Boss says run is best preparation for next season

Ducks boss Tony Joyce
Ducks boss Tony Joyce

AYLESBURY United’s fine end of season form will act as the perfect foundation for a promotion push in 2012/13.

That’s according to Ducks boss Tony Joyce who has pinpointed back-to-back defeats last October as a defining moment in his side’s season.

United are currently fifth in the SSML Premier on 62 points – 21 off the top two Royston and Dunstable.

But Joyce feels any designs the Ducks had on promotion, or at least a higher-placed finish, were scuppered by consecutive home defeats to Harefield and Colney in October.

“They were two games we should have won,” conceded Joyce.

“We know that in October that was our blip, it happens at any club.

“But we hit a bad bit of form and if we could eradicate that we would be a lot better off and probably higher up the league I think.”

United face local rivals Tring Athletic in the first of three home games in a week on Wednesday night (7.45pm kick-off).

And Joyce thinks it will be their toughest test for a while.

“If we can win that one, it will give us a bit of breathing space in fifth and put the pressure on Haringey (in fourth place),” he said.

“They have picked up since we beat them so that will be our toughest game.”

Despite heaping praise on his side and highlighting the fact United have enjoyed the continuity forced on them due to injuries, Joyce has admitted the forthcoming run of games may mean players being brought in as cover.

After Tring, the Ducks play their final eight games in five weeks and Joyce may need some cover.

“We haven’t been in the transfer market because we have trusted the players, and I might sound a bit contradictory but we might have to now to sign some players as cover,” he added.

United entertain Oxhey Jets on Saturday (3pm kick-off).