either Wycombe Wanderers or Beaconsfield in the final.

The Ducks have won the competition four times in their history, most recently during the 1999/2000 season.

Meanwhile, United suffered another league postponement last weekend when their trip to Daventry Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Joyce said the latest call-off was ‘frustrating’.