Ducks boss reiterates calls for a winter break in non-league

Winter break: Tony Joyce
Winter break: Tony Joyce

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce has reiterated his annual call for a winter break at non-league level after seeing his side’s last two games called off.

Matches against St Ives, last Tuesday, and Chalfont on Saturday were postponed due to the adverse weather.

And with the prospect of more games going the same way as the wintry weather worsens, fixture scheduling could see clubs like United playing three times a week during a crucial stage of the season.

Joyce is a big advocate of a winter break in non-league but remains pessimistic about it ever being introduced.

“It’s frustrating really and I say the same thing every season,” Joyce said.

“We’ve had a week off and our game against FC looks a very big doubt with the weather we’re expecting.

“But that’s what you get at this time of the year, it is always the same and I have always said there should be a winter break at our level of the game.

“I don’t think that will happen, though, because people like me have been saying it for years and we’re still playing aren’t we? Hopefully the Boxing Day game will go ahead, though, because you’d like to think we’d get a big crowd. But if it is postponed it will probably be played on a Tuesday night in February and it won’t be quite as big which is a shame.

“Why we don’t just play more games at the beginning of the season when the weather is good I don’t know, but I don’t make the decisions.”

United are, weather permitting, due to entertain Chertsey Town on Saturday (3pm).