Aylesbury’s two Southern League football clubs, FC and United, meet each other at Haywood Way on Easter Monday for this season’s third local derby between the two.
The clubs have met twice so far this season – once in the FA Cup and once in the league – with FC victorious on both occasions to maintain their 100 per cent record over the Ducks.
United boss Tony Joyce is keen to end that run this weekend, however, and his side go into the game having enjoyed a recent upturn in form with two wins from their last three matches taking them up to 11th in Division One Central.
The Moles, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at fellow promotion hopefuls Barton Rovers as they continue to chase a play-off place.
Steve Bateman’s play twice at Haywood Way over the Easter weekend, first against relegation-threatened North Greenford United on Saturday and then United two days later.
Ahead of Monday’s encounter, Joyce said: “It’s all about local bragging rights and it’s about time we beat them.
“Aylesbury FC have had a fantastic season. They’re sitting in second and look to have made the play-offs already.
“We’ve had quite close games against them – we lost 4-3 and 3-2 earlier this season – but it would be nice if we can go there and get the win.
“It’ll be tough because they won’t take the foot off the pedal against us, but hopefully it’ll be a big crowd and we can come out on top this time.”
The Ducks will have a strong squad to pick from, further boosted by the signing of midfielder Sonny French from FC. “We’ve signed Sonny French from Aylesbury FC and he went straight into the team on Saturday and he had a good game,” added Joyce. “He’s with us for the rest of the season.
“It’ll be tough because they won’t take the foot off the pedal against us, but hopefully it’ll be a big crowd and we can come out on top this time.”Tony Joyce
“We should have a few players back in contention. Jason Blackett has one more game suspended but he’ll be available for the FC game and hopefully Steve Hatch will be too, so we should have a healthier squad to pick from and we’ll go into the game nice and strong.”
Before Monday’s clash, United entertain Hanwell Town, who are also chasing a play-off place, on Saturday.
Joyce added: “That should be a good game. Hanwell bounced back with a 4-1 win at the weekend and they’ll come to us full of confidence.
“They have a faint chance of the play-offs so they’ll probably be looking to attack.”
Following Saturday’s 2-0 win over AFC Hayes, which saw Lea Coulter and captain Jack Wood on the score sheet, Joyce is hopeful the Ducks can beat last season’s finish of 12th, adding: “Of course the aim is to beat last season.
“We finished 12th so it’d be nice to finish higher than that because it shows progression.
“The target this season was to consolidate again and build on last year as well as reach a cup final and we’ve achieved that. Hopefully we can now finish higher – we’re on the right track but we still have a few games to go.”