Joyce disappointed with derby defeat as Ducks also bow out of FA Cup

Billy Adcock heads home against Northwood. Picture by Mike Snell
Billy Adcock heads home against Northwood. Picture by Mike Snell

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce was disappointed with his side’s derby defeat to rivals Aylesbury FC on Monday.

In the first derby played at Thame’s ASM Stadium, the new home of United, Brian Haule’s first half goal was enough for FC to claim all three points with the hosts rueing a missed penalty.

The result leaves the Ducks 15th in Division One Central of the Southern League with seven points from six games.

Joyce said: “I’m always disappointed to lose. I thought in the second half we gave a good account of ourselves.

“It was unfortunate that Steve Hatch missed the penalty. It was two good teams playing good football and very entertaining but it was disappointing that we didn’t get any points today.

“The weather made it nice and wet today so there was plenty of chances for tackles.

“There were a couple of heated moments but you get that in a derby.

“I felt we were a lot better in the second half today but you have to put the ball in the back of the net and we did that but it was ruled offside.

“If you’re playing badly and losing that’s one thing but we played OK today. We can get better and hopefully start scoring goals soon.

“It’s been an up and down start to the season. We’ve had some tough games and now we need a run to get some points and see where it takes us.”

Aylesbury United also played on Saturday when they hosted Northwood in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Both sides had chances in a goalless first half before United were gifted a golden chance to take the lead as they were awarded a penalty, only for Eoin Casey to be denied by debutant Northwood goalkeeper David Moran.

That missed seemed to matter little shortly afterwards, though, when a rare moment of attacking quality from United finally saw them break through the away side’s defence with Billy Adcock heading home his first Aylesbury goal following a left-wing cross from Stacey Field.

That put the Ducks 1-0 up with 11 minutes to play, but the lead lasted barely 90 seconds as George Nicholas scrambled in the equaliser, and worse was to come five minutes later when Myles Stephenson cut the ball back for Michael Murray, who made no mistake to book his side’s place through to the next round and send Aylesbury crashing out.

United return to their league campaign this weekend when they make the trip to Egham Town.