Joyce urges Ducks to find form after Bedworth defeat

United captain Jack Wood gave United a fourth minute lead against Bedworth
United captain Jack Wood gave United a fourth minute lead against Bedworth

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce says his side must start turning performances into points if they are to improve on last season’s 12th place finish.

The Ducks have had a tough run of fixtures in recent weeks, culminating in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Bedworth United.

Joyce feels his side have been playing well but admits they need to start picking up points if they are to meet his target, which is to improve on last season’s performance.

He said: “We earned a good point against Kettering and played well against Aylesbury FC but we’ve got to start picking up points. We’ve played the top three in our last three games and we’ve played okay but only got one point.

“We finished 12th last season so we want to progress from that. Now we’ve not got a run of games against the teams around us so if we want to be pushing for a top 10 or a top half finish, we need to put a run together.”

Looking for a first win in four, Aylesbury made the ideal start against Bedworth on Saturday when, on just four minutes, Jake Bewley’s corner was met by captain Jack Wood, who headed home his fifth goal of the season.

United remained on the front foot and went close to a second goal through Greg Williams and then Steve Hatch, but a poor backpass gifted the visitors an equaliser as David Blenkinsopp nipped in ahead of keeper Tahj Bell to squeeze the ball into the net.

Bedworth then asserted control on proceedings and they wasted little time in taking the lead through Daniel Creaney before Daniel Dubidat put the visitors 3-1 ahead at half-time.

Although the Ducks threatened a second half comeback with chances falling to Jason Blackett and Williams, Bedworth wrapped up victory with a late fourth through Jamie Ashmore.

Afterwards, Joyce was left frustrated by his side’s mistakes, saying: “We started very well and took the lead from a good header from a set-piece and we looked relatively comfortable.

“Unfortunately, our on-loan goalkeeper Tahj Bell, who’s been outstanding for us, had a couple of lapses. The first goal was a misunderstanding between the defence and goalkeeper and then they scored from a 20-yard shot and I think he should be saving that 100 times out of 100 and suddenly from being 1-0 up and comfortable, we’re 2-1 down.

“I think 3-1 at half-time wasn’t a true reflection of the first half. The second half was entertaining as we pushed forward looking to get back in the game but left gaps at the back and conceded a goal at the death, so the 4-1 scoreline doesn’t reflect well for us.”

United are in action tomorrow night, Tuesday, when they travel to Marlow for the semi-final of the Berks & Bucks Cup.