Better late than never! Ducks sub arrives just in time

Ben Baines got United's winner Photo: www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk

Ben Baines got United's winner Photo: www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk

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It was a case of better late than never as Aylesbury United edged out London Colney 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Ben Baines turned up late at London Colney but he showed immaculate timing when he came on to score the all-important winner for Tony Joyce’s side.

Aylesbury made a bright start to the match after having Saturday off when their game against Harefield was called off.

The Ducks took the lead in the eighth minute, Joyce’s player of the month Louis Austin vindicating his manager’s glowing words that he had improved his composure in front of goal by finishing off top scorer Stacey Field’s fine through ball.

The hosts battled back and with the Ducks having to move the chess pieces after a couple of injuries, the hosts equalised early in the second half.

But, half-time sub Baines scored from close range to tick off another win in United’s quest for promotion from the Spartan South Midlands Premier League, where they sit second, two points ahead of Oxhey Jets – who have two games in hand.

Meanwhile, the postponed match at Harefield United has been arranged for Easter Monday.

A fixture on a Bank Holiday Monday is something of a rarity for the Ducks since leaving the Southern League but the April Fools’ Day match is no joke and will kick off at 3pm.

The Ducks entertain Hatfield at Bell Close on Saturday.