Ducks boss rues lack of play-off system but insists promotion race is still wide open

Ducks boss Tony Joyce
Ducks boss Tony Joyce
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Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce admits he wished a play-off system was in place in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League as he would fancy United’s chances of promotion.

A 2-0 victory over AFC Dunstable last weekend kept the Ducks level on points with second-placed Oxhey Jets who also won, although both sit 13 points behind leaders Dunstable.

Joyce says with Oxhey still to come to Bell Close, the promotion race is still open but wishes the play-off system was in place.

“They’ve both won again and ourselves and Oxhey are level on points so it’s still all to play for,” Joyce said.

“It would be great if the play-offs were in place because you’d fancy us in a play-off scenario this season wouldn’t you?

“It’s a shame it’s not in place but we knew the situation at the start of the season (that the best second places from a number of feeder leagues get promoted) so we just get on with it. The league has been asked to consider it for next year, though.”

Prior to the AFC Dunstable game Ducks player Daniel Jones was honoured having recently made his 100th appearance for the club.

He received his award from chairman Graham Read.

Meanwhile, the club’s fans held a bucket collection for defender Lee Bircham who suffered a double leg break seven weeks ago.

Joyce welcomed the gesture and said it had put a spring in Bircham’s step as the full-back is now up and walking again.

United have back-to-back away games at Harefield on Saturday and then London Colney next Tuesday night.

After making it to their first final since 2005 with a 2-0 Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy semi-final win over Ascot on Tuesday night, United will play Flackwell Heath in the final.

Flackwell beat Windsor 3-2 in a thrilling match on Wednesday night. And the final will be held in familiar surroundings for the Ducks as it will be staged at Chesham United’s The Meadow ground – the club’s home-from-home after their eviction from Aylesbury – on Tuesday April 16, kick-off 7.45pm.