Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce has called on his in-form side to make it five wins on the bounce at home to Ramsgate in the FA Trophy third round this afternoon (Saturday).
The Ducks beat landlords Leighton Town 1-0 in what was technically an away match to maintain their superb form on their travels this season before making it four wins in a row with a fantastic 4-2 Red Insure Cup win over Hemel on Monday night.
Central to United’s fine recent form has been the return of talismanic striker Stacey Field.
Joyce, who challenged his players to make it five wins in a row against Ramsgate – in a competition ‘it would be nice to have a good run in’ – agreed Field is crucial.
He said: “Stacey was out injured at the start of the season, and we missed him a bit then.
“We’re delighted to have him back in form, and he certainly played his part by scoring twice and setting up one as well.”
“It was a tremendous performance by him and all his goals were of a very high quality.
“It was a team effort, though, and a good performance all round.”
The one downside to what Joyce described as a ‘great week’ has been an injury which will rule keeper Jack Sillitoe out for up to three months.
The popular player’s run of two years’ unbroken service came to an end when he dislocated his shoulder against Hemel, and Joyce paid tribute to the fans’ favourite.
He said: “Jack has gone off for an X-ray to find out the nature of the injury but he will be out for a while.
“He has played over 100 games in a row for us, so we will miss him.”