Delighted Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce lauded his players for making their first final since 2005 with victory at Ascot in the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy on Tuesday night, but warned ‘we haven’t won anything yet’.
A two-goal salvo from Ben Butler included a strike from the halfway line at the death as the Ascot keeper desperately tried to scramble back to his goal after going up for a last ditch corner.
Joyce had expected a tough test against a side who are in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase and the hosts paid the Ducks a compliment by fielding their strongest team with the Vase match set to take place on Saturday.
But it mattered little in the end as United were comfortable throughout as Joyce admitted it could have been more.
“We could have won by three, four or five to be honest,” he said.
“The boys have done really well and it’s very pleasing for us. We’re in a final, but we know we haven’t won anything yet and it gives us something to look forward to and keeps the season very much alive.
“It was a good day at the office but let’s go and win it now!
“Stacey Field and Louis Austin didn’t score but they were immense for us, they really gave Ascot a hard time and then Ben has popped up, touched the ball twice and scored two goals! But in all seriousness it’s great for him, two goals in a semi-final, not bad is it?
“The second was from the halfway line as well. Yes the keeper was running back but you’ve still got to get it all right from that distance.
“When they got the corner it was from a deflection and came when we were under no pressure, then their keeper, who had had a brilliant game and kept the score down goes up and I’m thinking ‘Oh no’ because you automatically think the worst, it’s human nature. But we got it clear and the rest is history,” Joyce said.
United will face the winners of the other semi-final between Flackwell and Windsor who play on Wednesday evening and were locked at 2-2 with just minutes to play at the time of writing.