Mixed emotions for record breaking Ducks

The Aylesbury United team of 1986/7 have seen their record eclipsed by Tony Joyce's current crop (pictured in action against rivals Oxhey Jets below)
The Aylesbury United team of 1986/7 have seen their record eclipsed by Tony Joyce's current crop (pictured in action against rivals Oxhey Jets below)

It was a night of jubilation and frustration for Aylesbury United as they set a new a club record of 24 games unbeaten in all competitions but dropped two crucial points at Stotfold in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.

United’s history boys were 1-0 up within a minute of their Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division match but were pegged back in the second half only to find out their main rivals for second place and possible promotion, Oxhey Jets, has got a late winner in their game against Leverstock Green.

While the draw broke the 116-year-old club’s record of 23 games unbeaten in all competitions, set under Trevor Gould in the 1986/7 season, the dropped points and Oxhey winning one of their several games in hand made it a bitter sweet night for Tony Joyce and his men.

Nevertheless United still surpassed the efforts of a team that included the likes of all-time top goalscorer and Ducks legend Cliff Hercules and Joyce says his current crop deserve to go down in history with a man he had the ‘privilege’ to play alongside towards the end of his career.

“The players deserve it definitely,” Joyce said.

“As a team collectively they have done fantastically. When we got to about 19 or 20 unbeaten the fans started talking about it and it’s obviously in the back of the players’ minds and my mind.

“We’ve already won a cup, which we keep forgetting, we’ve got another final at the end of the season and second place to push for so we have a lot to concentrate on, so getting that record probably won’t sink in until the end of the season.

“I’m very proud as a manager of what we’ve achieved, especially because how the club was when we first came in three years ago.

“But fair play to the chairman (Graham Read) he’s stuck by it and we’ve finished sixth, fourth and hopefully second this year so we’re improving all the time, and that’s what you want.

“The record is special because I actually played alongside Cliff towards the end, and it was a privilege as he was certainly one of, if not the, best non-league players never to play professionally, as well as being a lovely bloke, and we’ve gone and got his record,” he added.

Meanwhile, runaway Premier Division leaders Dunstable Town were crowned champions on Tuesday night after a 2-1 win over Haringey. The club remain unbeaten this season.