Field signs on again as Ducks shape up for new season

Stacey Field
Stacey Field

Aylesbury United completed their pre-season programme with a 2-2 draw against Thame United at the weekend and the Ducks now turn their attention to the 2015/16 Southern League season.

Two new signings were on the score sheet on Saturday as Eoin Casey’s penalty plus a strike from Billy Adcock rounded off a promising pre-season campaign which saw United remain unbeaten.

The Ducks picked up five wins and two draws and they will be hoping to take that form into this Saturday’s Division One Central opener away at Potters Bar Town.

Following that, Aylesbury then play their first competitive game at their new home – Thame United’s ADM Stadium – when welcoming Bedford Town next Wednesday.

Tony Joyce has also confirmed that a further four players have been signed on ahead of the new season.

Stacey Field, United’s leading scorer in each of his past four seasons at the club, has scored over 100 goals for the Ducks and will remain at the club for another year, as will veteran attacker Paul Edgeworth, who goes into his sixth season with United.

Sonny French signed for the club from local rivals Aylesbury FC at the tail end of 2014/15 and he has signed on for this upcoming season, while goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk earned rave reviews during a loan spell at United from Hemel Hempstead Town two years ago, before spending time with Arlesey Town and Hanwell Town last season.

Aylesbury now have 22 players signed on for the 2015/16 season and the new-look squad includes six other fresh faces. Coming in are midfielders Adcock and Ollie Hogg, strikers Taylor Collins and Casey, winger Ash Farmer and defender Alex Collard, although Jason Blackett and Jesse Waites have both left the club.

Speaking ahead of the new campaign, Joyce said: “We’re looking good and we do have lots of options which is nice to have for a manager.

“We’re training well, the games are going well and everyone is looking forward to it.

“We’ll set ourselves goals and we want to be looking at making the play-offs – that’s got to be a target this season as well as doing better in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.”