FA CUP: Road to Wembley is a long one for Ducks

Aylesbury United face a 160-mile round trip in the FA Cup at Cinderford
Aylesbury United face a 160-mile round trip in the FA Cup at Cinderford

A 160-mile round trip awaits fans and players of Aylesbury United this weekend as they start out on the long road to Wembley at Cinderford in this season’s FA Cup.

Nearly £2,000 is at stake for the winners and Tony Joyce is hoping his players can continue their fine form in cup competitions from last season which saw them win two trophies, with one taken away due to fielding an ineligible player.

However, it is five years since United had anything resembling a decent FA Cup run, something that is often a vital source of income for non-league clubs.

The Ducks made the fourth qualifying round in 2008/09 before bowing out 1-0 to old enemies Sutton United. Since then it’s been first qualifying round at best. Last season saw a 5-2 preliminary round defeat by Northwood at Bell Close, having beaten Enfield Town 4-0 in the extra prelminary round.

Hosts Cinderford will also be hoping for an extended run in the competition, although they did reach the third qualifying round in 2010 – their best performance for more than a decade.

Like the Ducks, Cinderford go into the game off the back of a defeat. Kick-off at the Causeway Ground is at 3pm. If the final score is drawn after 90 minutes, a replay will be required, which will take place at Bell Close next Wednesday (September 4).

Ducks squad: Joey Acheampong Dean Allen Richard Armstrong Louis Austin Ben Baines Lee Bircham Jason Blackett Ben Butler Paul Edgeworth Stacey Field Lee Grace Steve Hatch Daniel Jones Tony Joyce Matt Kimani Bill Morgan John Mulholland Dom Petrucci Zack Reynolds Jack Sillitoe Liam Smyth Greg Williams Keith Williams Jack Wood Shane Wood.