Boss Joyce defends Ducks’ discipline

Aylesbury United clocked up their sixth red card of the season against Potters Bar Town
Aylesbury United clocked up their sixth red card of the season against Potters Bar Town

Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce said his side were ‘not a dirty team’ after they clocked up their sixth red card of the season at the weekend.

Midfielder Lee Grace became the latest player to see red during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Potters Bar Town, although Joyce was quick to defend his side’s disciplinary record.

He said: “I am not concerned at the number of red cards we have had this season. I would certainly refute any accusations that we are a dirty team.”

Grace joins striker Jason Blackett, top scorer Stacey Field, midfielder Richard Armstrong (twice) and defender/midfielder Jack Wood in being sent off this season.

Joyce added he felt the number of red cards being shown in league games had increased during his tenure at Bell Close.

He said: “I do feel to a certain extent tackling has gone out of the game. Quite often players are being booked for what I would describe as good, old-fashioned tackles and that was the case with Lee’s first yellow against Potters Bar.”