DAVENTRY Town were responsible for one of the biggest upsets on FA Cup day when beating a Leamington side which sits 33 places above Mark Kinsella’s men in the Southern League pecking order.
Leamington’s huge travelling army swelled the attendance to 551 at Communications Park but the shell-shocked visitors never recovered from conceding two match-winning goals in the first-half.
In the first-half James Travis and Scott Cross found the target.
Travis was meant to be on the substitutes’ bench but started the game because of an ankle injury to former Leamington record scorer Mark Bellingham who was later used as a second- half substitute.
By then the striker had latched on to a spilled cross by Brakes’ goalkeeper Tony Breedon in the 26th minute. Scott Cross was the provider and the former Cobblers’ man netted himself in the 42nd minute following good work by man of the match Adam Confue.
Leamington had tested Town goalkeeper David Bevan with an early header from Jacob Blyth but huffed and puffed to little avail against a well-organised Town defence in a low-key second-half.
Aaron Parkinson, Callum Burgess and co. gave nothing away under a barrage of corners and free-kicks as Leamington’s neat approach play was followed up by a total lack of penetration.
Tom Berwick’s return to Communications Park as a second-half substitute was greeted with polite applause after a subdued first period performance from David Kolodynski.
Richard Batchelor twice went close for the Brakes with headers but the visitors rarely threatened until another questionable last-minute spot-kick enabled Blyth to reduce the arrears.
Confue had been left out of the Daventry team at Slough but the local lad returned to take a starring role against Leamington.
“We were desperately unlucky to lose the league match at Slough but got our just rewards today,” said Kinsella.
“Bringing in fresh faces has helped but the players already here have also lifted their games.”
Only a handful of Central Division clubs – Leighton Town, North Greenford United, Slough Town and Chertsey Town are the others – have made it through to the third qualifying round alongside Long Buckby and King’s Lynn from the UCL.