Tony Joyce says news that Aylesbury United have made history by winning their first cup in 13 years is tinged with disappointment because they’ve done it without even kicking a ball.
United were due to play Flackwell Heath in the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy final but in a bizarre turn of events, and something of an anti-climax, the Ducks have been awarded the trophy after it emerged Heath and their semi-final opponents Windsor FC had both fielded ineligible players.
With no opponent to play the Berks and Bucks FA decided to award the trophy to Aylesbury, on a date to be announced.
Manager Tony Joyce said: “I’ve never encountered this before. Of course it’s nice we have won the cup but it’s nicer if a team can play. You miss the day out.
“It’s a shame because we would like to have gone and won the final outright which to be honest I think we would have done. The players have deserved it though.”
In an official statement on the Berks and Bucks FA website on Wednesday evening, the local authority said both clubs had admitted breaking the rules.
United last played in a final eight years ago in May, a Berks and Bucks Senior Cup defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.
But there will still be a chance for the Ducks to run out a showpiece match after they made it to the Premier Division Cup final with a stunning 5-3 extra-time semi-final win at Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night.
United were 3-1 down at half-time before they launched their stirring fightback with Louis Austin and Liam Smyth landing the killer blows in extra-time.
United will face either Tring Athletic or Hadley in the final on May 1 at Berkhamstead (kick-off tbc).