Ducks lose first league game in more than two months

Daniel Jones lines up a trademark free-kick
Daniel Jones lines up a trademark free-kick

Tony Joyce’s fears of ‘a real test’ against St Margaretsbury proved founded as Aylesbury United went down to a 2-1 home defeat on Wednesday night.

Prior to the game, Joyce warned his players that the visitors would provide a stern test of their title credentials coming off the back of four straight wins.

He said: “Wednesday will be a different game, a very tough match for us. Margaretsbury are on one hell of a run of results, so that won’t be easy at all.”

Joyce had been hoping to keep up the pressure on leaders Dunstable but their astonishing 11-0 win over Holmer Green put paid to that.

While Dunstable were scoring their way to a six-point lead in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, the Ducks were giving themselves a mountain to climb by falling two goals behind with just 12 minutes on the clock.

Aylesbury fought back and gave themselves a lifeline when Daniel Jones marked his return to the club from Aylesbury FC with a trademark free-kick.

Despite having most of the play in the second half, and plenty of chances, United found themselves frustrated and unable to force an equaliser.