Ducks boss urges side to keep the pressure on

Ducks boss Tony Joyce is urging his players to keep ticking off the wins
Ducks boss Tony Joyce is urging his players to keep ticking off the wins

Tony Joyce says the Ducks are entering a crucial stage of the season and must keep up the pressure on the top two after back-to-back wins this week.

With games at a premium due inclement to weather this winter, matches will be coming thick and fast from here on in.

And Joyce says victories over St Margaretsbury last Saturday and London Tigers in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League Cup could be a springboard to a big push at usurping Dunstable and Oxhey Jets in the race at the top.

“It was a game we had to win really because St Margaretsbury could have gone above us but we also kept up the pressure on the top two,” Joyce said.

“We defended well as a team and I don’t think anyone can say it wasn’t a fair result.

“It was a good, honest performance from us and this is a crucial period of the season coming up.

“It’s going to be three games a week for most teams and it’s important that we keep ticking off the wins and keeping the top two under that pressure to try and wear them down.

“They’ve all got to play each other soon as well so points will be taken off and we have to try and take advantage,” he added.

A goal in each half and a dogged rearguard action from third-placed United put a halt to fourth-placed St Margaretsbury’s unbeaten home record.

The goals came from Jack Wood (39) and Stacey Field (79) – both set up by skipper and man of the match John Mulholland.

Joyce was delighted with the performance and energy levels of his side given the lengthy period of time without any match action. But a number of players, including Greg Williams and new signing Shane Wood picked up injuries which leave the Ducks stretched.

He said: “Shane finally made his debut about six weeks after signing!

“He had a really good game but has got a dead leg and took a whack on the head so he’s doubtful for the next game.

“Greg Williams has also got injured so where we have a strong 17 that can cope with one or two injuries, once we start getting three or four? No.

“It’s one of those is the glass half full or half empty situations but we press on and try and keep up the good work,” he added.

The Ducks visit Colney Heath on Saturday and Stotfold next Tuesday night.