Joyce relieved as United stop the rot

United captain Jack Wood heads away a corner. Picture by Marc Keinch

United captain Jack Wood heads away a corner. Picture by Marc Keinch

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Ducks manager Tony Joyce was relieved to see his side stop the rot and earn their first point against rivals Aylesbury FC after Easter Monday’s goalless draw.

United had lost all four previous games between the two, including the two games earlier this season, but they proved more than a match for their play-off chasing hosts in a game of few clear-cut chances.

The result, combined with Saturday’s disappointing 4-0 home defeat against Hanwell Town, sees the Ducks drop to 13th in Division One Central with three games remaining.

Joyce said afterwards: “I’m very pleased to come away with a point. In the first 45 minutes it wasn’t a game for the football purist. In the second half I thought we had the better of the game and created some chances.

“I think a goalless draw was a fair result because both teams cancelled each other out. Neither side wanted to lose but from our point of view it was a good result against a side near the top of the league.

“They have won all the matches they have played against us over the last couple of seasons so it was good to stop the rot and if we do play against them next season, hopefully we can beat them.

“We have a cup final to look forward to (against Maidenhead next month) so the next few games will be a chance for players to cement their places in the team. We certainly don’t want our season to fizzle out.”