One down and one to go on Ducks to-do list

Ducks boss Tony Joyce
Ducks boss Tony Joyce

IT is a case of one ticked off and one to go for Tony Joyce on his end of season to-do list after a fantastic 5-3 win over Holmer Green on Saturday.

Last week, Joyce told The Bucks Herald he had two targets for the rest of the season, to leapfrog Tring Athletic who were above the Ducks and then Haringey, who were third.

Following Saturday’s victory and Tring Athletic’s defeat to Hanwell Town, the Ducks have achived part one, jumping above Tring into fifth place in the Molten Spartan South Mids Premier League on 56 points to Tring’s 53.

While it will be a tougher ask to overhaul Haringey, United’s cause was helped as they also closed the gap on them with their humbling of Holmer.

The Ducks were able to close the gap to the fourth placed side after they lost 2-1 at Stotfold, where Lewis Holmes scored deep in stoppage time to complete a turnaround.

Dean Fenton had given the visitors a 25th minute lead, prior to Mark Bryant levelling after 69 minutes.

It means Joyce’s men are seven points behind them with the same number of games played – 31.

Ducks boss Joyce was unavailable for comment this week but will be busy preparing his squad for yet another punishing three-game week schedule starting with the visit of Berkhamsted on Wednesday night.