Preview: Joyce looks to the future as United’s season fizzles out

Paul Edgeworth wins an aerial duel with Ben Seymour-Shove during Saturday's encounter between Aylesbury United and St Ives Town. Pictures by Jake McNulty
Paul Edgeworth wins an aerial duel with Ben Seymour-Shove during Saturday's encounter between Aylesbury United and St Ives Town. Pictures by Jake McNulty
  • Joyce looking ahead to next season
  • Ducks currently lie 13th in Division One Central
  • Travel to 18th-placed Bedford Town this weekend
  • Putman and Reynolds leave the club

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce says he’s already looking ahead to next season with his side’s current league campaign dwindling towards a low-key finish.

After a promising start to the season, United currently lie 13th in Division One Central of the Southern League and seem destined to finish in a similar position to last season when they came 12th.

Lewis Putman has left Aylesbury to join Barton Rovers

Lewis Putman has left Aylesbury to join Barton Rovers

Joyce says he’s now looking ahead to next season as well as focusing on the club’s Berks & Bucks Cup final against Maidenhead United in May.

He said this week: “We’re sitting in mid-table, we’re not going to get relegated and we’re not going to win the league, so we’re building for next season, but we also want to finish as high as possible.

“We’ve got some really good players and when we play well, we’re one of the best sides in the league. It’s very frustrating and it’s individual errors that are costing us and there’s nothing myself or the coaching staff can do about that.

“Basic, basic mistakes are costing us dearly.

“We’re building for next season but we also want to finish as high as possible.”

Tony Joyce

“We’ve got a cup final in May and that’s something to look forward to and now it’s about competition for places because the players all want to play in the final.”

This weekend, the Ducks will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s disappointing 3-0 home defeat to St Ives when they make the trip to 18th-placed Bedford Town.

Joyce added: “Bedford are a bit similar to us. They’re fourth or fifth from bottom but I’ve watched them a few times and every time I’ve seen them they look a good side and I can’t believe that they get beat quite heavily at times.

“Hopefully we can bounce back because we need to.”

Meanwhile, in player news, striker Lewis Putman and the versatile Zak Reynolds have both left Aylesbury to join fellow Southern League clubs. Putman, who scored six goals in his time at the club after signing from Hanwell Town in December, has joined Barton Rovers, while Reynolds has signed for Arlesey Town.