Super sub Jason Blackett scored less than 30 seconds after coming on to end Aylesbury United’s seven-game winless run against Chalfont St Peter last night.
Blackett’s goal also ended United’s four-match goal drought as they edged their Bucks rivals with a narrow 1-0 win.
But the visiting Saints had reason to wonder quite how they left Bell Close empty handed having had the better of the chances overall, hitting the woodwork and missing a gilt-edged open goal chance earlier on.
But Tony Joyce’s side worked hard and it ultimately paid dividends as every man in green and white put in a good shift.
The match was the first of four home games in eight days for United.
The second sees United host former landlords Chesham in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup semi-final tomorrow night (Thursday).
Both sides will be hoping to play the game at the fifth time of asking, after three attempts to complete the tie at Bell Close, and one at the Meadow, all fell victim to the weather.
The Ducks have reached this stage of the competition following home wins over Thatcham Town and Burnham.
The high-flying Generals will provide a stern test but United have enjoyed a number of cup scalps this season – including beating Thursday night’s opponents on penalties in the Red Insure Cup.
Joyce admitted the cup semi-final was a big game saying: “Chesham is a huge match and it would great for the club if we could get to another cup final.
“We do need to improve on our recent performances though if we are to spring another surprise.”
Joyce denied the Ducks’ slump in form in the league was because his side had one eye on the cup semi-final.
He said: “Absolutely not. A cup run is always nice but the league comes first for us.”
The Ducks are then back in league action this Saturday when they host Uxbridge at Bell Close (kick-off 3pm).