Ducks claim point in entertaining draw with Slough

Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce

Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce

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Aylesbury United claimed what manger Tony Joyce described as ‘a good point’ as they recovered from conceding three goals in seven minutes to draw 3-3 at home to Slough Town in an entertaining game at Bell Close.

The Ducks took a first-half lead through Jack Wood however the Berkshire side then scored three times in the second half to take a 3-1 lead with 20 minutes to go.

Goals from Lee Grace and substitute Dom Petrucci gave the hosts a share of the spoils in what boss Joyce described as a ‘very entertaining game.’

He said: “We started the game well and deserved the lead in the first half.

“That goal sparked them into action and they had something of a purple patch for a while in the second period.

“At 3-1 I was a bit concerned but we weren’t really playing that badly.

“I changed to an attacking formation at that point and the players showed great character to battle back and get what I felt was a deserved point against a very good side, so I’m really pleased.”

The Ducks are next in action on Wednesday night when they host North Greenford United, a match Joyce said he expects to win.

He said: “With all due respect to North Greenford, I would be disappointed if we don’t win.

“We are at home to a side who are below us in the table and we should beat them on paper.

“We should have a fully fit squad, and we also have Zack Reynolds back which is good news.”

Joyce also spoke for the first time about events across town at rivals Aylesbury FC, where manager Craig Faulconbridge stepped down from his role in charge of the first team to concentrate on youth development.

Joyce said he understood Faulconbridge’s reasons for reducing his workload at the club.

He said: “It is very difficult trying to do two important roles at the same time.

“Aylesbury FC always have very high expectations so there was probably a lot of pressure on him.

“Personally, if I had been put in that position I would have stuck with the first team job because to me that always comes first.

“Now, it is important that they take their time and get the right man for the job, so the two clubs can continue to maintain their healthy rivalry.”