Ducks vs Staines FA Cup preview: ‘Hopefully after the game they will know all about Aylesbury United’

Tony Joyce hopes Marcus Gayle and Staines remember the name of Aylesbury United after their big FA Cup game on Saturday
Tony Joyce hopes Marcus Gayle and Staines remember the name of Aylesbury United after their big FA Cup game on Saturday

Tony Joyce said he hopes his players have found their scoring boots at just the right time ahead of today’s (Saturday) big FA Cup match against Staines.

The Ducks went goal crazy in an entertaining win at Hayes with five different goal scorers.

And Joyce, who will be going head-to-head with former Premier League star Marcus Gayle in the dugout for Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round clash, believes United have what it takes to pull off a shock result against the Skrill Conference South side.

“We did really well on Saturday and were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes and ended up scoring five away from home, which you’d take wouldn’t you!?” Joyce said.

“The nice thing was that we had five different scorers which is great for the team’s confidence so hopefully that’s come at the right time for us and we can pull off a win and extend our run in the FA Cup.

“If you are going to have a run, you have to beat one or two teams at this level along the way.”

Joyce hopes home advantage will come into play and wants to get one over on Gayle, who he came up against ‘once or twice’ in his playing days.

“I don’t think they will relish the beautiful pitch here at Bell Close!” Joyce said.

“They are a very good side and superior to us but that’s what the cup is all about isn’t it?.”

On facing Gayle, Joyce added: “I don’t know him personally but I did play against him one or two times.

“Hopefully after the game he will know all about me and all about Aylesbury United.”

United can look to the history books for inspiration ahead of the Staines game as they hold the upper hand over their opponents.

From 15 games played, United have won nine with two draws and four defeats. The most recent meeting, and only in a cup competition, came when Aylesbury won 3-2 away in the FA Trophy against former boss Steve Cordery’s Town side on November 27 2004.