Fixture pile-up: More frustration for Ducks

Frustrated: Tony Joyce
Frustrated: Tony Joyce

Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce has expressed his frustration after his side suffered their sixth postponement in seven matches last night (Tuesday).

The Ducks were due to travel to Royston Town in the third round of the Red Insure Cup last night however the match was called off at lunchtime after the pitch at the Garden Walk Stadium was waterlogged.

The match has now been rearranged for Tuesday January 28, meaning the Calor League fixture at home to Daventry Town, scheduled for January 29, will be postponed for a fifth time.

Ducks boss Joyce said it was a frustrating situation.

He said: “It is very irritating to have another game called off due to the weather.

“It is becoming a bit of a familiar theme at this time of year with matches being postponed.

“We are in danger of having another backlog of games.

“Last April, we had to play 14 matches in a month and I was hoping to avoid a repeat.

“It is all part and parcel of non-league football though so we just have to get on with it.”

The majority of the Ducks’ postponed matches in the last month have been called off in advance.

Joyce said: “It means we can fit in extra training sessions and with away games it saves everyone time and money.

“The Rugby match (scheduled for last Saturday) was called off three and a half hours before kick-off, and a few of the players had started to travel there which is not ideal but that’s the way it is.”

Meanwhile, as well as the Royston cup game, two more weather-postponed matches were rearranged on Wednesday.

United will not entertain Beaconsfield SYCOB on February 19 (kick off 7.45pm) and the away match at Rugby Town will now be played on February 25, also at 7.45pm.

The Ducks already face three game weeks through to March.