FA Cup replay preview: Ducks boss hopes Field can fire FA Cup win

Aylesbury United striker Stacey Field is back from injury
Aylesbury United striker Stacey Field is back from injury

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce says he hopes the return of talismanic striker Stacey Field will help his side find a cutting edge in Wednesday night’s FA Cup replay against Westfield.

The Ducks were held to a 1-1 draw on their travels to the Combined Counties side, who sit two levels below United on the football pyramid.

Aylesbury dominated Saturday’s game and Joyce said his side could have scored four or five.

Jason Blackett equalised in the second half for United after they went 1-0 down early on. But after missing a string of chances, the Ducks were left biting their nails as Richard Armstrong was sent off with five minutes to go. They held on for the replay, though, which Joyce is confident they can win, especially now they have top scorer Field back in their ranks after a lengthy injury lay-off.

“We started very well but didn’t score and, something that is a bit of a theme with us at the moment, they go and score with their first shot,” Joyce said.

“After that we played very well and created lots of chances but it wasn’t to be. We were thinking would it come back to bite us when Richard got sent off and they did have one shot in the 93rd minute which was a hearts in mouths moment. But it is the FA Cup ,away from home, you either get two results a win or a draw don’t you? As long as we win the replay on Wednesday, it won’t matter.

“To be fair to them they were a decent side, and as I said before Wednesday won’t be a walkover.

“Stacey played just over 80 minutes, which was great and will do him the world of good. For him now it is just that match fitness and hopefully he will get back scoring which will be very nice if he starts on Wednesday night.”

Should United beat Westfield they will win £3,000 in prize money and be rewarded with the visit of Skrill Conference South side Staines, two levels above, on the weekend of September 28.

Staines, one of Joyce’s old clubs, are managed by former Premier League star Marcus Gayle of Wimbledon and Jamaica fame. Ironically Gayle replaced former Ducks boss Steve Cordery in the Staines hotseat last year.