Festive football is a damp squib for town’s sides after New Year’s Day washouts

Aylesbury FC's pitch was under water on Boxing Day
Aylesbury FC's pitch was under water on Boxing Day

There was no festive football for fans of Aylesbury United and FC as the weather wiped out games across non-league again on New Year’s Day.

The latest victims of the downpours yesterday (Wednesday) concluded a miserable festive period for football fans.

The Ducks’ match with Beaconsfield SYCOB was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following an early inspection on Wednesday.

The game will now be arranged for a new date which is yet to be announced. Tony Joyce’s side are due to play away at Rugby Town on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Steve Bateman’s reunion at former club Slough on New Year’s Day was a damp squib as the hosts were forced to call the game off with an unplayable pitch. The Moles are meant to be hosting AFC Hayes on Saturday although it remains to be seen if that will have any chance of going ahead given the state of FC’s notorious pitch and more heavy downpours in Aylesbury this week.

The postponements come in the wake of a new date being set for the Aylesbury derby after the disappointment of the Boxing Day game washout.

The fixture, which was called off as Aylesbury FC’s pitch was almost completely covered in water, will now be played on Tuesday February 11 at 7.45pm.

The news confirms Ducks boss Tony Joyce’s worst fear. When renewing his calls for a winter break last week, Joyce said it would be a ‘real shame’ if such a big local derby was moved to a ‘cold Tuesday night in February’.

And while we can’t predict what the weather will be doing at the time, it looks as if that will now be the case.

The Ducks lost the reverse fixture 3-1 back in August.

The FC away game was one of three rearranged fixtures to be announced for the Ducks. The club will play St Ives Town (away) on Tuesday January 14 (7.45pm) and Chalfont St. Peter (home) on Wednesday February 5 (7.45pm).