Ducks boss Tony Joyce says the FA Trophy is a competition he wants his side to ‘have a little run in’ as they prepare to entertain Faversham Town today (Sunday)
Joyce said his side must carry their FA Cup performance levels into the game if they are to have a good season.
Joyce was speaking in the wake of the club’s spirited defeat to his former club Staines in the prestigious competition (see back page), a display which drew praise from opposing manager and former Premier League star Marcus Gayle.
“He was very complimentary about us,” Joyce revealed.
“I had a brief chat with him and he was obviously very happy because it was a potential banana skin for them.
“At half-time word from their dressing room was that they would be happy to take the draw, and I would say we were slightly the better team in the first half.
“But their superior fitness told in the end and they got the goals. The 3-0 is a horrible scoreline, though, as we were going for it, throwing the kitchen sink at them because at 1-0 after 80 minutes you have to don’t you?
“But the players were clapped off the pitch and if we can emulate that performance at our own level then we’ll be alright.”
Joyce showed his hand by resting players for Wednesday night’s Berks and Bucks Senior Cup match at home to Thatcham in order to save them for the Trophy match.
He said: “We’ve got to get the season going again at our level now. Players who might have had little niggles I rested from the Berks and Bucks because the Trophy again is a competition where it is nice to have a little run if we can.”
The Ducks bring a bust few days to a close with a trip to Potters Bar Town for a league match on Tuesday night.