DAVENTRY Town took four matches to open their winning account on entering the Southern League a year ago but Mark Kinsella’s much-changed team got off the mark at the first attempt against Burnham at Communications Park on Saturday.
The ex-Irish international expressed himself as both “pleased and relieved” to start his managerial career with all three points after the Town players had shown understandable signs of nerves in the first-half.
“Burnham adopted a very direct approach and we were made to struggle in the first-half as the players tried hard to impress. As the game wore on though Daventry got the ball down on the floor and started to play some good football.”
Ex-Rugby Town dribbling wizard Claudiu Hoban broke the deadlock somewhat against the run of play in the 29th minute. Despite Burnham’s appeal for a foul he came in on the blind side, robbed a defender and raced away to round the goalkeeper for the opening goal.
Nevertheless Burnham equalised on the stroke of half-time when Lewis Cook intercepted a stray pass from Adam Confue. It remained that way until Howard Forinton’s match-winning 78th-minute penalty.
The former Birmingham City man was brought down after latching on to a pinpoint pass from ex-Leicester City youngster Nathan Hicks and dusted himself down before blasting home from the penalty spot.
A crowd of 113 went home happy as new goalkeeper David Bevan brought off a fine save during a late goalmouth scramble at the end of a game in which Kinsella felt his team could have scored three or four times.
He further praised the efforts of Casmir Pangne as the game opened up in the closing stages and felt that central defenders Aaron Parkinson and Callum Burgess did a good job containing Burnham’s big and burly strikers.
After Tuesday night’s trip to the banks of the River Thame in Aylesbury, Kinsella’s men move on to North London for a Saturday clash with a Northwood side which conceded 10 goals to the Town last season.