Joyce hopes Jets will run out of steam in race for second place

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Tony Joyce says he would rather have points in the bag than games in hand after his side opened up a gap in second place with two wins this week.

With United’s closest rivals for second spot in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League, Oxhey Jets, not in action this week due to the weather, United now have an eight-point cushion.

But while the Jets have four games in hand, Joyce maintains he would still much rather have the points and another fixture ticked off the list after beating stugglers Hatfield Town last Saturday and then Hadley in a breathless 4-3 thriller on Wednesday night.

“Oxhey have got three games in hand but that means they have a lot of games to play,” Joyce said.

“We, and I mean all of us, have a lot of games to fit in anyway, but they have three more don’t they. I would rather have the points on the board as I always say.

“You would expect them to win their games in hand but if they’re playing Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday it might take its toll.

“They also have a few tough ones coming up so if they can drop a few points there that will help, and remember we’ve still got to play them in the league as well, so we’ll see what happens.

“So second place is certainly a realistic target for us,” Joyce added.

The Ducks complete a run of three games in six days as travel to Hanwell Town on Saturday followed by the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Cup semi-final at Oxhey Jets next Tuesday night as United bid to make it to a second final this season.