DUCKS vs EGHAM PREVIEW: ‘We need some points on the board’

Ducks boss Tony Joyce ponders his options
Ducks boss Tony Joyce ponders his options

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce has called on his side to get back to winning ways against Egham today (Saturday) after back-to-back defeats last week.

The Ducks lost to 3-2 to Marlow last Saturday and then 2-0 to promotion hopefuls Daventry on Wednesday night.

It was only the second time the Ducks have lost two on the bounce in the Calor Southern League Division One Central this season but Joyce wants his players to redouble their efforts to get back to positive results.

“We have five home league games in March and we should be looking to get some points on the board in the coming weeks,” Joyce said.

The Egham game will be the third of 10 matches this month.

That includes a run of four home games in eight days in the middle of the month, one of which is the re-arranged Berks & Bucks Cup semi-final against Chesham United.

United’s current fixture list leaves them with 15 matches to fit in before the end of the season in April.

Meanwhile, the question of discipline then reared its ugly head again this week after Zach Reynolds was dismissed for swearing at the referee against Marlow.

But Joyce has leapt to the defence of the midfielder.

He said: “I don’t believe we have a problem with discipline at the club.

“In this case, Zach was sent off for swearing at the referee but I will defend him to a certain extent this time because the tackle by the Marlow player could have broken his leg.

“Obviously, the way Zach reacted was wrong but he was upset about the challenge and the fact that their player only got a yellow card.

“He is a young player who could have got badly injured so I do have some sympathy with him over this incident.”

Joyce added he was left scratching his head over the referee’s performance.

He said: “I don’t feel the referee had a good game.

“He made a lot of strange decisions, and on another day some of the incidents would have been interpreted differently by other officials.

“For example Jack Wood was elbowed in the face during the first half and their player could have been sent off for that.

“He certainly gave an inconsistent performance.”