Ducks beaten at the death by Royston

Royston's Ross Collins got a last gasp winner against the Ducks on Wednesday night
Royston's Ross Collins got a last gasp winner against the Ducks on Wednesday night

A stoppage time goal from Royston’s Ross Collins denied Aylesbury a well deserved point at home to Royston Town, as the Ducks slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

Battling hard throughout the match, United looked to have done enough secure a 0-0 draw with a fine defensive display.

With 92 minutes on the clock though a speculative dipping strike cannoned back off the crossbar, and Collins had followed up to score the decisive goal.

Aylesbury had earlier hit the bar themselves, in the first half, and had also seen an effort cleared off the line but luck was not on their side.

But Joyce hopes the last gasp manner of the defeat won’t have an adverse affect on his players ahead of this Saturday’s big FA Cup match against Staines.

Joyce will be going head-to-head with former Premier League star Marcus Gayle in the dugout for Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round clash and believes United have what it takes to pull off a shock result against the Skrill Conference South side.

“We did really well on Saturday (at Hayes) and were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes and ended up scoring five away from home, which you’d take wouldn’t you!?” Joyce said.

“The nice thing was that we had five different scorers which is great for the team’s confidence so hopefully that’s come at the right time for us and we can pull off a win and extend our run in the FA Cup.

“If you are going to have a run, you have to beat one or two teams at this level along the way.”

Joyce hopes home advantage will come into play and wants to get one over on Gayle, who he came up against ‘once or twice’ in his playing days.

“I don’t think they will relish the beautiful pitch here at Bell Close!” Joyce said.

“They are a very good side and superior to us but that’s what the cup is all about isn’t it?.”

On facing Gayle, Joyce added: “I don’t know him personally but I did play against him one or two times.

“Hopefully after the game he will know all about me and all about Aylesbury United.”

From 15 games played, United have won nine with two draws and four defeats over the years against Staines. The Ducks won 3-2 at Staines in the FA Trophy in 2004.