Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce challenged his in-form side to make it into the final of the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy after they extended their unbeaten run to 14 games with a win over AFC Dunstable at the weekend.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s semi-final at Ascot United Joyce said it would be a deserved reward for his players after their brilliant recent form.
Should the Ducks make it through, it will be the club’s first final appearance since facing Wycombe Wanderers in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup final at Adams Park on a sunny day in 2005.
Joyce said: “It will be a big game at Ascot, they are still in the Vase so they’ll be no mugs that’s for sure.
“But it will be great if we can get to a final, and will be a good reward for the players, so let’s hope we can get there.”
Playing for Wycombe that day eight years ago was a player now playing regularly and scoring occasionally in the Premier League, Russell Martin. Another player Danny Nicholls’ United faced that day was Ikechi Anya, who also went on to play against the Ducks in the league for Halesowen. Anya is currently starring on the wing for Championship promotion hopefuls Watford.
And on a more local level, on the bench for the Chairboys that day was James Faulkner, who currently plays for United’s rivals Aylesbury FC.
The game, which saw an entertaining 3-2 win for Wanderers, was notable for the controversial nature of Jonny Dixon’s late goal as he lobbed Ducks keeper Jack Rashid when he was supposed to play the ball back to him.
In a gesture of sportsmanship, Wycombe duly allowed United striker Drew Roberts to walk the ball in from the halfway line to even things up.
Meanwhile, in the Spartan Souther Midlands Premier League at the weekend it was another win ticked off for the Ducks as Zac Reynolds and Louis Austin goals gave United a 2-0 South Midlands Premier League win over AFC Dunstable.
Austin set up Reynolds to score and give the Ducks the edge after an even first half.
The second period was much more convincing as Joyce’s men dominated and created chance after chance.
The eventual breakthrough came in the last minute, Austin scoring a wonderful solo effort after a long weaving run.