Ducks boss knows the secret to success but admits Margaretsbury will provide stern test

Ducks boss Tony Joyce
Ducks boss Tony Joyce

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce says the secret to his side’s success so far this season has been winning the games they are expected to in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League but admits Wednesday’s match against St Margaretsbury is a ‘real test’.

Joyce said his side put in a good performance and should have won by more but stressed it is their much-improved form against the lesser sides that has put them within striking distance of the league summit.

Three goals in 30 first half minutes did the damage for United and set them up nicely for Wednesday’s tough home match against in-form St Margaretsbury, who have won 13 of their last 15 games in all competitions.

“Hillingdon was a game that last season we probably would have struggled in as it is a game where we expected to get the three points,” Joyce said.

“But this season we have not had that problem, yet, which has helped us get to where we are. It was a good performance, three good goals and a clean sheet so very pleasing all in all, but it could have been more.

“Wednesday will be a different game, a very tough match for us. Margaretsbury are on one hell of a run of results, so that won’t be easy at all.

“At the moment it’s as you were in the league with Dunstable and Oxhey both winning as well.

“But if we can win on Wednesday then that will put us up there joint with Dunstable so that’s the aim, to put them under pressure,” he added.

United’s first goal against Hillingdon came from a hashed clearance by custodian Connor Spanns that Ben Butler coolly curled into the net from 40-yards and their second a scuffed effort from Louis Austin.

Austin then turned provider as he capitalised on an awful defensive slip to run free and square for striker partner Stacey Field to easily convert.

There was a familiar name among the United substitutes on Saturday after Daniel Jones returned from rivals Aylesbury FC.

It marks the start of Jones’ third spell at the Ducks and Joyce said he was glad to have him back.

“Danny is a good lad that I get on with. He hasn’t been playing at FC due to injury and he left for logistical reasons more than anything during the summer,” Joyce said.

“He didn’t play on Saturday but he will feature in the coming weeks.”

United entertain Holmer Green on Saturday and travel to Dunstable in the Premier Division Cup next Tuesday night (7.45pm).