Joyce in positive spirits ahead of Chalfont test

Steve Hatch
Steve Hatch

Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce is in confident mood ahead of this weekend’s league encounter at home to Chalfont St. Peter.

The Ducks returned to form last weekend with a 5-3 win over Northwood FC, and Joyce is hopeful his side can back that up with another victory when they welcome promotion-chasing Chalfont to Bells Close this Saturday.

He said: “I’m feeling positive with the game - we have no injury worries. Chalfont are a good team in good form and are sitting well in the league.”

Joyce also lavished praise on new signing Lewis Putman, who scored his first goal for the club in their win over Northwood.

The United boss added: “Lewis is a very good player. I’ve kept in touch with him over the past few seasons and he was unlucky not to score a few more goals on Saturday.

“He is a proven goalscorer in this league which is what we need.

“Obviously it’s pleasing to get all three points. It was a great game from a spectator’s point of view with the eight goals.

“We were good going forward but not so great at the back. I think we needed a response following last Saturday’s defeat to Beaconsfield.”

Jesse Waites put United ahead with a well-taken finish on 10 minutes before Putman volleyed home a second eight minutes later.

The Ducks were twice pegged back in the first half but goals from Steve Hatch and Jason Blackett gave United a 4-2 lead at half-time before Lee Grace sealed victory with a late fifth.

The result leaves Aylesbury 14th in Division One Central of the Southern League.