Joyce eyes improvement after Ducks finish season with Barton defeat

Aylesbury goalkeeper Dan Green catches a Barton corner. Pictures by Jake McNulty
Aylesbury goalkeeper Dan Green catches a Barton corner. Pictures by Jake McNulty

Ducks boss Tony Joyce feels his side are capable of challenging for the play-offs next season after ending their 2014/15 campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Barton Rovers on Saturday.

Although Aylesbury United failed to improve on last season’s finish of 12th, Joyce is confident his side can now push on, especially with the club moving their home fixtures to Thame.

He said: “We finished one place worse off than last season but as the manager, I know where we need to improve and I think moving to Thame will help us play a bit more football because the pitch is slightly better there which will help us.

“Our away record is better than our home record and that’s been the case for the past couple of seasons.

“You look at the table and think if we could have got four or five more wins we’d have been right up there. Barton made the play-offs but there’s not a lot of difference between us and them.

“We need to be more consistent but there are a lot of positives because we know where we’re at now - we’ve had two seasons in the Southern League so if we really want to develop we know where we need to improve, and if I can get in the right players we will improve.

Barton keeper Kyle Forster deals with an Aylesbury set piece

Barton keeper Kyle Forster deals with an Aylesbury set piece

“It is disappointing not to match last season. We’re only one place below so it’s not disastrous and we’ve made a cup final so that makes up for that little disappointment.

“You always want to improve. We were always going to be a mid-table side this season but next season is when we want to push on and try to get into those play-off positions and look at promotion.”

Speaking about Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Barton, where Paul Barnes scored the only goal of the game, Joyce added: “They had to come and better Rugby’s result to get in the play-offs and a 1-0 win was perfect for them.

“For us, I felt we played well for 20 minutes and we matched them but I think once they scored the goal they made it difficult, slowed the game down and did a job.

“Next season is when we want to push on and try to get into those play-off positions and look at promotion.”

Tony Joyce

“Fair play to Barton, we didn’t have much to play for apart from a bit of pride but we did OK.”